Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Masago Munchies

Masago Munchies
4-1/2" x 4-1/2", oil

This is my painting for the latest DSFDF challenge. I'm a big time sushi fan, but I had to look up the name for the bright orange roe on these California rolls. In the process I learned that masago is the cheap stuff, what you really want is something called tobikko. Personally I don't think I'd like either... I'm not much for seafood in general.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Marsh in March



Marsh in March
6" x 8"
Sold

On Friday I abandoned housework to head down to the marsh for some plein air painting. I haven't used my pochade box much so this was a good shakedown run. I had packed a small tube of zinc white since my big tube of titanium wouldn't fit. That was a near disaster. That stuff would just NOT cover the canvas. Because of this I ended up spending about half the time painting outside and half in the studio. Here's how it looked at the half way point...

Here's the spot where I was painting. I had planned to sit on the crate, but I need my knees up higher so I just sat on a canoe pad instead.


Somewhere in that snow and weeds is my rigger brush. It was the only one I had so that forced me to use a palette knife for some of the details.

This is a photo of my new toy. I picked up a digital photo frame marked way down at a Circuit City. To my utter amazement, Kodak actually thought to put a screw thingy on the bottom so (with a little rigging) it can be attached to a tripod. I wanted to try this because I basically hate dealing with trying to get decent prints from either my printer or a photo processor. My studio isn't setup to view my monitor, so this seemed like a decent compromise. I've only used it with these last two paintings, but overall I'm fairly happy with it. BTW--that IS a stuffed Totoro in the background. If you don't recognize him, google "My Neighbor Totoro". I'm generally not much of an anime fan, but the art in that movie is amazing, not to mention a really cool story.

Carousel


Carousel
6" x 6", oil

Stop this thing, I want to get off!!! That's all I could think while painting this. I've never painted a human figure before so like an idiot I chose about the most difficult photo I could find. I spent way too much time on it until finally washing my hands of it. I wasn't going to post it, but in the effort of full disclosure... here it is.