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

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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.

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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…

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