Monday, August 31, 2015

September 30/30 challenge round 3

Welcome back to another 30 days of paintings. This is my 3rd time entering this challenge by Leslie Saeta. This time I'm confident on getting through this challenge mainly because I'm loving plein air. I also love being able to paint at Disney here in Orlando Florida. So my theme is 30 Disney related attractions in and around the attractions. I'll be using my limited pallet of 4 acrylic colors: Titanium White, Cad Red, Cad Yellow, and Thalo Blue on Canvas panels. I love my tiny portable kit which consists of my shoulder bag, cigar box(literally it's an old cigar box, paints, 2-3 brushes, and a pocket squirt bottle. I usually grab a papercup from one of the many vendors in the parks and I'm off to create.

My first target was the main entrance to "Animal Kingdom". This piece is 6x8" so I had to edit the scene to fit my canvas panel. The actual entrance is quite wide to accomodate the masses of people that enter the park. I chose to go late in the day around 4pm-ish. The crowd was very minimal and I actually left people completely out of my piece. I've never been good at painting people especially on such a small scale. The emptiness of a populace gives this one a very ominous feeling like an abandoned park where maybe the animals have escaped or have total control of the park. My mind plays with all sorts of ideas while working and that makes this one pretty special for me.
6x8" Animal Kingdom

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

A challenge before the challenge

September is quickly approaching and that means another 30/30 challenge to prepare for. I was out practicing and did a painting that I will submit for another challenge. It was one started by Mr. James Gurney called the outdoor marketplace challenge. He explains it all on his blog just look up "Gurney Journey"  in it you use a limited pallet of 3 colors plus white and paint an out door marketplace. Well I chose the Morroco market place at Epcot. In the first pic you can see how the scene actually looked, next is my painting at the start then the final version. All done at the location on a very hot afternoon.
I used Grumbacher Academy series Acrylics, Titanium White, Thalo Blue, Cadmium Red Medium, and Cadmium Yellow Light.

Acrylic  6x8" 

Thursday, August 13, 2015

30-30 challenge September 2015 coming soon.

Greetings all. I'm glad to announce another 30/30 challenge is coming for September. I plan to join this challenge for my 3rd time and I'm very excited about my theme for this one which will be Disney area attractions. September will be a very busy month as I'm also planning on attending my first art fairs if all goes well. So lots of new postings coming very soon.
I hate posting just commentary so here's a look at some of my newest coaster commissions.

Custom drawn wood coasters, Harry Potter Set