Friday, January 30, 2009

Day 2

So I planned on getting 2 hours of paint time today, but for some reason I barely got 1 in. I've come to realize the Galkyd dries quickly, mabe it's just the 50 degree shade, but I think a little should go a long way. My biggest problem is I can't NOT see detail. This painting is small, mabey half size of what I actually see, but I still want to put all of the interest the sculptors spent their time on. I ended up spending most of the time today stuck in the minutia of the Palace, and trying to figure out the different greens of the different foliage. Oh well, I'll go back on Monday before I have to go to work and put in another hour or so. I'm not sure when I'll stop since I have no plans to finish. Hmm...

Thursday, January 29, 2009


Since I took an Acrylic painting class I have been neglecting oils, so I figured I would do some location painting to get the kinks out. I ended up getting to the location about 40 minutes before I had to go to work, and I decided to just make a sketch. As I was painting this I figured I could just go back tomorrow. With that in mind, I figured I might as well put up the embarrasement of today (I even got a compliment from an old guy).

This is obviously on location, in the 50 degree shade with no jacket, on a sidewalk, at noon, in 30 minutes, on an 8x10 cheap canvas board.

On a different but similar note (?), I ran out of liquin and tried Galkyd. This stuff is like liquid awesome, provided awesome is the consistency of honey, dries in hours, allows you paint on while tacky, and dries to a semi-gloss. This and Titanium white Alkyd let the painting dry to the touch in about three hours. Nice.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


Here are two detail shots. By the way, I am calling this painting, "Sneak attack". It amused me to have an angel lamenting the death of a mortal only to become a victim of the destroyer of all.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

uh... hmmm....

Ok. I'm really not good at this bloging thing. I had my suspicions before I even started, but now they are officially confirmed. I have been busy since I last posted. I graduated, got a job (not in the field I graduated from), got a girlfriend, got bills, and I still need to figure out how to paint better. According to internet questionaires I'm under a lot of stress, I'm depressed, I'm anorexic (?), and I have an I.Q. on par with Albert Einstein. I'm sure some parts are true to a certain extent, but come on, anorexic?

Anyway. I submitted some work to the Spectrum anual competition. I doubt I willl get in though. My printer craped out on me and won't print full page images on nice paper without faulting. I had some copies made, but they turned out sub-par. I still tried though, so I'm a winner in someones book, right? Reguardless, here is the image I sent in. I tried to paint it entirely in acrylics, but the background clouds were atrocious so I had to repint that. I then touched up the reast of the image with oils. I miss that medium. Now if I could only find a GOOD way of painting acrylics on top of the oils, I would be very pleased... until I messed something up.

On a personal note. I will try to post more often for the sake of doing something productive outside the realm of my inner self.