This is actually a commission, but I am being given pretty much free rein over how to create it (a real luxury). I am asking for feedback in the subject matter dept because i want the people that are getting the picture to be happy with it. I am pretty sure we are going with the bird idea. I want to make more of the bird sketches and explore some other ideas here as well.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
A quick little study I did today in Gouache on Illustration board on the spot in an hour or so at the corner of Riviera and Winward avenues at Venice Beach.
I did one other but I don't think its good enough to post.
I am now using my new Open M Pochade Box.
It is really awesome. I'm gonna get it ready to use oils with it tomorrow. The company that makes em is so backed up with orders that the outer box is not ready yet but I hope to get it in a few weeks.
The part I have right now is the box that attaches to a photo tripod. Its so light and compact. I love it.
Monday, September 14, 2009
This isn't my favorite painting. But I did learn a lot doing it. A bit murky in color.. anyway.
I hope to get out and do some painting directly from life the next few days. Nothing like direct observation to strengthen the skills and I really need it right now.
I also have a commission to start on and I'm excited to get going on that.
More soon. ( Not that anybody out there is really tuning in here! )
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
I am sorry that Mike Mitchell passed away yesterday , Sunday September 6. It is a great loss that he is no longer with us. Though he wasn't officially my teacher I learned a great deal from this gentle man. He helped me with the presentation and design of my portfolio, gave me great advice about jobs and was just a generally fantastic person to be around. When I began teaching at Cal Arts as a tech guy, I was lucky enough to be able to share my lunch hour with Mike and Corny Cole. It was amazing the amount of students that would throng to share our table as well. Mike was so popular.
When my father passed away in 2006 Michael called me long distance to give me his condolence. I'll never forget that.
I sat in on his drawing classes intermittently and always got a lot of encouragement and sage advice about my drawings. Michael will be missed greatly by me and everyone else he touched. Please go to the links below for other remembrances of Mike
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
I came up with the idea to change the lower right figures to Satyrs at the last minute.