Since it’s too hot for me to paint outside right now, I’m working indoors exploring compositions with swimming koi fish. I was inspired by a recent visit to the Japanese garden at Mobot.org here in STL. This painting is a 12×16 oil on panel.
I don’t know what kind of plant this is, but the cuttings have been in my house, growing in a glass of water since last Fall. I had good intentions and maybe now that I’ve drawn them, they will finally be potted. I have to say that I admire their stubborn refusal to give up. They grew all of those roots while waiting and I’ve been kind of fascinated to see them there through the glass. The drawing is charcoal and graphite on Strathmore paper and measures roughly 12×15.
The drawing for today is of a plant that popped up in my old neighbor’s side yard. It was going to be chopped down so I collected it and made it my life model for today. The plant stood about 2 feet high. I looked it up and believe it’s called a Butterweed – a type of Groundsel. The drawing is charcoal and Nero pencil on Strathmore 500 paper.
As my friends and followers may have noticed, I’ve been working on drawing, lately; combining pencil and charcoal and using an eraser to pull out the highlights. I really enjoy this process. I’ve been using Strathmore’s charcoal paper and find it to be great for this type of drawing. It’s very durable and allows for layering of the mediums and pretty aggressive use of the eraser. It also has a nice woven texture. Both drawings were made using my personal photos for reference.
A drawing of my nephew, Paul. He lives way up north in WI. Hopefully, he won’t look this cold again ’til next year! The drawing is charcoal and graphite on Strathmore paper and measures roughly 12×16.
My nephew Paul sent me a picture of this beautiful trout last Fall. He caught it in Wisconsin, where he lives. Paul loves the outdoors and he knows I love to paint fish! He also sent me a pic of a nice German Brown Trout – still have to tackle that one. Good catch, Paul and thanks for the inspiration – hope you like the painting, oil on panel approximately 9×14.
My late re-blooming Amaryllis from past years. I didn’t think they would make it this year because the plant and soil looked so depleted (no thanks to my gardening skills), but here they are! It’s Spring in my patio door window. This painting is a 9×12 oil on panel. I used a palette knife for the background.
Another version of the Conch painting today. I’ve been looking at Emil Carlsen’s still life paintings again – they are pure beauty. I tried to scumble my background with a painting knife to achieve effects similar to his (if only). I also tried to keep this study in a higher key, like some of his latter paintings. This is a 9×12 oil on panel, hope you enjoy it and thanks for looking.
Today’s piece is a small alla prima painting of a very large shell. This is a conch from Bermuda (not collected by me). The painting doesn’t really do the shell justice – it’s beautiful with multiple color shifts and beautiful textures from smooth to jagged and rough. I might have to give this another go! This painting is a 9×12 oil on panel.
A little color for this dreary day in STL. I love grey but am ready for some more saturated color – bring it on tomorrow first day of Spring! This painting is a 9×12 oil on panel, painted alla prima today (the last day of Winter!).