Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Ancestor - charcoal

charcoal, 2017
available, 8"x11"

      Good old Barnabas Collins of Dark Shadows -- the good one played by Jonathan Frid for the television show of the late '60s/early '70s, not Johnny Depp's horrible attempt.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

The Prom Queen - charcoal

charcoal, 2017
available, 8"x11"

      We're continuing our month of horror with everyone's favorite reluctant prom queen from another Steven King movie about an outcast teenager. Surprise. Surprise.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

The Car - charcoal

charcoal, 2017
available, 8"x11"

      It's that time of year again. Though I'm not a big Steven King fan, per se, I did like a couple of his movies. Christine, of course, is just another story of a high school outsider finding or being given some form of empowerment. In this case, our protagonist finds a presumably possessed car that killed two people even before it rolled out of the factory. The best part of Christine, frankly, is that it can repair and restore itself back to showroom new. What gearhead wouldn't want a car like that?

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Herbie - watercolor

watercolor, 2017
available, 9"x12"

      I thought I'd try this portrait of Herbie Hancock from an old black-and-white photo. It worked pretty well, but I still might try it larger and maybe a little looser.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Beach Baby - watercolor

watercolor, 2017
nfs, 11"x15"

      My first great-niece. I shot a few photos of her on a chance meeting between my wife and I and my nephew and his young family at a popular NC beach. Neither of us knew the other was there until they posted something to Instagram. A couple weeks later, they've got a portrait of their little beach baby. Honestly, this might be one of my best.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Backyard DeVille - watercolor

watercolor, 2017
available, 11"x17"

      A Sedan DeVille that's seen better days. I'm very happy with this one in all it's loose realism.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Angie #42 - watercolor

watercolor, 2017
nfs, 9"x12"

      I haven't posted a portrait of my beauty queen in a while. This one was a pleasant surprise. I thought it was going to be trash almost immediately after starting it on Fabriano Studio paper, which I have complained about a couple times before. But, a few adjustments to my normal painting method, a fair amount of loosening and I pulled out a portrait with which I'm very happy. It's loose and painterly, but realistic and accurate at the same time. It seems the unforgiving nature of this paper forced me to be more careful and purposeful in my strokes and paint application.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Rusty Diamondback - watercolor

watercolor, 2017
available, 9"x12"

      Another fishing lure. This one is on that horrible Fabriano Studio paper. There were even more issues with the paper on this one. That's the reason I left some spots looking a little looser than I usually paint these lures. In spite of the fight, I'm still pretty happy with how this one works.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Punta del Morro - watercolor

watercolor, 2017
available, 9"x12"

      This is from a reference photo I originally saved from a Virtual Paintout "excursion" when the subject was Puerto Rico a few months ago. I didn't submit anything that month for reasons I don't remember. But, I finally decided to try this one out as a test for Fabriano's cheaper "Studio" line of paper that's only 20% cotton. I picked up a 9x12 pad the last time I was at Jerry's in Raleigh to try out. 
      Overall, this piece worked out OK on this paper largely because it was loose and wet. I let each layer dry before applying another. But, even then, there was significant lifting and loosening. The one spot that needed a minor correction in the form of lifting almost immediately started pilling. A subsequent painting on this paper proved this is quite possibly one of the worst papers I've ever used. Though it's supposed to be cold-pressed, it acts a bit like hot. The paint doesn't seem to sink in very well and lifts and re-wets too easily. This might be a good paper for quick sketches with only a couple washes, but I wouldn't use this for anything much more serious. The description on Jerry's website (which I'm sure comes from the manufacturer) says this paper can "withstand vigorous painting." Nothing could be farther from the truth. Of course, your mileage may vary.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Cogburn - gouache

gouache, 2017
available, 11"x15"

      I've had this rooster reference photo sitting around for years, originally planning to do a very loose watercolor. I finally pulled it out and a realist gouache showed up.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Grim Mower - gouache

gouache, 2017
available, 7.5"x11"

      Just a fun little piece to get back into gouache. I haven't done anything in gouache in a while. More to come.