Saturday, April 30, 2016

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Last Light

We had a great sunset here in San Antonio.  Luckily I was out there to catch it. I think about all the sunset opportunities I've missed.  Mostly it's a distance thing.  I don't want to drive 20 miles out of town to paint a sunset and risk not finding a place.  As pretty as San Antonio is, I think the Hill Country is a lot prettier with mountains off in the distance.  The Hill Country is closer to Austin.  I just need to find more places close to home.  This painting was done almost a block away from where I live.
I used a different linen than I normally use.  That's why it probably looks different than my other work.
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Friday, April 22, 2016

Copper Tea Kettle

I was really happy with the way it turned out.  Midway through a painting I tend to have my doubts with almost every painting.

 The beginning of a painting always fills me with hope and excitement.

 I'm getting that loose brushwork in the background.

 I decided I need to go darker in the background and incorporate some of the green I was seeing..

 Blocking in the tea kettle.

 I'm starting to wipe away my lights with a paper towel.

Pretty much done at this point.  I may have skipped a few steps but I tend to get engrossed in my work.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Red Onions

This is my red onion version of the last onion painting.  I set them up virtually in the same way.  It's been over a week since I bought these and set them up to paint.  However, I've been working on other things like cleaning my studio.
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 The setup.

 The block-in and establishing my darks.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Evening in San Antonio

This was a 30 minute sunset study at Mission San Juan in San Antonio.  I was trying to paint the Mission when I decided to stop and paint this tree instead for half an hour.
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Here's my set up at the Mission.  I was still an hour away from sunset so I walked 10 feet to my left and saw a great subject ready to be painted.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Evening Rain

This was long before the San Antonio hail storm that happened at 10:00pm.  I was out painting around 5:30pm and got back home at 7:00pm.  I was originally going to wait for sunset but I figured the storm clouds would cover it up. We had a windshield break on our car and some damage to the car exterior, but luckily that was the worst of it.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Yellow Onions

The first time I painted from life, I chose onions.  Now I've been painting onions off and on for 10 years.  They remain one of my favorite subjects.  I think you can tell by this painting how much I enjoy painting them.  I was going to crop this to a 6"x6" but decided to keep it the original size of 7"x7".