Friday, August 30, 2013

#115 El Vaquero

This painting has all of the elements I like to work with. A southwestern theme, horses, texture, value ranges from dark to light, man-made and natural. This might be one of those paintings that I don't want to part with so don't be shocked at the sticker price.

#115 El Vaquero 12x16 oil on panel

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

#113 Coffee and Homegrowns

A still life of my favorite coffee mug, homegrown eggplant and peppers. This painting is available for bidding on at DailyPaintWorks.com. Sometimes it seems that I'm only growing fruit and vegetables so that I can paint them.

8x10 Oil on canvas

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Fat Little Birds

European Robin - 7"x5" arcrylic on canvas panel
Red Winged Blackbird - 8"x8" oil on canvas

Thursday, August 22, 2013

#109 White Boat

#109 White Boat - oil on gessobord


My photo reference was provided by Ruth Archer of Cambridgeshire, England. This painting is available: Bid Here

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

#107 Clydesdale Portrait

While I really enjoy a good chicken painting, horses are, without a doubt, my favorite subject to capture in oil (I write after completing only my second ever). Seriously, I think I could paint nothing but horses if I had to. For some reason after finishing this one, I felt like I would like to meet this magnificent creature. Nothing against chickens but I don't quite feel the same way about them.

16"x12" oil on canvas



Saturday, August 17, 2013

"That's nice... don't break my jadite"

My latest still life features one of my wife's prized jadite pepper shakers. The title of this post needs no explanation. The jalapenos and okra are from my garden.

No. 106 - Pepper and Okra - 12"x9" oil on panel.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Going Green: Two Paintings in One

Considering how expensive the finer canvas panels can be, it's always a good idea to keep failed paintings around for future use. Not only can you paint right over them but sometimes the previous strokes can give you a little added interest and texture.

#105 Cockerel - 7"x5" oil on canvas panel by Kent Brewer
For example, this painting was previously a plein air of the Rogers Hotel in Waxahachie, which I wasn't real happy with. I was able to utilize some of the building in the background. It's very subtle but the strokes are there, and some of the ledge of the building is evident. I thought about just leaving the hotel in the background as-is, but the colors would have been too competitive and sharp which would take away from my center of interest.

And even though some of the strokes go right through the cock's comb, I think it adds a little interest. 

This painting will be available by auction on Friday at DailyPaintWorks.com with a starting bid of $65. To bid, just click on the link shown in the side bar.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

No. 104 - Orpington Chicken

 


10x8 oil on canvas panel
Number four in my chicken series. This painting is available at my DailyPaintWorks auction, with a starting bid of $125. Click to bid

Thursday, August 8, 2013

A Taste For Chicken Art (see what I did there?)

I've decided to take this chicken thing to a higher level. I've launched a website devoted to those chicken lovers out there that might like to have a custom portrait of their favorite hen or rooster. Two sizes are available: 8x8 and 8x10. And all are painted in oil on fiberboard panels that are ready to hang, or they can be framed.


Poultry art is a new thing for me but as it turns out, I really like to paint them. They each have so much character. Maybe I was destined to paint fowl because it's in my genes (my mother's maiden name is Fowler). Somewhere down the line one of my ancestors must have really been into chickens. In the twenties and thirties my grandfather, "PawPaw" Fowler, raised chickens. Of course in those days just about everyone did, if you lived in Texas anyway.

As a young girl my mother loved a banty rooster, Biddy Bess, to death... literally. Apparently she squeezed the life out of it with too much affection. Yep, chickens are in my blood. The only reason I don't have any of my own is because my maniac dog would probably give them all a collective chicken cardiac arrest. A farm dog, he isn't. I suppose it's possible that he would get along fine with them but I guess I'll never know. One of these days I will hopefully have some of my own. Maybe when Gus "the wonder dog" is too old to care about them.

So, if you have chickens that you don't plan on eating then you probably consider them an extension of your family. Most of my chicken-raising friends feel this way. Why not have a painting of them? These custom oils are priced far below what I normally ask for original art because they don't require too much time to complete-usually about two hours or less. I also plan to have a selection of note cards for sale in the near future, as well as offering each customer the opportunity to purchase note cards of just their artwork.

For an example of how your painting will look, here are a couple of recent chicken portraits that I painted in the two sizes mentioned above:

No. 0102 - White Chicken - 8x8 oil
No. 0103 - Two White Chickens - 10x8 oil