I have been doing a lot of small studies, mostly portraits to improve my painting. The journey is long but that is what makes it beautiful!
However, I have been meaning to try Gouache for a long time and here is a sample painting I did today. This is quite a wonderful medium to handle (I copied the painting from another oil painting). I enjoyed it quite a bit, as I did not have to deal with turpentine and found it easy to manage and manipulate. I loved how I was able to go from transparent applications, like watercolor, to opaque and the ability to layer colors. I feel this will be a good medium to use for Plein Air painting. I am Looking forward to it.
I used a limited palette of Titanium White, Burnt Sienna, Alizarin Crimson, Yellow Ochre and Ultramarine Blue.
Below is a glimpse of my oil practice. My practice these days consists of some original, some copy… But all fun…
(Please do not copy to profit off of the work of other artists, It is immoral and illegal).
Romano’s Macaroni Grill (Resturant):
A very “painterly” painting of the Open Kitchen area of the Macaroni Grill. The Restaurant manager was very nice and let me take many pictures while the cooks were in action. When the cooks saw me taking pictures they started to pose and I had to tell them to carry on because I wanted to capture them while they were working. (It goes without saying, the food was delicious, as usual).
This is a sunrise on the farm next to our neighborhood in Allen, Texas. Sadly, this will disappear as humanity encroaches with it’s homes on this land. Here it is captured on my canvas.
The photograph has glare and you can see the texture of the linen in places. However, all in all the photograph is ok, but does not do justice to the actual painting. This one is going on the wall in the house.
Good Morning Texas!
A new La Madeline Restaurant has opened in Allen, Texas. I loved the very inviting architecture, so here it is captured on my canvas…
Just practicing… I have missed quite a few things… but that is OK.. it is still quite good. The original is much softer and less contrasty. This is the best I could do with a camera.
Thanks for viewing and visiting… 🙂
This park is near my work. This painting is meant to be painterly and loose. Thank you for visiting and enjoy!
This is a Charcoal drawing on tan paper. This Drawing will replace a charcoal drawing I did 15 years ago, that is hanging on our living room wall.
I plan to do a portrait in Oil next, and hopefully soon…
Following the mantra of keeping the number of values limited and varying the temperature to give depth and shape… Enjoy!
My neighbor and friend of 14 years, requested me to draw this portrait of his mother in law, who passed away a few years ago. This will be a surprise to his wife. I hope I have added the element of flattery to the picture.
This is a tiny creek in Hoblitzelle Park in Plano, Texas. The water rapid is not as dramatic, I have exaggerated, off course and took some artistic liberty to adjust a few things. Thank you for visiting. Enjoy!