Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Carson City, Nevada


This is an early evening nocturne of a Chevron Station in Carson City, Nevada.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Savannah, Georgia


Continuing in the GSV State Series. I think I like this one. An alley in Savannah, Georgia. Not necessarily a pretty scene, but one with some interesting shadows and buildings. Comments are always welcome. Also, remember you can always click on a "States" label under specific posts, or in the lower right sidebar, to see the series all together.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Portland, Oregon


A pizza joint attached to a house in Portland, Oregon. Another in the GSV State Series.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Santo Domingo, New Mexico



Another in the Streetview State Series. Done entirely with the knife. I think this makes 11 states down...ummm, 39 to go. I do have to admit though, I might have a problem with Hawaii. I don't think Streetview has made it there yet. I'd hate to fudge that one when it comes time. Hopefully Google will get on the ball and get some cameras there before I'm done with the series.

I really enjoy doing these small ones with the palette knife. And feel I'm learning so much from the process.

By the way, if you haven't seen my new project blog, Virtual Paintout, please click on the link HERE, or on one the links in the sidebar to the right. I've had a couple of folks submit their streetview painting of Baltimore, including my friend Ralph Parker. Ralph really does wonders with Gouache.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Ranch



Not classifying this one as one of the state series, even though it was painted using GSV. I'm trying to keep all of that series 5" x 7". This one is 8" x 13.5". Why you ask? I thought I had a frame that size, but now I can't find it. This painting was a mixture of brushwork (background hills and sky) and knifework (everything else).

Saturday, February 14, 2009

50 States - 50 Streetviews

With the proliferation of Google Streetview cameras throughout the US, I'm going to make it a goal to create a painting from each state using GSV. I'm on my way with Louisiana, New York, Maryland, and California. I'm thinking this might make for a nice little show in the future.

Just click on the "States" label under a painting, or in the lower right sidebar, to see the states represented so far.

Andromeda Tattoo, NYC, New York

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Recession, Baltimore, Maryland - My 200th Painting


This is my 200th painting since starting to paint almost a year ago. Actually it's my 200th on this blog. There may be a handful that for some reason didn't make it to post.

What does this tell me? That I've painted too fast, that I need to take my time? Or does it say that I paint at my normal given speed, at the given moment? I think what it really says is that I'm addicted to it. I study and practice. Do painting exercises and read some more. I try to paint all kinds of subjects in many different styles.

I just hope one day to be better. Maybe tomorrow...

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Bogalusa Plant - Louisiana


I've painted a few really quick ones lately. Exercises really. Messy and simple. Trying to push myself beyond the comfortable stage. I know most of these are not to everyone's taste or liking, and that's more than okay with me. I like 'em.

Take this one for instance. I opened Google, went to maps, zoomed in on a town in Louisiana called Bogalusa. Never heard of it before. Picked a spot at random, and told myself I was going to paint whatever was there in 15 minutes. I did give myself the option of turning around, but not moving up or down the street.

I'm posting the small painting, done with palette knife to about 99%, with a couple of strokes of a small brush.

5" x 7", o/c, thoughts welcome

Reillanne Field

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Paris Night


You definitely need to click on this one for up close brush strokes.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Bear Creek Studio Painting


Working loosely from the plein air study done a couple of days ago, I tried a relatively fast studio version. As you can see I changed a lot. The main part of the water that looks so white is in fact less washed out than it appears. That part didn't photograph well. I tried to keep it loose and spontaneous. Don't know if that happened though.