“Blackie,” step 2 (background)

Step 2

I got so caught up in mixing and painting that I finished the background before I remembered to take in-progress photos! Oh well, I am glad I snapped this pic, before I started on the fur. 🙂

 

“Blackie,” step 1

Step 1

I chose this reference photo because it reminded me of our sweet cat Blackie. The contrast between the background and the fur intrigued me, as well. I decided to simplify the background by removing the railing in my sketch.

 

“Shimmering Solitude,” 6×6, oil

Final

All finished.

“Shimmering Solitude.” Here is a better picture since the paint is dry to the touch. It’s also available. Just drop me a note if you are interested in buying it. If you would rather buy a print, click here. Thanks for reading!

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Painting “Shimmering Solitude,” step 7

Step 7

Shimmering Solitude, 6x6, oil on canvasPainting “Shimmering Solitude,” step 7: I slowly worked up the reflections, and enhanced all areas of the painting a bit. It’s done! I’ll upload a much better picture once the paint dries a bit more. I just wanted to make sure I completed this step-by-step series.

It’s also available. Just drop me a note if you are interested. Thanks for reading!

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Painting “Shimmering Solitude,” step 6

Step 6

Oil Painting WIP, Shimmering Solitude, artist Michael BrughPainting “Shimmering Solitude,” step 6: I accentuated the darks, and I have begun defining the bow by adding some contrast in the harbor. Keeping it loose, I dabble some general shapes into the horizon below the skyline. Next, I will get serious about the reflections (one of my favorite subjects to paint).

How am I doing? Let me know in the comments below!

Painting “Shimmering Solitude,” step 2-5

Step 2

Painting “Shimmering Solitude,” step 2: I’ve added a light wash of cadmium yellow, mixed with a small amount of cadmium red tones the painting. I will follow it up by lightening the sky next.


Step 3

Step 3

Step 3 of my painting “Shimmering Solitude.” I have added a bit of light to the sky and the water reflection, using Permalba white.


Step 4

Step 4, “Shimmering Solitude.” Working in a few details, I’ve mixed up some gray using pthalo blue along with cadmium orange, and now, adding more detail to the sides and shadows.


 

Step 5

Step 5, “Shimmering Solitude.” Working in some color, I place cadmium red along the superstructure, and deepen some of the shadows.

Of course, the color selection is totally arbitrary; the original had a slightly different color scheme. Artistic license, you know. 🙂

What do you think so far? Let me know in the comments below!

Painting “Shimmering Solitude,” step 1

Shimmering Solitude, 6x6, sketch

My new 6×6 painting, “Shimmering Solitude,” begins as a sketch on canvas.

Step 1

This is the initial sketch on a 6-inch by 6-inch canvas. I decided to use the grid method to place the commercial boat on the 6 inch by 6 inch canvas.

The painting will depict a working boat, docked at the end of the day after a productive day on the job, providing jobs and food for their families and customers.

What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below!

 

The wonder of eternity

Paintsville Lake

Paintsville (Ky.) Lake

I gaze at God’s creation, the setting sun, the billowing clouds, and I start to believe that what I am seeing will never vanish. Always has been there, always will be there. My soul settles down deep into introspection, and travels even deeper into the wonder of eternity.

Then I realize that, as majestic as this scene is, it is nothing compared to what God is. What His eternal being represents. What He has in store for us throughout eternity.

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"Sunset Rest," 6x6, oil. Part of a series of seascape/waterfront paintings I am developing. Michael Brugh, artist.

“Sunset Rest,” 6×6, oil. Part of a series of seascape/waterfront paintings I am developing.


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On the drawing board: Freda (update 6)

Michael Brugh's graphite drawing of Freda the cat, update number 6.

The blinds are now finished, and the shadows are developed on the window frame at the right. The illustration board I am using is helping to create its own texture.


Sorry I neglected to give you some attention on the blog, Freda. 🙂
Although I like the texture that my illustration board is producing, I am interested in using another paper texture for my next graphite drawing. J. D. Hilberry recommends Arches 140-lb. hot press watercolor paper. He says to use the reverse side of the watermark.