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This is the couple of my previous “Partridge in a Pear Tree” origami piece. Maybe a little more unrecognizable, but that’s where the title comes in to clarify . It’s called “Two Turtle Doves”! Now there you go. Both are oil on panel.

I decided to photograph some of the main steps as I did this one…

1. I always start off any serious project with sketches for composition and sketches for color. If I have a good color comp, it makes the painting go ¬†so easy. I’m not fiddling around with color anymore because I already know what I want. In this case, I really wanted an overall blueish painting, as my partridge was overall yellow.

2. Then I follow my sketchbook sketches and sketch out my painting on the surface I chose (this one is a gessoed wood panel)

3. I did a blue acrylic wash to encourage color harmony before I started painting.

4.Next is some rough acrylic painting. I know I don’t have to get all the details in perfectly because I am going to go over it with oils. It’s a lot easier to get those smooth blends in oil painting than acrylic anyway. So I am just getting the main colors in – that way if I don’t paint all my oil layer completely opaque, the color showing through works.

5. Oil time! I started off similarly to my acrylic layer by doing a blueish/whiteish glaze over the whole thing, just to make it wet (I used Liquin, which dries kinda fast). I prefer starting with painting wet into wet to make easier blending. I started building layers upon layers with different glazes and smaller and smaller brushes…

6. Then I finished off the smallest details with the most opaque of oils and painting wet on dry. Voila! (you may have to wait a day before you can paint on dry surface) It is finished!

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It’s fall time in Provo, and it couldn’t be more beautiful! October has gotta be the best month of the year here. The weather is gorgeous, the trees are gorgeous, it’s all just gorgeous! And what better way to enjoy the outdoors than plein air painting? It’s been a long time. I went up Provo Canyon just a little ways yesterday and painted alongside the fishermen by Vivian Park. I can’t say I fully captured the beauty up there right now, but hopefully you get the gist. Now I remember why my plein air painting class at BYU was my favorite. If there are other art projects that require you to be outside, I’d like to know because it’s the most peaceful and therapeutic combination.

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Patridge (small)

I am working on a few Christmas art pieces and was struggling to think of a piece that is considered Christmas-y, but also can be enjoyed all year round. THIS is one of the results! Japanese style 12 days of Christmas! I quite like my Japanese heritage, and I know others enjoy Japanese things too. Who doesn’t love origami? …Right? ūüôā

It’s a 10×10 oil on board in case you were interested.

 

That was the title of the workshop I attended at J. Kirk Richard’s studio a few weeks ago. Workshops are great. Maybe it’s because you learn something new from an instructor, maybe it’s because you can actually get something done when you’re focused and away from home, or maybe it’s because you get so inspired by working along side other artists! ¬†In any case, they’re fun. I seriously get so distracted sometimes so it was nice to have set aside time to work on this.

Truth from the Earth (small)

I’m deciding on a name like “By the Power of God” or “Truth Out of the Earth” – something like that. ¬†This is a historical scene from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint (LDS). It shows Joseph unearthing the golden plates from the Hill Cumorah on a fall day. I had lots of photo reference that I mashed together and tweaked the colors of (ie exaggerated the complimentary colors). Still haven’t decided if it’s done or not but¬†either way, it’s for sale.

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I’ve always loved animals and drawing them as a kid was one of my favorite things to do! So, gee, guess I’m just trying to keep up how good I was when I was little ;). ¬†Recently I’ve been going to the Bean Museum nearby with some art friends. ¬†It’s full of taxodermied animals, making¬†it the perfect place to draw real life animals without all the moving. I try to do a good sketching trip of some sort once a week now. Gotta keep drawing from life!

 

 

 

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I guess I’ve been on a little nature kick recently since going to the local greenhouse. ¬†Purely because it seemed fun and I wanted to, I painted these little oil studies. Also, I had a great time sketching outdoors on the “Y” mountain. ¬†I did a panoramic sketch of the Utah Valley below. ¬†I do believe it is NOT a waste of time to paint things or draw things just for fun. ¬†In fact, please do! ¬†A LOT! ¬†So that the art you love doesn’t become only a career. ¬†It’s better when it’s a hobby you love too.

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Joseph Praying

I did this painting for the church crowd, but¬†I hope that even if you don’t know the story of Joseph Smith, it can still be an enjoyable painting to look at of a pretty place in New York. ¬†Also, it’s a good painting to use as an example.

My advice here is to take LOTS¬†of photos of any potential painting subjects! People, places, things. ¬†I had a mentor who just kept photos organized in folders for future reference. ¬†This was an oil painting I did from a photo. ¬†I was in upstate New York for 18 months, and I took lots of pictures. . .but still not nearly enough! ¬†Luckily, I was able to paint this from just one good photo. A lot of times you won’t be so lucky, and in order to make a painting just how you envision it, you will have to combine elements from lots of photos. So you oughta have loads! ¬†Then when you mesh photos together you will have to worry about matching the lighting and color schemes and so forth and so forth.