Tuesday, December 15, 2009

A little metal work

I did a little work on the gorgets and nose ring/ornament a few days ago. There is just a color or two that needs to be added to punch it up a bit more. A little more color was added to the skin areas also. I hope to have this done by the weekend, but I know better. lol

Friday, December 4, 2009

Work in progress detail of Bear in the fort

Busy busy busy

My first oil painting is coming along okay. Though it's not yet finished there are a few things I'll do differently on the next one. The big thing is I'm not going to try and work so fast. In the process of painting this it's clear the subject deserves to be done larger than 6" X 6". Photographing a wet oil painting is pretty tough, so if it looks a bit funky it's because of the sheen. Only three of the fifty or more photos I took survived. So here is the unfinished painting.

I'm also putting together the first posting for my sculpting blog which should be up some time tomorrow. Fun fun fun.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


The small study of the Indian wearing the bearskin has been started. It's definitely different than working with acrylics. Seeing that it's my first attempt it's too soon to say I like it better than acrylics.

My sculpting blog should be active by Saturday. Though I have other projects in the latter stages of completion I really need to get this thing (the blog)going. I'll still post some step by step stuff on Planet figure and possibly Timelines, but it will not be as in depth as what will be on my blog.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

North Carolina Provincial ready

This one is ready for oils. This is going to be a huge switch from acrylics. The uniform will be a blue coat with red facings and blue breeches. Stay tuned for some color.


I decided to do another tonal painting while I was waiting to get back some pictures I was having processed. This is a small 6" X 6" head and shoulders study of an Eastern Native wearing a bearskin around his shoulders. I'm going to call this one "Bear in the fort". I'm looking forward to painting some metal objects as well as a face covered with warpaint. Paint starts going on this and the North Carolina Provincial this week.

PS, Don't worry that dumbo ear of his will be reworked.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Small bump in the road

Unfortunately Keith Rocco's painting workshop has been postponed due to a few folks dropping out. Keith needed a minimum amount of folks to attend to make it viable and we just managed to have the minimum (I think 4-5 people) before he pulled the plug. I'm going to go on and start painting the first of two projects I had planned to take with me. The painting will be on 12" X 16" Ampersand gessoboard, which is really great stuff. This will also be my first oil painting. The subject will be a North Carolina Provincial soldier from the 1750's. Here is the in progress "cartoon" or tonal painting done in acrylics. I also plan to put in a full background with possibly a few smaller figures.

I'm also in the process of putting together some material for the first projects that will appear on my sculpting blog.

A close up.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

A little pick me up

This is not a subject related post, it's more of a heads up. I really enjoy and appreciate folks leaving comments on my blog. I do not however need folks posting comments where they are trying to sell me Viagra. Fortunately I am not yet at the age where I need something to get my mojo back. I hope this added feature does not prevent anyone from commenting. That being said I'm adding a word verification feature to my comments section. Hopefully this will solve the problem.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Painting workshop

Next month I will be attending a painting workshop being given by Historical Artist Keith Rocco. I had the pleasure of meeting Keith at the APG show in Gettysburg this past August. In addition to being one of the top Historical Artists in the country he's also the most considerate and down to earth person I've ever met. The goal is to work on two pieces over the weekend. In order to dive right into painting each artist (student) is to bring two canvases/ panels with the subject matter ready to be painted. My first subject is a North Carolina Provincial from the 1750s. We're to work no smaller than 12 X 16, which will be the largest I've ever done. That being said this is the largest figure study I've ever drawn. Instead of enlarging a small drawing an enlargement was made drawing it out on a grid. The first photo shows the drawing alongside the black and white photograph it was made from. The second photo shows the drawing head on to better show the figure's proportions. Lastly this will be my first attempt at painting in oils. I plan on doing a full report following the workshop.

Thursday, September 17, 2009


No not me. I'm moving most, if not all of my miniature related links to my sculpting blog. What does this mean? At the least that I'm trying to get myself moving on opening this thing up officially. So if you do not see your link here don't think I went and dumped it. I'm preparing a new SCULPTING 101 project for the sculpting blog while I finish up the things that have been sitting around for sooo long.I will post an update by Sunday.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Can you hear me now?

I sometimes post my stuff on a site called Wet Canvas. It's a great site with artists of various tastes and levels of technical skill. Anyway I posted a few pictures of this painting looking for feedback. I heeded the advice I was given and reworked the ear and darkened the upper eyelid. I thought the ear looked a bit funky anyway and it did not take too long to fix.

Now it's back to sculpting and preparing a drawing for a new small painting. This one might just be done in oils.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Time to work

I finally finished this 6" X 6" study of a Union drummer relaxing. It was done on Ampersand Gessoboard which is really great stuff. It's basically masonite with a gessoed surface with a touch of texture. It's great stuff and is a lot stronger than the multimedia board I've been using. I hope to not only give this blog a makeover but start my miniature sculpting blog soon. I have a few projects that I'd like to start, and will once a few other get done. These are a lot closer than they were before. I know I'm slow, but I'll take a snail's pace over none at all at this point.Stay tuned.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Artist Preservation Group show

I would have to say it was a good show. Given that it was the first there is plenty of room for this to grow into something bigger. It was great not only to see the 5th Alabama Battalion's flag, but see it brought back to the field where it was captured 146 years ago. For most of the people attending the show this had to be the highlight of their weekend.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Time to relax

In a week we (the family) head down to Gettysburg for the Artist Preservation Group show. I'm looking forward spending some time talking shop with those I swap posts with on the net. I think it's going to be a great show and will hopefully be the first of more to come.

Though I'm easing my way back into sculpting I could not resist starting a small study. This one is on 6" X 6" gessoed Masonite. It's great stuff, that may one day partially replace the multimedia board I've been using the past few years. If I happen to finish this one I may bring it with me next week.For some reason I have a devil of a time building up the contrast I would like this to have.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

146th New York Volunteer Infantry ("Gerrard's Tigers")

The 146th went of to war in 1862 commanded by Colonel Kenner Gerrard, a West Point Graduate. The regiment was assigned to General Sykes' Division of the Army of the Potomac, a division composed mainly of U.S. Regulars. The 146th was attached to the only brigade of volunteers in Sykes' Division, joining the 5th NY(DuryƩe's Zouaves)and 140th NY(Rochester Racehorses) volunteers. When the two year term of service ended for the 5th NY, more than 300 three-year recruits were transferred to the 146th.In June of 1863 the 146th received the Zouave uniform that would replace the New York State uniform they had been wearing up to that time. It is this uniform that the regiment would be wearing during the battle of Gettysburg.The remain regiments of the brigade would not receive their Zouave uniforms until January of 1864.

When I was knocking around ideas for my donation for the Artist Preservation Group's Gettysburg show in August I settled on painting a Zouave. After seeing studies painted on a artist's wooden palette by Alphonse De Neuville and Keith Rocco, I decided to use the same for my painting surface. The palette measures 13" X 9 1/2".

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Brunswick Grenadier, Regiment Von Riedesel

This painting was inspired by a figure sculpted by Jason Whitman. Check out Jason's figure here. http://jaywhitsminiatures.blogspot.com/2007/10/brunswick-grenadierregiment-von.html I really liked the forward sense of movement given to the figure. That, along with the fact that Hessian troops just look cool. This painting was done in acrylics on 8 x 10 multimedia board. I plan to bring this to the APG show in Gettysburg this August. Acrylics continue to offer a number of challanges, with quick drying time toping the list.
A close up.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

A posting for May...finally

This has been a terrible month as far as productivity goes. Things SHOULD be picking up pretty soon on this and my other blog that is still in limbo. I've been doodling here and there trying to come up with some ideas for a couple paintings/ illustrations I'd like to do. I think my favorite stuff comes from just scribbling out whatever comes to mind. Pictured is a very early Revolutionary War colored militia man. I'm going to do about a half dozen of these militia types and then refine the doodles and put them into a finished illustration. Given the various walks of life these men came from it should make for some interesting clothing styles and combinations.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Computer problems

I've been having computer problems the past couple of days and I'm slowly finding my way back. My computer got whacked pretty good and I lost a lot of stuff that I had stored or things I was working on. I often create disks of picture folders and other projects I'm working on but did not get some of the more important things on disks before disaster struck.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

My Mom the hero

In conjunction with Lincoln's Birthday I had planned on doing the first of at least a few posts celebrating his 200th. This changed last Thursday when I rushed to my parent's house following a frantic call from my Mother. My Father had not only collapsed but stopped breathing. The 911 operator talked my Mom through CPR, That is after Mom (100lbs soaking wet) got Dad (200+ a little) onto the floor from a chair. The "sweet" little lady that saved her Husband with CPR quickly became the talk of ICU. Things are looking up as he was released to the step down unit next to ICU today. It turned out Dad has a large blood clot in his right lung and three smaller ones in his left. Needless to say the Docs are amazed that he survived at all. He's not totally out of the woods yet but each day is more promising. Dad is still trying to process that Mom got his heart going again until the Fire Department and Paramedics arrived. My wife always says of my Mom that dynamite comes in small packages. She's right.

Monday, February 9, 2009

The red shirt

In addition to issue shirts Federal soldiers also wore various types of contract shirts in order to keep the army clothed. The figure is based on a period photograph with the Sibley tents and drum added to fill out the scene. This 8" X 10" painting was done in acrylics.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Yankee Doodle

I originally did this doodle on the back of an index card. I decide to spruce it up a bit with photoshop. I should be finishing up a few miniature projects and starting a new painting soon.