This is a quick pen and marker sketch I did from memory. I watched Mike Rooney paint this scene this afternoon. Mike can smear some paint. Look for him on Daily Painters. and his blog. I hope that we can paint together sometime. Thanks, Mike.
I stopped painting on this. I did not want to lose what I had, for the sake of attempting to make it better. I spent some time deciding what not to paint. I spent more time deciding how not to paint. I do find it helpful to see this in thumb nail on a computer screen. Often I can look at it and see exactly what it needs. Oil on linen 18"X18" (SOLD)
I wanted this to have a real loose look. I am confident I succeeded. I am less than certain that I even have an opinion about it. I read in an art blog today to assume that what I'm painting is practice for my next one. I practiced on it for a while and then I didn't practice any more.
I am trying to stay true to my original rodeo sketches. I have not yet used any white on this. I find that I can make more revisions without getting to battleship grey if I keep white away until I need it. I read somewhere that it was easier to make a painting lighter. So, I have a pretty open field in front of me. I really like this mixing the equine or bovine with the crustaceans. This is a work in progress 18"X22" Oil on linen
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One morning during my college years in Texas, (Professor Emeritus) Fred Klatt ate a Tic-Tacjust before class. I was able to get close enough to hear him critiquing a drawing with a fellow student, ".......lines and arcs have definitive beginnings and definitive ends. On the other hand, scratches, like those you show me, just have the middle part."
I taped a piece of pre-gessoed linen to a piece of plywood. I will have to mount it on a board of some fashion in order to sell or display this painting. I have not done this before, I usually build my own frames and stretch my own canvas. Prepared linen is a luxury. The linen panels are wonderful. It makes duck canvas feel like painting on gravel.
Outdoor showers are wonderful things. I have one in my back yard with a nice rose growing up the side. Ouch! Some time in May I begin using it every day until it gets too cold. I would say that 95+% of the homes on the outer banks have outdoor shower's. Few are used more than mine. Mine also offers more privacy than this one.
Oil on linen 18"X18" (SOLD)
These 3 little white out buildings and white farm house with a red brick chimney sit on a dead end street on the edge of town. There is a white picket fence along the gravel road .There is a cemetery across the street. Oil on linen 12"X18". (SOLD)
My dog lives a separate life that I really know little about. One day a neighbor came up to me and said, "We had Digger out with us last Sunday on the boat. She had a blast with the grand kids." I throw her a frizbee and she never throws it back. Oil on canvas 12"X18"
Marvin Nygaard married Helen Nilson. Soon after they bought a farm just down the hill from Tabor Church. Tabor Church cemetery has a lot of headstones with names like Nilson, and Rickmo, and Nygaard. Like most of the farms in the area, Marvin had dairy cows. Everyday he would rise at 4:00 AM, and milk his cows. He would feed them, and he would eat something. Marvin would go to his "day" job in town. At the end of another day, he would return home and milk his cows for the final time that day, feed them, and finish the rest of his daily chores. He would go up to the house and eat. In the spring of the year Helen often spoke kind words and coached Marvin about fixing the broken gate that allowed the hogs into her newly planted garden. On other ocassions, Helen would go right down to the barn and offer spontaneous encouragement while Marvin was milking. Ancestors on the hill, upon overhearing Helen encourage Marvin on progressive farming practices, certainly rested in peace knowing their lineage was secure. One day Marvin didn't come up to the house. Helen found him hunched over behind a cow with udders full of milk. At the funeral someone commented on how straight Marvin had planted his fence posts.
Oil on linen panel 12"X16" Thanks for looking and I welcome comments.
This painting is SOLD