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Portrait of Philip

Ahh, let’s step back in front of the ol’ art campfire and warm ourselves a bit on this cold winter’s night… I’ve been working on this acrylic portrait of my brother, Philip, slowly working it up here and there and trying to remember to document my progress (I’m really bad at that), which hopefully I will continue to do in future posts through the completion.  Since I’m a little behind, I thought I’d go ahead and share these first five sessions so far.  This first image shows the under painting with the initial sketch of his head.  Next I add...

Variations on a Theme, Part Four

So, I really should have titled this one “The Prequel” because here is the original image that inspired the other smaller ones.  All of the paintings in this series are acrylic on board, and this one is approximately 24″ x 24″, whereas the other paintings based on this one are only 12″ x 12″. I was able to go this week and photograph this painting, and I enjoyed looking at it again for several reasons.  First, I used a purple under-painting on this one instead of my preferred reddish orange, and I can’t remember exactly the reason for doing that...

Variations on a Theme, Part Three

If you have ever taken a moonlit stroll when the moon was full and the sky was clear, then you know the feelings that came along with this painting.  Having painted a lighter, more nostalgic version, then a darker, more turbulent version, here I wanted to paint the calm serenity of a night basking in the glow of a full moon, where the landscape is lit up almost like day, and the breeze gently stirs the leaves like secrets being whispered among the dark forms of the trees. I love walking at night–the fresh, cool night air waking the senses as the crickets go on with their rhythmic call...

Variations on a Theme, Part Two

So, as you can see, the basic composition is still there, but with several differences as well.  I wanted a darker, moodier feel to this one, with the storm coming and the threat of rain for the dry fields.  This time I included the tree which was actually there. This painting is a good example of how I sometimes allow the under-painting to show through.  The road is basically the under-painting, but you can see it also in the trees and sky and some in the background.  I prefer a nice red/orange earthy tone for the landscapes. Again there is the movement with the lines in the gesso, giving a...

Variations on a Theme, Part One

Awhile back, I painted a series of small square panels in acrylic depicting a favorite scene along a road in Floyd County.  The very first painting was actually larger, double in size, but I found that I was really only interested in the center composition, so I took that basic composition and painted several variations both in lighting and color to play around with the possibilities.  Since I don’t have the image of the first painting that inspired these smaller ones yet, I thought I’d go ahead and share these and hopefully later I will be able to show that first composition....

Paradise Lane

As Summer draws to a close, I wanted to post this painting from several years ago.  The view is looking down Paradise Lane (which is the actual name of the road).  The day was hot, and the rain storm in the distance was rumbling through.  This was painted in my studio instead of out on the site, where the preliminary sketch and under-painting were completed.  During this time in my life there was a transition in my working situation, and at the time things were looking uncertain.  At the same time, I was experiencing a type of personal revival in my heart with the Lord, and where there used...

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