Painted this using primarily a "Egbert" bristle brush. ( pictured below )
This brush has really long bristles and no matter how hard you try it's tough to do really tight overly rendered work. I like to start paintings as loose as possible and feel like it helps to add energy to the piece when it works out, but I don't always use this brush. Sometimes, I use a 1" wide flat that has worn bristles to block in my start. I don't have any set method and I love to experiment.
The start of a painting is my favorite part because drawing is fun to me and one of my strong points since I've been drawing far longer than painting.
I have spent the last twenty-eight years or so designing signs for a living. The truck pictured above has become a very familiar view. I took a picture of this install truck while I walked into work one early morning and I thought it would be a fun to try and simplify all the details and to try and create something pretty out of a subject most people wouldn't find that way. I took my time drawing this out because any drawing issues would be very obvious. I started painting in my darks and linking them together to give weight to my subject. The truck was back lit, so I tried to paint a lot of the reflected light and to soften up the edges in my darks because I didn't want them to overpower the color and become a distraction. I saved the hardest edges and the brightest colors for the areas I wanted you to look. This painting became about the implied details and when viewed up close becomes more abstract in appearance.
This is a scene from Fredericksburg, TX . I painted this for a good friend that has been vacationing with her family at this same spot for the last twenty something years. I'm happy to say I will be relaxing in this river with my family this weekend, but I hope I can squeeze in some more painting!
I had the greatest of times at the Oil Painters of America National show and convention.
I was worried that I would be by myself during the week and possibly bored, but that was far from what happened. I wouldn't have changed five minutes of the week. I want everyone to know the artist, gallery and collectors where all very welcoming and giving with their time. I went to breakfast, lunch and dinner with large groups of people and asked all kinds of technical and personal questions about painting and the art business and I feel renewed in my desire to be a full time painter. I wanted to share a few pictures from my trip and my new friends.
InSight Gallery in Fredericksburg, TX was the site of the
Oil Painters of America 22nd National exhibition
I was very excited to be included in this prestigious show and I became overwhelmed
emotionally when I walked into the gallery and caught my first glimpse of the amazing
artwork filling the walls from top to bottom.
Notice my badge with the "show participant" ribbon...
I had a tough time taking it off.
Found myself a cool little red truck on Main St to paint the first day.
I don't have a great picture of it, because I sold it there.
I made several new friends at the sponsored paint outs including