Friday, January 29, 2010

Quick Study

At the end of our session last night I had just enough time for a quick study.

Man in a Beret (working title)

Last night I joined a group of local artists that meet on thursday nights to draw or paint portraits from a model. There is no instruction, just a group getting together to do what they love. The atmosphere was inspiring, the model superb and everyone made me, the newcomer, feel very welcome. I had a great painting night and could barely sleep last night because I had so much fun. Unfortunately I cannot remember the name of the gentleman who modeled for us, so just a working title for this painting for now.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Evan and his Great Grandpa

This is a painting of my son and his Great Grandpa. I wanted to capture my Grandfather's quiet contemplation as he watches the bundle of energy and life that flows out of his Great Grandson. Sounds corny I know but I find the contrast between the two of them fascinating. Looking at it now I see that I need to adjust the hand that is behind Evan's head, but other than that I am quite happy with this attempt.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Just Sitting

I struggled with this one to get the figures just right and it took longer than I thought it should. The background changed 2 or 3 times until I finally realized that the painting is about the figures and I needed to simplify everything else. The reference for this painting was a photo I took of a motley crew ( I mean my family) enjoying a warm day at the beach.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Sandy Shadow

This is one of my Uncle Rick's grandkids. I think it is Haley - but I am not sure. In the photo I took there were kids everywhere and there she was in the middle of all this activity in her own little world.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Race You

This painting is based on a photo I took of my son chasing after his friend Noah at the beach this summer. They are both 5 years old and were racing into the lake before I had even set down my chair and the sand toys.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Orange Scoops

After seeing the paintings of oranges by Ed Cooper I was determined to try and paint an orange. I have never painted one to my satisfaction. After 2 wipe offs and feeling like I had forgotten how to paint during Christmas holidays I came up with this. Not the best painting of oranges I have seen, but not my worst attempt. (Ed you make it look effortless.)

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Painting by Kim Rempel - Sunshine on a Grey Day

I never win anything - ever, so I was so surprised to find out I had won a painting by Kim Rempel. It arrived at my doorstep just before New Years and I already have it hanging on the wall. I just love it. Please check out Kim's blog, she is a daily painter from Ontario, Canada who often features a draw for a painting of your choice from her site. Her paintings have a sensitive touch to them that is really lovely.

Portrait of David Te - DSFDF Portrait Challenge

Update: I found out that the artist I was paired up with for the DSFDF Portrait Challenge was David Te. Please check out his portrait of me - it is really wonderful and I think he captured me beautifully.