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Williams Tower Art Opening in Houston

January 19, 2017

Had a very nice time at the art opening in Houston at the Williams Tower. The exhibit will be there in the main lobby until March 3rd.

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Several people sought me out to tell me how much they enjoyed my painting, which made me feel very humbled, and I even met two separate people who owned paintings of mine, which was a pleasant surprise.

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Drawing Update 3: Guitar in the Park

January 16, 2017

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Here’s the latest state of the drawing. I’ve gotten more of the figures drawn in and started on the back wall. I very loosely scribbled in some lines on the back wall to get a random texture, and now I’m scratching away more regular lines.

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Painting in Celebrate Texas Art Show in Houston

January 15, 2017

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I recently received a flyer for the opening of the art show in Houston where I sent my painting. This is for the “Celebrate Texas Art 2017” show sponsored by the non-profit, Assistance League of Houston at the Williams Tower Gallery, 2800 Post Oak Boulevard (“The Galleria” area.) The hours are 8AM-6PM Monday-Friday, and the opening event will be this Wednesday at 6PM. The show closes March 3rd. Please stop by if you’ll be in the Houston area around that time.
(Parking note: visitor parking for the tower is accessed on Waterwall Dr. To get to it, drive south on Post Oak, right on Hildalgo, right on Waterwall.)

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Drawing Update 2: Guitar in the Park

January 10, 2017

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Slowly plodding along on the drawing. This is the first time I’ve worked with Claybord in this manner. Before, I would cover an area in ink, and scrape away to the white. Here I’m using it more like a regular drawing, and it’s working, but very slowly.

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One effect I’m noticing is that because its a non-absorbent surface, when the wet lines of ink intersect the ink will flow across the area, sort of like the way watercolor stains. This causes the lines to get lighter in some places as the ink puddles. I then have to draw back over the area again, slowing things down. Also, I was hoping the undertone staining I had done with thin oil paint would not scratch away so easily. That’s forcing me to go back and forth with drawing, scratching, and then reapplying the tone. This new tone of oil color is thinned with mineral spirits so it won’t disturb the ink.

I’m not sure I’ll get this finished in time for entry into the art show I was planning to apply for at the end of the month, but I’ll keep at it anyway.

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Drawing Update: Guitar in the Park

January 6, 2017

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I’ve got the background bushes drawn in. That bottle is about 1/3 full. I hope I don’t run out before I finish, since Hunt doesn’t make that Osmiroid ink any more. I may be able to mix some other ink colors I have, if necessary.

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New Drawing Started: Guitar in the Park

January 2, 2017

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I came across a new call for art from a local show that was having a theme of anything monochromatic, art with a value range of just one color. I have several finished drawings to pick from, but also thought I might try something new using paint. That’s how this picture got started.

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Unfortunately, I didn’t like how it was turning out, so I wiped it all off to start over. That gave the surface (Ampersand Claybord) a nice sort of beige undertone. I chose the Claybord so I will be able to scratch down to the white if I want. I redrew the outlines in charcoal, and decided I would make it as a drawing using colored ink. I settled on my old bottle of Osmiroid, which is a reddish sepia color. I started roughing in some wash tones, and found if I mixed in a little of my casein medium it was a bit easier to control the layering. I’m still a little unsure how well this is going to go, but I guess we’ll find out soon enough. The size is 18 x 24 inches.

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New Drawing: Melinda On Her Phone

December 25, 2016

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Here’s a drawing of my friend, Melinda, looking at pictures on her phone. It’s an ink pen drawing on paper, 8.5 x 11 inches.