Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Merry Christmas

I put this little video together for our friends and family, and if your reading this, then I consider you a friend.

From me and my family, I wish you a very Merry Christmas. Thank you.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Weekend with the Masters Videos

My friend Taaron Parsons has posted a few videos on YouTube from the "Masters" event. They are from a panel discussion where Richard Schmid, Scott Burdick, Rose Frantzen, Carolyn Anderson, Quang Ho, Sherrie McGraw, Dan Gerhartz and Jeremy Lipking spoke about the various advancements of technology and if they have positive or negative effects on art and artists.

I thought this discussion was great. I'm not sure if it's as exciting without being their live, but if you have an hour, it would be worth watching. Check out all the videos here.

And you can start with Part One below:

On a similar note, American Artist has released a special "Workshop" magazine that focuses on the "Masters" event. The price is fairly high at $20, but if you didn't have a chance to go, or you want a little keepsake if you did go, it might be worth the price. I initially thought the price was so high because of the included DVD, but the videos on it are more sales pitches than a documentary of the actual event.  If you do want it though, you should hurry to your local book store, my Barnes & Noble only had one copy left.


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Been a little busy

Sorry for the lapse in posts. I had a great family vacation in mid November and then the normal holiday stuff the last couple weeks. Hopefully I'm back to normal now (at least till Christmas).

I forgot to post some previous photos from a Putney Painter day a few weeks back, so here they are below:

This is John Smith . . . he brought along an old wood drawer from a desk of his, and set up his Still Life inside. I thought that this worked really well with the overhead lights. I generally like my light source coming from the side (like from a window) or downward, at a 45 degree angle, and this method is great to keep in mind if you can't control or are painting under standard room lighting.

Richard Schmid had a great start with a Chinese doll. I wish I had some better pictures of this, but it was really stunning in person. Richard painted the background tone the night before (using paint and some medium) and then wiped out the dolls face. This technique creates a great effect of luminosity. Below is another in-process shot of one of his paintings that uses the same pull-off technique:

Above is Richard Schimd demonstrating his techniques of painting sticks and twigs on Tatiana Sink's painting. He used a combination of palette knife and brushes to create the shapes. He keeps the shapes fairly rigid and his paint mixtures are thick and not over mixed, making sure all the various colors are very visible.

And finally, below are two in process shots of my study from that day. I still have a bunch to do on it, and I will take some more pictures along the way.