...and from this distance, it is looking pretty good! But that is the just the appeasing orange and blues, so after a while of contemplating where I want it to go, I will sand it smooth and and start on the detail in the second layer. -jb.
The Opposite Approach… 11 | Jan
...of how I painted the little square is the method I am using on my current large painting. Instead of working out the structure by painting every individual blade of grass, I deliberately blurred my reference photo to isolate the clumps of grass and water. By limiting the amount of information I have to work with I limit my OCD, and by my painfully slow standards am cruising through this first layer, yet still am able to define the positive and negative spaces for the next layer of paint. -jb.
The Second Of… 07 | Jan
...the four square commission paintings is an inlet off the Chesapeake Bay draped in fog. This progression photo shows the foreground being painted. Over two paintings sessions (about 8 hours each) I worked with little brushes, painting in the negative (dark) space. Then with a razor blade I'd scrape away where the bigger/lighter blades of grass are, then paint them in. I've been trying to get away from being so specific in the first layer of my paintings, but on a small painting like this, I can afford to spend two days getting the complicated structures right so I can make it more lifelike on the next layer. -jb.
The First Of… 02 | Jan
...a commission of four 6x6" paintings, this view from Inis Mor of the Aran Islands in Ireland looks out to the North Atlantic Ocean. I love the upwelling of ice blue water in the wave. It makes me long for clear water... -jb.
To Finish Up 2016… 31 | Dec
...and to begin 2017, my studio is traveling with me in Athens, GA. Wherever this New Years finds you, I hope it filled with love and laughter, knowing that God has great things in store for you 2017! -jb.
Finishing Off The Transfer Sketches… 30 | Dec
...gets these three little paintings started. -jb.
The Next Painting… 14 | Dec
...stretches across the easel and then some.
If This Painting Has Dried Enough… 07 | Dec
...I will paint the final center swatch of marsh grass in today. -jb.
Honeymooning in western Virginia… 02 | Dec
...I got to walk through some amazing spaces with the woman I love. And by this point, I barely have to say anything when I slam on the brakes, pull off the road, and go trapping through some underbrush to take a picture like the first one below. Thanks for being an understanding and patient partner my love!
I’ve driven across the country many times, but the first came with warnings of enduring the mid-west. These days, I’m always anxious to shoot and take in as much of it as possible, it isn’t a beauty that calls out loudly, but waits to be noticed. This is a scene of Illinois done from a […]