This is the 15th quick study. This is 40 minutes work, it is not a finished oil painting but a sketch. When the timer goes off I jump, swear and grumble and wish for more time but the brush goes down and it is over! My favorite part is the foot.
This is the 14th quick study. This one is 25 minutes. They are kind of fun actually. Are they finished? Maybe not but for 25 minutes, they are finished enough. By this time next week I have 12 more to do.
This is the 11th quick study in my class. This one is 60 minutes and in oils. Actually they are all in oils.
This is 11" X 14". The cow belongs to Allison Gerrity. I have painted her cows quite a few times. It is funny how they love to just stand in the water for hours.
This is a 60 minutes oil sketch done from one of my photos. I took it the last time I was in Paris several years ago. I like the wet quality it has. This is the tenth painting done for my quick studies class. I do like painting these quick studies. I don't have the patience for finish. I also love to see juicy paint and brush strokes.
Again this is 60 minutes in oil. This is that beautiful grand daughter Clarene. If you saw the Stockton Record today, there were some nice pictures of my work in the Lens Section. Take a look. Must go paint!
On sleeping companions, I put more shadow under the cat giving it a better anchor into the painting.This added an extra 5 minutes to the painting. Also here is a painting of Clarene, our grandaughter, at the beach. Again this is a 60 minute oil sketch. The kind of paper I used to print the image on greatly changed the color temperature of the painting. Photo paper prints warmer color and photocopy paper is cooler colors. I thought that was kind of interesting. Good night all!
This is a 60 minute quick study. I know the values are off a bit. Under the cat it should be darker in value but I stopped at 60 minutes. Now that it has been turned in for the class I will make corrections and post them later. Last night I did my demonstration at the Elsie May Goodwin Gallery for the Stockton Art League. All went well and the group was very kind and attentive.The number at the end of each post is how many quick studies I have finished for the class.
This is a 40 minute oil quick sketch on a 9" X 12" canvas board. I love this model but he is very difficult. I ran out of time to refine his face and hands. I paint 20 minutes, take a short break then set the timer and go back and use the last 40 minutes.
Well, this one is a 40 minute quick oil sketch. I worked 20 minutes, took a 10 minute break then the last 20 minutes. I like this one, it is a 9" X 12". I have about 90 sketches to do in this class plus 2 long term paintings. I painted one last night after work. I found my colors are harder to see after dark.
Here is the second one. They are actually kind of fun but you need a clear mind to be successful. The idea that after 25 minutes you must stop is liberating. There is no time for anything to be to precious! Gesture is important and so is value. Squinting helps to simplify the large areas.
This is a quick study done in oil, in 25 minutes. I have about 90 quick studies to do between now and the end of May. Again, these are not finished paintings but quick studies. I am hoping they build my confidence in laying down paint more confidently.
Well, I am only going to post when I have time. Sorry about the glare on this image. I went to an antique store in Reno and they had all these lanterns hanging from the ceiling. I just loved them so I shot some digital images while I was there. I did 3 paintings from the digital images I shot. I started my online painting class Monday, so I will be very busy. The class is called quick studies. I have toned 6 canvas boards and they are drying. All the oil studies are timed. I will post them as I have time. I will start painting tomorrow. By the end of May, I have to have 90 quick studies done and 2 longer paintings done, so if I am not here as much as usual, you will know why!
I love painting and the world around me is amazing. Life is to short and I want to see the best in people. I am putting a few drawings on eBay, as I have time. My Etsy store is empty for now, maybe when I retire or finish my M.F.A. or just find some extra time, I may try again. My Blog is more a forum to share what I am painting, my growth, both failures and successes. I am also working on my M.F.A. in painting and working full time as a high school art teacher. I am an 10 year cancer survivor so I have been given a special gift of life and want to enjoy it to it's fullest.