Thursday, August 23, 2012

Woman in Hanfu

Oil on Canvas

Woman wearing a traditional Chinese Hanfu with head dress.  I love how this turned out.
 I had to make a few adjustments over the course of the painting and I almost, at one point, dumped it in the bin because it just didn't feel right.  But it started coming together toward the eleventh hour.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Blue Curacao

Acrylic on foam core board

I did this painting about two years ago and I still love the contrast between the blue and red hues.  I love painting in acrylics, from time to time, because of the fast drying capabilities of the medium.  I’ve exploited acrylics professionally earlier in my career and know all the tricks of creating different effects.   But to just use it as a pure medium loosely, painting without regard to controlling it, to capture the moment is always fun and rewarding.

 But oils… I will always love the fluidity, texture, smoothness, brilliance, the application and the aroma of turpentine, linseed and varnish in creating a vision on a canvas or board.


Friday, August 17, 2012

Bourke St. Shoppers

Oil on Canvas

I’ve wanted to do this painting for a while now.  It took about two nights to complete this painting while working around a busy schedule.  But I’m happy with the outcome.  I like the contrast created by the depth of field with the crispness of the women against the backdrop.
This takes place in Melbourne, Australia.  Two women crossing over the tram tracks on Bourke St.  I remember this being one of the hottest days in the city.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

One Down

Oil on Canvas Board
Glass is always interesting to paint.  Lots of contrast between hard and soft edges within the highlights and shadows.

Detail 1

Detail 2