Thursday, April 23, 2020

Summer Shade

18" x 24"
Oil with palette knives on Ampersand Gessobord

I've always loved this white house on Commercial Street in Provincetown and have been wanting to paint it for awhile now. On one of our day trips to Provincetown I captured this beautiful light and the tree casting its shadows upon the house with my camera and I knew that this was going to be a painting some day. That day is here.

As usual, I started with the most important part-the house.

Then I painted the sky and the tree.
And last, the hedges and fence in the front.

I always leave one of the bottom corners for last so that I can add my signature using my paint eraser/wipe out tool while the paint is still wet.

Friday, April 17, 2020

Dune Tour

Dune Tour
12" x 36" x 2"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

When a painting is this large it's difficult to see the palette knife textures and details in the image of the whole painting so I like to take these mini details to share as well. They look like little paintings themselves.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

New family portrait commission

The Cavanaughs in Banff
11" x 14"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

My cousin Amy asked if I would paint this picture as a gift for our cousin Rob (in the middle). Rob is an orthodondist and worked on the teeth of all of Amy's 4 kids. This painting was given as a thank you for all of Rob's hard work.

I always start with the faces and work out from there. They are the most difficult part and you need to get those right before you can move on to the rest of the painting. Here is how it looked after I completed phase one, the faces.

I then moved on to paint the clothes and then last of all the beautiful mountains in the background.

The reference photo was taken in Banff and the Columbia Ice Fields and was a very memorable vacation for Rob's family. Now they will have a painting to remember it for years to come.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

The Red Inn 14 (or 36 depending on how you're counting)

The Red Inn From the Road, Number XIV
18" x 36"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

This is a new size for my Red Inn paintings and I really like it. This is the 14th painting of this view of the inn from the road on a larger canvas size, but it's actually the 36th time I have painted the inn overall if you include all the various canvas sizes, shapes, views, and seasons. And that's no April Fools joke!

It took several session to complete and I took some photos as I completed each stage. I started as I always do painting the red of the inn, the windows, and the roof.

Then I add the white trim, water, and sky.

Then I work on the trees.

Next I started in on the bushes and all of the beautiful garden details.

It's almost finished at this stage, I just needed to paint the road and sign the painting. I usually leave one corner unpainted until the very end so that I can sign my name to the painting while the paint is still wet.

The last detail was to add RED INN above the front door. I used my paint eraser tool (also called a wipe out tool) to do this part. It's the same tool I use to sign my name. It lifts off the paint to reveal the color underneath-in this case the red.

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