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An oil painting of a woman in a blue shirt, wearing a cowboy hat and holding a revolver.

A Quick(ish) Oil Painting.

By | Sketchbook

1 Painting.
Tools: Graphite, water mixable oil paint.
Paper: Illustration board (primed with gesso).

No regular sketch update this week. Most of my taking-pictures-of-artwork time was spent figuring out how to photograph my recent quick oil studies. Here’s the best result. Focus is still an issue, but I’m pretty happy with the color, transparency and glare (well, the absence of glare, actually).

What’s a “Quick(ish) Oil Painting”? Right now it’s a study that takes 2-4 hours. That lets me make 3-5 of them per week, depending on my work schedule. It also feels like a good amount of time to develop my skills in a new medium, without getting lost in the details.

An oil painting of a woman in a blue shirt, wearing a cowboy hat and holding a revolver.

Color study of mountains

New Sketches (August 13-19, 2018)

By | Sketchbook

5 Sketches

This week was another set of cloud and mountain studies, using Noah Bradley’s photographs as reference. It was also the first week of the new semester. There were so many perfectly justifiable reasons to skip painting practice this week. I’m glad I didn’t.

I’ll do at least one more week of clouds and mountains before I move on to something else.

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Color study of mountains

New Sketches (August 1-12, 2018)

By | Sketchbook

8 Sketches

This is an uncomfortable set of sketches. For me, mountains and clouds are some of the most daunting parts of landscape painting, and this was my first attempt at either of them in at least 10 years. The results are mixed. I’m happy with my progress, but I see a lot of room for improvement.

Each study took about 60 minutes. For reference, I used photographs by Noah Bradley. Read More