Friday, February 7, 2014

The Red Inn VII

The Red Inn VII
12" by 36" by 2"
Oil with a palette knife on cradled board

Here is the next in my series of Red Inn commissions. Number 7!

I remembered to take some photos after each of the painting sessions to share my process. I like to paint the most difficult things first, so I started by painting the inn, focusing on the architecture, the siding, trim and the windows.

In the second painting session I painted in the greens, the road, and the white fence. This particular client loved the very first painting I did of the Red Inn (Red Inn I) so he did not want the Adirondack chairs and deck to be added as I have done with later versions.
In the last session, the sky and the trees went in (shown at top) to complete the painting in 3 paintings sessions of about 2-3 hours each.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Backyard BBQ

Backyard BBQ
18" by 24"
Oil on panel

This painting was done from a family photo that is a favorite of my cousin Bobby. That's his dad (my uncle) cooking a giant Fred Flintstone steak on the charcoal grill with Bobby and his sister anxiously waiting for him to yell "Dinner's ready."

I took a few photos along the way as I was painting at The Artist's Studio and Gallery at Patriot Place this past weekend. In this first photo you can see how I started with my usual orange/red cad backwash, and then sketched on top with a brush (gasp!) using ultramarine blue acrylic paint.

And here is a second photo-the painting is almost complete. You can see my set up and the variety of sizes of palette knives I use. I had the photo printed out as well as displayed on the ipad.

As usual, photos like this make me wish for summer to get here quickly.

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