Tag Archives: Painting

Art on the Boardwalk Show

It was a quiet but successful day at the Langdon Art on the Boardwalk art show.  I was able to meet some other local artists, which was great.  My art seemed to be well received; also great.  I even sold two pieces.  Excellent!

I was stoked to see all of the artists’ phenomenal work.  I had already seen many of the pieces on the local artist’s Facebook page, but seeing them in person was SO much better.  I am looking forward to many more shows to come.

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Prairie Elevator: Oil Pastel

Where has the time gone!  I finished this one about a month ago and finally got around to framing it.

I really love the bright colours and am liking the composition.  I debated composing it in landscape orientation, but am happy with how it turned out in portrait orientation.

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Materials:

  • Grumbacher oil pastels (set of 32)
  • Canson bristol paper 9″x12″
  • Spectrafix fixative

The reference photo is courtesy of Trudi Olfert from PaintMyPhoto.

Below is my scrap paper with some experimental scribbles and colour tests.

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Sketches from 2008

While perusing some old artwork I came across these gems.

They were all completed in an inexpensive dollar-store mid-tone sketchbook which I can only imagine became disheveled and is long gone.

These pieces, which I must have liked at the time (and still do) were tucked away for safe keeping.  They appear to be done in a combination of ink, coloured pencil and watercolour and were all completed en plein air at my parent’s farm in the Interlake region of Manitoba; except for the one with the elf-like creature having a smoke.  I have no idea where the inspiration for that one came about.

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Re-vamped owl

The picture below is a coloured pencil drawing I completed in 2016.  I was very happy with the drawing at the time, but as I worked more and more with coloured pencil, I began to notice that I wasn’t getting the saturation and deep contrasts that I wanted.

It may be due to the type of coloured pencil I am using;  I have only worked with the Derwent Coloursoft. In retrospect, it is more likely that I am laying the black down over too many layers and thus not getting it as dark as I would like.

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I sprayed some workable fixative on the paper and tried to darken the blacks.  It helped a little bit, but didn’t make as drastic a difference as I had hoped.  I then decided to experiment with markers and oil pastels on top of the coloured pencil.  The result is below.

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I am much more happy with the results (for now anyways).  I may go back once more and clean up the background and some of the feather details.

Which one do you like better?  The softer, muted tones of the first picture, or the more vibrant colours of the second picture?

Materials used:

  • Strathmore Mixed Media paper
  • Derwent coloursoft coloured pencils
  • Grumbacher Oil Pastels
  • Prismacolour Premier Brush tip marker – black
  • Spectrafix Degas Pastel Fixative (not over the marker; because it will cause the marker to bleed very, very, very badly.  I am glad I did a text spray on scrap paper before spraying the final piece.  It would have been a streaky, blurry mess.)

 

Movie “Alice in Wonderland” Fan Art: Acrylic Ink

Above is an illustration from May 2011 in acrylic ink.  The top left image is of Alice’s father.  On the bottom left is the Queen of Hearts and on the right is Alice.

I had to include the quote about the “warm pigs” because it’s so ridiculous and makes me smile every time I hear it.