Saturday, March 29, 2008

Massachusetts Grand American Army, 1775


Here is the completed painting, just finished about a half hour ago. I wish I had something to post between both postings of the painting as it's a bit annoying seeing the same picture twice with very little difference between the two.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Latest figure study WIP


It feels good to post something, even something not yet finished. This study is represents one civilian turned soldier who helped hold Breed's and Bunker Hill in 1775, which went on to force the British to evacuate Boston for good in 1776. I have to finish the grass and fowling piece the soldier carries before it's done. The trees started out green and evolved into Autumn trees. The painting was done in acrylics and measures 8 X 10.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Mini Photoshop projects and getting off my butt


I've been fiddling around with Photoshop and do these little projects from time to time. I designed these blog headers for two folks that are linked on my blog. I've designed about three for Jason, one of which is pictured here. Matt does not know about his. The parachuting solders in the background of his is actually one photo duplicated twice with the planes "erased" in one copy.

This past year and a half have been horrible in terms of me getting stuff done. Though I'm getting a painting done every so often my sculpting has all but come to a halt. I'd like to open my Miniature Sculpting blog but want to do it with something new. Having said that, I feel the need to finish what few things are almost done before beginning something new. Okay guys let the suggestions and opinions fly, I need to get this other blog underway. Thanks in advance.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Ramblings

I'm slowly (big surprise) making my way through the Drawing on the right side of the brain book. More than anything I'm curious as to how the lessons will (if at all) affect my work. I have a 8 X 10 figure study that I'm working on in order to try and keep my painting relatively fresh. The main thing that is a little disheartening about historical art/illustration is the small number of folks that are interested in viewing, commenting and or buying it. Though I paint for myself first, it is nice to have someone to share it with. I'm also on a steady diet of looking at the work of other artists, especially those that are of the "painting a day" variety. There are some exceptionally talented painters doing everything from landscapes to still lifes. There is not one that I know of that does historical subject matter. I think given the work that is being done today I'd be hard pressed to sell a painting of a revolutionary war soldier on Ebay. On the other hand, paintings of glass bottles and peanut butter & jelly sandwhiches seem to sell really well. Some thought is being given to possibly jumping on the bandwagon if for anything else to make a few coins while I work on improving the technical side of my art as well as it's historical accuracy. Anyway I wanted something to post and this is the feeble result.