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William McGregor Paxton, Tea Leaves.

Due to life getting in the way of drawing and painting, I don’t have anything to show this week. Sooo, I introduce you to an artist that I just discovered for myself: William McGregor Paxton. Tea Leaves is the title of this painting, as if the seated woman would be trying to read her future at the bottom of her cup. Beautifully rendered and is reminiscent of Vermeer, who he looked to for inspiration.

Thanks for looking in,

Bill

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Unfinished business.

nude-week-1

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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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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Silent film actress Ann Murdock painting.

All Prima Ann Murdock-web

 

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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Painting and drawing reference sites.

 

If you are anything like me, you don’t have the money to spend on models to get the right pose for your next drawing or painting. Luckily we have the Internet and it’s wealth of resources available to use. Now I’m not saying you should just rip-off any hard working artist of photographer to get your picture, but there are sites and people out there who try to help out. I’m just going to list a few of my favorites here:

The legendary Senshistock from deviantart.

Now  she has been around for a while, but she buts her soul into her poses. You need a pose, gesture or need inspiration on what to draw next, she has got a wealth of poses. She also has links to other deviants (that is what we call ourself at deviantart) who do poses and resource work for stock or reference. All ways give credit or drop her a line when you use her work and link back to your painting or drawing.

On air or Croquis Cafe.

This one has quite a few picture of gestures that are ideal if your doing anatomy studies. Warning the people are all naked for the those people that are uncomfortable with see people how god made them. I’ve used these for paintings before, they have a lot of quality poses. They also state on there site you can use these for any purpose commercial or personal.

Pixabay

Looking for a picture for your next portrait or a picture of an elephant or wasp for reference? This is a good place to look, though you have to watch out because they also have pictures that are not free-to-use. Read the fine print.

Photos4artists

Looking for reference of an old city, country or sea side, this is the place. all the photos are free to use how ever you want to.

Morguefile

Looking for high resolution stock photos for your illustration, comp or design needs? Search morgueFile for free reference images. Yes, they’re all completely free.

 

So thats it for now, I hope I could help someone. I know one doesn’t all ways have the time to go for a walk with a camera and take your own pictures. And a lot of time the thing being photographed doesn’t always cooperate.

So, take it easy and keep your pencils sharp,

Bill

 

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The Green-Hell, or how I learned how to paint grass.

Einhausen-Bridge Almost -Finished

I started this painting thinking what a cool image this is. We went for a walk in a small village close to us and I took a picture of this bridge, loving the water and all the shadows and the lovely shades of green, thinking this would be a great painting. Little did I know grass is not just green, but a combination of many shades of green and usually a yellow-green when the sun is shining on it. It took me a while to realize this and was always wondering why my grass didn’t look like the grass outside. I still have a few things to do in this painting, but I’m at the stage where I see light at the end of the tunnel and start planning my next painting.

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Bill

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Cigar box still life.

Cigar Box

To all of you stop by here regularly, I’m not dead. I haven’t been posting regularly because my kids have summer vacation and we’ve been having a ball doing all the things you can do in summer, like swimming, canoing, and being outside as much as possible. Here is something I did get finished, a small oil painting 13 x 18 cm.

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Bill

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Victorian-Gothic Oil Painting

Victorian-Gothic-web

 

Here she is, I call her Victoria. The character was modeled using Makehuman, the dress was modeled in Blender and all textures were made in Gimp. This will be my second painting for the art competition in October. All in all it took about two months of painting, half of the time was waiting for the paints to dry between layers.

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Bill

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Victorian Gothic Paint-Week-1

VG-Week-1

Not much to show, The under-paint is finished and all ready started working on the face. I’ve 1 – 1 1/2 months to finish this.

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Bill

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Oil Painting finished- “Medusa Rising”

Medusa Rising-web

 

Hi People finished this one on the weekend. Happy how it turned out, and now on to the next one. I’m still working on the 3D model for my reference, but it should be finished tomorrow.

Thanks for looking in,

Bill

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