New Projects, Oil on Canvas, Still Life

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


New Projects, Oil on Canvas, Plein Air

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

Generally Speaking, New Projects, Oil on Canvas, Plein Air

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.


Oil on Canvas, Plein Air

Fall Plein Air in Japan

Been spending some time getting my gear back up to speed.  Took the French easel out last week and did a F3 canvas of rice fields in harvest. That thing is heavy and requires constant maintenance so now I’m thinking it’s time to break out the pochade box.  Unfortunately, the 8 x 10 inch canvas size of that pochade box fits no frames here in Japan at all, so now looking to purchase a new box that will work over here. In the meantime, I’ll stick to the French easel.

plain air in rice paddy