4 Vases

4 vases

It was a challenging semester and I was out of my comfort zone for most of it which is good (though it didn’t always feel that way) because I was pushed harder than I would have pushed myself and I’m really happy with the progress I’ve made and how much I’ve learned about portrait and figure drawing. I’ll be posting some of my work from the semester soon once I get organized and make some last minute adjustments.

Since I want to be a daily painter (realistically for me that means painting on weekdays about 4-5 small paintings a week), I’m going to use the break for practice and aim for about 3-4 small paintings of simple subjects/week. This should give me time to continue figure and portrait drawing practice and a chance to work on other projects.

Unfortunately I’m a little slow out the gate so this one took me a bit longer than a day to finish, but here’s the first one.

A wise old Greek philosopher once said, “We are what we repeatedly practice.” So with that in mind, it’s back to the easel with me.

Dad Color Study


my dad

In this color study, I used a complimentary color scheme with muted tints, shades and tones. Though these color studies are tedious, they’re simple to do. Anyone can do one by posterizing a photo with photo editing software, printing out a line only version and filling in the shapes with gouache or some other kind of paint.

Cassie Color Study

CassieMy adorable niece Cassie

This is a color study that uses an analogous color scheme (colors that sit next to each other on the color wheel) of green, turquoise and primary blue. It was done by posterizing a photo in PhotoShop, printing out the line only version on Bristol paper and filling in the values with gouache. Gouache is a new medium for me, but I’m starting to like it even though it can be a bit temperamental. This was fun to do and a good way to study color that goes beyond making charts and scales, which can get quite repetitive.


My apologies for being way behind on my blog reading. I’ve been busy with assignments, but look forward to catching up with everyone!