Friday, November 21, 2008

This is a larger piece that I am currently working on, 48" x 72" (how do you like my easel, I made it myself). I've done my drawing using acrylic paint and now that I have a couple of oil paintings under my belt, am proceeding with same. It is somewhat of a daunting task, but nonetheless exciting. There's no substitute for the impact of a larger piece and this one represents a trip to Portugal and will hang in our entrance if all goes well. This street in Lisbon is quite famous (Ruo Augusto) and leads into the Triumphal Arch. There are so many amazing sights and sites in that country that I would highly recommend it as a vacation destination. I took this picture and then in the drawing stage encountered some issues. I punched up Lisbon in Google pictures and virtually found the same shots and was able to make sense of a couple of things. I'll post some updates as I go. Suggestions are gratefully welcomed as I git it on with this monster. I haven't worked out colors or how loosely I want to proceed yet. But that's me, fly by the seat of your pants Vern. I should do a small color sketch...ah we'll see.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Tagged but not Bagged

  • Alice Thompson I can't believe you just tagged me. The last time I played tag was when I was about 8 or 23. But now that I think about it, a year or so ago, the cop that said I was doing 62 in a 50 zone promptly "tagged" me for speeding. This is far more enjoyable. Anyway, having just gotten started with art again, Karin's DSFDF and a brand spankin new blog, I feel honored and hope the seven people who I have no idea who they are, feel the same way. I chose artists for the most part that participate in the weekly challenge whose paintings and blogs I enjoy. They are all very talented individuals. So the rules as I understand them are as follows... Tell the world seven things not commonly known about yourself and tag seven other lucky people to keep the dream alive. Oh ya, and put a link in your post to the person (that would be me) that tagged you. And the lucky winners are: Jerry Points, Lesley Spanos, Karel Tuinart, Kari Tirrell, Annie Salness, Jeanne Bauer, Amber Lounder. Aparantly collecting on this prize is optional, but FUN! Hope you all join in, but if you don't, no harm no foul. Now Alice said I would be learning a couple of things here about blogging. Well we'll see. So far...nothing......still nothing......pause...........okay I'm back and thanks to Alice's tutorial I was able to link everyone, but I still don't know how to make this look pretty. And now, without further ado, here are seven things about me. #1. Everything that Camille LaRue Olsen said in her list except #'s 1,2,3,4,6,&7. #2. If ever I barf, it comes out my nose, so know this, that NEVER happens. Way back when, the docs used to remove everything that was superfluous if they had you on the bench. Kind of like making a stock car. In the end I wasn't half bad in track and field. #3. I have fabulous twin daughters who will be extremely proud of their father when they read #2. #4. I have a lovely and very bright wife, Rose, who is a human resources director at a large hotel here in Winnipeg. (my nickname for her is... CSI, nothing gets past her) #5. I dropped out of a business administration college course after a couple of months knowing that any kind of structure in my life was not going to work. It didn't hurt that my psych teacher strongly agreed with that idea. I ended up as a self employed manufacturers agent and the rest as they say is history. #6. I started painting in the mid 80's, but business and family took my eye off the ball for a few years and it's only been recently that I have started back in ernest. I love painting and virtually any kind of creativity and definitely want to be an artist when I grow up. #7. Karin Jurick is my hero for getting the inspiration and creative juices flowing. Man I hope she doesn't think I'm some kind of stalker, but I am beholdin to that gal. And I'm sure there are a few more out there who feel the same as me. That's it, that's all. Thanks for taking the time and I wish you all good painting or whatever it is you do.

Sunday, November 16, 2008


Karin decided to take us out of our comfort zones this week and have us sketch and paint this weeks challenge upside down. With eyebrows raised initially , I dove in and have to say, the drawing went very quickly and pretty darn accurately. Great tip and a ton of fun. When I thought I was pretty much done painting, I flipped it over and started to clean it up a little. I must admit though, ten minutes turned into sixty in the interest of producing a better result. 6 1/2" x 8" oil on masonite

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The painting of the Koi Fish in my blog header is one where I borrowed heavily from a painting done by a brilliant artist named Gabor Nagy. It is 6' x 3' as is his, but my done in acrylics does not quite have the same magical movement or brilliance of colour of the original which was done in oils. I added lily pads in an effort to distance mine from his. I learned a lot from doing this piece, and as the saying goes, imitation is the highest form of flattery.This painting will never be sold or leave my family's possession.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

What the....?

Well I thought I would give myself a challenge this weekend with my new oils. (not the best photo of the painting) They are amazing. I had resisted using them because of odors, toxicity concerns etc. I was told to try odorless solvent (TALTINE) and must admit, I am noticing some irritation in my sinuses. I don't know if it's the solvent or the paints. My "studio" is a reasonable size, but in the winter it is tough to keep the windows open. Any suggestions or thoughts on this? I'd really appreciate any input, as I'd like to get started properly with this new medium. As near as I can reckon, this is about my 63rd painting. When I first started, an accomplished art professional that helped me along was Nick Bjelajac. He suggested that I might get to where I'd like to be as an artist after I'd completed about 200 paintings. Now that I've been re-inspired, this has become a real goal. It is a genuine thrill for me to declare ... 12" x 12" oil on masonite.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Three To Go

Karin Jurick keeps coming up with cool photos for the weekly challenge. This is my second attempt with water mixable oils on a 8" x 6 1/2" masonite panel. Yesterday I bought my first set of traditional oils and I'm ready to roll. I'll still use the acrylics, but I've always longed to try painting with the same medium as used by most of the artists I admire. The water mixables are good, but mine are kind of dried up. Bought them and never used them, because I didn't like the way they worked initially. Thanks to some of the utube demos, I got a chance to see some artists at work and decided to give them another try. Internet school, gotta love it.