Hey Adam I've so enjoyed looking at these updates. The pastels are so painterly and rich. A real delight to look at. I also love your still life painting of the paint kettle and palette knife. I so hope you get to do your workshops with Clayton Beck and Steve Assael as that would be a great experience.
ryanoir - It was painted on a board I gessoed. I just left really groovy marks in it.
Devin platts, towy, Dope Fiend - Thanks!
tehmeh - Landscape looks Schmiddy? That's a generous compliment dude.
Marian Rowling - Thank you Marian. Steve Assael probably won't happen as it's just an expense I can't come up with right now, but I'm still signed up for Claytons. Just gotta tell my instructors I'll be missing a week of school.
The first portrait is of my father who sat down for me sometime last year. I never wanted to show it as I felt indifferent about it. But I stumbled upon it again while cleaning up my work and saw it with fresh eyes. The second is a color study of a larger painting I'm working on. Next is a portrait of one of the students at school who gladly posed for us after class. The figure painting was a difficult pose to describe. I needed to have the weight really push down into the cushions and leave the abstract presence of her pose intact. Last portrait is of another classmate who posed last week. Finally getting over that slump. Haven't posted much recently, gotta go do more art!
Metal Fingers - Haha, thanks!
I forgot to upload this last time. I've experimented with watercolor before but now I have a class dedicated to it so I'm pretty excited to get going on it. This is the first thing we did, a still life using only flat washes out of the planes of the objects which I'm really terrible at. No blending could be done and we had to keep a hard edge around every wash with no bleeding. And now when I scan it in I notice how off the ellipse really is. :/
conte + Marian - Thank you both.
Last weeks portrait study of an instructor and last weeks pose which was done only with the palette knife. Fun, but hard.
More watercolor, I got a little ahead of myself and didn't take time to glaze in the dark rather I threw them down immediately which really burnt up the painting.
I also have a picture of my "studio" a.k.a. the room downstairs was being used for piling up stuff so I cleaned it out and converted it to hold everything art related. I built that shelf with the peg boards and dowel rods to hold my paintings in place after a quick look at wet canvas and someone suggested it. Enjoy the super roughly edited panorama.
tehmeh - Yeah man, I haven't paintied in there yet as I've only had it done last week and I've been at school but those three wall sized windwos were closed for years because we just had empty bird cages and other hoarder stuff surrounding them. It's great natural lighting. The impasto part would be hard to do, I'd have to photograph it with a adjustable light to get some kind of relief, but I do spend a good amount of time adjusting each work when I get home usually the day of while it's fresh in my mind. I try to get 100% accuracy and once in a while I do which is nice but I'd say everything I post is about 95% accurate or higher. Otherwise I find a different way to shoot it.The only things I can see right off the bat are the darks are not pitch black, they're a very dark brown and the blue drapery has quite a bit of subtle violet in it which doesn't show up.
I have a drawing finished (though I'll double check accuracy tomorrow, torso and arm length seem a little long) for the grisaille. This will be my first time glazing so.... we'll see.
The other is a 1.5 study of another painting I'm starting tomorrow. Different palette setup. I've got Titanium White, Transparent Oxide Red, Sap Green, Yellow Ochre, Raw Umber, and Ivory Black.
boy these are gorgeous. im up to page 7 working backward. lovely.
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I don't even think I've gotten through the third page of this! I yurn nay I burn for a sketchbook like this one. I shouldn't compare... awesome stuff I will be following.
dude. what happened to u? i was takin a trip down memory lane lookin thru ur first 3 pages and its just like.. ur ssoo much better. i really respect that aboutcha. u learn as u draw and apply what u learn in the next drawing. thats good man. well anyways. nuff brown nosin. keep doin what u do
Hey Adam really enjoyable updates as always. It's really great to see the studio space you've got. Can I ask what all the pieces of wood on the table in front of the windows are? Also thanks for posting the drawing stage in this last update as I always enjoy seeing these early stages. I hope the glazing goes well I know I'm looking forward to seeing it.
Whoah where'd everyone come from all of a sudden!
Icecold - Thanks dude. Pewnie że pamiętam. I'm fluent in all but writing it. My parents are from Kraków.
du5k - Yeah I just checked back and you posted almost exactly one year ago. It goes by so fast! Thanks man, a lot.
Marian Rowling - The glazing might definitely be a fail. I missed one day for the underpainting so had to rush it. but we'll see next week... The panels of wood are just scraps that I cut, sand, clean, seal, gesso/prime to paint studies on. A lot of things here I post are on those because they're next to nothing cost wise. They really nice to experiement with surface wise and it frees you knowing if it's a screw up, whatever happens happens. Plus I can then save up to afford those slightly more expensive rolls of linen when they're on sale.
Kinnas - Natural media and shit - the way to go.
Arnaldo Rivera, Cameronator, Lightpunk, Chaser226, James Gerard, Joyvenn , Velocity Kendall, Yor, tokotewhero, - Thank you everyone! I apprciate the kind words!
First is a detail of the slightly larger final of the study I posted earlier. Still have a few days to go for it. The second is a portrait of my first instructor, but I really don't like it. I have one more chance next week to get it right. The third is the latest still life I finished. I definitely like the feeling of painting wet into wet just like I do in oils.
I really enjoy the watercolour piece where you were only drawing the flat planes in washes. It's interesting to see watercolours used like that as I normally think of them as a media used for its accidental look about it and the bleeding of one wet wash into another.
Caspia - You're right, I thought it was quite interesting and made for a good exercise.
insane lemur - Thanks, most of the time when I give myself no limitations on something I usually end up destroying it by the time I'm done. It's good to set limits because then you can use them to break past them.
First painting was done a few weeks ago, just needed to oil out to take a photo. It was done with a limited palette, white, yellow ochre, venetian red, and ultramarine blue from what I remember. Second is the glaze painting. I missed one day of painting so I had to paint this in two days which really hurt me refining this any further.
Last is a still life from earlier today. I found the little statue really interesting to paint and try to capture. The next photo shows the size comparison and how small the wood panel actually is, about 5.25 x 7.5 inches. The last is a WIP sheet I made. I took a photo every time I took a small break to look at the painting from a further distance. I first toned the gesso with transparent oxide red and a tony tony bit of yellow ochre and quickly mapped out the gesture. From there I just started painting. I know I shouldn't do this yet without measuring since I had to go back and fix things multiple times but for now it seems to work. After the third photo it's just refinement, refinement, refinement. Hope you enjoy.
Great! Can't say more, keep on!
Arnaldo and Marian - Thanks!
Hope everyone reading is having a good day. Just finished this after the past week. It also became an interesting texture study with some dry brushing on top of palette knife. Definitely something to keep in mind in the future.