Wednesday, October 31, 2007


I would like to have been able to paint something, but my snail's pace for doing projects would have seen a Halloween piece getting done around Thanksgiving time.

I did a small portrait sketch and then added the coloring, raven's shadow, and text using photoshop.Without it (photoshop) the whole thing would have been little more than a doodle. He's got such a great face, I may just have to do a color portrait sometime.

Friday, October 26, 2007

2nd Virginia Regiment, 1779

5 x 7"
Acrylic on multimedia board

Friday, October 12, 2007

Study of a study

Last night I took a 4 x 5 piece of board and started this head study of the 2nd VA guy that is giving me a run for my money. This is pretty loose compared to my other stuff. For some reason the head and background on the 5 x 7 has really been a problem. This study has allowed me to relax and just fling paint. After painting the face I realized there are some anatomical issues that need to be reworked on the original drawing. I'm happy with the blue on the uniform but the red needs a bit of work. This "time out" has helped me to relax and get a rough idea how to better approach the subject so it can finally be completed.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Inspiration and frustration

This all sums it up. At one time these folks had to start somewhere, grant it they all have had some serious art instruction under their belts.

There, that's enough punishment for one

2nd VA, attempt number three

That's right, what I thought was going to be a 5 x 7 simple painting has turned into a multiple attempt stress fest. The face still needs some (understatement) work. I told my buddy Pete that however this turns out I will finish it. If nothing else winter is coming and I could use it to keep me warm. Just kidding. I find The more I study other artist's work the more I realize how technically deficient I am at painting. Compared to them I feel like a little kid with a box of Crayolas. There are some amazing painters out there doing some mindblowing figurative work. I feel inspired and punched in the gut at the same time when viewing these masterpieces. I'm going to pick up where I left off tomorrow as I'm spent for the day.