Monday, June 28, 2010
If you have been waiting, thank you for your patience. There are now over 150 illustrations on around sixty pages....I say 'around' because I'm thinking of throwing in a couple more before final printing.
You can get a copy by contacting me....see my profile.... I'm not biased or anything, but I think it came out well with it's new layout and additions.
Now maybe I can get some painting done...
Thursday, June 24, 2010
I'm still traveling so this is not a current piece....can't wait to get home and swing that brush again.
Monday, June 21, 2010
Inspired by a friend I did a series of seven or eight paintings in either oil or acrylic using a limited palette. Burnt Sienna, Thalo Blue, and Cad Yellow Light were the only hues I used in this one, the first of the series. Later I added Ultramarine Blue to get more vibration in the blues, especially where there was more sky showing. I'm always impressed at how much you can say using fewer colors.
Summer is here. The outdoors is calling...
Friday, June 18, 2010
This was a simple quick sketch just to capture the sky, particularly those light struck clouds that silhouette the trees.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
This pochade and painting, his own, sat on a stool at one end of a simple pine box. At the other end a charcoal portrait of him done by Scott Burdick.
A dozen years ago Bill told me, "Darrell, my advice for you is when you sit down play your guitar, and when you stand up, paint." I wish I had followed his advice more closely....
And thank you Fran for sharing him.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
'V' just wrote me that she thinks there is a comedic component to my marker drawings. Perhaps she meant 'cartoon' and I'd agree with her. Marker drawing pulls you to simplify and express the essential caricature of a place, finding more (less and less?) of what is necessary to show the feeling and design. It's what I'm always working on. Robin Weiss is constantly aware of this also and it shows in his paintings and drawings. Check out the drawing and painting of his called 'Flatbed Truck' for a great example.
This drawing will end up in the new edition of my book which I expect to be out in early July in time for my next workshop. (Yes, I know. It was due out the end of April...what can I say?)
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Another field sketch from the Bison Reserve in Montana. Sit by a stream and move paint around....sounds like heaven. I simplified the detail in the distant hills to get the eye forward in the piece. I've recently added Quinacrodone Red and Indigo to my palette for obscure reasons. Like Turkey Umber, Indigo is just weird enough to make me interested.
I like the water in this one.