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boy with rooster updated

I am really starting to have fun with this new medium.

So if you decide halfway through your painting that you’d like to try a different color scheme…instead of starting the painting from scratch, you can do a little photoshop wizardry and go from there.

I’m not decided if I like the boy better in blue or not. I think he is really asleep, dreaming that he has a rooster for a friend. I don’t know if the rooster is one legged or two yet either….

I’ll keep you updated!

peace
ken

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boy with rooster


Something I’ve been working on for a while now. A portrait with a farm animal.

This work was started from a rough pencil sketch. The rest was done in Photoshop. My goal is to make work with the latest technology, while maintaining the look, feel, style I have developed with traditional media.

I think the hands need some work.

Also, there is a halo between the body and background. This is a result of working the two parts of the painting separately. This painting is going to receive more colors. First, I will make it my screen saver and study it for a while.

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new media??


I have been experimenting with a new way to draw/paint. The artwork is created through a touch sensitive screen on a computer with photoshop.

The three crocks in a corner window are a current work in process. The sketch was created on location. There are no photo references.

I started drawing using 3 tones:

  • dark brown (shadows)
  • sepia (midtones)
  • light yellow (highlights)

Then I drew the aqua color with a semi-opaque brush, allowing the light/dark contrast of the underpainting come through.

I have been using the rub tool to smear the brush strokes.

It’s a challenge whenever an artist starts a new medium, and this one is no different. I am somewhat familiar with photoshop as a photo editing program. However, I am interested in using it in a similar way to how an artist would use traditional media.

Right now, I want to learn to:

  • create custom brushes that respond to a surface texture
  • create brushes that respond to the color they are applied to (similar to Painter’s smeary brushes)
  • apply textures that look natural

This is new material, so comments/suggestions are greatly apprecaited

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Wintery Mix

The weatherman said that we would have a wintry mix of precipitation today. I braved the elements to drive to the store and get some cough syrup.

I wasn’t the only one braving the storm. My neighbor dog “bucksley” was stomping around in the snow. It’s been a very mild winter so far, and a little snow was nice to look at.

It’s gotten that bad. I’m using my blog to talk about the weather! I’ll write something about art next post. Meanwhile, If you’d like to talk about your weather, or anything else…please leave a comment!

ken

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Happy New Year!!! (er…kinda late salutations)

OK, maybe regular posting on my blog should have been my goal for 2007.
2006 was my busiest and most productive year EVER. You can scan the archives of this blog and get a small idea of what’s been happening.

During the turning of the year, I helped my friend at his restaurant, “The Beehive Tavern”.
I’m not superstitious. However, there is a certain symbolism to “what you do during the turning of the new year is what you will do most the next year”. I enjoy helping at the restaurant on weekends. In fact, the extra money probably helps me keep the lights turned on! But, I did not want to wait tables during the turning of the new year.

At 11:55, I was still busy popping corks, and filling customer’s champagne glasses. Then I ran outside, took off my apron, and stood in front of Augusta’s ferry docked at the riverside. It was unseasonably warm, and the streetlights provided plenty of light for me to make a small sketch of the boat.

I was very happy outside while I heard the crowd count down in the tavern. For that important moment in time, I was being an artist. I finished my sketch, put my apron back on, and returned to the job of a waiter for the rest of the evening.

I know it’s a little late, but how was your new year? Do you have any creative resolutions or goals? Leave a post and share your plans!