Archive for the 'Paintings' Category

Shakespeare Acrylic Portrait

Shakespeare

I’m painting a portrait of the Bard on watercolor paper stapled to a square maple board. Initially I drew an outline, using a proportional divider to guarantee the correct basic proportions, such as the distance between the eyes, the position of the hairline and the chin, the ruffles of the collar, etc. It’s an old engineer’s trick which I have no qualms utilizing.

I’m a total amateur so I haven’t a clue if I’m approaching a painting the “right” way. I’m just having fun figuring things out on my own. I don’t have a deft hand, but as I’ve indicated I rely on engineering tricks to get things right — my only strength as an “artist” — a term I’m still not comfortable with and do not use to define myself.

Taxi Cab Back Lot

This is another in my taxi cab series. These watercolors seem to be the most popular art I create. At least more people tell me they like the loose style and my use of color. What I’m trying to capture with these is the sense of emptiness and loneliness oftentimes endemic to urban environments such as industrial work areas. Plus, the aesthetics of old cabs is appealing.

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The Scarlet Letter Project

It took me several weeks to complete these watercolors. The drawings are based on the illustrations which William Addison Dwiggins completed for Heritage Press in 1930 for an edition of The Scarlet Letter. To teach myself something about book illustration and watercolors, I set about to reproduce the Dwiggins drawings as faithfully as my modicum of ability would allow. I think I did a pretty good job in the sense that I feel more confident in my draftsmanship and color choices. Here are a couple of the pictures.

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Two Watercolors

I painted Bill the Barman in an opaque watercolor similar to gouache, and the taxis I painted in Holbein watercolors, the good stuff. Smears and drips are apparent in the finished work, so I have more to learn about how to handle this wonderful medium.

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Three Acrylic Studies

Some acrylic paintings I recently completed. These were quick studies done on board with the goal of suggesting human forms in paint.

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My Backyard

Here’s an acrylic painting of my backyard. In the middle is a dying fig tree trying to survive the southern California drought.

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Self-Portrait

This is the first self-portrait I’ve ever attempted. A little primitive and expressionistic, it meets with my approval.

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Morgan the Flower Girl

My friend David sent me a photo he took of his daughter, Morgan, standing in front of a trellis hanging with flowers. I was a bit inspired and did an acrylic painting on paper of it, impressionistic and a little abstract.

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