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    Matt's painting sketchbook

    Hi all. In this thread I'll be posting some of the quick studies and small paintings I do. Hope you enjoy. C&C welcome as always. I'll try to return the favor.


    The gourdes were painted with a Zorn palette. I've been learning a lot more about color by working with such a limited amount of colors.

    The pear is from a series of still life paintings that I made. I collected scrap paint from other students at the end of each class (paint that would otherwise have been thrown away) and used it to thickly tone a bunch of panels. Once that was dry I painted fruit over it with very thick paint. I was pretty happy with the look of the texture.

    And lastly a quick study of an onion with light from a window reflected off the table.

    More to come soon, as I sort through things.

    -Matt
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    Matt's painting sketchbook

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    Couple quick landscapes painted in studio. Now that I have a little bit of spare change and I can afford gas, I want to go do some more plein air painting. It's about time I ventured outside again and saw the sun.

    -Matt
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    These look pretty good! I like the way you use colour.
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    Looking good. I like the crazy high-chroma ground peeking through. Looks like the painting is on fire. Have you tried using a more subdued color for the ground?
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    I love how you can see the brush strokes. It gives the work an earthy feel.
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    Thank you guys. The ground is cadmium red. I used to use burnt umber as a ground, and still do sometimes. In this recent batch of landscapes I used burnt sienna for a more muted red. It all depends on my mood I guess lol. Sometimes I like that bright red, especially when using a muted palette.

    I set a goal of painting 100 5x7 landscapes by February. I can paint a couple each day, so we'll see how far I can get. I've got 7 so far. 93 to go!

    Matt's painting sketchbook

    Matt's painting sketchbook

    Matt's painting sketchbook

    Matt's painting sketchbook

    Matt's painting sketchbook

    Matt's painting sketchbook

    Matt's painting sketchbook

    Thanks for looking

    -Matt
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    Three more landscapes from a couple weeks ago. These aren't part of my 100 paintings; they barely missed the cutoff date

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    Hey man, cool environments, the atmospheric perspective is nice esp. with the contrast to the detailed foregrounds in many of the paintings.
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    Things have been pretty busy lately. I got a couple more of the little landscapes done, and started two other paintings.

    Matt's painting sketchbook
    Matt's painting sketchbook

    I started this larger painting of Sedona, AZ. I took a bunch of pictures there this past spring. It's almost done. I'm still not pleased with the foreground, so I will have to make some changes to that over the next couple of days.

    The canvas measures 34x28 inches

    Matt's painting sketchbook

    I also started working on a more refined still life painting, and I'm documenting the process on my blog. It starts with sketches, a grisaille underpainting, and glazes. Here is the painting so far, which is on 5x7 inch panel. It's awaiting 2 or 3 more glaze layers, I think.

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    And you can find that blog post right herehttp://msterbenz.blogspot.com/2011/1...s-gourdes.html
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    Been a while since I've posted. I've painted a ton of new landscapes since then. More recently I have started some illustration stuff. Here's a boar kind of guy. Based off some concept sketches from a buddy of mine.

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    Painted with oils.
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