Sunday, February 23, 2014
Oil on linen on panel, 6 x 6 inches -- Click here to buy
This is a horse I saw at the Mule Day parade in Bishop, CA, last summer. For this piece, I played with different colors and layered them. I took so many photos of animals on that trip. I'm going to do a series of paintings from this.
But before that I have a new project which just arrived this weekend. It's The Traveling Chicken. Yes, it's finally here! I'm going to start working on it tomorrow.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Oil on linen on panel, 6 x 6 inches --
This young horse was waiting for my friend to take him for a walk. The blue halter looked stunning on his orange-brown coat. I like the little gold carabiner accentuating the complimentary blue.
Friday, February 14, 2014
Oil on linen on panel, 6 x 6 inches -- Click Here to Buy
Theses gorgeous horses belong to my friend Hita in Vashon, Washington. I love visiting her to paint together whenever I have a chance to go to the west side. She has several horses, and I love taking photos of them for my painting reference. In this painting, I aimed at simplifying the shapes, as well as enhancing color intensity, to create a warm and friendly mood just before sunset. For this piece, I used oil colors straight out of tubes, except some Gamsol during under-painting. I didn't use any medium. Instead, I wanted to leave thick and bold brush marks. I love how the lost edges don't get blended too much with the neighboring colors.
Tomodachi means friends in Japanese.
Friday, February 7, 2014
Oil on linen on panel, 6 x 6 inches -- Click Here to Buy
Sophie is our lap chicken and model for my painting. She is a young Delaware hen, and she's still finishing up molting unlike the rest of her big sisters. I love shooting reference photos our chickens indoors, as their pupils dilate. I think they look more lovely this way. I've working on the various edges lately. I was inspired by a blog post by Terry Miura about his approach to the lost edges. The background was originally very dark, but I added another layer to lighten it. This made it easier to loose the edge around her neck. The area between her expressive eye and the beak are the focal point. The rest is not so important, and I softened the edges.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Oil on linen on pane, 9 x 12 inches --
This is a piece I started a while ago, and I finally decided to revisit it, and I completed it last week. The original version had a basic composition laid out, but I was not completely satisfied with it. So I added a wooden fence post on the right to frame the magpies. I also painted over the entire canvas with another layer to enhance the value contrast. Then, I went to the background forest area to lighten it up with desaturated, cool greens to contrast the warm foreground colors. That also added areal perspective. I exaggerated the blue parts of the birds to establish the point of interest. These two birds and the rustic orange tank below create a triangle of focal point. I played with a big flat brush to paint the front grass with bold brushstrokes.
Friday, January 24, 2014
Oil on canvas 18 x 24 inches --
I worked over the painting I did before. After doing studies of chickens on small canvas panels, I felt more comfortable to work on the large one again. I mainly updated the colors of the chickens, softened the edges all over, enhances the faces, and added more texture to the foreground grass.
Monday, January 20, 2014
Oil on linen on panel, 6 x 6 inched -- Click here to buy
This is a portrait of Moe, the Buff Orpington hen. I mainly wanted to study the facial details and the colors of plumage. I didn't have Moe here, but I used our hen just like Moe as a model while painting this. After rendering the details based on the reference photo I took from several angles, I modified her expression a little bit in the way I like. Chickens don't have facial expressions like humans do, but they do show different expressions from time to time. It's very helpful to have multiple reference photos of the subject animal, because I usually find at least one picture with a perfect moment. I'm so fascinated that I can alter the facial expressions dramatically just by manipulating the pigment on canvas. Especially the eyes. This is a great advantage of oils. I can turn the angry bird to loving chick. I love painting a happy chicken. I also softened the edges outside of the face.
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Oil on linen on panel, 6 x 6 inches -- SOLD
This is a portrait of a Rhode Island Red chicken, named Bea. I meant it to be a study for another large painting, but I ended up spending more time than I anticipated. For example, I experimented with different brush sizes to render her eye. I also tried various patterns of the green background. Then I soften the edges of the chicken as much as I can. I used the walnut alkyd medium for the entire canvas, whereas I normally use the paint straight out of tube except for underpainting. It has a different brush feel and the finish.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Oil on linen on panel, 8 x 6 inches -- Click here to buy
Each of these horses has a nice star marking on the forehead. That's why the title of this painting is "Twin Stars." These beautiful horses belong to my artist friend, Hita. I took this photo when I was visiting her last fall. They were standing right next to each other, and it was important to add the reflected light on the left horse that was bouncing off the right horse. The scene was almost like back lighting, with the sun so low behind them. I love the light on them, especially the mane. This piece is a study for a bigger painting, and my main goal was to resolve the values and color scheme. I used orange mixed in pretty much everywhere in this, including the tree line in background.
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Oil on linen on panel, 6 x 6 inches -- $250 (framed)
This is my first painting of the new year! I took this reference photo of this cute calf last summer at Bristol Flat, outside of Ellensburg, WA. The calf was so white and fluffy with long fur, and dark ears, nose, and eyes. She had long white eyelashes. In the photo, she was standing in front of her mother and the water fountain, but I simplified the background as much as possible, and focused on the texture of her fur. After blocking the big shapes with brushes, I used a small palette knife to go over the underpainting to add another layer with texture, to give more illusion of depth. Toward the end, I scratched the face and body of the calf with the back end of a brush handle.
This is included in the Regional Juried Art Show, "Northwest Experience," during the month of March. Please contact the museum for purchase inquiry.
Clymer Museum & Gallery
416 North Pearl St. Ellensburg, WA
Friday, March 7th 5-7 pm