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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Graphite Portrait Commission
Father & Son Christmas Gift - Father Update #1

Father & Son Christmas Commission
Father Update #1
I decided to move onto the father at this point to bring his features up to the level of the baby son so that I can better judge the values between both of them.

The layers of graphite are being built up in both the hair and the father's face and his features have been laid in.  He looks a little feminine right now and the resemblance is not there yet as his features need to be refined further as the layers are built up.  The highlights are a little harsh in areas as they will be slowly blended into the darker areas to create shape and form.

The first few layers of his hair have been laid down and next I will start to actually add the defining shapes to his hair using more dark valuess and pulling out highlights.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Graphite Portrait Commission
Father & Son Christmas Gift - Update #1

Father & Son Christmas Commission
Update #1
I have built up the layers of this cuties skin and features slowly and am continuing to add and remove graphite as needed to create soft, subtle changes.  His hair is a little shocking right now but will be toned down in the next update. 

I am focusing on building up the darks so that the lights can be better judged.  His features (eyes, nose, mouth) have been laid in and refined but will need to be refined further to be more natural and to better capture the likeness.  He is definitely taking shape! 

I have set in the sheet lightly and will add more darks and highlights to give more shape and feel more like the baby is snuggled into the bed.  The father's shirt will be the darkest dark in the portrait and is being built up slowly to avoid shine and create an even dark shape.  Subtle highlights will then be lifted out once the level of darkness is achieved.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Graphite Portrait Commission
Father & Son Christmas Gift

16x20" Graphite Commission
Rough Sketch
This is a rough sketch of a Christmas commission that I started on last night.  The lines are very rough and dark and will act just as markers for the final details.  Babies are so much fun to draw as they are so plump and happy it is hard not to smile when drawing them :)

The next step will be to start filling in the forms and refining the details.  I will be using a lot of negative drawing for this one, adding and removing the graphite, to ensure a softness for the baby.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Harley Davidson Motorcycle
18x24" Graphite Commission Matted & Framed

All framed up and ready to be shipped :) I tried to take a photo with the whole room in to give a better idea as to the size of the completed piece which is 18x24" framed.  I think the room is 16' high (still needs to be decorated, for now it mostly just is a resting place for my commissions while I photograph them ;))

Friday, September 24, 2010

Miniature Monochromatic Landscape
Under the Clouds - Oil on Panel 3.5x5"

Under the Clouds
Oil on Panel
5x7" Framed & Matted
This is my latest oil painting in my monochromatic landscape series  that I am working on. I am working on these between commissions which makes for a really nice change of pace going between both.  Gives me fresh eyes for both...I hope!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Harley Davidson Motorcycle
18x24" Graphite Commission Completed

Other than the license plate in the right corner and cleaning up the edges I think this bike is complete!  I will leave it over night to see and of course see if my client wants any adjustments. 

I put the initials on the lower round shiny thing just above the footrest, yes I know nothing about bikes, near the reflection of the photographer (aka the wife).

The actual paper is white so again, my photography skills suck, but gives a pretty good idea of how the portrait looks, imho, which is pretty damn good :)

Monday, September 20, 2010

Harley Davidson Motorcycle
18x24" Graphite Commission - Update #4

The engine is really starting to take shape now and looking really awesome if I don't say so myself! I am starting to understand why guys love bikes & cars, all the reflections are so cool. 

There are two areas where the photographer (very thoughtful wife) can be seen and I am thinking of putting the OE initials near her reflection but will wait until the engine is pretty much completed. 

I just need to re-establish the front tire and some of the chrome on the bike and then it is down to the tiny details.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Harley Davidson Motorcycle
18x24" Graphite Commission - Update #3

I had a few more hours to spend on this today and hopefully will get a few more hours tonight.  It is coming along slowly, tons of detail, but nicely I think :)

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Cloud Study Miniature
August Afternoon - 3.5x5" Oil on Panel

August Afternoon
Oil on Panel
5x7" Framed & Matted

 I painted this last week but just got around to framing it so I thought I would post a photo.  It is part of the series of monochromatic landscapes using the torrit gray that I am working on.

I will have to take  a photo of the series when I am done in their matching frames.  I have three of them framed on my mantle now and they look really nice together.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Harley Davidson Motorcycle
18x24" Graphite Commission - Update #2

After several more hours most of the motorcycle has been refined further but needs much more refining and details added.  Several layers have been built up for the darks but still need to darken the seat & back tire more and shape both.  Then it is onto the chrome and refining all the engine darks and reflections.

It was nice to have a full day to work on this but boy my hand is so tired, not to tired to hold my wine glass though :)

Harley Davidson Motorcycle
18x24" Graphite Commission - Update #1

Just a quick update for the progress because I want to get back at this because as you can see, there is a TON of detail!  I am tackling the area with the most detail first which is the front tire and then will move on back. 

This area is around 80% completed and once I have the rest of the bike up to this level I will then move around the entire piece refining areas and adding finer details.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Harley Davidson Motorcycle
18x24" Graphite Commission - Rough Sketch

This is the rough sketch for my latest commission of a Harley Davidson motorcycle I am working on.  Is it wrong to call a Harley pretty? Hope not because this bike sure is pretty :) 

My eyes are a little buggy from all the chrome and reflections but worth every twitch because I think it is going to look awesome once I start filling in all of the tonal values.

I have cropped out the white space to show more of the bike for now as the white space kills the photo details.  I will be adding little custom plate sketch at the bottom as per the request of my client and the initials of Ole Evinrude (OE) somewhere hidden around the motor. Apparently Ole is the man who helped the Harley & Davidson boys make the first “real” Harley motorcycle.  Do you think they would still be as cool if they had called them Ole Cycles?

Friday, September 10, 2010

Paintings on Display at the Fraser River Discovery Center Gift Shop

Journey's End - $460 Watercolor (16x20") Framed
Ruffled Feathers - $460 Watercolor (16x20") Framed
Several of my paintings are currently on display at the Fraser River Discovery Center in New Westminster.  I have the two paintings above on display as well as a few miniatures and greeting cards.

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Pile Up Published in Art Avenue

I was pleasantly surprised to see my painting, Pile Up, published in the Federation of Canadian Artists magazine for Sept/Oct 2010.    My painting was chosen for the Still Life Show which featured some truly amazing paintings. 

One of my favorites from the show was Mary Conley's "Can You Canoe" which won the Award of Excellence.  I actually made it down to the show and just stood in front of it in awe for at least 15 minutes!

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Sep 28 – Oct 10, 2010 - FCA Autumn Show

My painting Better Days will be on display at the Federation of Canadian Artists gallery on Granville Island from Sept 28th until Oct 10. 


Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Miniature Monochromatic Landscape
A Quiet Spot - Oil on Panel 3.5x5"

A Quiet Spot
3.5x5" Oil on Panel
 I painted this on the weekend with my mom.  She has never tried oils before so we grabbed a couple of panels I had already prepped and sat down to paint.  She painted a still life and I painted an imaginary landscape.  We were quite happy with the results, even before our wine, and had a lot of fun.