Still life warm-up sketching

straight line block-in warmups

My focus for quite awhile has been on painting landscapes, but recently I've become frustrated by my progress. And when I'm frustrated more than not, it's a sign to take a step back and reassess. I think what's going on is a combination of a few things: feeling rushed when painting outdoorsnot having enough outdoor… Continue reading Still life warm-up sketching

Study of landscape in low key light

low key light study oil painting - featured

Overcast days are common here in North Carolina, and I'm drawn to the quiet moodiness of the low key light when the sun is hidden by clouds. But so much of the teaching I've followed has been about how to address brightly-lit landscapes. That's one of the big things that Impressionists often capture — the… Continue reading Study of landscape in low key light

Design study 3 (3-A-Week Challenge)

STL design assignment 3 Oct 18 2019

10x8 study in design I used a photo from our Yellowstone trip as inspiration for this study. The photo is actually horizontal, but when I did the notans during the planning stage the vertical format was more interesting to me. I forgot to do the main value masses — my system is breaking down! lol… Continue reading Design study 3 (3-A-Week Challenge)

Design study 2 (3-A-Week Challenge)

8x10 study in design I chose a photo from our Yellowstone trip for this study in design. The full photo is an amazing view that stretches for miles and includes a dramatic cloudy sky, but for this study I cropped down to the land and put the focus on the road leading back into the… Continue reading Design study 2 (3-A-Week Challenge)

Design study 1 (3-A-Week Challenge)

8x10 design study This week I'm focusing on the next topic in Matt Smith's online mentorship program: design. For this study, I used a reference photo that I'm just crazy about because of the way the low sun is casting long blue-violet shadows across the snow, with the contrast of the warm-colored shrubs. The designing… Continue reading Design study 1 (3-A-Week Challenge)