After a late one last night I finally finished this painting. I used some great reference pictures taken at Mountain View Plantation in Delta, Alabama. They have some beautiful dogs and a great lodge. As for now this will be the center piece for the upcoming show.
So last Saturday I taught a still life workshop using acrylics. Before the workshop I brushed up (pardon the pun) on how to paint a still life the way the masters always have. Very interesting researh and a great learning experience for me. So I came home and had to really put it to the test. I did several different still lifes and had a blast. I used very loose brush strokes and finished each painting within a matter of hours. Here's one of them.
I've been lazy for the last two weeks but I'm now back at it. I'll get back on the two paintings I started a couple weeks ago later. In the mean time I wanted to paint these guys. I took the picture on the way back from Austin and have been wanting to paint them. Kevin
"Northern Pintail" - 5.5 x 8.5 watercolor on paper
I've not worked on any of the studio projects this week but I have started a collection of ducks. Playing around with watercolors. You can see the rest of the collection on my website at www.WildlifeAndSportingArt.com
I plan on getting back on the studio paintings tomorrow. Tonight we are going to the Weimeraner Rescue Foundations annual fundraiser, "The 2010 Weim and Cheese" where the Weimeraner painting will be auctioned off. I'll post pictures of the event and the results.
I've decided to start a series of Still Lifes with vintage sporting magazine covers incorporated into the composition. Magazines such as Field & Stream featured cover art from some of America's greatest artists. Two of which are my favorites. Those being Howard Turpning and the late Bob Kuhn.
Here is the final sketch on the panel of the first in the series. "Pheasant Hunt".
Have you ever had one of those times where you started a project and it went so well that you could not stop? That's the way this one went. I planned on sketching out the Weimaraners tonight and just transfering them to the panel. That went so well that I said why not start the background. I went with a more loose and simple background as to draw more attention to the dogs. It went so well that I then said why not start on the dog pointing.... Well you know the rest of the story. So here is the finished painitng for the "Weim and Cheese Fundraiser" being held by the Weimaraner Rescue of the South.
No I'll let it dry, frame it and get it to them this week. I hope that it does well for them.
This is the last cow for a few days. Time to work on a piece for the Weimaraner Rescue of the South. They hold an annual fundraiser called "Weim and Cheese" and I will be donating a painting for the auction.
My 14 year old daughter Kennedy and I have spent all afternoon and tonight in the studio. We've had a wonderful time painitng together and listening to radio. I wouldn't trade these times for a million dollars!
I should be finished with these guys tonight. I had hoped that I would finish last night, but.... I still want to work on the body more and need to lay in the background. I'm unsure of how that will look. Kevin
I had a good night at the easle and got more done than expected. That is good since I'm behind schedule. This is turning out to be a fun one. I'm enjoying the simplicity of the black and white stripes. Kevin
This is a painting that I will enter into the Energen Art Competition. I now have the drawing fininshed and the panel primed so time to paint. I usually do the background first but on this one I will do the animals first. The white paint dries slower than any other color for some reason. Kevin
It's down hill from here. I'll let this dry for a few days then come back with a a few touch ups and details. I hope these guys were tired after I chased them for over an hour to get a good reference photo. Kevin
I forgot to get a photo of the initial drawing before I started painting so here is the first look. I've got the base of the water down and will start on the ducks tonight when I get home from work. I do most of my painting when I get home. I work evening shift at the Homewood Police Department so painting doesn't start until 11:00 pm. I sit in my studio and listen to sky fm 70's on the computer and paint until about 2 or 3 am. It's my time. Kevin
I'm a native of Birmingham, Alabama.
As a child I would often say, “When I grow up, I want to paint a little and fish a little.”
So after spending 21 years in the Army I'm now living that childhood dream.