Monthly Archives: January 2017

Drawing transferred for new painting

I worked on the drawing/cartoon for Down on Prospect Avenue for a week.  In the top photo, I just finished tracing the cartoon, which you can see still stapled to the canvas.  I removed the transfer paper to examine the drawing.  If I miss something, I can cover the canvas with the cartoon and trace it…

Studio journal 1/29/17

Paintings take on a life of their own.  Sometimes that’s good; other times, not so good and I argue with the painting.  I am not arguing with Playhouse Square Visit but I am surprised at the direction it insists on taking me.  Not unhappy–just surprised. Yep, I am getting ready to stretch more canvases, as…

Dead brush

The poor old thing finally gave up the ghost.  I knocked the Pearl brand in my Brush Reference, but this old brush kept its usefulness for a long time.  The once mighty Pearl Paints has been gone for–what?–5 years. I placed the brush alone on the palette for this photo.  I was using it on the…

Studio journal 1/22/17

The cheery sunlight made me pause as I entered the studio and take this photo.  The easel has the painting Break on it.  Break is 40″ x 50.” Studio corner with some current work drying. Break is the painting in the lower-center.  Break is part of the Playhouse Square series.

Studio journal 1/18/16

Sub Rosa, the unfinished painting on the easel, is moving along.  The underpainting is nearly done.  The white-seeming ground visible throughout the painting is actually a middle-ish gray tone.  Compare it with your eyes to the dab of white in the middle of the palette. Sub Rosa is based on photos taken during last year’s Festival…

Review of Lukas 1862 oils

I wrote before about some of my experiences with Lukas 1862 oils.  I wanted some more time with the paints before completing my review.  With these recent sessions, I’ve had my fill of Lukas oils. Typical for me, I set up the palette on Friday morning (first photo) and used it over the next two…

Pastels on canvas

These two recent pastel drawings are on canvas. Primed canvas is an unusual support for pastels or charcoal because it’s not absorbent enough.  Pastel chalk falls off too easily.  I originally intended to use these canvases for paintings.  I had actually started painting on the larger of the two (the gray area in the lower left),…

Studio journal 1/14/17

I didn’t plan it, but yesterday I worked on two paintings of my son John.  I finished the larger painting on the easel, John Hudson and His Father.  It’s based on a photo of John when he was a wee lad.  The smaller painting, John in a White Shirt, is based on a recent photo.  After taking…