Friday, January 31, 2014

Portrait of my lemon tree--block-in

I wanted to work on human portraits, but I don't really have any spare money for models at the moment, so I decided to do a portrait of my lemon tree. I mean, I'm a little crazy about my house plants anyway (they're my babies... erm, plants), so a portrait of this particular kiddo is right up my alley. I'm very excited. Here's the block-in:

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Commission studies

I'm working on a commission. No, more correctly, I'm working on planning a commission. It's to be a fairly large still life with a landscape style orientation and big heavy flowers, but not too many of them. So I've been playing with colors and placement of the flowers and trying to come up with a unifying compositional element that I don't hate. I'm holding off buying the flowers until I have a compositional idea to sink my teeth into, as it were, so I've been working with dried flowers and balls of tissue paper, which is kind of fun because that means I get to mostly make up the flowers. I'm sharing three of the most promising studies--they're small little sketches on panel, not at all refined, just ideas in paint. I wanted to have something to share from the last several weeks to prove I'm still painting (in case you doubted me). They're in order from my least favorite to the one I find most promising:

Sunday, January 12, 2014

LA Art Show 2014

Lotton Gallery will be at booth 224 at this year's LA Art Show, January 15th through 19th at the LA Convention Center.  Sadly, I won't be able to make it, but Sebbie will!  Stop by and see him if you're in the area.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

On the easel

(I heard a rumor that mustaches were back in style, and seeing as I can't grow one of my own...)