Monday, December 31, 2018

Water, Rocks, Goodbye 2018

close-up of a seascape, oil on panel

As you’ve seen, I painted this small seascape a few years ago on site. I am now using it as a reference for a bigger piece.

What I love about the little one is the chaotic motion of the water - the surf is crashing in a bunch of places at once and the foam is swirling constantly. 

There is also motion outside the foamy areas, but the water is quite dark because there are no air bubbles in it at all. 

All that violent action against the steady calmness of the rocks - the little scene contains quite a lot. What would all that look like bigger?

Here is a little bit of it bigger. The new painting is more than 4 times the size of the sketch. The key is to not pack more into the larger space but to keep the same feeling of churning and swaying in the bigger painting.
 
Can a big brush stroke hold as much information as a small one? 

A mystery to solve in 2019.


Friday, December 28, 2018

Foamy Beginnings

Close-up of a beach scene, oil on canvas

This painting is almost done. It has been almost done for a few months and a lot of hours of painting. 

That is how it goes sometimes - almost done paintings get totally repainted from top to bottom.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

More Friends

Homemade Some Bunny to Love, white-line woodcut print

Another stuffed toy modeling for a white-line woodcut. This time a knitted rabbit. With a bow, all ready for the holidays.

We won't be learning how to knit bunnies in the white-line workshop in April. But we will learn how to make a white-line woodcut of any subject - including toys!


Monday, December 24, 2018

Happy Holidays!

Outstanding in the Snow, jigsaw print

Coast helped me out with the Annual Collector Card this year by posing. 

He didn't really wear a bow because, well, he doesn't want to wear a bow. But the magic of printmaking allows him to wear a virtual bow.

With or without a bow, he wants everyone to have a fun, snowy holiday. Coast is all about cheer.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Seaweeds in Progress

Another close-up, this time a seascape

Another painting that is not quite finished. Probably will be soon. January might be full of reveals as 4-5 different pieces near completion. 

Good way to start the New Year!

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

First Friends

Portrait of a Friend, white-line woodcut print

Usually, the subjects of my paintings and prints are landscapes or seascapes or Golden Retrievers, but sometimes, I do still lifes. 

This is my childhood bear. Of course, his name is Ted. He is better at posing than the Goldens. He is wearing a shirt because it helps keeps his arms attached to his body. He's pretty old and has seen more than his share of adventures.

I am sharing this with you in case you are interested in the white-line workshop, but you aren't interested in landscapes. You can make a print out of any subject. Including old, stuffed, well-loved bears.


Monday, December 17, 2018

Weeds in Progress

close-up of an oil painting in progress

The studio is full of started paintings, like the one shown here of dead grass in the snow.

The colors of the grass against the shadows in the snow have captivated me for weeks and I finally just started painting them. 

More starts to share.
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