Friday, December 19, 2014

Saturday Painting Palooza Vol.488

Hello again painting fans.

This week I will be continuing with the vintage Boeing Stratocruiser, my continuing detour from the Cape May 2nd Empire VIctorian house. I will be using my usual acrylics on an 5 by 7 inch gallery-wrapped canvas.

When last seen, the painting appeared as it does in the photo seen directly below.

Since that time, I have continued to work on the painting

In fact, I have done a lot of work on the painting. The entire canvas now has at least an initial layer of paint. Note that it's all done in blue. I was hoping to convey a sense of an early misty morning, similar to what seems to be happening in the original photo. I was hoping to do the entire piece in blue. I'll have to see how that works out. Meanwhile, I've spent considerable time on the Stratocruiser itself. The plane now carries (mostly) the same relationship of darker and lighter elements seen in the photo. In fact, the plane is mostly complete except for the undercarriage and a few other details. It's a fun experiment so far.

The current state of the painting is seen directly below.

I'll have more progress to show you next week. See you then.

Earlier paintings in this series can be seen here.

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Saturday Painting Palooza Vol.487 (Further Detour)

Hello again painting fans.

This week I will be continuing with my detour from the Cape May 2nd Empire VIctorian house. In my searches through vintage airliners (see last week's installment), I came upon the photo seen directly below. It is a Boeing Stratocruiser, the first double level plane. (Planes had great names in those days.) Note the rather full shape of the plane at a time decades before the first 747 would appear. The lower level actually contained a curved end lounge with seating all around. I'd love to travel on one of these. I was quite taken by this photo and decided to put it into paint, as it were. I will be using my usual acrylics on an 5 by 7 inch gallery-wrapped canvas.

I started with my now usual pencil grid and sketch. I drew the same grid over a copy of the photo and transfered by eye the form of the plane to the canvas. The result is seen directly below. Next week, actual paint.

The current state of the painting is seen directly below.

I'll have more progress to show you next week. See you then.

Earlier paintings in this series can be seen here.

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Friday, December 05, 2014

Saturday Painting Palooza Vol.486

Hello again painting fans.

This week I will be taking a detour from the Cape May 2nd Empire VIctorian house. I've actually been thinking about the trip we're planning for next summer. To be succinct, I hate flying. With my motion sickness (dramamine is not terribly helpful), low blood pressure and the cramped conditions, the flying experience is miserable. Modern jet planes cause me unease on both takeoff and landing. Somewhere along the line I started thinking about old propeller-driven airliners and came upon the photo seen directly below. I'd love to try flying on this old Boeing 307 even if it would likely double the flying time. Anyway, I thought it would be a wonderful thing to paint, and did just that. I will be using my usual acrylics on an 5 by 7 inch gallery-wrapped canvas.

I started with my now usual pencil grid and sketch. Then I painted in the plane. The background came afterward. Rather than small weekly steps, the final result is seen directly below. An interesting detour from my usual stuff, no?

I'll have more progress on the Cape May house to show you next week. See you then.

Earlier paintings in this series can be seen here.

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Friday, November 28, 2014

Saturday Painting Palooza Vol.485

Hello again painting fans.

This week I will be continuing with the painting of the 2nd Empire VIctorian house. The photo that I am using is seen directly below. I will be using my usual acrylics on an 8 inch by 10 inch gallery-wrapped canvas.

When last seen, the painting appeared as it does in the photo seen directly below.

I've moved on to some actual color. Right now I'm painting in the various elements of the house. Some of these colors were chosen simply for purposes of visual contrast. I've got much more to do before the first layer is done but that will be the subject of next week's cycle.

The current state of the painting is seen in the photo directly below.

I'll have more progress to show you next week. See you then.

Earlier paintings in this series can be seen here.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Saturday Painting Palooza Vol.484

Hello again painting fans.

This week I will be starting a new painting. The photo that I will be using is seen directly below. It is a 2nd empire style Victorian in Cape May, New Jersey. I will be using my usual acrylics on an 8 inch by 10 inch gallery-wrapped canvas. I will be using it in a vertical orientation to emphasize the height of the house.

I began with a grid on the photo and duplicated that on the canvas. Then I drew the outline of the house using the grid as a guide. The architecture is a a bit complicated but I am pleased with the progress so far.

The current state of the painting is seen in the photo directly below.

I'll have more progress to show you next week. See you then.

Earlier paintings in this series can be seen here.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Saturday Painting Palooza Vol.483

Hello again painting fans.

This week I will be continuing with the painting of the Cape May bungalow. The photo that I am using is seen directly below. I will be using my usual acrylics on a tiny 6 inch by 6 inch gallery-wrapped canvas.

When last seen, the painting appeared as it does in the photo directly below.

Since that time, I have continued to work on the painting.

There are many changes to the painting for this week's cycle. Starting at the top, I've added just a bit of texture to the tree foliage to the far rear. On the gable front, I've now added the details of the small window. I've left it very simple. Now complete is the roof above the awning with both lit and shadowed areas. Along the top step and going down the railings, I've changed the lit areas. On the railings I've taken out the distracting brown details. WIth these changes, the painting is now complete.

The current and final state of the painting is seen in the photo directly below.

I'll have an entirely new painting to show you next week. See you then.

Earlier paintings in this series can be seen here.

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Friday, November 07, 2014

Saturday Painting Palooza Vol.482

Hello again painting fans.

This week I will be continuing with the painting of the Cape May bungalow. The photo that I am using is seen directly below. I will be using my usual acrylics on a tiny 6 inch by 6 inch gallery-wrapped canvas.

When last seen, the painting appeared as it does in the photo directly below.

Since that time, I have continued to work on the painting.

There are several changes for this week. Most notable amongst these is the color of the shaded area under the porch. I have made a fairly dramatic change to a much bluer color. I've also obscured the windows and door just a bit. I think that this color works much better in this context. Further changes include color changes to the buildings to either side of the bungalow. Additionally, the highlights on the railings have been carried down the front edge. Finally, the highlighted area of the awning has been brightened.

The current state of the painting is seen in the photo directly below.

I'll have a more progress to show you next week. See you then.

Earlier paintings in this series can be seen here.

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