Hunters returning in the snow from Pieter Bruegel the Elder.

 

Lets get into the winter spirit with a beautiful painting from Pieter Bruegel the Elder. It hasn’t snowed here yet, but we’re hoping to go sledding soon.

Thanks for stopping by and stay warm,

Bill

 

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The Red Stool.

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Hi people, things are getting back to normal here. Life is slowing down and I’m finding time to paint, and finished this last night. I’m slowly gathering ideas for my next larger painting, it will be maybe something under water or a touch oriental-fantasy.

Thanks for dropping by,

Bill

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Sketchbook.

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October, November are busy months for me. Usually things pop up that I have to take care of and then there is little time left for painting. The last two weeks have been like that, I just didn’t get to paint for one reason or another. I do try to sketch or draw (long live the sketchbook) at least once a day. Well it happened again this weekend that I wasn’t able to paint, so took out the pastels and did some studies. One good thing is that I really enjoy pencil drawing and I restarted my Monday night gesture drawing sessions.

Thanks for looking in and be friendly to each other, don’t let the hate take over,

Bill

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May you live long and prosperous.

 

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Please bare with me while I rant, I will get to my point.

I grew up in cold war USA. At the time I was growing up there was a deep hatred / angst for the USSR. There was always talk of Atom bombs and “First Strike Advantage,” I never really knew what that meant at the time or that it made any sense, because basically we would be destroying our planet in the process of “Protecting ourselves.”  My little boy brain couldn’t make sense of why would people on the other side of the world would want to destroy us. But I theorized, that they thought they were the good guys too. And that they wanted to protect themselves from us. I felt sad after I realized this, why couldn’t we live in peace?

I the 90’s I witnessed the Berlin wall crumble and the USSR collapse as Bush senior said “there is a new world order.” I thought the world would be a better place as the Doomsday clock was set back a few minutes. The last few years though I have the feeling the world is taking a step backward, the world unity that I enjoyed as a young man is vanishing. I realize that there are reasons for this, globalisation isn’t always good. The small guy doesn’t profit from it usually and the big business is only interested in how much money they can make.

The reason for this rant is, I was stunned this week as probably millions for other people were, I was convinced that world had just made another step backwards. The people that I worked with notice this also, I was depressed and shocked. But I realized I can not change the USA vote by being shock or depressed. But I can make a difference with my friends and colleagues by trying to stay positive and look on the bright side. One good thing is we will be supplied with some A1 comedy for the next four years even if its not intended to be. For those people disappointed that a woman wasn’t elected, this will happen eventually. The world is changing and I do believe for the better despite all the hate being slung around. So make yourself some popcorn, open your favorite beverage and lets enjoy the show.

Stay positive and do something kind for a stranger this week,

Bill

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Unfinished business.

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Didn’t quite get this done this weekend. I’ll save it for next week. I’ve about two or three paintings to finish before I start something bigger again. Unfortunately I have no ideas for a bigger painting. I guess I’ll just get everything done that I have laying around here to fill the time.  Now its time to put the brushes down and spend time with my family.

See you next week,

Bill

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Black and White. Oil Painting

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Hey people, I know that I said I would be showing details of my new painting, but I decided to get it finished and show the whole thing. Anyone who has dropped by here the last couple of weeks will probably recognize the main figure from a study that I painted a couple of weeks ago. These studies pay-off, I was able to paint the figure faster then I usually would, because I knew what I was reaching for. On to the next painting.

Take it easy,

Bill

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Fan Art : Harly Quinn.

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Heres the finished painting. It took me two weekends (about 8 hours) to finish. Oil paints on oil paint Canson paper. Still working on a larger painting during the week, next week I’ll be able to show some details that are finished.

Thanks for looking in,

Bill

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Unfinished Business.

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I love seeing unfinished paintings, you usually can see how the artist works and the decisions he makes. I decided to paint everyones favorite female lunatic Harly Quinn. I found the perfect (for my tastes) reference and started painting Friday afternoon, thinking I would finished this by Saturday evening. No such luck, I loved the skin tones and the hair and got lost in them, but I wanted to get this one exactly how I imagined it. I usually can get these portraits finished on the weekend so that during the week I work on my larger painting. I’ll show the finished piece next week (hopefully).

Thanks for looking in,

Bill

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Inspirational painting “October” from Jules Bastien-Lepage.

Fitting the first weekend of October here is one of my favorite paintings from Jules Bastien-Lepage the beautifully rendered people collecting potatoes against an almost abstract background, tones and values dead on. You know what everything is even though the trees are are just a beautiful mess of carefully place blotches in the background.

Thanks for stopping by,

Bill

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A riddle, wrapped in a mystery

 

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A study for my next painting. I see all my mistakes and will correct them in the next painting. Trying to get a feeling of mystery. The painting will have a full-body pose though and a different background. Thanks for looking in.

Stay healthy,

Bill

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