Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Drawing Skills

One of the important skills to have when painting outdoors is the ability to draw the subject at the blink of an eye. The time is ticking away and the light is changing at a rapid pace. After you finally set up your equipment at your perfect painting spot, there is very little time to get tied up in the drawing phase of your painting. Too often I see novice painters wasting a lot of time by drawing and erasing, and drawing and erasing. By the time they are ready to paint the light has changed dramaticly. There is way too much time spent on the preliminary phase of the painting. Some painters like to sketch on a little drawing pad and enter value notes to capture how the light is falling on their subject. This is a pretty cool idea and has worked for others. I like to rely on my memory bank as I paint. In the beginning of my painting session I take in a mental picture of what I saw when I started the process. The whole idea is to keep it simple, draw quickly, however draw accurately in order to represent your subject well. Drawing in the main shapes of the scenery is all that is needed. I only allot myself a minute or two to sketch my scene on the canvas and I always draw with a small flat brush loaded with raw umber paint. The rest of the subject is painted in as I go along like a sculptor chiseling away at his block. I highly recommend having good drawing skills before tackling the great outdoors. It would make painting outdoors a more enjoyable experience. Now let's paint!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Talk About a Limited Pallet!

I am always asked what colors do I use. Everyone has their favorite pallet. I used to obsess over the many pallets that are available out there. I finally settled down with my favorite colors. Some painters use limited pallets and some want to use the whole spectrum of the color wheel on a painting. The more the better, right! For the most part my pallet is usually the same colors every time I paint outdoors or even when I paint indoors. The only exception to my favorite few is adding 1-2 extra colors that make it out of my painting box. As far as what colors I use? First, I use Liquitex Acrylics without any special retarder additives. The only thing I use to keep my pallet from drying too fast is my spray bottle. The colors I use are Hookers Green, Raw Umber, Yellow Oxide, Cad Yellow Light, Cerulean Blue, Pyrrole Red and Titanium White. If you notice I did not add black in this list and that's only because I do not use black. Everyone has their favorites, and these are mine. Happy Painting!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Plein Air Video Clip

I took some pictures as I painted this painting titled "Pond Life" This is a short video clip of the steps I take during my painting sessions. The painting is an 11"x14" acrylics on canvas painted in my back yard pond on one beautiful Saturday morning.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Art Exhibit at Starbucks

My one man art show at Starbucks was a success. It was a lot of fun to talk to art admirers, friends, and family. Friends that I haven't seen in over a year also stopped by for the event. Even my grandson Jackson came from Tampa to see his Grandfather's paintings. It was a wonderful evening and a lot of fun.

Great Friends!

The Great Mr. Nat from Lake Weir High!

My beautiful Daughter Stacey

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Ugly Before Beauty

I am often told that my acrylic paintings look like oils. What do I do to them to give it this look. I always say, it's like a construction project. It will look ugly in the beginning, however keep building and pushing paint on the canvas and it will turn out all right in the end just as you've always envisioned it to be. This latest painting is also of our garden.

acrylics on canvas 16"x20"

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The Garden

More and more I am going back to my favorite place to paint. my own back yard. There are so many areas that I want to paint in the garden that I don't know if I am ever going to run out of subject areas. The garden is a lovely paradise that my wife and I enjoy just sitting enjoying a cold one and watching the fruits of our labor, well more on her labor than mine.

acrylics on canvas 16"x20"

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Art Exhibit at Starbucks

I will be exhibiting my paintings at Starbucks at Ocala Town Square Oct. 9, 2009 from 6 pm to 9 pm. Don't forget to stop by and enjoy some free coffee samples, snacks, music and fine art. Artwork will be available for purchase.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Ferran Park Paint Out

My friends of the OPAP and I went to paint at Ferran Park in Eustis this saturday. What a wonderful day for outdoor painting it turned out to be. Here is the painting I painted
on location that morning.

Ferran Park, 16"x20" acrylics on canvas

It was just a matter of time

Well, here I am with my blog. I didn't think I was gonna give in to the scene of blogging and what do you know, I fell right into it. I am a new at this so this is going to take some getting used to. Please be patient with me because I am not good on the keyboard.