When I was brainstorming the idea for this one, I was doodling butterflies, dragonflies, frogs, cocoons, etc. and had the inspiration to mix them up a little. This is a metamorphosis gone terribly wrong, or maybe beautifully wrong. The original was a simple sketch in one of my sketchbooks that I wasn't going to take any further but it was so dull in color that I just wanted to digitally tweak it a bit. I ended up tweaking a lot.
Friday, August 22, 2014
These are a couple of miniature 2" x 3" oil paintings that I finished yesterday. The one on the left is from a photo that my son took when we were in Florence last October. I'm going to attempt to do this one in a larger format and see what happens. My drawing and painting style has a tendency to be so tight. I try to paint every detail and I end up losing some of the energy and freshness that comes through in some of my miniatures. (Its pretty hard for me to itty bitty detail when I'm working this small.) The challenge for myself is to stay loose and try to be as pleased with the larger one as I am with this one.
Monday, August 11, 2014
I sketched this idea out first and used some watercolor pencils. It looked like this
when I dropped it into Painter Essentials to work on it digitally. I'm very happy with the digital version. I suppose even kings might have crazy families who don't show them the proper respect.
Friday, August 8, 2014
11 x 14 oil on gesso board.
I just finished this piece. Its the front of a villa right outside of Florence, Italy. I don't love traveling but I love to be in other places once I've traveled. (How does one get there without traveling? hmmm.) My step-daughter's wedding was so beautiful and the trip was truly inspiring. I've done several mini paintings and I'm currently working on my 5th larger one. I have quite a few more photos to work from but eventually will run out and will either go back to painting still lifes (which I enjoy doing) or I will have to take another trip somewhere gorgeous. The world is a beautiful place and with billions of glorious places, people, and things, I should be permanently set up. The trick is paying attention and I think I'm getting a little better at that.
Monday, August 4, 2014
Saturday, August 2, 2014
A few weeks ago, I went with a friend to watch an oil painting demonstration by Steven Walker. He did an entire, beautiful painting in an hour and a half. I was so inspired that I thought I'd give that a try.
This is what I had after an hour and a half. I put a bit more time into it today (about 45 minutes) and have the top picture for my contribution to Illustration Friday this week. Looks like a pretty peaceful place to be.