Monday, June 24, 2019

Acrylic Sketch

New Song
9" x 12"
Acrylic on Canvas Board
I'm experimenting with loosening up a bit. I've been looking at the work of Nicolai Fechin...very inspiring... On this one, I started with a toned background and began drawing with a dark mixture. Trying not to get too tight but sometimes I don't know when to stop. I think I'll leave this one as a sketch because I like the feel of it. Maybe I'll do a bigger painting later.
This is my daughter and she is getting ready to go off to college - "sing a new song". :-)

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

An excerpt from Robert Henri's Book - The Art Spirit

Harden Not Your Heart
Acrylic on Canvas

“The work of the art student is no light matter. Few have the courage and stamina to see it through. You have to make up your mind to be alone in many ways. We like sympathy and we like to be in company. It is easier than going it alone. But alone one gets acquainted with himself, grows up and on, not stopping with the crowd. It costs to do this. If you succeed somewhat you may have to pay for it as well as enjoy it all your life.” 
― Robert Henri, The Art Spirit: Notes, Articles, Fragments of Letters and Talks to Students, Bearing on the Concept and Technique of Picture Making, the Study of Art

Monday, June 10, 2019

Garden Club

Garden Club
11" x 14"
Acrylic on Canvas Board

I couldn't resist painting this picture of these cute little elderly ladies. I can only imagine they're discussing what's blooming.