New Painting – May 14 2017

May 14, 2017 at 10:35 pm (acrylic painting, Art, painting) (, , )

I whipped together a fairly quick painting today: 8″x10″ acrylic on canvas. On a minor note, I got to open a pack of nicer canvases for it; new canvas smell is always exciting.

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Some more paintings from my week off

November 27, 2016 at 5:36 pm (acrylic painting, Art, Colored Pencils, painting) (, , , , , , , , )

Here are some more paintings I worked on during my week between jobs. The following is a brief description of each:

Deep Tractor Ruts: This was my first attempt at using a gel medium. The photo doesn’t show it, but the tractor ruts are actually textured. 8″x10″.

Flower in Watercolour: This was my first usage of watercolour pencils. I wanted to give them a try, so I picked a copyright-free image of a flower to use.

Sunlit Woodland Path: This was a quick painting I did to play with more expressive styles. 8″x10″.

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Afternoon Projects

October 1, 2016 at 4:44 pm (Art, painting) (, , , , )

I had some coffee this morning and then was itching to do something productive, specifically something art-related. I ended up doing almost 3 full pieces (acrylics on 8×10″ canvas). I used a couple YouTube tutorials for the first two to get in the mood for the style I wanted to play with and then did the third as an original based on a photo I took in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

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Niagara Falls Painting

September 27, 2016 at 1:27 pm (Art, painting) (, , , )

I recently finished an 8″x11″ piece of the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. It’s done in acrylic paint on canvas. My first finished piece of this size and the first use of my new easel. I don’t think the colours really look great in this photo, but it was just taken quickly using my phone in non-ideal lighting.

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Teapot Study 1

March 21, 2016 at 9:25 pm (Art, painting) (, , , )

Here’s a picture of a painting I did this evening. It took about an hour to finish.

Teapot study 1

Teapot study 1

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Learning to Paint: Painter’s Algorithm

February 22, 2016 at 10:48 am (Art, painting) (, , , , )

I had an important lesson this weekend in learning to paint. I painting a set of peppers with some suggested techniques and colour recipes from a book. The book suggested that I block in my shapes by painting in areas using the midtones of my components. This means that if I have a picture of peppers, I paint the basic shape of the peppers in, then the stems, then the background.

This blew my mind, and I’ll tell you why. In computer graphics and rendering, we use what’s called the “painter’s algorithm”; we draw the shapes in our scenes background first, then foreground. I had always thought that all paintings worked this way; doing your full backgrounds and working forward with layers. While some artists may still do this, depending what their medium (oil, acrylic, watercolour, etc), it isn’t the rule in the way I was expecting it. Furthermore, some colours of paint are transparent or translucent, meaning that some or most of the background will still show through the layer. This makes it not very ideal for some pieces, as you’d have to do multiple layers, or put in a layer of opaque paint first to get the colours you want to show through.

Essentially, my lesson was this: don’t assume that your current techniques are the best, or even the ones you will continue using in the future. Always try to find new ways to do things, even if you like how you paint now. You might like the next technique even more.

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Long weekend painting projects

February 16, 2016 at 3:21 pm (Art, painting) (, , , , )

I just came back from a long weekend. Here’s some snapshots of some of the projects I played around with. They’re all about 2-3 inches in width.

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