So I got to go skiing yesterday! It was excellent. Fresh powder, clean air, and fun! My only complaint is that I forgot my camera. Clouds and fog filled the valley floor, but at the peak it was crystal clear with bright sunshine. Looking down from the top, the world looked like a sea of clouds. I nearly crashed a couple of times because I was distracted by the beauty of it all. The above image is my attempt at recreating from memory what everything looked like. Also, this is the first time I've used my tablet in about a week. Oh tablet, I missed thee!
January 29, 2010
January 28, 2010
So my brother, who is living in the Czech Republic, sent me this photograph he took of a town square:
I thought it was pretty cool, but decided it could be AWESOME! I wanted it to have a 1960's sort of feel to it; vibrant colors, texture, vignette, etc. So, with a little experimentation in Photoshop I came up with this:
January 27, 2010
January 26, 2010
January 25, 2010
The last step takes the longest. Finishing up details and edges can make or break a painting. I'd say this painting is about 95% done. At this point, my eyes are too accustomed to looking at this picture. I'll revisit it in a couple of days with fresh eyes in order to fix any problems. But I decided to post this today since I said I would have it posted two days ago... yeah, life got busy. Anyways, I'm pleased with where this is going and I can't wait to get it finished, framed, and hung in the gallery.
January 21, 2010
Now in Technicolor! Today involved laying down some color. Basically I'm just trying to block in major shapes. I got a little carried away in some places and put too much detail too soon. Oh well. I just get so excited! With pastels its best to lay down mid-tones and then add highlights.
The fore-ground could use some resolution... More tomorrow or Saturday!
January 20, 2010
Behold! I paint landscapes in soft pastels. Yep, I'm granola. Mostly I like to paint them on-site or "En Plein Air", which is French for "in the open air". Anyways, it's really cold outside and snowing so I'm painting from a photograph. The location: Kolob Canyons. It's part of Zion National Park in southern Utah. Its BEAUTIFUL! Google it, I dare you.
I like to start my paintings with a basic layout sketch and value study. From there, the rest is just coloring within the lines. I use "Belgium mist" toned Wallis paper. It's basically a big sheet of sandpaper and it's awesome! For sketching I use Nu-Pastel. And for the coloring I stick with Rembrandt and Sennelier brand soft pastels.
I'm going to finish this by Saturday, so you'll see updates daily ( I hope!)
January 19, 2010
"Earl, I see writin' in the sky!"
"Yep, them crop-duster-planes done got fancy on us again."
"Earl, why is it all skiwampus?"
"The plane run right out-a-room."
"But in da sky!?"
For those fixin' to make clouds, here is an awesome tutorial. That's how I done did them clouds just now.
January 18, 2010
Some social commentary following some of my own observations. Father, the largest of the nesting dolls. Traditionally father is the hardest working. But today, maybe he's just hardly working... "Football Onlines." Ha!
January 16, 2010
January 15, 2010
This is my idea for the nightmare derby. It's supposed to be Christopher Columbus' nightmare: SAILING OFF THE EDGE OF THE WORLD! This will most likely be placed on a dark-colored shirt with a center positioning. This is still in the developmental stages, so we shall see where this goes. I'll need some way to demonstrate that this is the Santa Maria. Crosses on the flag/sails? Thoughts?
January 13, 2010
January 12, 2010
January 11, 2010
January 9, 2010
I'm getting dizzy and these hurt to look at! Whats going on!? Two things: vibrating colors and pattern. The image with blue and red contains colors that are discordant. That means they don't really "match" and are similar in value. So when placed together they clash wonderfully and make "vibrating colors". The pattern only adds to the confusion. The pink and red image has matching colors but the same wave pattern. Both are painful to look at.
But good can come from this. I made a new desktop image. It's quite nice. have a peek:
January 8, 2010
January 7, 2010
January 6, 2010
This would count as a self-portrait if I had a moustache, wore orange shirts, walked around with my hands in the air and my eyes closed. Other than that, it's spot on.
I was going for a marker-colored look but I think it came out more paint-like.