Monthly Archives: April 2010

A Cursed Block!

I am in the midst of a HUGE painter’s block (like writer’s block only for painters).  You can see in this update that there are some improvements, and some things that are worse.  In every painting I reach this point … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A TON of Refinement Goes a Long Way

Whenever I think I’m about 75% done, it means I’m about 50% there.  If I want my painting to look refined (which I do), then I still have many many more layers to go.  I’m getting there!

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Mistakes as Teachers

When I was in college, a professor of mine always advised his students not to let their paintings become too “precious” to them.  If you do, you will keep them the way they are, and never take risks.  One way … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Nothing is permanent

When painting with oils, it is easy to make adjustments while you go.   Especially when you paint in thin layers.  From this point, the changes will become less noticeable, but increasingly important.  When portraying a person, if a facial feature … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Color at Last!

Ok, this marks the first layer of color in the process.  It is also the first layer of oil paints.  This is where I bid Adieu to Acrylics.   I can’t use Acrylic over the oil paint.  If I were … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Black and White

Ok, here is the black and white under painting.  The reason that I painted that Burnt Sienna wash was so that I could get a true idea of the values in the black and white layer.  If I left the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

The last of the prep work…thankfully!

Yesterday I applied the fourth and last coat of gesso (acrylic primer).  I sanded the canvas after each layer so that the surface would be smoother.  I  drew a grid on the canvas and on the reference photos and drew … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments