Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Master Copy: Self Image of Eugene Delacroix

Master Copies -the practice of a student copying an already accomplished artisan's work, as a means to study that said artisan's mind.  Why they use that technique, color, composition, materials, etc.

Ah, when did I do this painting?  Two, three years ago?  Ah well, this was another assignment back in ye school days.  The class: life painting (do your life drawings, kids); the assignment: a master copy of a portrait.
I chose a self portrait of French artist Eugene Delacroix (1798-1863).  Now I have to confess -and no one tell my teacher this- I only put 9 hours into this painting.  And this is 9 hours all in one bite.  I remembering starting 5pm, in the apartment living room (NEVER paint oil where food is commonplace), and "finishing" 2pm the following day.  I'm sure if I gave myself a few more hours, I'd be able to add the subtle charm the original has.

Self Portrait, 1837



  Along with the original, I recommend two other references at hand: a value (black and white) reference, and a grid reference.


Got a B grade on it.  Not bad for 9 hours.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Abstract Studies

Watercolor mixed with gesso. 


Sunday, November 23, 2014

Deer sketch...

...or is it an elk?
Stock image used via  ha-rat-kiri.deviantart.com/art/Deer-stock-495988296

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Life is a cheep plate (or at least in this context)

 Another series of Plates of Life.  At $.50 a plate, no one is crying I'm breaking them. With little control how the hammer strikes break each plate (respect those stain-glass cutters!), it's a fun struggle to see how I can make the plates balance and flow with each other.
Hmmm... solo show idea...?
Fellow art buddy says this looks like a Kandinsky, if Kandinsky liked hot glue.


Friday, November 21, 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Idaho Lake

Idaho is, generally, this white by next month.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Turkey playin' ye ol' Yankee Football

A Thanksgiving gift and activity for my students.  The idea is for the tail feathers to be colored in the team's color the student likes (or, if they don't care for football, someone they know would like).

A turkey everyone would fight the wings over the drumsticks.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Orange and Blue


EDIT: The painting in it's completed form.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Make it bleed

Macabre makes a great title grabbers, right?

Looking at my blog yesterday, I realised how nighleacted I've kept it as the last few months.  Dusty and rusty blogs implore me to feel bad.

"And you should feel bad."
Talking this with a chum of mine, I decided to post one art piece a day.  It can be something lame as a sketch, or it can be complex and profound as a complete painting.

"You're internet is bad, and you should feel -"

Hush, crabby one -even living with two bars, I shall persevere!!!

Without further adieu, here's today's sketch.  A study from Lake Camanche-


Images from Futurama owned by Fox Broadcasting Co.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Animal Caricatures

I don't think of myself being among the best boardwalk sketchers.  But to my students, I'm the "bestest" art teacher in the world.
Like any good artist, I used photographic references for the animals.  With the photos as my guide, I exaggerated particular features of the animals.  The eyes and smiles are classic Disney formulas I learned by one former animator.

The Rihno's my favorite.