Posts tagged ‘painting’

Let’s Draw … Spring

Oil pastels are different.  I watched a bunch of oil pastel speed painting videos on YouTube last night.

I’d prefer to paint if it weren’t for the set up and clean up time.  They’re different, which is why this turned out a little psychedelic.  I don’t know how to do muted colors.  I started to get the hang of it at a few points.

Had to put some elbow into the blending stumps.

Trompe L’oeil Class 9 of 9

Dang.  I’m still not finished.  I’ve got some serious work to do on the model.  I may have to retrace the eyes.  Hmm.

Patrick got me started on the face.  The fur is going to be … different.  Can’t do it quite the same way I would with oils.  But acrylics can be blended and gradiated with water.

Trompe L’oeil Class 5 of 9

Coming along.  Slowly.  I’m surprising myself.

The instructor is Patrick Kirwin.  Kyrwin?

These classes are great.  3+ hours devoted just to painting in a room full of other people with the same interest and a great instructor giving you tips and techniques along the way.   There’s a family in the class.  Mother, father and daughter.  Indian.  I think that is so cool.  It would be great to take a class with a friend.  Maybe going outside into DC or a park and painting some landscapes.

Check out  So many options for portable painting.  But it will cost you.  I just got a fancy but cheap case and a special case for transporting wet paintings.  That was expensive enough.  But if you get one of those fancy French portable things with all the accessories and backpack and tripod.  You could easily spend, like, $700.

It’s kind of funny because the instructor is hands on.  When he has something to show you he’ll pick up a brush or razor or masking tape and show you on your painting.  That’s a good lesson.  To have someone else get hands on with your “masterpiece”.

It puts things in perspective.  If you look at the source material in one of the earlier blogs you’ll see that the newspaper parts — I painted them with way too much contrast.  The colors are too lively.

But Patrick showed me how to do a glaze.  I’m really digging the acrylics.  Even though they dry on the palette way too quickly for me.  Quick drying with the help of Leika’s old hair dryer really speeds things up.  I’ll figure it out eventually.  But a newspaper colored glaze will really push the liveliness down to that of old newspaper.  Neat.

I have to work on this at home a lot more.  And I’m looking forward to it.

Trompe L’oeil Class 4 of 9

Hm.  I didn’t get very far tonight.  Tried some spattering and speckling to try and get the background looking cardboardy.

The instructor showed me some techniques — this class is all about techniques — with tape to get clean edges: a razor blade, blue paint masking tape, liquid matte.  My edges still aren’t very clean.  I did it wrong.  I’ll get it next time around.

I’ve got a lot to learn, apparently.  I didn’t even know how to keep acrylic paint from drying out on the palette.  Thank goodness for acrylic glaze.  And using a hair dryer to dry the canvas between steps or layers.  Yes, I have a hair dryer.  What?  A bald dude can’t have a hair dryer?  It was Leika’s.  Although, drying a wet dog with a hair dryer was not as effective as I hoped it would be.

In the photo of the painting in progress that I’m about to put here, you’ll notice something.  My colors for the newspaper portion are too bright.  Too lively.  That part of the image is supposed to look flat, which is the opposite of what I always try to do when painting something.  So I’m not sure what to do about that.

I may end up using a yellowish glaze to get that faded newspaper feel.  Also, note how gray the newspaper is.  And how cool the color of the magazine ad with the diamond/titanium jewelry is.  Oy.

I’m definitely going to have to work on this at home.  Three hours of painting and that’s what I got done tonight other than the background.

Trompe L’oeil Class 3 of 9

Yes, I missed the first two.  For some reason.  I really, really, really didn’t feel like going to the class for some reason.  Weird.  Can’t explain why other than that I’ve been in serious lone wolf mode lately.

I am intimidated but it was fun.  I’m still intimidated.  Look at that collage-y thing.  Good grief.  This is going to be rough.


Kind of neat how it works so far.  Tracing paper to trace over the imagery.  Then carbon copy paper under the tracing paper.  Trace over your lines on the tracing paper and the image is transferred to the canvas.  Awesome.


I’m using acrylics for this class.  They’re amazing.  I blocked out the background — it’s going to look like cardboard — and the upper left corner was dry by the time I got to the right hand side.  I’m used to painting wet on wet.  But acrylics allows for layering, which is very important for trompe l’oeil.  It will also allow me to do … something … so I can get the texture.

Painting: Hot Little Tomato

Here we go.  This was fun.  A little tough in some spots, though.  Don’t let me give you the impression that it’s a completely linear, neat process that I’ve somehow mastered.  That’s not how it is.  Not even.  It’s messy with lots of  experimenting and fixing and backtracking and adjustments.  Sometimes it’s downright stressful in that “Oh no, did I just mess it up irreparably?” way.  But that’s just part of the process, I guess.  And you have to trust yourself with it.

Let’s try a slideshowfor this.  With captions, no less.  I recommend clicking “View All Images” so you can get to the full screen slideshow.

Oils 20" x 16"

Neutral on the Subject

Is it weird that I think about colors so much?

Since it has been on my mind I see examples everywhere of the topic of the day or moment in my head.  So check this out.

Does it get much more neutrual than this?

I’m sure you know what that is even though there’s practically no context.  It’s a patch of concrete.  And it’s raining today so it’s some dry concrete and some wet concrete.  And a blotch of old, dried tar.  This is what I’m talking about.  This is the kind of thing I’m trying to see and capture these days.  Real, every day colors all around us.

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