Session #424, Work #404

I went through all of my artwork from the past year or more and made a scorecard for all the works that I liked. The scorecard consisted of things like; Drawn well, Focus on value, High contrast, Composed etc… As I went through all my work and picked out pieces that I liked I would mark any attribute of the scorecard that the piece pertained to and I ended up with a definite indication of what I’m most interested in.

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Session #373, Work #360

I guess I kinda take it as a challenge when I fail at something in art. Lots of people say I’m too hard on myself but what they don’t understand is that failure doesn’t weaken my resolve, but hardens it like tempered steel. One of the best things that I have heard Jamie Bollenback say was, “To get better, you need to make a whole hell of a lot more bad paintings”.

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Session #366, Work #357

I had a truck load of stuff that I brought to the painting class today. I basically had to bring my entire painting setup plus objects for a still life and lamps. But it payed off, I was able to have a lot of items to choose from and because I was so prepared I spent a lot of extra time setting up my still life. I really wanted to get this composition fantastic and interesting to paint. I plan on spending a long time on it so I want it to keep the excitement throughout. 

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Session #330, Work #324

There were so many ornaments on the tree to choose from that it was very hard picking one. I like Pinocchio because he is made of a bunch of simple shapes. I remember at one point during the drawing he fell over, luckily I was far enough into the drawing that it didn’t destroy my chances of getting his shape accurate.

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Session #299, Work #294

Still inspired by Andrew Wyeth I was searching the apartment for anything that I owned that was dear to me. I quickly became surprised that I couldn’t find anything. It seems that I have no keepsakes, no meaningful trinkets lying about my home, whereas my wife has a ton of keepsakes around the home and each and every one has a special meaning to her.

 

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Session #290, Work #285

It is no secret that I have been struggling with subject matter for weeks. Every night seems to be a struggle to find something of interest to paint. It’s late by the time I start a painting so my subject matter is reduced to what I have close at hand, so I arrange it under the light and go through the motions.

 

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Session #285, Work #282

So I’m having some drawing trouble with oils lately. I figured that if I drew the same subject in charcoal and payed close attention to how I use charcoal and figure out why I can draw so much better with charcoal rather than oil paint then I could apply the same methods from charcoal to oils with similar results.

 

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Session #265, Work #261

I really liked this elephant candle holder keepsake. The wood is a very deep red and I wanted to try and capture the color well. I think I was able to capture the color, but you could never tell because of the glare off the painting. That is the trouble will oil paint, if you paint dark you ultimately get a ton of glare when you take a picture of your work.

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Session #254, Work #250

I love asking my wife to pick something for me to paint because I know she will pick something random that I would never pick, and almost always end in me being challenged by the subject matter.Tonight was no different, she picked a wonderful gift given to her by a friend in Washington D.C. If I felt like spending longer on this painting I would have dove deep into describing the texture of the stocking, but I settled for focus on drawing, value and color.

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Session #248, Work #244

At the beginning of this painting the cat Smoky decided that he wanted to lay behind the horse on top of the black t-shirt. He was so funny that my mother in-law was laughing hysterically for a while. It was great, and if he would have stayed there still for a while I would have added him to the painting, maybe it would have turned out better.

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Session #231, Work #227

I am becoming less concerned with absolute detail and I’m mainly focusing on getting the shapes correct for drawing the values as close as possible and the color similar. One day I will have enough time throughout the week or I will get the motivation on the weekend to begin a larger painting but for now I will just stick to daily small works. Besides I haven’t really focused in on my main subject matter yet, but I’m thinking about it every day.

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