Monday, July 21, 2014

Currently on my easel

These 2 paintings are currently on different easels in mid-progress. Top one is in the middle of first painting on my easel at home, and the bottom one is in the dead coloring stage over at the Academy of Realist Art Boston.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Cast painting in progress

This cast painting has been a bit torturous. The biggest hurdle? The gradient background of all things.

Garrett helped me fix the left side of this.

I will still have to retouch varnish this painting to make sure all my value relationships are accurate. I always have major sinking-in issues.

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Evolution of a figure painting

Thought it might be fun to post progress pics of this. A few of our full time students at the Academy of Realist Art Boston and I are working from a model over our Winter break at school. We are drawing/painting for 2 days a week for 3 days from a beautiful model, no instruction... just independent work.

Step 2 was done on a day the model was not there. I try to get as much done on background or whatever on my own so I don't waste model time!

Step 1: Cartoon

Step 2: Dead coloring

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Painting in Progress: K Salon Commission

A very talented hair designer has commissioned this painting. He did the most amazing job on my hair for my wedding this past summer so I want to make this extra special for him! The drawing is complete and here I have transferred the drawing onto a 14 by 18 panel.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Why I love the Academy of Realist Art Boston

There is an interesting group on Facebook now called the Atelier Movement. Someone recently put up a side by side comparison of what level he was at after 3 years of college, versus 3 months at an atelier. The difference was night and day. I had my own "Before and After" set up to post recently but never went through, wondering if it was worth it to show my really early horrible horrible work.

I think it's worthwhile, because it shows the benefit of what atelier training (like the Academy of Realist Art, Boston) can offer. It may not be for everyone but I struggled for a very long time on my own and I hit a wall in terms of development. I knew I wanted to be a realistic painter, but none of the college classes (even CE classes at RISD) were giving me actual training.

I will continue to preach the gospel of atelier training for those who really want to improve their technical skills. Do with them what you will (many go on to do imaginative, abstract, impressionistic work) but you'll never be disappointed that you learned the in depth technical skills that today's ateliers are teaching.

Behold! The awkwardness of my early years of painting:

Monday, August 12, 2013

Completed Painting: Silas

Silas on All Hallow's Eve
Oil on Panel, 16 by 20

This is done, except for the varnishing. Varnishing is ALWAYS a challenge. 

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Drawing in Progress: Picasso mastercopy

This only has a couple more tweaks and then it's done. It's hard not to overwork a mastercopy of a "sketch"!