Thursday, February 21, 2008

Composition Workshop

I took a Composition Workshop from Elsie Dresch last week. It was chalked full of info about the different types of compositions and what makes up a good composition. We started making a notebook. I have been working on mine this week by cutting out pictures of paintings to correspond to the different types of compositions like the Suspended Steelyard, Steelyard, Tunnel and Ell to name a few. Here is a shot of my worktable.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Updated "Honor"

I see a few areas I want to correct but otherwise it is almost finished. This scene is from the new National Cemetery located in Canton, Georgia.

Starting to lay in pastel.....

I enjoyed painting her face using lavender, burgundy, dark blue and ochre. I will try to finish it today. Enjoy.

Watercolor underpainting of "Honor"

I used a watercolor underpainting on Wallis sanded paper.

New painting of "Honor"

I have decided to do a larger painting of "Honor". This one is 24 x 18. Here is the sketch.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008


Georgia National Military Cemetery, Canton, Georgia
This painting is 14" x 11" pastel on Wallis paper. I started it as a color study but decided I enjoyed it and continued to finish it. I plan on painting a larger 20 x 16 of this same scene.

Monday, February 4, 2008

MONTEAGLE HAY BALES 14" X 11" pastel

This field is located in the valley near Monteagle, TN. The morning I left Monteagle, I decided to drive back down to the valley to take a few more photos. I captured the morning light illuminating these hay bales. This field reminded me of my grandparents farm in Mississippi. The painting is 14 x 11 and painted on Wallis paper.