Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Bryce Canyon Amphitheater

14" x 11" Oil on panel.

Sometimes painting is troublesome. Bryce Canyon Amphitheater was inspiring in person with impressive colors at sunrise, but I feel that it might work better as a photograph rather than a painting. Peering into the canyon results in a graphical composition without a very strong form. I worked on this study over two sessions, but am unsure whether I want to work it further or use it as a study for a larger piece.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Tour of California Stage 7

10" x 8" Oil on panel.
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Stage 7 was the downtown LA time trial. This is the view from the back side of the start ramp with the World Champ about to start (thanks to Jonathan Devich.) Spartacus is a class act on the time trial bike. Those rainbow stripes are a great tradition in the sport.

I remember it as a warm day in the sun checking bikes for UCI compliance. It might not be a fun job and the rules are kind of crazy, but it is important to ensure all of the riders are treated equally. It is also an interesting place to see each rider and their bike up close.

Saturday, September 11, 2010


24" Square Oil on panel

This should be close to finished. As I added details, I wanted to avoid them toward the outside edges. I also played up the motion blur in appropriate places.

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Sundodger Progress

24" Square

Adding details. I am trying to get the shapes correct and develop the color I want with the details I am adding. The white jersey is starting to look real and I am much happier with the shape of Lefty's head. There is still some work to do on the shape and contrast on his shorts. With his left arm and the other player, I am starting to get the blur where I want it. I am definitely going to have to work on edges and limiting the details that are getting too "tight" for my taste.

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Sundodger Background

2 foot square.

Here is the background block=in. Saturated in the front and more neutral and lighter in value into the distance.

Friday, September 03, 2010

Sundodger Start

24" square.

On the big easel...

This is the start for a "companion piece" to Bert's Frisbee painting. I like the start since I managed to lay it in without any grid lines or other drawing crutches. I think he needs a little more neck, however.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Dawn Treader At Dawn - Finished?

24" x 18" Oil on panel.

Coming back from vacation, I worked on the painting that was still on my easel. I changed some values all over the painting. I mainly lightened up the water and worked on the reflection of the sun back in the rippled water. I also worked some details in the boat, but stopped before I got too far past a suggestion. I think this is probably done. It has a nice punch with such a rainbow of colors. I left the last few strokes at the bottom of the sun reflection alone, since they captured how I remember Impression Sunrise. (It's interesting that my memory of the painting makes it more vivid; an interesting little "exhibit" on the painting is here.)