Tuesday, November 29, 2016
I have been practicing portrait painting from photographs with the thought that I might start a portrait painting business online. My thought was that if I streamline the process I could make it possible to set up a steady flow of small inexpensive commissions. This could help me transition into a more reliable artistic income vs. working so many hours as a care provider. So far I have been having a lot of fun working with fast drying casein paint, it's like watercolor but is opaque.
The source photos were taken from an app I found called sktcher. People post photos of themselves and others draw them. It is a hoot!
If you are interested in having a portrait done, you can contact me at Andrewdanielcomissions@yahoo.com
There are very specific rules tho.
- the portrait must be close up, (head or head and shoulders)
- the subject must be a human being
- if you really want something nice try to avoid head on flash photography, and send me a few photos to choose from
Price is 70$ for a Casien painting 9" x 12"
Or 150$ for an Oil painting 9" x 12"
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Friday, November 18, 2016
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Since I never seem to finish paintings, I thought I aught to at least share what I'm doing in my studio, because I am working... This week I'm copying a painting by Jack Wilkinson Smith.
I Have felt like I needed to take myself back to school, Smith seemed like the right teacher. It has been really challenging, trying to push my colors and values and to get things to flow in the effortless manner that he does. This has been truly a master class. I might try an Edgar Payne next...
Friday, November 4, 2016
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Friday, October 28, 2016
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Friday, October 21, 2016
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Stream With Alders by Andrew Daniel
Oil on canvas 12" x 12"
This was an interesting experiment for me. I wanted to try using a Japanese composition technique called Notan. This is where the painting is devided into shadow shapes and light shapes, both need to be interesting compositionally. Then I built up the shadow and the light while being conscious of retaining their opposing identities.
The stream had looked overwhelmingly complex, but this device helped me to break it down and maintain some drama.
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Friday, October 7, 2016
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Friday, September 30, 2016
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Friday, September 23, 2016
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Painted quick as I could...Pressed for time because we had an appointment to tour the great Georgia O'Keeffe's home a bit later. This is my excuse for unintentionally leaving out a most important element in the composition, the three huge crosses that stand to the right of the holy place. I dove into the painting without sketching for size and see what happens? I was so dang excited about being this close to Georgia O'Keeffe! I'm going back to paint it again and as a thank you donate it to the local library if it's good enough.