Thursday, December 5, 2013
Oil on linen on panel, 8 x 10 --
Coco and Leo are our Welsummer chickens. We got them as baby chicks from a hatchery. They hang out together a lot. They make a great pair. This painting is based on a photo I took in a shade. There is no strong highlight. The red comb and face of the rooster is the main point of interest, echoed by the head of the hen. The iridescent green on the rooster is more noticeable in this type of lighting. I love the complimentary red on his back. Since it looks pretty busy in the upper part of this composition, I tried to minimize the details and value contrast in the lower half, including their feet.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Oil on linen on panel, 8 x 6 inches
This is our sweet, handsome rooster, Leo. He's a year and half old Welsummer rooster. He's friendly with people. He loves to be held on the lap everyday. He has long orange-red feathers around head and back, and green iridescent dark feathers throughout the body, including the tail. I started out painting the individual tail feathers, but ended up going over it with a bigger brush with fewer strokes. I also tried to minimize hard edges, creating a soft and fresh impression. I painted this without my usual orange-red undertone, instead I used the mint green as abase for the background. I like how bright it turned out.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Oil on linen on panel, 3 x 3 inches
This is probably the smallest oil paintings I've ever done. I saw this cat in our neighborhood. He looked so gorgeous with long fluffy fur and white whiskers. I actually cut up my old oil painting to make 3x3 panels. The old painting was mounted on gator foam and I cut it with my mat cutter. Since the canvas already had "underpainting," I saved a little bit of time. You can see the base color showing in some places. I scratched the finish layer for his eyebrow and the inside of ear. This was my first experiment with the M. Graham walnut alkyd medium. It dries noticeably fast with glossy finish.
This one and another piece will be available at the Debra Huse Gallery's Holiday Treasures show in December.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Oil on linen on panel, 6 x 6 inches -- $215 (framed)
Here is another chicken painting I reworked during this weekend. This is actually my third version. I thought the second version looked too contrasty, and lost the feeling of softness, which was the main feature of this portrait. I still liked the way her comb was abstracted and running off the canvas. But this piece did not seem cohesive with the rest of my chicken paintings. So, I lightened up the entire image, including the eye, comb, and background. I moved the right edge of her ear away from the canvas edge. I ran off the right edge of her comb into the background, and painted over the run off with the new layer of the background color. This obscured the edge of the comb. I enhanced the translucency of her beak, as well as the fluffiness and brightness of the feathers in the light. Now, here's my sweet Shantie, the lap chicken.
This was also accepted into the 6" Squared Show at Randy Higbee Gallery.
Here is how this painting transformed:
Originally, her comb was rendered more realistically, based on my photo reference I shot indoor. After applying the undertone with a wash of Terra Rosa, I painted the chicken. Then I painted the background with transparent, muted dark purple. I liked how the underpainting of the background show through the top layer. I also liked how the fluffy feathers of her chin looked with the back lighting.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Oil on linen on panel, 6 x 6 inches -- $215 (framed)
Here's what I worked on this weekend. This is the final version of a chicken painting I did several months ago. It's a portrait of out lap chicken, Kiki (Barred Rock hen). There were some minor sections in her face that I didn't like, and those were bothering me for all this time. So here's her makeover. Her eye is more refined.I shaped up her face line a little bit. I also made her comb smaller, yet still running off the top of the canvas, instead of kissing the edge. I think she looks more sophisticated. On the right is the earlier version.
This painting was accepted at the 6" Squared Exhibition. It's at Randy Higbee Gallery in Costa Mesa, CA, and opens on December 7th.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Oil on linen on panel, 8 x 10 inches -- Click Here to Buy
This is based on my plein air studies I did in Bishop, CA, this fall. I took Michele Usibelli's workshop last week, and started working on this piece. Then, this is what I ended up today. I tried to keep the whole scene in high key, while maintaining intense darks around the mules and figure. I love the dusty effect on the right of the mules. I kept adjusting the shades of the brushes, and finally settle with this. I love the red bright bandana as a point of interest. The legs of the mules were complicated in the reference photo, but I made the edges as soft as possible, just like the background. My goal was to keep the scene as abstract as possible, and I'm happy with the result.
Monday, November 11, 2013
Charcoal on paper, 8 x 10 inches --
This is a still life drawing I demoed in my class today at the Carpenter House in Cle Elum, WA. I touched it up a little bit after the class. I wanted to demonstrate various ways to use erasures in this.
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Oil on linen on panel, 8 x 10 inches --
I took a workshop with Michele Usibelli last week. This is one of the exercises I did there. I used dark brown to paint this landscape from my photo, directly on a blank canvas. Then I added a few colors as accents. I'm happy with the composition.
Friday, November 1, 2013
Oil on linen on panel, 6 x 8 inches -- Click Here to Buy
This is what I painted this morning near Robinson Canyon Road in Ellensburg, WA. The morning sun light makes everything so colorful and juicy. But I had to deal with some clouds coming and going in front of the sun for at the beginning. It was also breezy and chilly. I was wearing windbreaker, warm gloves, and fleece hat. There was no shade around me. So I set up my pochad box with the canvas and palette facing the sun. I was also wearing neutral gray sunglasses which also kept my face warm. It was fairy challenging condition, but it was fun.