Thursday, January 18, 2018

Charles Bargue Classical Academic Drawing Study


I completed another Charles Bargue classical drawing study today in charcoal. This one turned out to be 16" x 16" on hot-press watercolor paper.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Time to make paint

It's time to mix oil paint again. This process usually produces several tubes of paint. I don't have a muller, so I use palette knives to press the linseed oil into the pigment by mixing, stirring, pressing and repeating. I start out with a small mound of pigment on my glass palette, create a little well and use an eye dropper to let a few drops of linseed fall into the well. After pressing this into the pigment a little, I let it sit and soak in.



After a good soaking (the time varies according to different pigment needs), it's time to get serious with the mixing. It needs to become super smooth, all grain crushed out. This is the time consuming part of mixing paint.


But once it's nice and smooth, it can be tubed up and labelled. I just fill the tube by scooping the paint with the knife and dropping it into the end of the metal tube, rolling the end up when it's packed full. And done!


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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Traditional still life oil painting of English china tea cup and rabbit figurine


"Spring Tea" oil on wood panel, 10" x 8"
Available at Daily Paintworks

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Friday, January 05, 2018

Still life oil painting of a white porcelain tea cup with purple flowers


"Green Tea" oil painting on gessoboard panel, 6" x 6"
Available at Daily Paintworks

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Monday, January 01, 2018

Still life oil painting of a ceramic white elephant against blue background


"White Elephant" oil painting on cradled wood block, 6" x 8" (*SOLD)

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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Amaryllis oil painting on an artist palette


"Amaryllis" oil painting on a wooden artist's palette, 12" x 8"

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Friday, December 22, 2017

black and white horse drawing on paper



"Nonius and Furioso" graphite on paper, 14" x 11"
The Nonius and Furioso horse breeds descend from Hungary. The Nonius is usually black and muscular, while the Furioso is also a solid color with a head similar to a thoroughbred horse.

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Charles Bargue academic drawing study


Academic drawing after Charles Bargue, Plate 1-18
Charcoal on Watercolor Paper, 10" x 23"

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Still life oil painting of a white rabbit figurine against a purple background


"White Rabbit" oil on cradled wood block, 6" x 8"
Available at Daily Paintworks

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

still life oil painting of a traditional japanese drummer figurine


"Kotsuzumi" oil painting on wood panel, 8" x 10" (*SOLD)

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