Thursday, August 31, 2006

# 145 Bright Day

Karin Jurick has such a nice use of color and rich shadow in many of her pieces, this piece was inspired by her work. She remains one of my favorite living painters. JLC

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

# 144 Forester

Every year a crew of forestry workers goes through our nearby forests to remove dead and sick trees. This lets in more light , allows more water to the remaining trees, and creates a fire safe zone near homes; which in turn, makes the forests more healthy and us safer. JLC

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

# 143 "Michella"

Painting at this frequency causes one to become very familiar with the features and anatomy of the face and skintones. This portrait is a complete invention. JLC

Monday, August 28, 2006

# 142 Alpaca Breeder

Alpacas are gentle creatures that make a soft sheep-like sound when approached. Their fur is prized for it's extremely soft yarn and natural colors. They are originally from ancient Peru and are adapted well to the high altitude around here. JLC

Sunday, August 27, 2006

# 141 Twins

John Singer Sargent had a great painting "style", this one reminds me of his style. Maybe it is because I look at so much of his work, it seems that all the artists I like paint very similar. JLC

Friday, August 25, 2006

# 139 Woman at Church

Such great reverence, such great faith. One does not find God; God finds you, only when you are ready. JLC

Delaroche Detail

Paul Delaroche was one of the finest textile painters who ever lived. Not only could he paint any texture or surface realistically, he was also a master of capturing the essence of human continence in facial features; especially good and evil. JLC

Thursday, August 24, 2006

# 138 Ukranian

This is the last of the "remote world" headress' costumes. Function is fashion in these harsh environments, even her red cheeks are from exposure to the elements. It is not uncommon to see folks with "purple" hands from the damage of working in the fields with no gloves. JLC

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

# 137 Northern European

Nothing special about this costume, except that it is so functional and protective from sun and bugs. I had come up with something similar using a towel while in plein air mode, it looks so middle eastern. JLC

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

# 136 Tibetian

Studying old costumes, I ran across some great material, I decided to paint my favorites, here is one. JLC

Monday, August 21, 2006

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Saturday, August 19, 2006

# 133 New Knit Shoal

Knitting is certainly a fine craft, once learned, someone could literally knit anything from fishing nets of hemp fiber, to full garments of fine Alpaca. JLC

Friday, August 18, 2006

# 132 Working Man

The shadow over the eye added a mysterious element to the man's interesting gaze. JLC

Thursday, August 17, 2006

# 131 Librarian


Beauty and smarts go hand in hand: forget it guys, she's married! JLC

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

# 130 Photographer

Photographers work very hard achieving their effects on film, I have learned so much about good lighting from their knowledge and demand for good light. JLC

Frans Hals Detail

It may be hard to tell why this man's work is so great from looking at tiny photos of his full portraits. This tiny detail reveals the finesse of his fine brushwork, it made him famous. The many years required to paint this freely and still maintain the freshness and accuracy is rare these days. I guess you can tell I like this man's work: it is my goal to one day paint with such fine inspired brushstrokes! JLC

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

# 129 Studio Portrait

Though they look messy, I'm actually spending much more time trying to get my brushstrokes in exactly the right place than ever before. I like the way the features have detail, while not looking labored. JLC

Sunday, August 13, 2006

# 127 Planting Corn

Another effort to paint unique light on the extreme edge of the subjects, painting loose is actually nothing more than not finishing the work to a higher level of refinement. JLC

Saturday, August 12, 2006

# 126 Mother and Child

This is a pastel work done ten years ago, drawing has always been a passion of mine: oil painting is completely different for me, I think it is much harder to paint with oils, perhaps due to the wide range of possiblities inherent in the oil medium. JLC

Friday, August 11, 2006

# 125 Young Ranger

Rangers in the high country deal with all types of stuff; poachers, licences, permits, lost folks, and fires. JLC

Thursday, August 10, 2006

# 124 Bright & Early

You have got to love computers, I must have tried to get this photo on here two dozen times since last night. Here is a painting that the paint is set on top of paint with a minimum of mixing. JLC

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

# 123 Equestrian Dressage

The finest display of horse and rider is the "Dressage", you can see how the event affects the horse's behavior. JLC

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

# 122 Young Girl

How does one classify their work? I think it is best to let others try and figure that out; as a painter, I give up trying. Recently, I have been working my paint more thickly and using stand oil for flow, the change in my work is obvious by a quick look back into my archives. I may just now be figuring out my own style; Finally! JLC

Vermeer Detail

How could I resist, Johannes Vermeer continually inspires my work; regardless of how sloppy I paint! If he were around today, we would definitely hang out; no doubt! JLC

Monday, August 07, 2006

# 121 Unfinised Portrtait

Looking off to the side offered a nice glimpse of this models features; another warm light in shadow study. JLC

Sunday, August 06, 2006

# 120 Morning Crew

Neighbors crewman setting up their property, unaware of the nice balance of colors. JLC

Friday, August 04, 2006

# 118 Resting

Controlling my brush on small pieces is still a big problem for me, these little gesture-like paintings help me get the proportions right on smaller works. JLC

Thursday, August 03, 2006

# 117 Hand Washing

Another piece available on my website, the colors in this one really turned out nice, and it fits this months "genre" theme. JLC

Vermeer Detail

Johannes Vermeer, a favorite of mine, used the "camera obscura" to aid in his renderings. Some say this was cheating; I say even if one were to have a complete and accurate line drawing handed to them, they still could not paint the work as exquisitely as this man did way back in the 1600's. JLC

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

# 116 Girl Reading

Finally, the picture went through, you've gotta' love computers. This piece is on my website and fits well into this months catergory. JLC

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

# 115 Backroom Worker

August's theme will be the "genre paintings" that didn't happen last month. There may be an occasional portrait or anatomical detail (hands, etc.). The practice of painting people has really eluded me throughout my artistic experience; though drawing them was always been a forte' of mine. JLC