Friday, August 30, 2013

It's Football Season

Being a fan of college football in general has got me really feverish. With this season just getting underway for College football I thought it would be appropriate to draw picture of my favorite Coach.  Coach Mark Dantonio is a wonderful coach and a great role model. He coaches the Michigan State Spartans.  It just so happens the quarterback is from Midland Michigan. I think Andrew Maxwell could be a great quarterback. He struggled some last year and I'm anxious to see if he can step it up this year. In any case whatever your favorite team is have a wonderful football season and good luck. Go state!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Enchanted pond

I was thinking about the big trees and nice lakes in Midland, MI; and how much I miss that area.  My grandma Eunice used to paint watercolor a little like this.  She had much better technique than I do now.  I am very grateful for the artistic heritage that God Blessed me with. 

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Watercolor realism

So I wondered what kind of limits watercolor has.  I used to think that watercolor was just for painting colorful flower or forest paintings. I never could get past that false fact till just recently.  I inherited some watercolors and watercolor paper from my grandmother Eunice Everson and my Aunt Dorothy.  I decided to give them a try.  I have been pleasantly surprised.  Some of that surprise was anyway do do the fact that I stumbled upon some different techniques to help with control.  The biggest frustration most people have with watercolor is that it can seem very hard to control the watercolor.  That is just it though....let the watercolor do what it is going to do.  Let go.  However, if you are still in need of more control try dry on dry. In other words, dry brush on dry paper.  This is how I was able to achieve the control that you see in the picture below.  It almost has a pencil drawing look. Anyway, I am thinking of entering this piece into a small works competition.  I hope it goes well.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Yoda Oil Painting

So I started the next layer.  Almost done really.  Still not sure that oil is my favorite.  It is growing on me; I see it as a challenge. 

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Oil Beginner is true believe it or not I have not painted a true oil painting until now.  I know being an artist basically means that you paint with oils at some time....maybe that is why I stayed away from it.  I can say however that I am truly enjoying the medium. After all this pencil, color pencil, and watercolor I feel as though I have finally reached adolescence as an artist.  Of course, I have not yet finished the painting, and I have much to learn; yet I definitely have that artistic gratification with this current piece.  I will have Yoda up for sale soon.  Oil on canvas:11x14.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Painting of Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers

Ouch!  I sprained my ankle this morning.  Not cool.  It was very early and rainy out and I stepped on a hose and twisted it.  So, I spent most of the day elevating and icing my ankle.  Well, at least I was able to do some painting.  This is a painting of Max Scherzer pitcher for the Detroit Tigers.  Having most of my roots in MI, I have decided to do a series of Detroit Professional Players.  You can get a print of my artwork by clicking the link below the Picture.  Go Detroit!

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