Friday, January 22, 2010

Poe's Summer Night by Isabel Forbes

video
Hope you enjoy my first attempt at creating a video with a little narrative. Poe's is one of my favorite restaurants so I enjoy the process of painting it - I can almost taste their delicious hamburgers and blue cheese cole slaw as I paint this.

As I state in the video, I start out with a value block in then continue to define my shapes until the painting feels complete.

Happy drawing & painting!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Sullivan's Island Cottage - Ion Street

Thumbnail drawing
Block in
Refining the block in...
more refining...
The finished painting.

I love visiting Sullivan's Island, SC. The town has done a great job of keeping big development under control. If you walk or ride a bicycle around the neighborhoods you can see lots of quaint cottages/bungalows. I'm looking forward to the Spring so I can actually be there to paint some of the great scenes on the spot (en plain air).

Above you can see the process of this new painting, "Sullivan's Island Cottage. I start out with my "Thumbnail Drawing". This small sketch works like a road map. I've hear many an artist say, getting value right is more important that getting colors right. Colors are more of a personal decision - values are needed in order for a painting to "read".

This painting can be seen at the Sandpiper Gallery on Sullivan's Island.
Happy drawing & painting!