Friday, July 24, 2015

Oil Painting

Since switching over to collage full time eight years ago, it's like a mini vacation for my brain whenever I get a commission to do an oil painting.

I recently had the pleasure of immortalizing a Canadian stallion (yes, Canadian IS a breed of horse) who belongs to a friend of mine. He is a beauty and a true gentleman, so the job was a pleasure.

First I gridded up a drawing from a photo that my friend and I selected as our best portrait reference option.

To avoid unnecessary labour, the drawing was transferred to the panel via tracing paper and then drawn over with thinned oil paint to preserve the lines.


Then comes the  blocking in the major colour and value areas. The finishing of a painting is - for me at least- a process of gradual refinement.


I always marvel at artists who can work on isolated areas of a painting at a time. I need to bring the whole picture along simultaneously so I can see how all the parts relate to each other. I was taught to do this, and as I work, I can still hear one of my old painting instructors shouting to the class, "Start everything at the same time; finish everything at the same time." I guess that advice stuck!

Here is a detail of the portrait near completion, and the finished product below.




Avery, 14x18 oil on panel


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

And Another Thing

Keeping with the Mackinac Island in summer theme, here is another collage hot off the work table.

Wrought Iron Fence - 8x10 painted paper collage on panel.

I must confess I rather like this one and will be a little sad to see it leave for Mackinac's Little Gallery. I hope it finds a good home!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Summer

Summer is in full swing here on the farm. The vegetable garden is growing gangbusters- and so are the weeds! Weeding is what I do instead of a hobby. The results are worth it, though.


When not in the garden or the barn, you can find me in the studio. Here are a couple of new collages destined for Mackinac's Little Gallery in Michigan. 

The Windermere 6x8

Wicker Rocker 5x7

Both collages say 'summer' to me. How about you?