Thursday, March 24, 2011

Four Inch Brush, completed

The Four Inch Brush from my last demonstration is finally finished. The image below is the last one from the "in process" series I posted a few weeks ago. I had quite a way to go in the finishing step.

I used the same color mixtures throughout the process, but they look different in the two photos. The finished photo was taken in natural daylight, while the process photos were taken under indoor light. The photo above shows more accurate color. I did change the colors of the brush in the final version.

I will be doing another First Friday demonstration on April 1. I hope those of you in and around Anchorage will drop by the Upstairs Studio to say hello. In addition, my still life weekend classes are ongoing and have openings. If you would like to join us this weekend, or during April or May, please get in touch through my email:

8 x 10
oil on linen panel

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Four Inch Brush, another First Friday Demo

Many thanks to photographer Paul Younger, who came to the Upstairs Studio First Friday opening and took this shot of me with my painting, my glass palette, and my set up.

The subject is another old tool I have had for a while, just waiting for the right moment to paint it. Because I try to work quickly on demo paintings, a simple object is best, but I added the cloth to liven up the color. Besides, brushes and color go together!

You can see my mixtures of pink and pale yellow paint, to match the fabric, on the palette. My green and violet mixtures are also there, but outside the photo.

The first sketch, getting the composition in place. You can still see my initial grid. The panel is 8 x 10.

The block-in is about done here.

First color pass, looking like a painting now. I had fun incising the individual bristles with the pointy end of my brush.

I continued to work on Saturday, and this is what it looks like now. It is not necessarily finished. I will let it dry for a few days and look it over for needed refinements. Then the "official photo" will go to the website.

This process is what I teach in my weekend workshops. There is still space in March, April, and May. Please contact me if you are interested in signing up.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

First Friday final versions

In honor of the upcoming First Friday, I am posting photos of these completed demonstration paintings. The one above is now called Frank's Pointer. Everyone thought it was a gardening spade, but actually it's a mason's tool. I began it at January's First Friday.

Below is Slotted Spoon, from February's First Friday.

March 4 is First Friday, and I will start another painting. Please come by to see the show at the Upstairs Studio Gallery. Location: 406 G Street, Suite 209, Anchorage, Alaska. The opening goes from 5 PM to 9 PM.