Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Lace Utensil Still life

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Here's the set up
First stage....developing the composition on the board, spilling over onto frame.
Starting to block in color
Finished Painting!

Oil on framed board, 8.25"x8.25" (outside dimension of frame)

I love spilling over on to the frame when painting with Oils.  Changes the feel of a piece.....a picture within a picture so to speak.  It's easy to tell my light source here is from above.  The camera just doesn't give this piece justice.  Looks much better in life.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

View of Iron Bridge

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Here's a view of the easel area at Iron & Lace in Bentonsport, IA.  I've had this 10x8 canvas on the easel for a week.  Most the time I can finish this size of work during one day.  I've been in total procrastination mode.
Here's the view (cropped and brought up close from what can actually be seen ) looking out the picture window to my left when standing at the easel.

Here's the work in progress.  I forgot to take a picture when it was just the value sketch.  There is still a bit you can see on the right side of the painting.  Yes...a LOT of red.  I like using Cad. Red Light for the undertone in a landscape work.  Time of day is mid afternoon......say around 2:30pm Central time.  
"Iron Bridge across the Des Moines River"  10"x8" Oil on Canvas board

Watching the shadow cast from the bridge onto the water is almost like a Sun Dial. The lights and darks create interesting abstract patterns that dance across the area around the rock monument.  

This scene is part of the Riverside Park in Bentonsport.  To the left is a Gazebo where performers come to sing and dance. To the right....the fabulous Rose Garden area where many come to exchange vows of marriage or family photo shoots.

Can you tell.....this is generally a very peaceful place. The river can be ugly with water over the top of the bank or serene and so shallow, one can walk the length across it without getting your knees wet.  

Monday, June 9, 2014

Drawing Class Sat., June 14th

students creating value scale during a VFS class

I have 2 Drawing classes set for this Sat., June 14th to be held at the Stone House in Bentonsport, IA.  These classes are offered through the Villages Folk School of Van Buren County, Iowa.

Drawing I will be held in the morning.  It's designed for those individuals that feel they can't draw but want to learn the basics of how to translate what they see to paper.
Drawing II is during the afternoon and will consist of warm up exercises followed by time to create a finished detailed drawing.  

Students have the option to attend one or both classes and may work from either  the still life set up created that day, or from photos they bring to class.  
.......about the location.......
The Stone House is the newest addition of space available in Bentonsport Iowa.  It is handicap accessible and is centrally located in the community. (On the main hwy of J40 - directly North of the Business District).

You may register for these classes in advance via the folk school website or call the number they offer on their website.  Third option is to pay the day of the workshop.  For more information, please contact me either by email: or my cell 641-208-5968.