Thursday, February 21, 2013


 Title: Empire Oil on 24" x 20" wrapped canvas $600.00

This painting is one of the largest paintings I have done in the last couple of years, quite a change from 8 x 10 or 5 x 7, oddly enough it took about the same amount of time complete, not sure why that i but I won't complain.

I am really pleased how turned out, for various reasons, but mostly how quick it came together and the apple really pops, which was my intent from the start. With my last bunch of paintings I stuck with a limited palette but not with this one, this time I spread all my colours, but found I limited myself anyways, used half of them.


Wednesday, February 20, 2013


So here is my latest work in progress, still quite of work to do but well on it's way but at least the block in is finished.

I think after tomorrow's session this should just about be finished I hope. 


Saturday, February 16, 2013

Apple time, work in progress

Latest work, in progress. I just realized I haven't painted an apple in a while so here goes.

Here is what is on my easel right now, it's a large one, at least for me 20" x 24", I have also included a shot of the setup, I thought people might be interested in seeing my setup. The photo isn't the exact view I have but it's pretty close, you may notice I have moved a few things a little here and there and changed the scale of some objects. Usually a common practice for me but you get the idea.

For this one I am not going to be using a limited palette, think I will put that one hold for the time being.

Enjoy and wish me luck

Tuesday, February 12, 2013


Vases 20" x 16" oil on wood panel

This may be my last experiment using a limited colour palette consisting of ivory black, Cad Red, Yellow Ochre, Cerulean Blue and white, although I really enjoyed it, I really miss some of my favorite colours, maybe I will try a few other combinations.

This one took a lot of convincing, I wanted to paint it one way but this painting took on a life of it's own and had it's own thought on it, it was an intense battle between the 2 of us. As my previous posts will attest to.

In the end it was a draw, no pun intended.


Sunday, February 10, 2013

Vases in progress part 2

Well, after sleeping overnight and coming back to this one I realized my drawing was so out of whack I spent most of the day fixing a lot of the structure, just about there though. I just couldn't help myself. I could see something was off yesterday but I was ignoring it hoping it would go away, should have known better.

So here it is. Oil on wood panel 20" x 16"

I may get sometime to finish up tomorrow.

Until next time

Saturday, February 09, 2013

Vases in progress

What's on my easel tonight you ask?

Well this is, as you can see some elements a little further along then others, I get a little carried away when doing my block in sometimes as you can see. I have been working on this for most of the day on and off, and so far have about 4 hours into it, still experimenting with limited colours, White, Ivory black, Cerulean blue, Cad Red and yellow Ochre which with these items is proving to be difficult at the moment.

Funny thing with this, I started this one as a landscape layout and drew it over and over, 3 times in total was about to give up on it and it hit me turn the panel 90 degrees. You can still see some of the lines from my failed attempts.

Any how, any thoughts

Saturday, February 02, 2013

New rules

No new painting to post today sorry.

I have been brainstorming over the last day or 2. I remember the days when I would just setup a bunch of objects and get to painting, those days have been long gone, not sure about the rest of you but for me there has to be a reason to paint something nowadays, so with that in mind I have decided to set up a challenge for myself.

So the challenge is 10 paintings, and here are the rules
  1. Use a limited palette, Ivory black, Cad Red, Cerulean blue, Yellow ochre, white and 1 additional colour depending on subject matter.
  2. Start with 1 object for the first painting and finish with 10 on the last one, not including the surface things are sitting on, cause the first painting may be a bit boring other wise. This will include things like fabric draped around.
  3. Use the same objects throughout this exercise - depending of the longevity of a particular object it may have to substituted with a new one of course. for example a peeled lemon may not last so a new lemon may be required.
  4.  I was thinking of using the same size canvas perhaps 11 x 14 or so but I am sure about that what do you think? A small canvas may work for 1 object but not for 10.
So there they are, not sure I want to be to strict so that should do. My goal is focus on composition a lot with these, and of course really getting to know each object and how they relate to others.

On a side note I picked up a few sheets of Arches Oil paper yesterday, just like water colour paper but for oil, strange I thought but worth a try.

Well I better get at it.

Here is a painting I did a few years ago, made some great strides since then.