Thursday, January 31, 2013


Running late today, but I'm drawing as often as I can even if I didn't have time to get in the studio today.

Maybe this is a good idea for a series of work related objects...

I've been thinking that I'd like to set up regular painting times and work with similar subjects for a week or a month, or maybe try paintings with an emphasis on certain important elements of painting, like a focus on edges, or composition.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Values, values, values

I used this great app called Value Viewer  to take a picture of the values of both the still life set up and my painting.

The vantage point from each are a bit different as you can see, but all in all I didn't do such a terrible job at the values.

The cork laying down could stand to be brought up a bit on the top, but I think the problem may be more of a color issue. And of course, drawing...

Corks are hard!

Isn't everything at times though?

I struggled today with this painting, I'll admit. The values were so close! A good lesson though. Ill look back on the setup and the painting tomorrow with fresh eyes and see what I can see then.

If there is anyone who has some ideas/critiques, please leave a comment!

Monday, January 28, 2013


I'm trying to figure out how to take better photos of my studies. Most of the time I've been using my iPhone, and taking a picture directly into blogger. This time I took a picture (still with my iPhone) and loaded it into photoshop express and there I was able to crop and adjust the exposure.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Tomato on foil

I'm learning the benefits of taking a break. When I was painting this I was called away with a phone call and usually it takes a hook to separate me from my painting once I'm into it.

When I returned to my painting I was happy with the results of the break!