Thursday, April 28, 2011

"bloomin idjet"

They say if a person does the same thing the same way over and over expecting a different result he must be some kind of an idiot ... so I painted the same subject from a different position in a different way ... just to avoid some name callin'    :-)

The next time I go out there to paint these cactus I will do it a different way also. I'[m not sure how long they will be in bloom but they sure are beautiful.
I understand it takes about 2 weeks for the bud to actually bloom and generally a rain helps them along ... we did have a little rain last week... mostly at night. So how long will the flowers last? Don't know.
Go outside and look around ... you might see something in bloom.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


With work and a few other things going on I haven't really been out there painting.... so today I got out and did a warmup of the cactus plants in bloom. My little 6x8 did not do them justice but a few more quick sketches and maybe I'll come up with something... anyway, it was great fun being out there in the sunshine and dipping in the paint.

We do some 20 minute lay in which is comparable to a gesture painting in oil...... just go full speed ahead for 20 minutes and get the basics of the model. The following is Jeff Watts, the instructor,  demo drawing one day

This is one of my drawings from a live model ...... I don't remember if this was a 20 min piece or not but probably is.... the models sit for 20 minutes and then take a break

It.s always nice to live where there are flowers and beautiful gardens .... edge of the driveway ..... a cool walk meanders thru those flowers

Some of the flowers... more coming later .... fruit trees are in bloom and the perfume fills the air