9.29.2008

Dave The Painting Guy

Through Twitter and Blogger and email, I was fortunate to stumble upon a very talented artist, David Darrow. Among other things, "Dave The Painting Guy" does a live studio session starting at 5 pm PT that is open to any and all to view and learn! On Thursday evenings he spends the first hour critiquing a painting. There is a live chat going on at the same time which allows viewers to comment and ask questions and Dave to answer the questions.

Last week he shared this quote replacing the word "music" with "art":

“The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.”

Johann Sebastian Bach quote

Three White Pumpkins




8"x 8"
acrylic on masonite

sold

Here's the most recent painting for the "Different Strokes From Different Folks" challenge from Karin Jurick's website.

9.24.2008

Quick Sketches


Soccer season is here which provides many photo opportunities!



One of my favorite classes in college was Life Drawing. And one of my favorite exercises in that class was the timed sketches. We would do 30 seconds to a few minutes to one hour. The quick sketches were the best because you were forced to make a decision and put it down in a hurry because at the end of the time the model would move! Some of my most beautiful drawings were done in seconds or minutes. Just like anything else it takes practice and I am out of practice! I think I need to buy an egg timer that ticks to give me a bigger sense of urgency! I'm hoping to do at least one quick sketch a day and hopefully reclaim some of the fluidity and line quality I once had......
These are charcoal and pencil drawings on newsprint.

9.21.2008

9.19.2008

Lisa Kaus' Trunk Show


Fun and whimsical artwork by Lisa Kaus.

I spent a few hours last Saturday visiting Lisa Kaus at her trunk show at the Jealous Gardener , a beautiful home decor and gift shop, in Portland, Oregon. Lisa creates beautiful whimsical pieces with mixed media and salvaged treasures! She sells her work online and in many retail outlets, has been featured in several magazines and teaches workshops. She will be teaching at the upcoming Art and Soul workshops coming up in October. Plus, she's super nice!

9.18.2008

Oregon Farm Landscape


5"x 7"
acrylic on masonite




We have beautiful farmland in Oregon. I am trying to loosen up my brushstrokes with a lot of squinting and a time limit!
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9.16.2008

Finished Bear Painting




36"x 60"
acrylic on canvas
sold

Here is the finished bear painting. This is actually the second large bear painting I've done. The first is below:
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48"x 72"
acrylic on canvas
sold

Both bears were very fun to paint. I enjoy the large scale and incorporating so much color.
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9.11.2008

Rehoboth Beach Landscape


5"x 7"
acrylic on masonite

Here is the second painting from a photo from Karin Jurick's site Different Strokes From Different Folks . Surprisingly, painting the sand and grass was hard!

9.06.2008

Jack

8"x 8"
acrylic on masonite
sold


One of my favorite artist's, Karin Jurick, has decided to have a weekly challenge of painting a photo that she posts on her new website, Different Strokes From Different Folks, on blogspot.
This first photo is of her dear and recently departed friend and companion, Jack.
I encourage you to visit www.KarinJurick.blogspot.com to see her wonderful work!

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9.05.2008

More newspaper faces




I have continued to draw faces from the newspaper almost everyday and have quite a collection now. The newspaper provides a never ending supply of interesting people to draw!
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