Wednesday, December 28, 2011

I stand Alone

Title: I stand alone
Oil on 11" x 14" wood panel

Merry Christmas to those that celebrate and happy holidays to everyone else. I have been off for about a week now and finally got some time in front of my easel using some of my new shiny art supplies, was really rusty when I started but started to warmup near the end of this one. One of my favorite thrift store finds is this little green vase, not very practical as it is really small and it was hand-made so it isn't very symmetrical either but it is a pleasure to paint.

Feel free to email me here if you want to chat or interested in buying this painting. Comes ready to hang and shipping is included in the price anywhere in North America.

Visit my website to see more of my work.

Enjoy,
Dave


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Ok Guys Still Life


Title: Ok little guys that's far enough
Medium: Oil on 11 x 14 wood panel

The fourth in a series of analogous colour studies and this one will be the last for this exercise and probably my favorite of the 4, just when I was starting to get the hang of it, maybe some complementary work next as this exercise really helped me out when seeing colour,  on a side note do you know how difficult it is to find half descent purple items to paint, pretty difficult let me tell you..

Feel free to email me here if you want to chat or interested in buying this painting. Comes ready to hang and shipping is included in the price anywhere in North America.

Visit my website to see more of my work.

Enjoy,
Dave

Monday, December 12, 2011

Tangerines and Teapot

Title: Tangerines and teapot colour study
Medium: Oil on 11" x 14" wood panel $350.00

I love the intensity of this one, 3rd in a series of colour studies, analogous study yellow orange to purple, or around there somewhere. I love the way these colours interact with each other. Well with this one, because of my geographical location, photographing my paintings outside is getting a little difficult as the sun isn't as strong now compared to the summer so I apologize for that.

Updated image as it was of poor quality before.

Feel free to email me here if you want to chat or interested in buying this painting.
Visit my website to see more of my work.

Dave

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Allies still life

Title Allies
Medium: Oil on 11 x 14 wood panel

This is the 2nd painting in a series of color studies working with colors close to each other on the color wheel.
Painting is ready to hang , no frame needed, price includes shipping and handling.

 Well this week I think I have spent more time with auto mechanic then in my studio and it looks like I have to go back tomorrow, finding a good mechanic is turning out to be quite a challenge, would be nice if they would work for a painting or 2 instead of cash. Still did manage to finish this one, I think the title took longer then the painting.

Feel free to email me here if you want to chat or interested in buying this painting.
Visit my website to see more of my work.

Enjoy,
Dave

Monday, November 21, 2011

Riding the Wave

Title: Riding the waves - 11 x 14 on wood panel

This one is finally finished, took so long to get through this one. With this one I used a very soft bristle brush, this forced me to try and push the paint around a lot more than usual and blend a lot more also helped to keep me from getting to finicky with details. This is the first in a series of colour studies. I plan to do starting with an analogous colour scheme, I plan to work my way through the whole colour wheel.

Feel free to email me here if you want to chat or interested in buying this painting.

Visit my Blog or website to see more of my work

Dave


Currently on display and available for purchase at "The Big Chill" Art show at Neilson Park Creative Centre from January 2nd to the 22nd
located at 56 Neilson Drive, Etobicoke, On M9C 1V7

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Copper pot

Title: Copper Pot
Medium: Oil on 16 x 20 wood panel

Painting comes ready to hang and no frame is needed

I didn't change this too much from yesterdays version apart from a little tweaks here and there, apart from the suggestion from Kim one of my loyal followers and a great painter, to add some vertical brush strokes on the left side to fix the banding in the red background colour, made a huge difference and I didn't spot it. So thanks a bunch Kim.

The Royal Winter fair is on here in town, various animals on display, mostly farm animals, can't wait to go with my sketch pad and draw some animals, been so long Hope I remember how.

Feel free to email me here if you want to chat or interested in buying this painting.

Visit my Blog or website to see more of my work
Dave

Currently on display and available for purchase at "The Big Chill" Art show at Neilson Park Creative Centre from January 2nd to the 22nd
located at 56 Neilson Drive, Etobicoke, On M9C 1V7

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Copper pot thingy wip


So here is my latest work, not completed yet but coming along, you can click on the image for a larger view. Something is bothering me with this one but I can't quite put my finger on it at the moment maybe it will come to me but perhaps not so if you can figure it out let me know. Anyway the copper pot is turning out rather nice I think.

So last weekend I went to the opening of the Colour and Form Society Juried show where I have 2 pieces showing, they fit in rather well, so I am pleased, had quite a few compliments from the other artists and people that just came to view the show. The show runs until Nov. 26th so if you haven't been you still have time. The most important thing about this show is I will be given an invitation to join the Society, I will have to go through another juried process but at least this is the first stage complete.

Anyway, here is something I find weird, a 16 x 20 panel takes the same amount of time to paint then a 9 x 12 for me. I should be able to get back to this tomorrow so look for another update soon.
Cheers
Dave



Sunday, October 30, 2011

Blue Bottle final

Title: Blue Bottle
Medium: Oil on 16 x 20 wood panel

This piece is a little larger than I usually work on but it came together really quickly for a change, it hasn't changed very much from the first post the other day, however there where a few structure issues that I needed to address as well as some value changes for a bit of clarity. I love this blue bottle such a great colour, before I started this one, I was watching some YouTube videos from some artists I like and most had a similar way of painting and so I thought I would try and the way they painted, so I used a soft bristle brush for most of this and pushed the paint around and blended a little more but did managed to keep some broad brush stokes in there, overall it has a nice soft feel to it.

I have had some issues photographing this one however, as it has been raining for the last few days so I couldn't take it out to take a photo.

On another note, I am really excited as I entered a juried show with the Colour and Form Society, I submitted 2 paintings and imagine my surprise both where selected today, the show runs from November 3rd to the 25th with the opening reception on November 6th from 2 to 5 pm, so if you are in the area stop by it is at ETOBICOKE CIVIC CENTRE ART GALLERY @ 399 The West Mall, Etobicoke.


Cheers
Dave

Friday, October 28, 2011

Blue bottle

My latest painting currently in development, what a frenzy it was yesterday, spent about 6 hours locked in my studio and here is the result, On my way home yesterday I stopped at the Salvation army thrift store and ransacked there store shelf's and picked up about 15 new items to paint, woohoo. It's almost complete I have a few things to tidy up, not much mind you. I will expand on the process later, it's late so I am pretty much done for today

So if you see something that I may have overlooked maybe even some wonderful words of encouragement feel free to let me know.

Cheers
Dave

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Vase with apple


Title:
Medium: Oil on 11 x 14 wood panel  - price $350.00

So here it is, a long time in coming I suppose. Time to move on to something new. This one proved to be difficult as I pointed out in my last blog post but I did manage to get to a point where I am happy with it and willing to share with everybody. I am learning lots this last little while as I struggle through my paintings of late so I guess that counts for something. I have a juried show to enter this weekend as I mentioned before, I can enter 2 paintings, 1 of which I have chosen but still stuck on a 2nd, really looking forward to it.

Til next time

Dave

Friday, October 21, 2011

still life work in progress


Been a tough week for me painting wise yet again, having a bit of trouble concentrating for some reason, I started a painting earlier in the week but it went from bad to worse and then back to bad again, so i wiped it clean and grabbed another wood panel, seems like the more I paint the harder it becomes, maybe my expectations are getting higher, who knows. This one has been a tough fight as well but it is turning out a little better than the last, the photo is a bit washed out and a wee bit on the red side but it will have to do for now, still have to work out some colour but the values are coming along. Any thoughts?

On another note this week I met 2 people, 1 an artist and 1 an art collector at different times of course and both said to me I should have a show very soon, so it got me thinking, this of course was the plan after all but I always thought I wasn't ready or I need more work or what if I have a show and nobody shows up. 

I have been looking into various locations and think I found 1 that may be suitable, and I have to book at least 6 months in advance. This should give me ample time to prepare, So I may go ahead with it and have a show in the spring. I will keep you posted.

Cheers,
Dave

Monday, October 17, 2011

it's Monday

Ya it's Monday, another fun filled week of painting, dogs and whatever life tosses my way, so far so good, didn't paint over the weekend, a bit busy this weekend. I went on something called Lakeshore art trail here in Mississauga and talked to a few local artists which was nice and made a few connections. My latest art buyer showed up Sunday to pick her her new bundle of joy (painting of course), showed her my studio and all my paintings, she was so thrilled. She purchased her painting online so I was a little nervous that it may have not been exactly what she wanted but when she saw it for the first time she was over the moon. So that was a great experience.

Currently setting up for my next painting, saw this great yellow delicious apple today and brought it home, been about a month since I last painted one so I think it time once again. I think a compliment to "time to reflect" as I like to do a few of a similar subject.

I am also in the process of redoing my website again, trying to simplify it a bit, going so slowly.

Til next time
Cheers

Dave

Friday, October 14, 2011

Red Square

Title: Red square
Medium: Oil on 9 x 12 wood panel - $250 cdn

The Red in this is a lot more vibrant than it shows here, I usually photograph my paintings outside in the sunlight but it's been raining here for 2 days and looks like it's not going to let up so I took a pic indoors, it's close but not quite but you get the idea. I am thinking about building my own light box, looks simple enough as I have seen a few examples online perhaps next week.

This Tea pot was hiding out in the basement hiding in a box in the corner, what an awesome colour (yes spell checker a "u" in colour, I am Canadian) and oh so shiny, I love ceramics.

On another note I have been neglecting a few things around here, I think I need an assistant. One of which is my website. I really need to take the weekend and focus on getting everything up to date. When I first redesigned I really didn't think it through very well, not so easy to add content for me so I may have to redesign my redesign.

Til next time

Dave

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

red teapot wip

Ohhh Red, Still in the early stages, a little past the blocking in stage though, It may not show very well as the lighting isn't the greatest outside of my staging area but boy is the tea pot red, almost used straight cad red from the tube but I heard my old art teacher and painters from around the world say "no you can't do that, Have you gone completely mad?". Well I did for most but created a nice fire engine red for the brightest spot so as it seemed a bit cool at first so it should be fine right?

I will be able to get back to this fairly early tomorrow so expect a final post sometime tomorrow.

Cheers and have a good night.
Dave

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Autumn Gathering

Title: Autumn Gathering
Medium: Oil on 9 x 12 wood panel

So here we go, the final version, this one started of terribly but I managed to coral this on back in with much persistence, After the bad start which I narrow down to not focusing enough on observation and poor color choices of the bat, used a few colors I wouldn't normally use and they turned out to be very transparent and wouldn't except any sort of layering on top of them, very annoying but learned lots. Funny thing though just after my last blog post talking about the tough time I had things turned around just like that.

Enjoy

Dave

Friday, October 07, 2011

Gourds 2 wip


Well today is fantastic outside, shouldn't be in the studio I suppose. but here I find myself. Days like this I wish I was a landscape painter. I now I said I would try and get outside this year but it hasn't happen yet, maybe next year.

Well things turned around a bit since my last post, the white gourd in the foreground took all of 5 minutes to put down, compared to 2 days for everything else, go figure, hopefully this trend continues. I managed to pull this one back from the brink and no longer fear this anymore. If all goes I should be able to post a final version soon, time will tell.

Cheers
Dave

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Struggles

Hi Folks.

It's been a hard week thus far in regards to painting. It started off great with a sale so I was in great spirits, thanks again to the new owner of one of my paintings. Currently I am working on a 11 x 14 painting of some more guards, which went off the rails really quickly, after blocking in most of the piece it just didn't work for me, colors and value just weren't working so after a day much fiddling and repainting I scrubbed off all of it. So I started again and again it just wasn't working but instead of scrubbing it off I just blended everything using a soft brush which created a nice blur effect. I then started to focus on some objects and again after a day of fiddling I scrubbed the object away that I was working on, But I am persistent if nothing else so I haven't given up, I may just chop this up to a learning experience and take what I can from it, sort of liberating, in a bizarre kind of way.

It's a little embarrassing at the moment so I won't post a wip until I can work out some of the issues I am having. Must focus!

I guess likes like that some times, Cheers
Dave

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Gourds Still Life

Title: Gourds
Medium: Oil on 11 x 14 wood panel

Here they are finalized a few of my favorite things to paint, brass, gourds and ceramic. Worked a bit on the gourds and foreground this morning, and created a lot more contrast. I like the nice painterly effect I managed to pull of with this one. Which is quite a departure from the first time I picked up a brush again a few years ago, where I was more focused on creating a very tightly rendered painting, thankfully I got away from that and in turn things are looking a lot more realistic, funny that.

Not sure if this is for sale at the moment as I have a juried show to enter and still in the process of making my selections.

Enjoy

Dave

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Gourd season Yeah!


Well Gourd season is upon us stopped by the local grocery store and they were everywhere, so excited I love painting these little things.

Finished my blocking in stage, I do get carried away when blocking in shapes so some areas appear to almost complete but I can't help myself. Still quite a few details to work out as well as some values, currently struggling with a few in this one but it's coming along, the colours are a little off as well so expect so changes, the image is larger then it appears here so if you want to see it closer up just click on the image. Should get some time tonight and tomorrow to finish this up I hope.

Till next time
Dave

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Still Life - candle holder by Dave Froude

Title: Intervention
Medium: Oil on 20 x 16 wood panel

This painting has no title at the moment and could use some suggestions, I thought about evil little candle holder but my wife just looked at me strangely when I said it. This painting is for an upcoming juried show, normally I work a bit smaller but the last time I entered a show with a small painting it looked overwhelmed by other works surrounding it and because it was small it was tucked into a corner. I guess size does matter.

When I set this still life up, originally I had a placed a white teapot in the center but my wife removed it and put this evil candle holder in it's place, I voiced my displeasure, even though I knew she was correct to do so, maybe I should call it intervention. Speaking of the evil item, I really had to work on this one, took forever to work through all colours, reflections and refractions, I think maybe she was angry with me for something.

Enjoy

Dave

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

latest work in progress

I don't normally show works in progress but because I haven't been able to post on a regular basis, I thought I should post something so expect to see more in the future. I have also been uploading at a larger size for you to enjoy.

Here is the latest work in progress started this one yesterday for a juried show coming up, pretty close to being finished, maybe another hour or 2 left. I should be able to finish this one up tomorrow night sometime. Have a good night. and talk soon.

enjoy

Friday, September 16, 2011

Time to reflect by Dave Froude

Title: Time to reflect
Medium: Oil on wood Panel 11 x 14

My good Ole stand in, can always count on an apple when looking for something to paint.

For those of you that visited my blog yesterday here is the final version of the painting I posted yesterday, and hey it even got a title. I actually didn't change very much, maybe it was the lack of sleep or someone came in last night and did some work on it for me, so thanks.

As I mentioned before I used Black gesso to start this on off and this allowed me to work my dark areas a lot faster and seems to suit my way of working as I can lightly work my dark colors and as I progress get  working with color and light I can apply the paint heavier as I go. Hopefully this connects with someone as I really enjoyed doing it.

I have noticed that some juried shows are starting up again, so I guess I better get cracking on some new works to submit.


Enjoy

Dave

Thursday, September 15, 2011

apple w.i.p.

Hey there, here is my latest work, not quite finished so please ignore the grainy image as I usually use natural sunlight when photographing my artwork but the sun had gone away by the time I get to this point. I will be posting a finished version sometime tomorrow. I haven't settled on a title yet for this one but I will think of something I am sure. Like my previous painting, I started this one by prepping my wood panel with Black gesso, what a change, quite a difference to get used to but I do like it as I can get a sense of color and value straight away, reminds me of painting on black velvet. Dogs playing poker is next on my list.

Anyway enjoy and comments are welcome and look for the finished version tomorrow.
Dave

Friday, September 09, 2011

At Peace by Dave Froude

Title: At peace
Medium: Oil on 11 x 14 Wood Panel

I have been trying to expand my subject matter and try new things, and I have been having a great time with animals  so meet Taco, one of my Co-workers taking a break from play time, must of played pretty hard that day.  My goal for this painting was to keep it quite soft so kept brush strokes to a minimum by blending a lot with a dry brush to soften the edges as I painted, and omitted a fair amount of detail, as I was more interested in the mood then the likeness but it is a good likeness none the less. I wasn't sure how it was going to turn out at first. found the back lighting a real challenge.

This painting is priced at $350.00
Enjoy

Dave

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Focused Morning by Dave Froude

Title: Focused Morning
Medium: Oil on 9 x 12 Wood Panel

Meet Misty a little focused on something moving of in the distance, Misty was my Wife and I's first Cat early in our relationship. Spent a year at the Humane Society before we saw her and brought her home, she was 10 when we met and lived to the age of 20. She was a bit off though but still we loved her. She always seemed a bit angry and at least for me. The likeness is really good, for a first attempt at a portrait. My first attempt she looked a bit to angry so I softened the eyes a bit and also but a little emphasis on the eyes.

Currently this painting is not for sale, at least for the time being. So if you really like this let me know as I may be willing to let someone else enjoy this painting.


Enjoy

Dave

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Misty, Work in progress


How is everyone doing on this fine day, I normally don't post works in progress but I am posting this one, for 2 reasons really, the first is I have been working around the house for the last few days and still have quite a bit to get done so I am not sure when I will get a chance to get back to this. The 2nd is I really like this and actually thought I would leave it here as it has a nice quality to it. This portrait is of Misty, my wife and I's first adopted family member, she was 10 when we picked her up from the humane society and lived with us for 10 years, it was a sad day when we lost her a while back, anyway wanted to do this painting for quite some time and now it feels like it's the right time.

Enjoy and hopefully I can back to this soon.

Dave

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Peaches by Dave Froude

Title: Peaches
Medium: Oil on 9 x 12 wood panel


You my have noticed I have been posting a little more often of late, still not at a daily rate but picking up steam, but still taking my time and not rushing things and really focusing on composition and values. Looking back at my paintings over the past 6 months I have noticed my objects are getting more and more simplified, not sure how I feel about this yet, have to think about, maybe something I need to consider going forward. saying that I have had a lot of positive feedback lately which is always great to hear so I won't freak out just yet. Any thoughts?

With this painting I really used very saturated colors for the peaches, just felt right at the time, really pops but time will tell I suppose. I have always been a fan of anything made of copper or brass so when this old large brass water jug crossed my path I had to snag it, sorry pops I will bring it back someday (maybe).

Enjoy

Dave

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Large Hay bale

Title Large Hay Bale
Medium: Oil on 9 x 12 Wood panel

On one of our walks a few weeks back my wife and I stumbled across this large hay bale. as you can see she wasn't that interested in it but I was drawn to the warm colors and the shadows from the surrounding trees in the foreground, reminded me of my favorite breakfast, shredded wheat, wish I had a bowl of milk at the time . I have finally included my lovely wife in one of my paintings, although small at least now I can gladly say I have.


Enjoy

Dave

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Hey, get out the way apple!

Title: Hey, get out the way apple!
Medium: Oil on 9 x 12 wood panel
 First off let me let me apologize for the quality of this photo, you may not notice but the colors just are not being captured as I would like, had a hard time getting anything half decent today, I guess some days are just like that. This painting was another value and composition study and it is starting to sink in a little, never said I was a quick study. I had actually set this one a long time ago and did a painting from it but while setting it up back then I snapped a photo at this angle but put it aside but kept referring back to it every so often so I thought there must be a reason. Till next time.
Enjoy

Dave

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Watermelon and peppers


Title: Watermelon and peppers
Medium: Oil on 9 x 12 Masonite

Yet another watermelon study, love the rich colors and there not too bad to eat as well. the 2 peppers are from the garden, Hungarian hot peppers, probably the hottest pepper I have ever had, although I didn't know when I tried one for the first time, good thing I was standing over the sink, as I had to drink buckets of water afterwards, still not bad got a few more to eat. I tend to paint using a 1/2 filbert brush but broke out 1 at 3/8 for this as well, felt weird. I have been working a lot lately on value, composition and trying to work in some transitional colors it's a hard fight but I am making progress, which I am really pleased with, hopefully my viewers are as well.

Enjoy

Dave

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Watermelon slice by Dave Froude

Title: Watermelon Slice
Medium: Oil on 9 x 12 Masonite

I have really slowed down of late, well until this painting, 1st time using Masonite with Oil, so slick and doesn't dry very fast, if at all, which was a bit of a challenge to work with but I got it to work after a while. This was the last piece in the fridge and with all this hot weather I better get to the local store to pick up some more before my Wife comes home.

Enjoy

Dave

Thursday, July 14, 2011

St John's Wort 2 by Dave Froude

Title: St John's Wort Flower 2
Medium: Oil on 9 x 12 Canvas panel


I started this painting a few days back, I hadn't picked up a brush for a couple of weeks for various reasons which I won't get into as it really wouldn't make very good reading so not to bore you, I had a spot of trouble figuring this one out but finally got to something I am pleased with, had some issues with values. Skills are coming but slower than I would have hoped. This will be my last painting on canvas panel at least for now, when I was at the Toronto Outdoor art expo I talked to a few painters I admired and found most where using wood panels or hardboard so I am going to give them a whirl, this will eliminate the need for frames as they are thick enough to attach a hanging wire on the back.

Anyway, I will be working a look in the next few days, but I have been eying a watermelon in the fridge, it is slowly disappearing so I better get on it quick before it disappears.

Enjoy

Dave

Sunday, July 10, 2011

I'm Still here

Been a busy couple of weeks for me, been working a lot at my part time gig, turning out to be more of a full time thing, lots of people taking vacation time so that leaves me to hold down the fort I suppose, more than happy to do it as my dogs need me, but it does eat into my painting time. I have also been working in the back yard regrading the lawn as the level sloped toward the house. So nine yards of soil later and new sod to go on top and bam instant lawn, sort of.

I went to Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition this weekend, very inspiring, had a chance to visit with some artist and chat a bit, didn't want to take up too much of their time as they were quite busy but it was great to see all the great work, something to aspire to perhaps next year I will apply. If you read this today (Sunday) I suggest you visit if you are in the area. 1 Artist I really enjoyed talking to was Catherine Jeffrey, I follow here blog but here paintings are so much more vibrant and powerful in person.

Looks as though I have the rest of today and tomorrow to sit behind my easel finally, so look for a painting in the nest couple of days

Until then
Dave

Thursday, June 23, 2011

St John's Wort flower painting by Dave Froude

Title: St John's Wort
Medium: Oil on 9 x 12 Canvas panel

I wasn't really paying attention to how long it was since my last post, Been busy with lots of gardening on the property anyway I did manage to do a little bit of painting everyday, here is the latest and greatest. Not feeling well today so I will keep it short. I don't often paint flowers but I do enjoy working on them, look for more in the next month or so when the garden starts to come in.

Enjoy

Dave

Monday, June 13, 2011

Admin Day

Sorry no new painting today, nothing on the easel at the moment, perhaps I will be able to start something new a little later today, I have been busy setting a few things on my blog, I going to starting a newsletter in the next week or 2 depending on time, I have also added a subscribe to my blog feature, I think it works. I have also set up a online store with My ArtFire today, looks like this service will fit my needs at least for the time being.

Until next time enjoy your day.
Dave

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Limestone pillars by Dave Froude


Title: Limestone pillars
Medium: Oil on 9 x 12 Canvas panel

Lat weekend My wife and I went to Mount Nemo, which is part of the Niagara escapement, while walking through the various paths we came across this scene a cavern among 2 huge limestone pillars , the rocks were covered with so much moss and the sun light was just hitting a tiny part of the bottom of the cavern, took quite a few photos as it was quite an awesome site. Hopefully I managed to convey this through this painting, but it is my first attempt at subject matter like this. Midway through this I have decided this needs to be a lot larger so look for a much larger piece at a later date.

Enjoy

Dave

Friday, June 03, 2011

Apple and Vase 2 by Dave Froude


Title: Vase and Apple 2
Medium: Oil on 10 x 12 Canvas panel

Well my work continues but a much slower pace, I have been painting everyday but taking my time for the time being, not being focused on output but rather quality, so thanks for your patience.
You may notice this looks a lot like my previous painting and it does but I made a few changes, I was trying to pay attention to warm and cool temperatures as well as composition and value changes, not sure if I was completely successful yet so I hope someone well chime in with their thoughts. Sorry for the shadow at the bottom of the painting, if I get some time I will take another photo.

On to the next.
Enjoy

Dave

Friday, May 27, 2011

Vase at a distance

Title: Vase at a distance
Medium: Oil on 10 x 12 Canvas panel

 You may have noticed that my updates have been a bit sparse of late, this is for a few reasons, one my morning job has been expanding a bit into the afternoons and over the weekends so this hasn't left much time to sit down and paint as often as I would like, but I have to pay the bills and my Dog's need me, so that's how it goes sometimes. The other reason is I have been going through a book I bought called Mastering Composition by Ian Roberts, which is great and he points out a lot of information to keep in mind while painting from start to finish which I had been omitting in my work, I haven't gone through the whole book yet but I have read has made a huge difference already in my last few paintings.

Here is another example, although the objects are a bit far away the point for me was to create a strong composition and value study, to lead the viewer through the painting. I think I will do this one again, but this time I will zoom in a little.

Enjoy

Dave

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Tie goes to the Apple by Dave Froude

Title: Tie goes to the apple 
Medium: Oil on 9 x 12 Canvas Panel

 The title is a baseball term just in case you didn't know. I have been working on planning my paintings out before hand paying attention to light, composition and value, overall the results are much better I don't struggle as much, I have also slowed down a bit when painting and always stand back every so often to make sure everything is going as planned, oddly enough this has made the whole process faster. Only took a few years or trial and error to figure it out, silly me, anyway enjoy

Onward and Upward
Dave

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Apple and Vase


Title: Apple and Vase
Medium: Oil on 9 x 12 Canvas Panel

Hey I am still here, worked on this one for a about 3 days on and off, starting to get a better handle of Oil paint, trying not to rush and create a big muddy mess, sometimes it works sometimes not . ;)

This painting here is a result of conversation I had over the weekend regarding painting structure, composition, value and focus, although not perfect I feel it is a step in the right direction, at least I hope it is.

Anyway Comments welcome
Onward and Upward
Dave

Sunday, May 15, 2011

lime reflections by Dave Froude


Title: lime reflections
Medium: Oil on 9 x 12 Canvas panel

Hi folks, Well blogger was down for a while so I didn't get a chance to update for a spell but here is my latest painting.

I entered a painting into a juried show and unfortunately it wasn't selected but I did get a critique from one of the jurors which was great and she gave me some wonderful feedback, although it was a tough assessment it was what I needed to hear, gave me lots of feedback and pointed out many things that I need to improve upon, mostly it came down to composition, and placement. Although The juror was tough she was very encouraging.

Onward and Upward
Dave

Friday, May 13, 2011

Cups and shells oil painting by Dave Froude


Title: Cups and Shells
Medium: Oil on 9 x 12 Canvas Panel

Finally as promised here is Cups and Shells, this one spent a long time on my easel, had a spot of trouble with values for a spell but I think I worked through it. Still may do some work on this in a week or 2 so I am not putting this one up for sale just yet but of you are interested in this one email me before I make any changes.

 I was out the other day and dropped off a lot of my objects I have painted over the years to goodwill and picked up some new ones, mostly shiny metal objects and some colored glass vases, as you can see I used a few here already, but I need to get a bunch more, can't wait to go back, I love hitting the Thrift store and such, really great stuff to paint and it helps so many people out.

Onward and upward
Dave

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Struggle continues

Happy Wednesday everyone, I am here and continue to paint daily but the transition to oil is a struggle but I do love a challenge, I am about 1/2 way through a painting that I started the other day. Hopefully things go my way today and I can finally post something this week. I am finding I have to learn to paint all over again and take a different approach with oil. I find it a challenge to layer colors over each other without them blending into each other, I have watch some demos from well known artist and they make it look so easy. I will not give up though as I do love it just taking a while so thanks for your patience.

More later.

Cheers
Dave

Friday, May 06, 2011

3 Containers


Title: 3 Containers
Medium: Oil on 12 x 9 Canvas Panel

So here is Oil painting number 2, I laid the paint down pretty thick in spots, wasn't intentional but I like happy accidents every once in a while, going well so far still learning of course but I like how things are progressing, comments welcome.

Til next time
Dave

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Thanks for your Patience

Hi Folks, Sorry I haven't posted anything else this week, but I am working on another oil painting, looks like I have much to learn but I am up for the challenge, should have something tomorrow afternoon to post as it is taking some time to get my head around Oil colours.

This week I was making my selection for a juried show coming up, deadline for the entry form is tomorrow and I have made my selection and sent off my entry form today, the painting I selected was Blue Vase and tangerines and it framed and ready for the show, drop off and jury selection is next weekend, wish me luck.

Talk more tomorrow,
Dave

Monday, May 02, 2011

Bottles and apple

Title: Bottles and Apple
Medium: Oil on 9 x 12 Canvas panel
 Well here it is my first ever attempt using Oil colors, what a way different animal than acrylics that's for sure. I chose to work on a similar setup to my last painting which was done using acrylics so I could get a feel for the differences, My lovely wife wasn't so big on the beer bottle I used in the last so I grabbed an old standby "Apple". I love the way Oil covers on the first coat so opaque even with a thin layer, what would have taken me several coats with acrylics went down with 1 swipe.
Anyway I would be  interested in Hearing what people think of this one, One thing that really through me for a loop was the long drying time, still trying to get my head around that.

Til next time
Dave

Friday, April 29, 2011

Bottles

Title: Bottles
Medium: Acrylic on 9 x 12 Canvas panel

So bottles it is,This started out great but quickly changed direction, when I set this one up I loved the coloured light shining through the bottles so I offset this to the right so it would show up. My light source was so close to the bottles they were heating up something fierce, but it was the only way the light would show through the bottle in the back and the red in the middle looks great. I was almost finished this one earlier today but realized I had lost the structure in some parts and had to correct it which caused some other issues but life's like that.

So on my way home from work today I stopped at the local art supply store and finally purchased Oil colours, water mixable of course can't wait to try them. wish me luck.

Til next time
Dave

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Red-wing Blackbird by Dave Froude



Title: Red Wing Black Bird
Medium:  Acrylic on 9 x 12 Canvas panel

Well, so here we are again, so this time I thought I would take up one of those paint challenges that are around on the ole internet, needed something a little different today so I choose this one from paint and draw together . I had fun with this, as this was the first time I have ever attempted to paint a bird. Don't know about the rest of you but I find it hard working from photographs as I don't do it very often and provided a challenge on it's own. Anyways, I have been looking at my Cat and thinking he may make a good model someday.

Til next time
Dave

Monday, April 25, 2011

Beer bottle and friends by Dave Froude

Title: Beer Bottle and Friends
Medium: Acrylic on 10 x 12 canvas panel

 Finally have a day off so as promised on Friday here is my latest work, struggled with this one, tangerines started out as limes but half way through this painting they transformed right in front of my eyes, good thing too as I must have painted them about 4 times before the change and thought about moving on to another canvas, although I found it hard to get into a rhythm today, managed to work it enough to be satisfied with it. Hope you agree.

I see I have a few more followers, thanks to all of you. Just so you know my schedule is a little lighter this week so I hope to post a little more often this week, until then.

Enjoy
Dave

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Blue vase and tangerines


Title: Blue Vase and Tangerines
Medium: Acrylic on 9 x 12 Canvas panel

I am interested to hear what people think of this one. I was debating tightening this one up for a bit, so I slept on it and decided to leave it as is. I agonized over the tangerines in the shadow yesterday as I just couldn't trust my eyes but went ahead a painted them they way I saw them anyway. Lately I have found working wet on wet really suits me, which can be difficult with acrylics as they dry so fast, so I have to work areas quite quickly which is a nice change of pace, everything seems more fluid. I also have a new favorite brush, Winsor & Newton makes a great #8 filbert, which is about 1/2 inch wide with tapered edges and it's all I have been using of late.

This one is not for sale at the moment, there is a juried show coming up in a couple of weeks and this one may be my entry.
 
Enjoy
Dave

Monday, April 18, 2011

Tennis anyone


Title: Tennis ball study
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas panel 10 x 12

Well wait can I say about this one, um it's a tennis ball, but I guess that's pretty obvious at least I hope it is. I was planning to post something a little different, but I had a difficult weekend painting, nothing was working out, I started 2 paintings over the weekend and scrapped both of them, 1 was nearly completed, I still have that one so I may pick it up again in a little while, when I forget how frustrated I got with it. I figure this is par for the course so I try not to let it bother me too much.

With this painting being a rather simple subject, I tried to create some excitement with brush strokes and color selection, kept my palette rather again with this one which is turning out to be a great exercise.

Enjoy
Dave

Friday, April 15, 2011

Whatz up

So you may have noticed that there hasn't been a painting posted lately, sorry about that, I am currently working on one that I started today but it's going pretty slow at the moment, I can't believe it's already Friday, and I am just getting to paint for the first time this week.

I have been busy this week, I have signed on to do another website, hopefully this won't take too much of my time but it probably will. I have also donated a painting to Dog Guides of Canada to sell at there open house on Saturday April 16th, hopefully it sells well.

I made a set of rules for myself with the next bunch of paintings, although these will probably look very similar to previous paintings but still, rules none the less. Thanks to Aaron Lifferth's Painting a Day blog. So as I said I am working on the first but it may take a couple of days as my weekend looks like it filled up already.


Cheers and have a great day
Dave

Monday, April 11, 2011

Copper tea pot


Title: Copper Teapot
Medium: Acrylic on 9 x 12 Canvas panel

Needed a bit of change today from eggplants and limes. Saw this yesterday at my father in-laws place so I snatched it up, he has all kinds of this stuff laying around his house so I may sneak back in a couple of days. This cool tea pot has a container attached to the base that holds oil or some kind of fuel and once lit heats the pot from below

This first started out as a analogous colour study but added a bit of green so I guess I can call this one pseudo analogous. Paintings seem to be pretty well for me right now, not perfect but I like how things are progressing.

Enjoy
Dave

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Win, place and show


Title: Win, place and show
Medium: Acrylic on 9 x 12 Canvas panel

Yet another painting with Eggplants and limes, like I said I before, I tend to get fixated on things. This title has  more then 1 meaning for me, Friday was the opening on the Beaux-Arts juried show in Brampton, where I had a piece in the show, and this was my first juried show I have made it in to so I was really excited to see my work hanging with other great works, I didn't receive any awards or anything but that's ok with me as I got to meet some really great artist and talked a little shop of course.

I see a real change in my work in the last month or so, for the better I think, I have been paying attention to brush work and contours also trying to keep things simplified. I have also been trying to keep my palette very limited for each painting, which seems to work out better. 


Enjoy
Dave

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

The wall


Title: The Wall
Medium: Acrylic on 9 x 12 Canvas panel

 Why the title The Wall you ask, well 2 reasons, the first well I listened to the album, Pink Floyd the wall while painting this yesterday, also the music must have made an impact because it wasn't until I had finished and took a step back did I realize I had arrange my objects to form a wall.

I enjoyed painting this yesterday, so much so that I didn't want to stop, so once I started I didn't stop until I was done, a full 8 hours or so, I remember painting some eggplants a couple years back and really enjoyed it then too, great purples and reds, these are eggplants from India apparently and unlike the normal variety are quite tiny.

Enjoy
Dave

Monday, April 04, 2011

Hey get out of there




Title: Hey get out of there
Medium: Acrylic 9 x 12

Looks like I am on a bit of a lime kick, I get a little fixated on things so this may continue until I feel I get this right. The jug in the background always give me a hard time but I am getting better at it. These limes are pretty much done, they have been hanging around my studio for over a week under my lights so it's time for them to leave, So I have to find some replacements first, I think I will try and find some small key limes and cut a few open next time.

In other news, Over the weekend I entered 2 paintings for a juried show in Brampton that starts this week and has a grand opening on Friday, of the 2 I entered 1 was selected, so happy, can't wait to see how it looks on a wall with other work around it. I am also preparing my submissions for the Port Credit art walk that starts at the end of May but the deadline is this Friday. Wish me luck.

Enjoy
Dave