Don’t think I’ve shared this one before – 24×12″ oil on canvas
A fun, very quick study of a dungeness crab claw in black and white oil paint. I love practicing with values – it is a never-ending learning process!
A fun study of the foggy sky from when we lived near Seattle.
12×12″ oil on canvas
Sinus Pressure by Meg Lyman
11×14? oil on canvas
Limited palette for this one – ultramarine blue, transparent red oxide, and white.
12×9″ oil on board
This is one of the paintings I did at the fantastic class I took with James Tennison this summer. He is a phenomenal painter and teacher, and we all had a blast.
On “violently modern painters:”
It seems a pity even so simple a technical course as could be furnished by an ordinary house-painter as to a decent manner of putting on paint, has not been indulged in.
Page 64, Oil Painting Techniques and Materials by Harold Speed
I’ve had Harold Speed’s book Oil Painting Techniques and Materials for ages; it was recommended to me by someone smart. After I learned that James Gurney was going to do a Book Club on it, I decided to read it finally. You should too because it is full of good information, not only on the titular subject, but also on art history and how to be a good artist in general.
I have been pleasantly surprised at the quality of writing. Harold is just full of sass and I’m actually laughing while I learn. I am going to dedicate a series of blog posts to his attitude (and of course his extensive advice). To start us off, here’s a good one:
I am inclined to think that every age has the art it deserves.
Gus by Meg Lyman
Oil on black canvas, 2×4″
This is a tiny still life of an opossum skull. My sister and I found it in our Grandma’s barn. I cleaned it up and gave it to her for Christmas, like any loving sister would. I painted it first to try some new oils I got (and to keep the memory alive I suppose).