Monday, May 31, 2010

Kauai Valley

Another painting from my Kauai trip. This was a valley seen from a viewpoint between Poipu and Eleele, where we went to the gym. It's an 8x10 done in the thick style I like for such scenes.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Kauai Paintings

Back from a short vacation and painted a few images from the trip. First is an 8x10 oil sketch of the beach where we went swimming. Next two are further down the beach where it was rocky. These are both 12x16, one using brushes and the other mainly palette knife. Wanted to try both techniques on the same image. Both are almost done I think except for some final touchups once drier.

Monday, May 10, 2010

New Tulip Study

A small, 8x10, tulip study trying out some canvas pads that I will use when I travel to save weight. These are a new product with primed canvas in a pad of 10 sheets. If the result is good, I can then glue down the canvas to a good backing board to save it. It's a cheap way to do quick studies and experiment too without worrying about wasting materials.

These are rows of white tulips, then yellow, and another row of white in the distance against some nice white barns. Not sure if I will do a larger version. The front 2/3's is done with the palette knife while the sky is painted in with brushes. I'm going to an art critique class that doesn't like my palette knife work as much so am alternating with brushes although the first result was poor in that my canvas was too porous and rough so I destroyed the result although it was good practice getting back to the brush work again. Amazing how different the two techniques, brush and knife, are. Almost have to relearn the brush work again. It's all good though as long as I keep working.