Some Easel Action…

September is always a busy month around here. Tomorrow, I hit the friendly skies for what’s become an annual pilgrimage to the Tetons region in Wyoming; one of wildlife art’s true “Meccas” for subject matter.  There, I’ll travel to DuBois to teach an annual workshop with the SKB Foundation, working with both high school students and adults, and painting in the field. I know…It’s dirty job, but someone’s got to do it!

So look for updates on those events in the coming weeks. But meanwhile, this September is also seeing a lot of action at the easel, and I thought you might enjoy seeing what’s on the horizon for new paintings…

This is a 24 x 36 oil on canvas piece that I’ve started just in the last week, and I’m continuing my return to oils after several years of working in acrylics.  With this painting, I’ll once again be striving to break away from complete detail throughout the image, and include de-emphasized areas, and visible brush work. My long-term goal with this new approach is to strike a balance between the extremely tight photo-realism that I’m recognized for, and the looser contemporary work I’ve been experimenting with for some time now.  In the end, I hope to fuse the two styles so as to create work that not only captures areas of detail, texture, and realism, but simultaneously retains a slight painterly quality and an essence of the energy that goes into it’s creation.

I’m also coming close to completing this 24 x 36 acrylic piece.  A commission for a wonderful cleint and friend of mine in Virginia, this painting has been a lengthy project, and some of the most challenging detailed commission work I’ve ever been faced with.  I have to admit, though, that I’m particularly excited about this piece as it’s coming closer and closer to completion.  Each element within the painting has a special meaning to my client, and the time and care I’ve taken to accurately portray each subject is really starting to pay off.  Once completed, I’m looking forward to adding this to my portfolio of commission pieces to illustrate what I can offer not only in the way of portrait work, but still life subjects as well.

And finally, I’m also working on this painting of a client’s two dogs, Maggie (the Lab) and George (the Boston).  This one, an 11 x 14, is also in acrylic and done in my photorealistic style.  One of the things I enjoy so much about commissions is working with the clients.  This one in particular brought about several LOL moments with the faces George was making while having to pose for reference pictures!  We finally got what we needed, though, and hopefully when all is said and done the client will have a painting of their beloved canine family members that they can treasure for a lifetime…and George can finally relax!

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