Monday, February 25, 2013

Gus at the Gate - Progression

Sketching basic shapes using only primary colors.
Blocking in local color and locating cast shadows.
Establishing values darkest to lightest.
Ready to add the foreground fence wire.

Gus at the Gate - 10"x8" oil on Gessobord. 

I chose this subject because I liked the way the shadows from the fencing wire cast over the stark-white fur and sienna-colored ears of my dog. 

The most intimidating part of finishing this piece was dealing with the foreground fence wires on the gate. Intimidating because I was kind of liking the painting as-is, to this point. The wires have obviously helped legitimize the cast shadows.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Schield "Bantam" Crane

12"x16" Oil on canvas - Schield Bantam cranes were built in America up until the 1960s. These cranes were attached to a truck bed and had many uses on farms and such. This relic sits in a scrap yard in Waxahachie, Texas and I presume that it's no longer in use since it hasn't moved in several years.