May 21, 2015

"Ginger"

Oil on museum quality Ampersand Gessobord panel
8" x 10"
2015


This piece is more illustrative than some of my older animal paintings.  It has the feeling of a plate in a children's book.  Not that I am unhappy with it.  Quite the contrary.  In this day and age of computers and image manipulation, it is pleasant to see the hand of the artist, is it not?

May 9, 2015

Variations on a theme - "The Conversation" second state

Oil on museum quality Ampersand Gessobord panel
8" x 10"
2015


You should be aware by now that my "daily paintings" often serve as sketches for larger works.  By their very nature, these small paintings allow for the exploration of multiple compositions from various angles without spending days and weeks on a large polished painting only to find that it could have been improved if only I had done this or that.  The fact that these little panels hold together as finished works of art is a side benefit of their creation. A case in point is the painting above.  An earlier version saw the standing beagle with his hand on the huntmaster's arm.  I liked that very much but I might want to introduce a few more of his canine cohorts at the bottom of the larger finished painting.  We shall see.   


May 8, 2015

"Horse Head study"


Oil on museum quality Ampersand Gessobord panel
8" x 10"
2015
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As promised, I am back at the easel and at the keyboard.  Today's painting is a study of a horse head.  I may have mentioned that I am starting an equestrian series and am familiarizing myself with horse anatomy.  I have great respect for horses, although I have very very little experience in the saddle.  I prefer to have 76 horses under the saddle in the form of my Harley-Davidson. I used a semi dry brush technique on this piece.  It almost has an egg tempura effect.

May 7, 2015

"Soph"

Oil on museum quality Ampersand Gessobord panel
8" x 10"
2015

To quote Britney Spears - "Oops, I did it again." That is just so typically me, I have neglected posting work and musings on my blog.  I actually have been painting and the new work often finds itself on my Facebook page or www.dailypainters.com.  Even when I have posted here, it was just a quick entry of a painting, with little more than title, size and date.  Sorry to the few followers who are still with me. I am going to make a concerted effort to be current and informative.  Fingers crossed! 

This is Soph.  He (yes, he) belongs to some friends of mine.  When they found and adopted him, they had named him Sophie, with the assumption that he was a she.  They learned otherwise at his first visit to the vet but his name stuck, hence "Soph." It was their choice.