Tag: bridge

  • Glitter war studies

    I’ve been working a bit more on some studies for the glitter war painting that I’m going to do. I think this is my best composition yet. To start, I took some measurements, and cut the image into thirds (Red lines). The lower third (everything below 1) is ground, the upper two thirds (above 1) […]

  • Creek Bridge: #1

    Tonight, the goal was to paint a creek, paying attention to perspective, and atmosphere. When I started, there was no bridge in my mind, but a bloom seemed to suggest one, so I went with it. I don’t have a reference sketch or photo for this one, I’m just kind of laying down layers and […]

  • Church: #1

    Every year for the past eleven or twelve years, some of my closest friends and I have gone on a camping trip for a long weekend. At first, there were a lot of us, and gradually life got in the way for a whole lot of us, but Babs, Sean, Branden and I still keep […]

  • Kucko Bridge: #9

    I woke up at 4 and couldn’t sleep, so I painted this. I really wanted to capitalize on the lessons I have learned from this painting, and give it one more shot before throwing in the towel, and I think I nailed it. The only thing I don’t like is the curve of the bridge. The […]

  • Kucko Bridge: #8

    I wanted to see how far I could push creative coloring… this is too far for me. I’m happy with the cliffs – which is funny because they have the least amount of colors. I also like the waterfall. I tried this one with no masking fluid, and I think that helped me to be […]

  • Kucko Bridge: #7

    For this one, I really wanted to explore light. Especially, the way light can bounce from one surface to the next. I really enjoyed the effect I got when I painted the bridge last time – by laying the lines down with a thin line of water to wet the paper on the lines, and […]

  • Kucko Bridge: #6

      I had one goal tonight – and that was to experiment with light. I didn’t end up with a masterpiece, but I learned a lot. Shadows are different colors, depending on the color of what they fall on. When horizontal and vertical surfaces meet, I can go nuts with color, and run out of […]

  • Kucko Bridge: #5

    I tried to paint tonight with no masking fluid, and no sketch. (Which is probably why the bridge is falling down… oops!) I think the lack of masking fluid forced me to be more careful with the washes, which was a good thing. Overall, this painting needs more finesse than others I have tried. I think […]

  • Kucko Bridge: #4

    I wanted to try this painting again focused solely on the value structure, and composition. I figured, paint it purple, then there’s no way in hell I can start working in other colors to add variables to the lesson. So here it is – in purple. One thing I see right away is that the […]

  • Kucko Bridge: #3

    I tried to follow the rules that I set for myself Friday when it came time to paint this one. Only mask the waterfalls, and the trains. The background and cliffs I will do in two passes – no more – both washes. The mid ground will be three passes, a wash, a wash of […]

  • Kucko Bridge: #2

    Strike 2! I promise, im not fishing for compliments, I genuinely don’t like this painting – and that’s ok. I want to keep working on this one because there are so many different techniques involved here that I want to improve on. In the distance, I want to create the impression of atmosphere. I’m trying […]

  • Kucko Bridge: #1

    Welp, here’s another one I really don’t want to show… but it’s part of the process. I saw this photo when Troy shared it a few days ago. I asked John Kucko if he wouldn’t mind me painting it, and he agreed to let me. (Thanks!) I certainly didn’t do his photo any justice, but I […]