Jan 7 & 8 - #2hrchallenge

I'm getting back into the groove of it again. Loving my studio time and the routine of it. Here is yesterday and today's post.

Jan 7 -

On Sat. I finished up this portrait. I was working from multiple references to get the likeness and gesture of the boy.

On Sat. I finished up this portrait. I was working from multiple references to get the likeness and gesture of the boy.

I still had some time on the clock so I started this portrait. My friend Ani modeled for me a few years back. I've been wanting to paint this photo since then. I'm finally getting the chance. Keeping it loose and free in beginning stages.

I still had some time on the clock so I started this portrait. My friend Ani modeled for me a few years back. I've been wanting to paint this photo since then. I'm finally getting the chance. Keeping it loose and free in beginning stages.

And from today... Jan 8

I worked on this portrait more today. I am trying to keep it loose and juicy strokes of paint.

I worked on this portrait more today. I am trying to keep it loose and juicy strokes of paint.

Jan 8

I like to have a big clean surface to work on. My palette gets cleaned off every night so I can work with fresh mixtures each day. Color mixing is one of my favorite parts.

I like to have a big clean surface to work on. My palette gets cleaned off every night so I can work with fresh mixtures each day. Color mixing is one of my favorite parts.

Jan. 6 - #2hrchallenge

Another day another challenge completed. I get asked a lot - "How do you know when a piece is finished?" This question is hard - How indeed? For me, the answer is usually time. I like to let a painting sit for a few days in a spot I frequent. I get to see it spontaneously as I walk by and can take in my "at a glance" opinions and thoughts. Seeing it in photograph form also helps. For some reason when I look at my painting on a computer screen, its easier for me to see problem areas or spots that need a little more time.

Today I worked at little bit everywhere. Seeing it in photograph form, I am not quite happy with the dock or the back trees. I'll probably start something new tomorrow while I let this one sit and simmer.  #dailypainter #sacto2hrchallenge #2hourchallenge

Back to Basics - Painting Class

Thursday Jan 30 and Feb 6 I'll be introducing oil painting at Patris Studios, Sacramento. We'll start at 11-3, cost $45 each class. Oils or Acrylics. Quick Demo of process. 

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I'll be teaching everyone a simple process to approach still life painting, that they can apply to all paintings. 

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Supplies you need for Oil: Ivory Black, Titanium White, Burnt Umber in oil paint (student grade paint works great) brushes, orderless turpenoid and a jar or can for it to go in, linseed oil and small container for it, palette - wooden or use a piece of glass, paper towels, and notebook with pen or pencil. 

Supplies for Acrylic: Ivory Black, Titanium White, Burnt Umber (student grade paint works great), brushes, water dish, plastic palette, fluid painting medium (keeps acrylics from drying too fast) a squirt bottle for water, paper towels, notebook and pen

Brushes (may be your most costly investment, but they will last a long time if taken care of)

Filbert - size 4,6,8,10 

Flat - 4, 6, 8, 10 

Liner - Pick one small skinny size 1 or 2 liner

There will be a lot to choose from I prefer the long handled ones. Choose some synthetic bristle some hog bristle for oil, or all synthetic for acrylic. Utrect usually has good sales, University Art is very helpful…. and both I believe give student discounts. Mention Patris Gallery and Studio. We'll be adding Yellow Ochre, Ultramarine Blue, and venetian Red to our palette in the following weeks.