Road Toad.

Toad

 

On one of my daily walks I happened along a toad sitting in the middle of the road the other day and luckily I had my camera along and took his picture so I could paint him when I got home. I present to you the Road Toad.

Thanks for looking in,

Bill

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Still life cookies on a plate.

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I started painting still life a couple of weeks ago. I like to do smaller-finish-it-in-one-sitting paintings on the weekends when I work on bigger paintings during the week. This way I can try new things out and they are pretty fun to do. My last painting I was doing a series of alla-prima portraits of silent movie actresses, now I will be painting still life of thing I find around the house or things I see.

This one I was drinking coffee and eating some delicious Pinzenrolle cookies when I decided to paint them.

Thanks for looking in and heres to Germany’*s soccer team, Hooty-hoot.

Bill

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“The Raven’s Song,” Oil Painting finished.

 

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I finally finished this one after three months of painting. I really tried my best at getting her face just right, I think I spend three weeks on her alone. I am very happy with this painting, and will probably be hanging this one in my home after framing it. This will also be my submission for the art exhibit in our town this fall.

I still haven’t started on my next painting yet. I didn’t have time to take any photos or start the graphite drawing. I will finish up a some of my smaller paintings that I have laying around here before moving on.

Thanks for stopping by and stay positive,

Bill

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Oil paints Alla-prima portrait Alice White

 

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Hi people, closing in on the finish for my larger painting. I’m also gathering reference material for my next painting. I’ll be doing a photo-shoot with friends of mine, to get the right gestures. Heres a portrait I did this weekend of the silent movie actress Alice White. I usually work from a black and white picture and really don’t know what color hair she has or what kind of skin complexion. I just sort of guesstemat, and try to make it look good in the end. This will probably be the last Portrait for a while, next week I’ll be doing a small still life and try to see if I can get it done in the same amount of time.

Thanks for looking in,

Bill

 

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Sketchbook Dragon study.

Dragon sketch

Hey people, heres something from my sketchbook. I’ve been looking at a lot of lizards and reptile lately trying to get ideas for a dragon. I will probably go with this head, but more horns on his head and maybe one close to his jaw. My next step is to take this into blender and model and then sculpt him. I’ve one or two more weeks on my current painting, I’m closing in on the final layer and we are slowly but surely becoming friends again.

Thanks for looking in and stay healthy,

Bill

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Oil paints Alla-prima portrait Betty Compson

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Hi Ho people, I hope your all doing fine. Heres my next installment in the wonderful world of oil alla-prima portraits of silent actresses. Meet the lovely Betty Compson. There are just some paintings that seem to paint themselves and this was one of them. I loved the white skin against the dark blue background, along with the mountain of hair that was the style back then.

I’ll be doing about two or three more of these and when the paint dries I’ll coat them with a layer of matt fixative and will be selling these on Ebay, but that will be about at the end of August.

Thanks for looking in,

Bill

 

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Alla Prima portrait silent film actress Lily Brayton.

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Hi People,

I’m continuing my series of silent film actresses with Lily Brayton. I try to only spend 8 hours max on these even though they are not that small. I spent a little more time on this one, but there are still issues about it and this one spanned two weekend, because I couldn’t get this finished last week.

Thanks for looking in,

Bill

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Sketchbook Girl with a Dragon.

GIRL AND DRAGON

 

Hey people, almost three fourths finished with my large painting and I’m looking and thinking about ideas for the next one. I’ll probably develop this sketch that I made quite a while ago. I was looking at a lot of Jeffery-Catherine Jones’ painting and I got the idea for this. I still like the idea behind this, a girl with her dragon, partners in crime looking at what they had just stole or robbed together. The dragon looks to friendly, I’ve been looking at iguana and their anatomy trying to get ideas and their skin patterns. I’ll be making a detailed drawing of this before I start. I’ll also be painting this on illustration board, which will be a first for me. But first I have to finish my painting that I’m painting now.

Thanks for stopping by,

Bill

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All Prima portrait Constance Bennett.

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Hey people, still painting wet on this one, I just finished this a couple of minutes ago and the paint is still wet. This is the beautiful Constance Bennett one of the highest paid starlets of the 20s and 30s.  I concentrated on the hair and face and tried to painterly finish the dress, concentrating more the values. I used a limited palette of the colors prussian blue, naples yellow,  raw umber, crimson red, burnt sienna and of course white. I’ll be doing these portraits until I finish my next larger painting, which I am half way finished with. This way I have the feeling that I am getting something done while working on my larger painting during the week.

Thanks for looking in and stay healthy,

Bill

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Silent film actress Ann Murdock painting.

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Continuing my silent film actress series with Ann Murdock. More alla prima practice, I’m really liking the wet on wet style of painting. It takes a little patience to build up form but the painterly shading and rendering is what I really like about painting like this.

After researching and finding out information about these young actresses in the early film business, one finds a lot of tragic stories. Many of these beautiful attractive women who had been successful either in film or modeling ended either very poor or worse. This is definitely a project that started for me with the intent to draw or paint these people, but the more I found out about each person I learned about their difficult private lives and how fate dealt them devastating blows.

Thanks for looking in and stay curious,

Bill

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