Sunday, November 27, 2011

black friday

black friday
okay so I didn't quite make my Thursday deadline this week - It was Thanksgiving after all. I really wanted to finish the painting I was working on last week that was on a smooth clay board but I finally decided to let it go. I hated the way the paint went on the surface. The canvas just didn't have any tooth in it to absorb the acrylics. So Instead I started on this painting which is on a watercolor board with a rough surface. I typically like to do initial pencil sketches before I start painting. 

Thursday, November 17, 2011


8"x10" acrylic on board

The weather is turning cold here and the leaves are rapidly falling off of the trees.  Winter will soon be here full on. I am already dreaming of summer. This painting was made on a plein aire panel ultra smooth blended polyflax cotton canvas. I have started working on another painting that is on a claybord, which is an ultra smooth clay surface. I am not liking it at all...I can't seem to maximize the transparent qualities of the acrylic paint and it requires many more layers to get the complex color changes that I am looking for.  Hopefully, I can show you the results in the next post....but I am learning that all boards are not the same.  

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

at the dock


Edward  Hopper said, "If I could say it in words, there'd be no reason to paint."