Sunday, January 19, 2020

This Could Be The One.

Beginning the session here.

Adding more dark as a brown.

Decided a bit more definition is needed.

I have ended here.

I think I am done.

Understand please 
All the painting throughout the tread of this post are progressive sessions of the same painting

This final image
The painting.

Now the decision is on the client.


We shall see.

Thank you for watching along.


Friday, January 17, 2020

Getting Closer

This is where we begin today.

There are scribbles and scratches embedded within each layer that the pictures do not pick up.

Yesterday we left this too much on the light side so mor darks are introduced.

Pushing in more lights.

This is where I left it today.
I am almost there.
Thank you for following along.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

As Some Dense Areas Begin

This is where we left off.

The clouds are surreal.
The picture isn’t showing how many colors are introduced.

I am going back and layering back in dark.

There is also a lot of texture within.

The next picture will show a clip of that.
Thank you for following along.
I really appreciate you do.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Where I am beginning today.

The first step of foggy cloud obscurity.  Oil paint and wax. Brayers and deli paper and scribe.


Still adding.

Where it ends today.  This much needs to set up.

Thank you for following along.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

As it Grows Towards the Next Phase

This is where I began today.  

I added some highlights for a bit of contrast.

Then softened some of the crevices.
If it is set up enough we are moving on tomorrow and a lot of this will be gone.

Stay tuned.

Monday, January 13, 2020

More Washes and Another Hue

This is where I began today.  Still adding darks.

After lots of thin dark washes, I added a blue hue to the sky area.

It’s growing 😃
It is directing me to a night sky.

Thank you for following along.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

More Washes and an Added Hue

Many additional thin grey washes were added.  I need to go slow to dry in between layers.

Then let’s introduce another hue, some green.

Soon some obscuring will begin and texturing.

This is how I left it today.

Thank you for following along.  I am enjoying this process, hope you are!

Friday, January 10, 2020

Thin Thin Really Thin Washes as This Slowly Builds

Earlier today I added some bright washes to help define some shapes.

After lots and lots of really thin washes of gray we are beginning to see some changes beginning at the top and moving over the boulders.

This is where I have ended for today.

Thank you for following along in this abstract journey.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Laying in a few lines

I begin by just laying some paint on the canvas.  It isn’t really important the color I begin with, as most likely none of it will be here by the time I am finished.

I am inspired by the black hills of Custer Park.
So some shapes begin to appear as well as other marks.
Remember, this is an abstract, so some of what I begin might remain and some may not.

How I ended today.

Working in oils and cold wax, on canvas.
A nature inspired abstract.
We are just beginning and have a long way to go.  
Follow along and enjoy the process.
Thank you.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Beginning A Large Painting 3ft by 5ft

A few weeks ago a young couple came into the Stagecoach Gallery and were inquiring on commissioning a large painting.

Huge smiles from me, because a ‘young’ couple
Young! ... are interested in original painted work.

Do you have information for me about what you would like painted?  No.
Well no is pretty broad, let’s break this down.

Our young lady has definite thoughts, a LOT different from our young fella.
Let the melding begin.

From our back and forth conversation and image referencing I concluded, a limited bold but muted, hazy palette.
Heavy on grey and white with touches of black.
For our young lady as her bold personality speaks she desires bold images, while our young man seeks calm.

Our first agreement is nature inspired.

Keeping with this bold personality feel, we consider abstract.
After image referencing, this becomes the preferred of our young man, this style brings him peace.
This style with strong boldness brings our young lady the huge personality she is seeking for her wall.

Our conclusion:  a nature inspired abstract!

We live with amazing venues of bold nature.
I love the inspiration from our states (South Dakota),  Black Hills.
Seems that so do they.

Black Hills Abstract coming to our future.

Stay tuned!

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Catch You Up With the Window

Christ is dark enough and is ready for color, to cheeks and lips.

The older boy and youngest girl faces are also ready for color.

The cutting and fitting of garments have begun.

He appears dark flat on the table.  The robe is a beautiful regal blue, white gown.
Continuing with the older boy.

Thank you for following along.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Finishing QT k-9 portrait in Glass

All of this is stained, ‘painted’ in other words, with crushed and powdered glass.  Not traditional paints.  They are permanently fused into the clear glass canvas with high temperatures of the kiln.

The very center, where QT lays is one panel.  The other pieces will frame it and this project will hang in a window.

All the other pieces are cut and in place ready to foil and solder.

Ready to frame.

Completed and ready to mail!
All I need is your picture and either a box or panel can be created for your collection or for a special gift.
Contact me: 

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Finishing the Special Couple Box

In the last post about the Special Couple box we had not added any of the blue colors .  Once the blue was added, it took about 3 firings in the kiln to get the colors deep enough to my liking.
The blues were the last colors to add.

On to building the box itself.

Originally I thought I would use clear bevels but, the very clear did not appeal to me and I changed over to this milky white.  Which has a bit of translucent qualities that will illuminate the lid nicely yet offer the contents a bit of privacy.

This box being a bit larger than most are that I work up, deserved a box on box lid.  Meaning each, lid and bottom, are boxes but fit onto each other.
At this point the lid might have a hinge added but, due to the weight of this project I tried a lift off lid.
I added posts inside to keep the lid from sliding off.
Genius right!

The post is in the corner.

The edges are sculpted to add visual and tactile texture.
Then it has acid washed and I color the copper in my signature blend and polish and we are done!