Monday, August 18, 2008

More little paintings

Here are some plein air sketches from this spring and summer.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Really Cool Colorful Costume

You can't have a model like this and just do a charcoal drawing. A dress like that calls for paint.

She is from West Africa and is a really good cook.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Demo Videos

Here are some demos that I recently did. The first one is a landscape that was just out of my head without any reference. I have nothing against reference, in fact I am very much in favor of it. I just mention that I had no reference as a disclaimer for why it isn't better.

The next two are digital portrait studies that I did from life of a couple co-worker friends, Emily and Dillon, who were nice enough to sit still for me. I tried to do an approach similar to what I would do with real paint.

Also, I am not very good at talking while I'm painting (or at any other time for that matter) so I decided to borrow the audio track from someone much more experienced in painting demonstrations than myself. I think his commentary is probably at least as instructional as mine would have been, plus something about his voice just makes me feel happy. Special thanks to Tom for help with these videos.

Here are the finished images.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008


I realized that I haven't posted many drawings on this blog, so here are a couple from the last few months of study at Kamille Corry's studio.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

My two latest plein air attempts

This one was painted up the street from my house. 6x8

This one is somewhere in Laguna Beach. 8x10

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Cast Painting

This is a cast painting that I worked on last year at Kamille Corry's studio. I feel like I learned a lot about oil painting and how to finish a painting over a long period of time. Most of my oil paintings have just been studies done in one sitting.

I also gained an appreciation of ancient Greek sculptors. It was pretty tedious painting just this guy's head. I can't imagine how long it would have taken them to sculpt the whole thing.