Thursday, May 25, 2017

Mount Olympus in May

11" x 14" Oil on Panel
Late last week I went to Olympus Hills Park in Salt Lake City for another visit with Mount Olympus. This painting was made just outside the outfield fence of the south softball diamond. I had plans to paint from right field again, but some kids were already batting a ball around on the diamond when I got there, so they had first dibs. Just outside the chain link fence worked just fine for me. I was a little worried about the weather clouding completely over, but the wonderful partly cloudy skies held out all day. It was a great day to be outside.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Portrait Model with Red Hair

8" x 6" Oil on Panel
This week's post shows the painting I made at last Thursday's portrait session. I arrived late, but so did the model so I didn't really lose any time. There was even a good spot for me to set up my paintbox and easel. 

Colors used were slightly different this time. I mistook a tube of naples yellow for a different yellow and accidentally squeezed some onto my palette before realizing the mistake. Then I thought "Why not try it?" and found it to be a very good color to use in light skin tones. Other colors used were cadmium yellow lemon, cadmium red purple, and ivory black.

For more about portrait sessions, go to "Labels" on the side bar and click on "portrait", "sketching" or "drawing.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017


Colored Pencil on Paper
Not just a throwback, but a throw way back. This goes back to the time when I drew with colored pencils. It goes back to when I would roam forest and fields with a Pentax 35mm SLR film camera photographing wildflowers and wild fauna. Then I would send the negatives somewhere to get developed and prints made, and have to wait to see how the pictures turned out. Sometimes I would sit in the grass and sketch using colored pencils. Back then sketching was faster than photography.

Late in the Summer monarch butterflies would migrate through the region of Pennsylvania where I lived, refueling in fields full of goldenrod and joe-pie weed. Butterflies don't sit for sketches very well, so for the drawing shown above I used various photos of monarch butterflies, goldenrod, etc., that I had taken with the old SLR on a few of my wild wanderings.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

A Couple Portraits From Early May

8" x 6" Oil on Panel
It's been a little while since I've done any portrait sketches from life. The first image in this post shows the portrait I did last Thursday at Casey Childs studio. Colors used were yellow ochre, cadmium red purple, ivory black, and titanium white. That is, all except for the necklace pendant. There was no way I could get the color of that pendant with a Zorn(ish) palette. After trying once or twice to change it into something else, I gave in and squeezed a dab of Holbein's "permanent green" (a hue which contains phthalo green) onto my palette, using that color for the necklace pendant only.

8" x 6" Oil on Panel
The second image shows the portrait I painted the day before at Howard Lyon's studio. That day I was in the mood to paint the shadow side of the subject with only a little rim lighting visible. Colors used were yellow ochre, cadmium red, ivory black, and titanium white.

For more about portrait sessions, go to "Labels" on the side bar and click on "portrait", "sketching" or "drawing.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Earth Day 2017

12" x 16" Oil on Panel
Earth Day is one of those days which should, by all means, be spent outside, in nature, where you can see your own part of this planet. I chose to celebrate Earth Day plein air painting. 

Part of my set-up for the day.
The post before this one showed a painting of Mount Timpanogos viewed from Utah Valley. On Earth Day I drove to some ranches near the town of Midway in Heber Valley. From there I could see the opposite side of Timpanogos, the Wasatch Back view, and made that the subject of the painting shown at the top of this post.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Timpanogos in Mid April

9" x 12" Oil on Panel
Trees are still mostly bare of leaves, but I go painting anyways. There's a lot of snow on Mount Timpanogos. The painting at the top of this post shows the highest peaks of the mountain framed by a latticework of early Spring tree branches. 

This was painted last week on a very windy day. I had to set up the paintbox on the downwind side of my little SUV for some shelter from the wind. The day was sunny and clear when I began the painting, but a couple hours or so later clouds moved in and dust kicked up turning the air grey. The sky and mountain in the painting were mostly completed before blowing dust made it almost impossible to even see the mountain.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Early April in the Valley

8" x 10" Oil on Panel
It's still "stick season", that time of year when grass is greening and wildflowers are appearing, but the trees are still just budding out. It's also a season when one's reaction to fickle Spring weather can go from euphoric Spring fever one day, to wondering the next, "Where the heck did Spring go?!" Either way, it's a good time to go explore and enjoy the valley near and around the lake. The painting shown above was painted last week on one of the nicer Spring days.