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Oil Sketch of an Internet Friend

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I call this an oil sketch because I did it so quickly. This is 8″ x 10″ and painted with Iron Oxide Red and Titanium White.

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Some Watercolor Experiments

I’m not too used to painting in watercolor, but my wife gave me a set of colors, and I’m giving them a try.

gray cat

This is one of our cats. He’s named Max. He’s very fat and has gray fur. There wasn’t any gray paint in the watercolor set, so I used different other colors. This piece is about 16″ x 24″ in size.

leaves

This is the first thing I tried. I have some long pieces of paper left over from work (about 48″ x 15″) so I’m trying to use them up. Not knowing where to even start trying to paint watercolor, I looked up internet articles, and found this interesting one about painting negative shapes:

http://thepaintedprism.blogspot.com/2014/01/watercolor-workshop-negative-painting.html

If you’re interested in watercolor painting, you should try this method. It’s really different from oil painting… when painting in oils, I tend to work from dark to light. Painting in watercolor is more like the opposite, building up color to make the dark areas.

frogs

So I thought I’d try the same thing with frog shapes. My original thought was to make kind of a lattice of frogs reaching out to one another, and repeating that pattern a little smaller and a little darker in the dark places.

Unfortunately I made the frog shapes too big, and anyway, a lattice of frogs is kind of weird to begin with. So I just did one more layer of shapes behind them, and called it a day.

 

I’m enjoying the watercolor paints. There’s a lot to learn for me here.

Baritone Ukulele decorated with Paisley Pattern

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I’ve played enough Baritone Ukulele that I’ve decided to upgrade my instrument. But what should I do with my old entry-level cheap-o? Make an art object of it, that’s what!

 

Here’s a picture of it in progress:

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I drew the outlines with a Sharpie pen, and then painted the colors with oil paint. It’s dry now, and I tuned it back up. The extra thickness of the soundboard didn’t seem to affect the tone or volume much at all, which is good.

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Decorative art for me

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These are things I painted for hanging in my own home. Not really art, but just decorative stuff that I wouldn’t mind looking at for awhile. These are paintings I made for me, but I thought I’d post them here so you could see them if you wanted to.

They’re fairly big so that they cover a lot of wall space.

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Flowers & Clouds

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So after having painted the flowers, I went out with my camera to take pictures of clouds. I photoshopped different ones together to make this picture, and then decided to paint it on its own canvas (18″ x 24″) instead of behind the flowers.
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flowers

I hadn’t painted flowers in a long time, so I asked my wife to go and pick up a variety of them for me to paint.

She came back with far more than I needed (and several vases.) I don’t know anything about the art of flower arranging, so I just tried to make a pleasing composition. I set them up outside, in the morning so that the light would hit them from the side. I put a piece of FoamCor (a kind of illustration board) behind them to block out the background.

Now that I look at it, I think the blankness is a little strange. Maybe I should paint in some trees or clouds or something. I don’t know. This canvas is 36″ x 24″.

 

A New Portrait

marine

I painted this for my friend at work who met his wife in the Marines. The picture depicts her as she looked 30 years ago.

 

It’s oil on an 18″ x 24″ stretched cotton duck canvas.

A New Painting

Curtain

This is my cat Princess, looking through a torn curtain.

I picked this subject because it was a challenge. There’s light coming through the curtain, reflected onto the cloth and around the cat. This forces me to make a lot of judgements throughout the process, and I’m sure that I’ve improved as a painter by doing it.

It came out okay, I guess. It could have been better; it could have been worse. It’s 11″ x 14″