Everything went pretty smoothly on this today - no major hickups and it all just seemed to flow off the brush. It’s a real joy when that happens - decisions are made easily and instinctively and there seems to be a cooperation between the me and painting rather than a struggle. I guess in this case it comes from completing the left hand for-ground section in the previous session and learning from that work how I could easily achieve what I… Continue
Hi everyone - It's been a while coming but I've just finished the latest MasterClass lesson. It's 60 minutes long and packed full of goodies for you to learn. With this one I'm letting you in on what goes on in my head when I'm doing a painting - WHY I make the decisions I make. Because the lesson is so long I haven't found a way to deliver it as a download yet, so it's only available as a dvd at the moment for $35USD. If you're a member though,… Continue
Starting to bring in the foreground now. Trickiest part was getting the faint sun glow through the right side of the tree. The next hardest part will be making the rest of the foreground flora interesting without being TOO interesting.
Well I found a few paintings. 1 is the teal bay lesson. The apple and the still life are done in the flemish technique. It's done in burnt umber. The next layer for those will be to concentrate the light in the center and create tonal differences then it's on to the dead layer, color layer and detal layer. We'll see how that goes.
Let me know what you think...
Well, so far all I really have is drawings posted. For some reason I can't find any paintings in my computer. So, I have to rephotograph them and then post them.
I draw and paint intuitively. Although I do want to work balancing intuition with principle. I'll post the paintings soon.
It's cold in Michigan. And to make matters worse I am sick. I'm behaving like a big baby too.
I'm really happy to be a part of this site and hope to learn a great deal from the… Continue
Back for another awesome day at Langs Beach with Eddie and Lillian. LOTS of learning had by all - more learning than painting I think, but after two days I think they've picked up most of the tools they will need to continue their painting development by themselves - ready to leave the nest. :-) The major problem we had was wanting to continue with the sunny painting from the previous trip, but the sun held out on us - only popping out about 15%… Continue
Here's a painting I did yesterday. It's based on a field sketch and photography for a commission I'm working on. I expect to take a while on this commission, so I'll go through a few sketches like this one. Have been looking at Monet a lot, so it will be interesting to see what comes out of it all.
Thanks Richard, you are right it was a perfect day. Really enjoyed picking your brains and could have continued for another couple of hours. Very informative and well delivered lesson in a perfect setting. Eager to continue next week. I think that you have cured me of reaching for the rigger every 5 mins. We appreciate very much the effort that you put into the day and for giving us an insight into the world of a professional artist.
One more item for your lesson notes that will stay… Continue
I started off today in the studio but the fumes forced me outside after a couple of hours. So here's the painting in the carport after a day spent on the mist and the midground landscape. Actually I spent about another hour on it after this photo was taken. A very satisfying day's work - nothing went horribly wrong and I managed to stay in the 'flow' or the 'zone' for much of the day. Much nicer without the fumes clogging my… Continue
Spent a fantastic day at Langs Beach yesterday with Lillian and Eddie - 2 avid beginners. They've been following the Bob Ross technique and decided it was time to up their game. They both did really well and we all learned a lot. Every time I teach I learn something new. The weather came right after a gray start and we all felt really lucky to be their painting in such a perfect spot. We decided early on to focus on a small area of the painting… Continue