9/8/18

The Finished Sketch

Two paintings "Flooded Field " 4x7  and "End of Day" 4x7 painted in gouache on paper, The "Finished Sketch" and the term preliminary study are nearly identical in meaning,but if the painting sketch is placing the emphasis on an appreciation of the essential artistic qualities of each sketch, rather than on how a sketch relates to a further work,then we could say we have a finished painted sketch.

9/6/18

A Painted Sketch

I've been working in gouache and casein on small panel and paper with the intention of redressing my interest in the water medium I once used as an illustrator.  I now find I also have to take another look at  "the sketch" just what is a sketch?  Issues of size, intent, medium, and function are the most common determinants used  to separate one type of artistic endeavor from another.
In the eighteenth century, France had a scale of preliminary works that  progress from croquis, to pochade, to etude. and the categories did not stop there. "The Painted Sketch"an anticipation or maybe a taste.

8/16/18

Cake Walk

Just one of Asheville Art Deco Architecture buildings 1920-1928 City Hall, clay pink and Georgia marble, some call it the wedding cake, a gouache painting on paper 7x5  "Cake Walk"

7/13/18

KEN AUSTER TRUST THE PROCESS

Photo
Oil 10 x 10
6 x 8 Gouache Study
This 10 x 10 Oil  is a good example of  how I trust my process starting with a plein air paintings, using Gouache on a small panel, I spend about an hour or so until I have the information needed and just for insurance I also take a photo.  In my Studio I decide if  I'm as inspired as I was on location to do a more finished work. Ken Auster had very good concept of what I'm talking about "The Passion Sandwich"  defined here   http://www.tucsonartacademyonline.com/ken-auster-workshop-1
simple put intellect, passion, value and volume. I was fortunate to have been Ken's monitor in his workshop in Fairview North Carolina. Ken was a passion teacher an inspirational person and always admired  his work. I hope you enjoy the website. Below is my painting by Ken Auster





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2/19/18

PAINTING FROND A NEW HOME




Painting just sent from my studio to their new home, thanks for your appreciation and interest in my work.  All marked SOLD

12/7/17

HOT SPRINGS NC

A resort destination since the 1800's.  In 1828 the Buncombe Turnpike was completed along the French Broad River  which runs through Hot Springs along with the Appalachian Trail that runs down Main Street and across the Spring Creek Bridge, more information at this link http://hotspringsnc.org/about/history/  The paintings are of  Hot Springs

9/7/17

SEC Football Art U Print

My new u-print site where you can choose Art Prints, SEC Football Cards and Prints are now up and ready to order after a year of working on the art.  So please go to the link below and have a look.  Don't forget to send your friends a free e-card and thanks for the likes on facebook.
http://secfootballartuprint.weebly.com/

7/12/17

Rocky Creek

Rocky creek 12 x 9 Casein En Plein Air

More recommendations

More recommendations for casein.You are able to take advantage of the rapid drying time with the ease to make changes ,the thick and thine applications, multimedia techniques and the matte finish of this water-soluble paint.  Unlike watercolor and gouache, casein can be applied thin washes or thick brush strokes, and can be modified with casein emulsion. The finished painting can be left unvarnished or sealed with a varnish.  As with any other paint their are certain steps that need to be taken to ensure the best results with casein, those steps include working on a rigid gesso prepared surface and recognizing that the painting takes several days to dry completely.  I follow similar procedures for casein as I do with oil and using the same array of warm and cool color palette of E mile Gruppe.

6/17/17

More Casein


Rushing Water 8X10 Casein

I follow similar procedures for oil painting as I do for casein, one of the oldest artist medium older than oil.  Using the same array of warm and cool color and a plan based on the pattern of light and dark that develops my composition, so it really dose not matter which one I choose.  That said, as with any other paint their are certain steps that need to be taken to ensure the best results with casein, those steps include working on a acid free rigid surface and recognizing that the paint takes several days to dry completely.


Water Fall 1 6x6 Casein

5/28/17

Why Casein Now?

So why casein now and not oil?  I think maybe I've come full circle, back way back in art school  (Ringling School Of Art) before oil paints.we were introductions to gouache and casein as the medium for our class projects and assignments for the first year.  The next three years fine art students used mostly oil, graphic artist stayed with gouache and casein as a rule,
When I worked as a illustrator gouache was always a go to medium. For the past 20 years I  have worked en plain air with oil or pastel, in recent years I rediscovered casein paint and the advantages it has over oil paints. Easy clean up, fast drying, coast and reworking.
Here are some website with more on casein and artist ...
http://gurneyjourney.blogspot.com/2013/04/casein-experiment.html, http://nathanfowkes-sketch.blogspot.com/.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftpsi6RFrMc&t=3522s


Unlike  gouache, casein can be applied either in thin washes or thick brushstrokes,  As with any other paint, there are certain things that will ensure the best results with casein, such as working on a rigid surface, masonite coated with acrylic gesso and completely dry for several days.

2/9/17

BOAT SKETCH

Another cold day good reason to stay inside and play around with a sketch of a boat on a warmer day. Gouache.Painting 6 x 8

4/25/16

Computer generated painting

Another Digital Painting created in Artrage, Digital painting thrives mostly in production art. In 1986 I worked as a Technical Illustrator and some of my tools were the air brush, ruling pen, drafting table ect., by 1990 all were gone and replaced by the Mac and CAD (Computer Aided Design) software. So in 2016 it is not surprising we have soft ware that gives artist a similar environment to a physical plein air painter. All digital painting programs try to mimic the use of physical media like oil, acrylics, charcoal and watercolor.  I am finding the creative process in traditional and digital painting is more or less the same.

4/22/16

Working in Artrage

Painting with Artrage (a digital software) is a new experience for me, for all my many years as an artist it has been hands on and in the field.  The last 20+ years I have real enjoyed plein air painting and have a large collection of paintings I can use as a reference that is only gained from painting on location.. So even though I am not a fan of computers and a novice of all things digital I purchased a tablet and the art software.  So far so good, think I will do another one.