Been a little busy

Sorry for the lapse in posts. I had a great family vacation in mid November and then the normal holiday stuff the last couple weeks. Hopefully I'm back to normal now (at least till Christmas).

I forgot to post some previous photos from a Putney Painter day a few weeks back, so here they are below:

This is John Smith . . . he brought along an old wood drawer from a desk of his, and set up his Still Life inside. I thought that this worked really well with the overhead lights. I generally like my light source coming from the side (like from a window) or downward, at a 45 degree angle, and this method is great to keep in mind if you can't control or are painting under standard room lighting.

Richard Schmid had a great start with a Chinese doll. I wish I had some better pictures of this, but it was really stunning in person. Richard painted the background tone the night before (using paint and some medium) and then wiped out the dolls face. This technique creates a great effect of luminosity. Below is another in-process shot of one of his paintings that uses the same pull-off technique:

Above is Richard Schimd demonstrating his techniques of painting sticks and twigs on Tatiana Sink's painting. He used a combination of palette knife and brushes to create the shapes. He keeps the shapes fairly rigid and his paint mixtures are thick and not over mixed, making sure all the various colors are very visible.

And finally, below are two in process shots of my study from that day. I still have a bunch to do on it, and I will take some more pictures along the way.