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!

 

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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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"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.


Do you have wall space that is begging you to fill it? Then I have a solution for you! I am pleased to announce my latest oil painting, “Sunset Rest.” It is a mere 6″ x 6.” Click here to purchase it. I will throw in a free pencil sketch as my way of saying thank you!

I plan to produce a series of sea and seashore-related paintings in this smaller format, so be sure to drop back by.

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Learn how to mix engaging grays

Grand Central Station Mosaic, © 2015 by David Dunlop.

Grand Central Station Mosaic, © 2015 by David Dunlop.

David Dunlop makes another essential point about effective painting, and that is, to master the use of mixing and painting grays. Jack White also made it a goal of his to master grays, in order to give the viewer’s eyes a place to rest, and keep the vibrant areas vibrant.

My key takeaway paragraph from David Dunlop’s post is this:

Let’s examine mixing colors to create luminous grays (or what is referred to as chromatic grays). A gray concocted from a triad of secondary colors and the use of white. They can be made to look warmer or cooler. These color based grays are usually more engaging than those made from black and white or Payne’s gray. Let’s see how it’s done by artists on their palettes and in their pictures.

Read the entire post here:
http://paintingclass.net/blog/chromatic-dust/

A painting without light has no life

Photo Credit: Jack Skipworth via Compfight cc

Photo Credit: Jack Skipworth via Compfight cc



Another gem of an article from artist Jack White. How you paint light can make or break your piece, and quite possibly help your career along the way.

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Sluggish Sameness
by Jack White
I leave you with this challenge. Discover what light can do for your work. Take the dare to shed sameness and climb to the top of the heap. What do you have to lose by trying? You have much to gain. When you are successfully able to work light into your originals you will stand out for exceptional achievement. Believe me, if I can learn then anyone can. […]
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http://faso.com/fineartviews/67578/sluggish-sameness
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On the Wings of Art (exhibit)

The Sun Herald described it this way:

Art lovers gathered Friday at the Jolly McCarty Depot Art Gallery, 504 Yon Ave., Pascagoula, for the opening of the Singing River Art Association’s spring art show titled “On the Wings of Art.”

Artists from across the Coast and beyond entered the show to compete for monetary prizes and awards. The show is on display during regular gallery hours through May 17. Judge for the show was Joan Daughtery, a well-known artist from Mobile, who also teaches art at her gallery.

I am grateful to Joan and the Association for choosing my painting entitled “Fishing Buddies” for the Excellence in Realism Award. Here is the painting:

Are you improving on nature, or honoring her?

Keith Bond of FASO reminded me of an aspect of painting I am just now realizing: Favorite locations in nature can be changed or altered as you paint them. I have often viewed a a scene in nature that I thought was a perfect painting, except for this tree, or that pond. Or maybe I said to myself, “A pond in that area would make this scene so much better.” What I am now realizing, is that I was exercising a natural function of we artists. Keith Bond has described the process in his article “Show Me Your Relationship with Her.”

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SHOW ME YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH HER
by Keith Bond
How close you stay to (perceived) reality and how much you deviate and create something entirely new is completely up to you. But don’t be so tied to a literal depiction that you fail to see the possibilities of improving upon the design you see in nature. […]
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http://faso.com/fineartviews/57260/show-me-your-relationship-with-her
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collectors and galleries (and anyone else who loves art).
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