Category Archives: New Projects

Ballantine’s Scotch Whiskey

You seriously lose all sense of time when you are in the “zone.”  I started this at 4 pm in the afternoon, finished it around 8:30 pm and it seemed like only 2 hours had passed.  Anyway, I purposefully chose a blue background as a complementary color to the orange-ish color of the whiskey.  When put into a small shot glass, you get yellow for some reason but whatever, just went with it.  I usually don’t draw this out in charcoal but in this case I wanted accurate proportions on everything so I skipped laying it out with a brush.

Ballentines Scotch Whiskey

Ballentines Scotch Whiskey – F4 Oil on canvas

still life setup of Ballantines Scotch Whiskey

still life setup of Ballantines Scotch Whiskey


The road to the Iwaki Flower Center


View from the easel of Taira town.

This is my fourth landscape within the last month.  The view is off of the road going to the Iwaki Flower Center.  I did something different this time, that being, I took a pair of +3.0 reading glasses and painted it wearing those.  This blurred my vision of course but it helped me to simplify shapes and colors and I was happy with this new technique.  That, combined with the umbrella is giving me much brighter, not so overly dark colors.

taira macho

Taira Machi – 8 x 10 oil on canvas board

Old temple by the Flower Center

Old Temple

8 x 10 oil on canvas board

There is a place nearby where I live called the Flower Center.  Well, outside of it being a very beautiful place, there is a very old temple nearby.  I’m not really sure how old it is, but it must be hundreds of years old.  I went up to it and I was the only one there.  The trees in the background were the hardest part, I don’t think I pulled this one off.  Actually, I went there twice and the second was better, but I need to try it again one more time.


Okay, I work in waves and the last 6 months my regular work has been insane.  Finally picked up the brushes, here’s what I have so far.

Stage one – setting up a still life and laying it in.  For this I’ve chosen to do a matcha bowl, can, and bamboo tea whisk and spoon.

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I let that dry a week. No, it didn’t take a week to dry, I just couldn’t get back to it for a week.  This is where I ended up after about 4 hours last night…



I’ve got to figure out what to do with that boring background, I’ll figure something out.