Sunday, September 28, 2014

Honey Bee Smoker

My family has a long tradition of raising bees. This old smoker has seen good service over the years.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

High Barn

There is a lot of beautiful country on the rural roads around Lynchburg, Tennessee. This barn is a good representative of the many rustic outbuildings that accent the countryside.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Filtered Light

Down below Petit Jean mountain in Arkansas there is a creek. I used photos I took quite a few years ago to design this one. I love the strong backlit edges of the rocks, and the shadows on the water, giving the scene a placid mood.​

Friday, September 12, 2014

Vintage Coke Crate

We have a couple of these old tray​s sitting around. One of them is supporting the microwave. I didn't really have any old glass coke bottles, so I kinda looked at some images online and I kinda made it up. I do remember the days of a nickel coke in a glass bottle from a vending machine back in the 60s. Nothing was better on a hot day!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Trail Rest

For this one I started with an image from a backpacking trip in the Sipsey Wilderness area in Alabama. I opened up the image in Photoshop and played around with adding shadows and eliminating elements. This is the design I came up with.​

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Duck River painting step by step

My first step here was to draw everything in pencil and then thoroughly wet the paper. Before I did this, I checked with my wife to make sure she didn't have any pressing tasks that would interrupt this. Once you wet the paper and start with the color, you can't stop until you're done. So I laid in some general color washes and tried to be as free and loose as I dared. Oh… I did use a little liquid masking material to preserve some whites in the waterfalls and tree branches.

After the previous step dried I began laying in large areas of shadow, trying to keep changing colors within the shadows to add interest. I went ahead and mainly finished the top section as I wanted to get that part behind me.

Then I continued laying in shadows and general details.

Finished painting is below in the previous post.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Duck River

It has been a while since I have done a bigger painting. I figured it was about time. This is a scene in the Old Stone Fort park in Coffee County Tennessee. I was attracted to the multiple planes of falling water coming from different angles and the sparkling sunlight.

Tune in tomorrow and I will post a step-by-step.