Saturday, January 30, 2016

2016 30 in 30 - Day 30

Last day of the challenge today!  I have been working all day so far on a 40"x40" commission piece in encaustic (with glass and shell pieces).  This is part of my work in progress...

part of 40"x40" encaustic on wood panel
I'm tired and thirsty and just might deserve to have a cold beer now.

Friday, January 29, 2016

2016 30 in 30 - Day 29

Still playing with the seascape theme...

Fantasy Seascape #4 - encaustic on panel

Thursday, January 28, 2016

2016 30 in 30 - Day 28

Finished up an encaustic piece that I've been working on. Hopefully I can get a better photo in the daylight today. available at Koyman Gallery (free shipping in continental North America).

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

2016 30 in 30 - Day 27

I'm enjoying the change of pace from old buildings.  In case I didn't mention before, all of my oil and acrylic paintings are done with a palette knife.
Juicy #2 - 8"x8" OPEN acrylics on canvas

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

2016 30 in 30 - Day 26

A little change of pace for the next few days...
Juicy - 8"x8" OPEN acrylics on canvas

Monday, January 25, 2016

2016 30 in 30 - Day 25

Went back to my GOLDEN OPEN acrylics since I ran out of white oil paint.

Winter Sunset - 8"x8" OPEN acrylics on canvas

Sunday, January 24, 2016

2016 30 in 30 - Day 24

I fixed a few things on yesterday's painting but still not thrilled.

8"x8" oil on canvas

Saturday, January 23, 2016

2016 30 in 30 - Day 23

Phew...just getting this one in under the wire but this painting needs some work (or maybe a complete redo).  The doorway needs to come over to the left more and I need to tone down the lightness of the wall to the left of the door. I will repost when/if I work on it more.

Friday, January 22, 2016

2016 30 in 30 - Day 22

Leo's place...a closer view.  I'm starting to feel like a so many good things to paint across the road!
A Closer Look - 8"x8" oil on canvas.
Note that I really don't like the texture of canvas for my palette knife paintings so I mix about 2 parts GOLDEN light molding paste with 1 part GOLDEN gesso and a little squirt of transparent yellow iron oxide fluid acrylic and spread it over my panel and let it dry before I paint.  I find that if I just use gesso, it doesn't really get rid of the texture.  Sometimes I attach cotton muslin to a wood panel using gel medium and then coat with gesso for a larger piece.  The muslin is much finer than canvas but gives a tiny bit of texture.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

2016 30 in 30 - Day 21

The office entrance at the old Robertson paper mill in Bellows Falls, Vermont.

The Office - 8"x8" Oil on linen panel

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

2016 30 in 30 - Day 20

The paper mill in Bellows Falls, Vermont, a plein air painting Mecca if you like trains and old rotting buildings.

At Your Own Risk - 8"x8" Oil on canvas

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

2016 30 in 30 - Day 19

A quick window garden based on exploring Ecuador on Google street view...
Window Garden - 8"x8" oil on linen

Monday, January 18, 2016

2016 30 in 30 - Day 18

Leo's house with some snow.  I'm no Tibor Nagy but I can try and use his colors.

Winter Field - 8"x8" Oil on canvas

Sunday, January 17, 2016

2016 30 in 30 - Day 17

More limited palette and tools.  At first the building went all the way across but it seemed to need cutting off and there was no foliage above the building.  Being on the road is make these few days a little tougher but so far so good.  I'm not used to oils so I have to figure out how to get these wet paintings home. Wish I had a pizza box or something.

8"x8" Oil on canvas

Saturday, January 16, 2016

2016 30 in 30 - Day 16

Very limited palette on this one and playing with lost and found edges.  A certain moodiness to this one I think.

Wild Abandon - 8"x8" - Oil on canvas

Friday, January 15, 2016

2016 30 in 30 - Day 15

1/2 way through the challenge!

I painted this one over an old painting that I didn't really like.  This is the view of my neighbor's farm house.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

2016 30 in 30 - Day 14

This one originally had a whiter and bluer sky but I decided to try a very light warm yellow glaze thinking back to having seen a painting by T. Allen Lawson.

"Warm Sky" - 8x10 Oil on birch panel

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

2016 30 in 30 - Day 13

Finished up this one that I started with the last fantasy seascape.  I cant decide if this should go dark side up or dark side down:

Fantasy Seascape #3 - 12x12 - encaustic on panel

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

2016 30 in 30 - Day 12

This is the same location as days 5,6 and 9 only from the other end of the building.  I think I could paint this location for the entire month.

Laundry Day - 8"x8" - Oil on canvas panel

Monday, January 11, 2016

2016 30 in 30 - Day 11

Another fantasy seascape in encaustic. Sorry for the terrible photo.  It's not pink.

12x12 - Encaustic on gallery depth panel

Sunday, January 10, 2016

2016 30 in 30 - Day 10

A little later posting today with having company and getting a batch of encaustic paintings ready to ship out to Effusion Gallery in Invermere, BC.

Fantasy seascape:

Fantasy Seascape #1 - 12x12 - encaustic on gallery depth panel

Here is my shipping box made from hardboard and duct tape:

Saturday, January 9, 2016

2016 30 in 30 Day 9

Ok, finally something I'm pretty happy with.  This is once again the same Google street view location in Scotland.  This one spot has endless possibilities.

"Lived In" - 8 x 8 Oil on canvas panel
Also, I didn't like parts of day 5 so I did some mods to it:

Friday, January 8, 2016

2016 30 in 30 Day 8

The wax was calling me. This started as an abstract but...

A Fresh Start - 16x16 - Encaustic on panel

Thursday, January 7, 2016

2016 30 in 30 - Day 7

In my first version of this, I liked the colors but I thought the building should be flatter.  I might have to do a 3rd version!

Little Blue House #2 - 8x10 - Oil on panel

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

2016 30 in 30 - Day 6

Same building...different view...
I'm sure I'll get the hang of these oil paints at some point!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

2016 30 in 30 - Day 5

The Red Roof - 8"x8" Oil on canvas panel

Monday, January 4, 2016

2016 30 in 30 - Day 4

I'm feeling a little better out this one.  The oil sketching method I was trying was good and I used it in the under-painting of this one, but you know what...I LIKE thick paint and texture and had more fun painting this one with my palette knives that were not with me when I was away. The reference for this was another Google Street View from Ecuador.  Below is the reference that was used for an initial sketch before putting it away for the rest of the painting, and obviously, some artistic license was used in not putting in the background buildings.
Little Blue House - 8x10 - Oil on birch panel

Sunday, January 3, 2016

30 in 30 challenge - day 3

Back home now and back to my encaustic paints...sure did miss them.  I'm going to try not to paint my "usual"  too much for this challenge, but when short on time it's good to be able to get something down.