Here are some of the paintings I've made since I started a month ago. Beyond these I've also done a bunch of smaller studies and watercolor sketches which maybe I'll post later. Basically, I've spent nearly every waking moment painting (outside of work and time with my family) since mid August.
All of these pics are just snapshots taken in mediocre light. I'll have to take some better pics at some point. Some of these I'm happy with, some not, but I feel like I'm getting better at least. They are shown below in roughly chronological order, starting with the watercolors I did at first through the oil paintings I've done in the last week.
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My first painting, the view from the back porch of my sister's house on Mouse Island. Watercolor on cold-pressed 140lb paper, about 8 X 10.
My second painting sitting on the chalkboard by the front door. This was based on some pic I found online. Wouldn't normally paint from somebody else's (probably copyrighted) photo, but was just looking for an exercise and wasn't expecting it to turn out OK.
Closer view of same painting. Again, lousy photo in poor light. Watercolor on cold-pressed 140lb paper, 12 X 18
My third painting, after a black and white public domain photo of Dostoyevsky. Watercolor on cold-pressed 140lb paper, 12 X 18.
The corner of my living room with two color charts in oil and the finished oil painting of Bulgakov I posted while still in progress last week. All three are on canvas board, I think 10 X 14.
(I've begun the long, careful process of creating color charts for every combination of two colors on my palette, each rendered in five shades from the pure color to nearly white, all done entirely with a palette knife. The idea is to both really learn how to mix colors and shades as well as become proficient with a platte knife. So far it seems to be working since the first few columns took forever, but I can now mix and paint a column correctly in about 10 - 15 minutes. The bottom chart is the first one, which has each color just by itself. The top is a warm red mixed with each other paint on my palette. Next I'll do a chart of my cooler red mixed with the other colors, and so on. I only have about 10 more of these charts to go...)
Self portrait hanging in another corner of the living room. Also an early unfinished oil sketch of a Rubick's cube and a roll of duck tape on 8 X 10 panel sitting on the bookshelf...
A closer, but not very good photo of my small self-portrait in oil. 6 X 9 canvas board.
Messy apartment, cluttered with painting junk. Just got this french easel with the idea of being able to paint at home, then fold it up. The painting on the easel is an almost finished portrait of Edna St. Vincent Millay after (and greatly extrapolated from) a tiny, pixelated black and white photo in the public domain... Oil on stretched canvas, 13 X 17 .
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