Thursday, November 18, 2010

greenish profile

Another Golden's Open acrylics piece, 6"x8" canvas mounted onto 1/8" masonite. Since I only bought a handful of tubes to try out these paints, I am working with a limited palette. White,black,red,yellow ochre,blue.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Pixie hair girl

While I am a big fan of long hair on women, even I have to admit that sometimes shorter is's rare, but that chick from Northern Exposure and Haley Berry immediately come to mind ;)
6x8" quick painting done with Golden's Open Acrylic paints.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Beauty is enough

Scott Burdick is a fantastic painter and he recently gave a talk about Beauty vs. Modern Art that is well worth you time to watch. I only intended to take a peek but ended up watching the whole thing. Tilting at windmills maybe, but watching this made me feel good.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Headhunting sketchbook for sale

It's been ages since I posted any paintings here, but I have been drawing in my pocket Moleskine sketchbook. In fact, I've printed up a small facsimile style book of some of my on the spot cafe sketches called "Headhunting". I wanted the book to look as much like my pocket sketchbook as possible so it's got the rounded corners, the cream color paper and I even managed to capture some of the ghosting/bleed through I get from drawing in ink on both sides of the paper. Book measures 3.75"x5.25" with 32 pages, black card stock cover with white belly band title strip.
Price is $5 plus $2 shipping within the US, if you are overseas, drop me a line first and I will get you a shipping rate.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Golden Girl

Here's another girl done with the Golden's Open Acrylics. I did these on canvas board. I had a big piece that I knew I would never use so I cut it into smaller pieces to use for these little heads.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Golden's Open Acrylics

I've always been an acrylic painter. Oh, I've used everything else, but I always come back to acrylics. But I also can't resist trying out new products so I bought several tubes of the new "Open" acrylics by Goldens. "OPEN" refers to how long chemicals will remain workable before they set up, in this case the paint. A lot of people gripe about the fact that acrylics dry too fast so these are the paints to shut those people up!
These handle much more like oils than they do like acrylics, in fact they handle more like oils than the water based oil paints I've tried in the past.
I paint pretty thin, so this was dry to the touch the following morning, but since I seldom spend more than a couple of hours on these types of quick paintings I was working on wet paint the whole time.I suppose if you were an oil painter that worked really thickly , these would be a godsend since they'd try in days rather than weeks!
Often when I try out new supplies I'm like meh! But I like these and I'm going to play with them for a while.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Return of the Flapper

This post from back in 2006 was getting a lot of spam for some reason, so I deleted it and since I still like her, I thought I'd repost her;)

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Charcoal is your friend

I've been playing around with charcoal lately, I'd never really used it much before. I'm using fat sticks so I can't get too tight with the details. I actually made the sticks in the fireplace after seeing a demo online...I'm always up for making stuff! Drawing with charcoal on cheap newsprint paper is fun and fast and messy and it's also closer to painting that drawing with a pencil point. These are all under 5 minute sketches.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Superhero watercolor girls

I know that I haven't been posting regularly, but that doesn't mean that I haven't been churning things out....just not much time for acrylic paintings recently. Here are a bunch of watercolor pieces I did recently though. I wanted to keep the colors as simple flat tones and avoid getting into rendering things too much. All 9x12 ink and watercolor on watercolor pad paper.