Thursday, January 19, 2012

First Portrait in quite awhile!

Using a photo I found on, I painted this small 9"x12" portrait.  I really struggled with it.  It's been some time since my last portrait attempt, and my rustiness is evident.  As I post this photo, I see several areas which still need I may have one more session with the  painting before it's done. 

My effort here was typical of what happens when I let too much time go by between painting sessions.  Rather than laying down a correct drawing and block in and then refining it to catch the final likeness, I found myself constantly correcting and repainting areas.  That's a sure path to failure...or at least frustration.  Well, there's only one way to cure the rust....PAINT! 

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Learning From Ruth...Knife Painting

I mentioned in an earlier post that my friend Ruth Andre set off on a new pathway during our workshop in Ft. Bragg and Mendocino.  She did a marvelous palette knife painting (actually, several) and that started a whole series of such paintings.  You can see her work on her Painting Day blog at

Ruth inspired me to try my own, and while it is much less successful than Ruth's paintings, I did enjoy doing it once again.  (I previously posted the only other knife painting I've ever done.  That was a year or so ago, I think.)

Pines on the Edge  Oil on Canvas panel  12" x 9"
And for the heck of it, here's the one I did some time ago.  The difference in these two paintings is that Pines was done from the start with a knife, while the Bodega Bay painting was a plein air brush painting that I didn't much like.  Some time after returning to the studio, I picked it up and when to work on it with a inference intended!