Saturday, January 30, 2010

The Sprint

24" x 18" Oil on panel.
In a Private Collection

This is the moment that the final sprint kicks from one speed to the top speed as the riders make for the line. The Green Jersey is worn by the leader of the sprint competition in the Tour de France and is usually in the mix at the end of a flat stage.

This painting is part imagination, part photo reference from the generous Jonathan Devich to get realistic body shapes.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Digging In

12" x 24" Oil on panel
$290 (Framing and shipping extra.)

I painted this over the weekend. It's obviously another composition from the Dragon Boat photos. After the initial posting, I reworked the painting some to downplay some of the background details that were too prominent.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Lance in the Time Trial

10" x 8" Oil on panel

As a response for "do I paint cycling pictures", here is one. I would like to paint more, but am sensitive to copyrights, so I would welcome more shots where it was clear that I could use them for reference. I would like to find some sprint finish shots that I can use. When I am working at events, I never will get the chance to capture my own reference.

This is an imagining of what Lance may look like later this year in the TT. We haven't seen him in a RadioShack skinsuit yet, but this was adapted from a photo by Anita Ritenour from the Amgen Tour of California. Thanks for licensing your photos this way, Anita.

See the original photo reference here:

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Frothing Milk

"Grande Latte 180 degrees" (Well, you don't really want it 180 degrees, but asking for it gets you a real extra hot instead of the usual.)

(Click image for a larger view.)
12" x 12" Oil on deep dish canvas

I think this will be the last in the 12 inch square coffee series. I may make something bigger in the same theme.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Double Espresso

I usually go for a latte every morning, but I like this double espresso today.

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12" x 12" Oil on deep dish canvas.

Friday, January 08, 2010

Espresso Basket

Is this thing called an espresso basket? Here is the underpainting.

I realized this morning as I was photographing this that it is becoming an "old fashioned" item. You don't see them at Starbucks anymore and I know a lot of people who have automated machines where the only sign they see of this is the used "puck". That said, it was fun to paint a shiny thing as I work on my coffee theme.

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12" x 12" Oil on deep dish canvas.

UPDATE: It is called the basket.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Coffee Bean

12" x 12" Oil on canvas.

It's been two coffee time with the short days and gloomy weather. These beans smell great and have that oily sheen to them. So, I zeroed in on one for this painting.