I finished the layout and under-painting on the chickens, and started with the foreground dirt and the chicken on the left. That one is a Rhode Island Red. I put a grasshopper in his beak as a neat detail. I am trying to get the soft, fluffy look of the feathers, and some action in the placement of the birds.
Look at the tail of this bird, and you can see how I added successive strokes of color on top of the blue/green under-painting, gradually building up the mass of the feathers. This area still needs some color and shadow adjustments to finish it off.
These were very lively birds and I needed to use the “action” setting on the digital camera when taking a long shot. I also got some great close-up photos, and want to do a portrait of one of the birds next. I’ll add another photo when the second chicken is complete. Stay tuned.
I recently painted three gourds and added the Painting Process for November Gourds. These are easy and fun to paint, and I try to do one painting each fall.
I have just completed a quick painting of a fall scene of a river and trees. This is a departure from my usual style, and is loose and impressionistic. I like trying different approaches to painting, and like some of the results when I do this.
Click here to see the painting process for The River’s Bend.
We will be making some minor changes to the site this week to help you move around a little easier. There will be a new page coming soon, showing several paper-mâché sculptures I created in the 1980s.
I just finished updating the painting process for September Beets. I’ll be writing about the landscape that I am working on now. This landscape is more of an Impressionist work than the other two paintings, and uses a completely different method of painting than the last two works.
I have also been teaching a weekly painting class at the Ingram Senior Center in Salem, New Hampshire since August. By mid-January, I will have some photographs of the paintings that these new, emerging artists have completed. I am also working on the preparation of Masonite panels and canvas for the Tools and Methods tab. As always, your comments are welcome.
Just updated the Painting Process with photos and text for Sunrise Sentinel. For the next Painting Process I’ll include September Beets. Stay tuned. Don