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!

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

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!


What a curious cat (New eBay painting)

Blackie the cat. 5x7. Mixed media (watercolor, graphite, colored pencil).

Blackie the cat, 5×7, mixed media. Want this painting? Go to eBay and bid now! Bidding starts at 1 cent!

Cats are the most curious creatures, aren’t they? Any little noise or movement, and they pop up from an absolute sound nap and spring into action!

That’s what I wanted to depict in “Blackie.” This photo is almost a clone of the cat we used to have, and his expression reminded me of this cat. I painted him on steps, as though he is pondering whether or not it is worth his while to venture further downstairs!

This is a 5″ by 7″ mixed-media painting. if you like it, it is available on eBay now. Bidding begins at only 1 penny!

New Product Announcement: A collection of horses

I never tire of drawing and painting horses.  Their beauty, passion, strength and dignity have inspired generations down through the ages. Beyond transportation and competition, horses have been, and continue to be, our companions.
-Michael Brugh

In light of my love for horses, I am very excited to announce that one of my paintings is being featured in a collection of products offered by Cal*31. Cal*31 is the Marketplace for a Free Spirited Community who Lives the Life they Love. My horse painting can be purchased on a pillow, a T-shirt, or a Tote-ally awesome tote bag! 🙂

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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.”

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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Morning vs. evening light

Sunset at the BeachI enjoy the long shadows of both morning and evening. I know that some artists like to paint the cool yellows of morning, but I am leaning more toward Charles Sovek’s preference of evening light. His point?

Warm afternoon sunlight

Moviemakers like to call the late afternoon light “magic time” I call it the best time of the day to paint. Why? Because, to me, the light at this time of day is at its most poetic position. While tints ranging from pink to orange reveal light-struck passages, luminous purples and blues, reflected from the sky, dance in the shadows. The cinematographers are right: Even a depressing slum can take on an inviting, never-never-land quality.

Another bonus of late afternoon light is the fascinating shadow patterns caused by the low position of the sun. While interesting shadows can also occur in early morning, it’s only in the late afternoon that the unbeatable combination of long, revealing shadows and warm, luminous color merge to create the most intriguing effects.

The Impressionists were probably the first artists to take advantage of this magical time of day. Spanish painter Joaquin Sorolla devoted practically his entire life to chasing after these effects. – Charles Sovek, Oct. 1984