Friday, June 23, 2017

June 2017 Landscape Challenge


I created this image using a photo from the June WetCanvas.com Landscape challenge.  I enjoyed this painting! It's fun to review my work to others. Not to compare but to observe different styles and ideas related to the same images. Here is a link to the Wet Canvas pages: June 2017 Landscape Challenge

ArtRage 5.0.4

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Deltaville Virginia


A sleepy little town with a sleepy little dock in the sunset. I was at a friend's house last weekend before I flew back to Reno. This photo and painting are a snap shot of that evening. We had a wonderful evening. It was great seeing the waterway of the Rappahannock River mouth to the Atlantic Ocean. There weren't any clouds but this shot still came out okay I think.
Deltaville Virginia
ArtRage 5.0.4, Custom Brush

I hope you like it!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Real Water Color


I gave the Peter Sheeler school of technology a try. On a scale of 1 to 10 I would give it a five. But what can I expect for a first try?  Wrong tools, wrong colors, and I just didn't care! Crank it out and see what happens. Nancy said "Maybe watercolors are your style of painting?" I'm not so sure but maybe it is? Time will tell.  Here you go:


Water Color Farm House
AquaFine paints (Brunt Sienna, Virdian, Ultra Marine, Crimeson Lake)
Canson Watercolor Paper, 5 x 7

Monday, May 22, 2017

Painterly with Realism...


The two techniques can live together. I painted this one from a copyright free image I found on Google. It spoke to me. The painting is very close to the photo but only painting can give you those painterly paint strokes. Here it is:



I did not do any post processing on the image since I don't have the time right now. I started it last night and finished it this afternoon.

I painted this entirely using the Custom Brush: Square Canvas #2 and an ink pen for the tree limbs in ArtRage 5. The Square Canvas #2 brush is really wonderful. It blends, has brush strokes, is great at all sizes and just works!

I hope you like this one since it was fun to paint. Thanks again Daniel!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Thank you Daniel!


Artwork mimicked from Daniel Ibanez's YouTube channel. Thank you Daniel! I know you are going to be posting a YouTube video on how to paint in a painterly fashion and I look forward to it. I re-watched every step of the video you posted and noted every brushes settings. The biggest thing I took from the video was that the brush size was very large. Much larger than I would normally do. Ever!

I did some reading over at WetCanvas and searched for "painterly" and one of the posters mentioned holding the brush at the end and to use a much larger brush than you normally would. This helps the painter paint with a gentle touch and in an abstract fashion.

Enough gibberish on my part. Here is my quick rendition of Daniels painting. All done in ArtRage, no Photoshop:

Thanks again Daniel! By the way, I own two Ibanez guitars! I have been playing Ibanez guitars since 1974.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Painting #30


I think I'm getting better?

Earlier this week I went through all of my photos looking for paintings I have painted. Twenty Nine? No way. And now this one. Number Thirty. Where is this leading me? My first painting was painted on January 4th, 2014. That is 1,224 days ago. So in 1,224 days I have painted thirty paintings. "Huh". That represents one painting every 41 days.

Should I paint more? Considering that, in that amount of time I have been actively painting for a total of thirty days. That's another "huh" moment.

I finished the latest painting, and I had such high hopes. Looking at it now after it has marinated a bit today it's just okay. I really hope I get to the point I am really as proud of my paintings as I want to be. But, yet, that time has not arrived for me.

I learned volumes with this painting and that is what every good artist must do. Learn for the future.


Blue Beach


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

It's coming along...


The result of working on the "cloud" I think has paid off! It is not 100% to my liking but it is time to move on. This painting is taking longer than I expected. And, it is becoming to realistic and not painterly enough.

While watching Daniels painting of his wife, at the end he cleans up the painting by making some larger strokes that are in a painterly fashion. This gives his final output the look of a real oil painting that I think works nicely. Now with this painting I think I am going to stumble. This image will not lend itself to being painterly due to its size and scope as an image. To much detail will be lost unless I paint the crap out of it at the end and add thousands of painterly/impressionistic strokes. I'm not sure where it is headed and I am backing off painting for the moment. I'm not feeling it. Here it is at the moment:


Not bad when I am looking at it this morning for the first time! Nothing jumps out at me that is wrong. I won't give up then!


Monday, May 8, 2017

How am I going to fix this one?


I started another beach painting and I have made a few mistakes. And, I think I know where I have gone wrong. I re-watched some of Daniel's videos and he is doing it correctly. He only uses one layer, he is keeping it painterly, and paints on top of his sketch.

With the image below I make some critical mistakes. The biggest being that I started using multiple layers. While in digital painting that seems like it works well for resolving mistakes, in real painting you can't very effectively blend the colors. Watch some of Daniels works. Either in PS or ArtRage for him; it's the same thing. One layer and the brushes/paint mix nicely. Two layers like I have done below and it doesn't work. I will remove the second "clouds" layer and paint directly on the sky layer that I had created. I think that will solve the issue. It's worth a shot. I do not like the direction the painting has gone. Maybe I will rename the "sky" layer to "painting" and learn my lesson from a pro? LOL!


I will use a pencil from now on for the sketching portion of the painting and will paint directly on the sketch afterwards. Keeping it painterly and undoing initial mistakes when I stray from the lines is what I should be doing.

I don't think my mistakes are my fault. Every painter paints differently and I am getting confused by the different techniques by other painters. I need to stick with Daniels technique for the time being. His look of paintings is what I am after. His and Rob's.


Saturday, May 6, 2017

I'm still here... Honest!


Okay, okay, I know. What kind of show am I running here? It's not you, it's me. I have been busy learning. I said this was going to be a journey didn't I?

Here is my latest painting. Not great but it will do for now. I made to many mistakes on this painting to justify cleaning it up. Lesson learned: always sketch your painting out first. If I had traced the reference picture this would have come out much better. My sketching skills are no where near my capabilities of painting with a brush. That's why this painting is off. But, the new brush I learned about from Daniel Ibanez on YT that is in ArtRage 5: Square Canvas 2 is the bomb. It has some flaws that need to be cleaned up in the end but it is so painterly for a digital brush.

Purple Beach
ArtRage 5.0.4, Square Canvas 2 brush

Aren't the colors just a WoW in this painting? I love purple; don't you? My perspectives are off and not very realistic but this brush and technique of painting is a blast to paint in. After I get a few more paintings under my belt I plan on maybe making a video on my process. It is about time to give back.

What do you think? Thanks for stopping by!!!


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

I have not given up!


No way have I given up. I have been busy learning. Have you given up? I hope not! The last two months I have been very active at work. And, I have been actively painting too. I have started two digital paintings and then stopped mid-way through the process (maybe three paintings?). I have the feeling until I get my niche way of painting this is going to happen.

My latest Peter Sheeler painting that I painted I really like (see below). I have this painting on my desktop computers as the background and I don't get tired of looking at it. The painting went so easily for me too. I think I have to listen to that.

The last three attempts at paintings were all forms of Peter's watercolors. Two issues that popped up for me: I over detail the paintings and I end up using pastels and ruining them.

Drawing the pen portion of the paintings is very abstract. I have not learned yet how to draw in an abstract fashion. My mind wants to detail to death the image I am using as a reference. That is not what painting is supposed to be. Painting is supposed to be an abstraction of reality. If I wanted real I could take a picture and be done. Been there, liked it, but did not love it.

For some reason my upbringing is telling me that painting in watercolors is not really painting. Child finger painting? No pain, no gain? Just add water? Peter's method is too simple? His method is painting by numbers? If it is so bad then why does he sell his paintings regularly on EBay and he has 40,000 subscribers? His videos receive hundreds of likes. Watercolor? Really? Just add water? How can this be? But the more I look at my copy of the lighthouse I love it. It is detailed, abstract, colorful, vague, and has dimension. My best painting to date. I must listen to my feelings and trust them.

This last week I received from Amazon the same tools and paints that Peter is using and I am trying to get up enough nerve to start painting real paintings. I took a piece of 5 x 7 paper at work and quickly started the pen portion of the lighthouse and it worked. I was able to dry the lighthouse. I was amazed! My hands could actually draw the lighthouse! There is really something to the Peter Sheeler school of technology. Thank you Peter for opening up my eyes!


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

First of many lighthouses


Another Peter Sheeler copy. From his latest posts:

ArtRage

I forgot to sign this one. Oops! Well, I don't deserve to sign it because it is a copy of an original excellent work of art.  Thanks Peter for being so gracious!


Saturday, January 28, 2017

Watercolor and Landscapes


I haven't been taking a break, honest. My latest attempt below is from the great Peter Sheeler. I watched a video by him several months ago on how to paint tree branches and trunks. I stumbled across his videos again this week and oh my... I'm a subscriber now and convert. His Instagram, and Flickr images are outstanding!  Here is my version of his latest barn:

Peter Sheeler - ArtRage: 1766 x 1054

What's there now to like about this painting? It was his idea not mine. His is better but I'm learning and his painting style is very easy for me for some reason. 

More will follow in this style. Below is my second painting imitation. I don't care for the watercolor version that I did. I did it a second time in pastels and its better but not 100% to my liking:

Peter Sheeler - ArtRage: 2100 x 1500

I am enjoying this painting style. It comes out easy for me. I need easy right now. Work is kicking my rear-end and the painting must not distract me from my living. It's a place to go to that is safe and fun!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Onwards


My next attempt at art I am using procreate. The painting will be a copy from a painter that I really admired: Norma S Foresberg. A not really well none painter (Utah) but I liked her style. I did an internet search of her paintings and was only able to find one. What a shame:


I have two of her paintings that were posters put to canvas then had varnish applied to them to make them look like real oil paintings. They are both hanging in my office at work. I enjoy looking at them often, when work is getting me down.

My attempt at her painting has rich yellows and oranges from a fall time scene of grass, bushes, trees and a wandering path to a fence. I have noticed that the path has groves in it and they appear to be the groves of wagons instead of the groves of tires of vehicles. Did she intend to have wagon wheel groves? We will never know. She passed away in 2000. Her husband passed away in 2013.


Thursday, January 5, 2017

I have been gone


I was in Virginia for the last three weeks; busy with life and have done zero paintings. But, now I'm back! I will be very busy this week at work but I am hoping to start posting here again by the weekend.

ArtRage 5 is coming out soon and I am looking forward to getting that update. It looks really promising to fix the things that I disliked about the current version.

I am also thinking through my computer setup using my Wacom 27QHD monitor. I'm not 100% sure that I am going to stick with Apple. Lot's to think through there. Apple has some real pluses but also some weird behavior too. Time will tell. I want to really think this through since I will need a setup in Virginia too. I hate not painting when I am there.

That's it for today. It's good to be back!