Friday, October 24, 2014

141024 - Joseph's Coat Rose 001a 6x6 oil on gessobord - Dave Casey - TheDailyPainter

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  Joseph's Coat Rose 001
©2014 Dave Casey
6x6" - Oil on gessobord

I have posted a few paintings of roses, but they have all been hybrid tea roses. Today's rose is a climber. Our Joseph's Coat bush has put out a couple of nice blooms as the weather has cooled off and this one was just begging to be painted.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

141020 - Calf 001a 6x8 oil on linen panel - Dave Casey - TheDailyPainter

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Calf 001
©2014 Dave Casey
6x8" - Oil on linen panel

I had the urge to pick up the palette knives this evening and just layer the paint on. I've had this reference photo for quite awhile and tonight I pulled it up. I've come to the conclusion that I just can't do the quality of palette knife painting that I want on these small canvases. I need to go bigger. I will probably expand this painting to a larger piece.

Friday, October 17, 2014

141017 - Gold Glow Rose 001a 5x7 oil on linen panel - Dave Casey - TheDailyPainter

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  Gold Glow 001
©2014 Dave Casey
7x5" - oil on linen panel

I've been putting in some time with my drawing and also trying my hand at some abstract paintings. I guess it's harder than it looks. Nothing to show yet on that front. For now, here is a beautiful Gold Glow rose.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

141010 - Kitchen Painting - Lemon 005a 6x6 oil on gessobord - Dave Casey - TheDailyPainter

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Kitchen Painting - Lemon 005
©2014 Dave Casey
6x6" - Oil on wood panel

Another one of my favorite subjects to paint. Some would say that I like to paint apples and lemons because they are so easy, but that would be very wrong. Even though most people would say that a lemon is yellow, that doesn't hold true for the shadows. That isn't true most of the time concerning the end where the stem used to be. And getting all those different colors to work together and resemble a lemon is where the magic happens. Someday I'll figure it all out. Until then, I will keep painting apples and lemons.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

141008 - French Courtyard 001a 5x7 oil on linen panel - Dave Casey - TheDailyPainter

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French Courtyard 001
©2014 Dave Casey
5x7" - Oil on linen panel

Decided to venture out of the "studio" this evening and paint an outdoor scene. Who doesn't love these little French courtyards?

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

141007 - Kitchen Painting - Green Apples 001a 6x6 oil on gessobord - Dave Casey - TheDailyPainter

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Kitchen Painting - Green Apples 001
©2014 Dave Casey
6x6" - Oil on wood panel

It's good to be back in the swing of things now that the 30 in 30 Challenge is over. Of course, I know that Leslie will run another challenge in January, so I have to look forward to.

Here we have three green apples from the Granny Smith tree in our backyard. This is a first year tree and these three apples were on the tree when we bought it. I'm surprised they survived the transplanting when we got it home. I would have thought they would have dropped afterwards. But they hung in there.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

30 in 30 Challenge collage

http://youtu.be/UO2UozqsKEc
Click the image above to view video.

As with the end of previous 30 in 30 challenges, it is customary to post a collage of all the paintings (drawings) that you did for the challenge. The past couple of times I've posted YouTube videos of my efforts and I didn't see any reason to change that this time. So, without further ado, here is the video link. As this video does contain some nudity you will have to view it at YouTube because of their age restrictions. Rest assured that there is no pornography in the video.

140930 - Day 30b - 30 in 30 Challenge - Graphite on toned paper - Dave Casey - TheDailyPainter

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©2014 Dave Casey
12x9" - Graphite on toned paper

Well, here we are at the end of another one of Leslie's Torture Fests and I think I achieved a good portion of my goal from the start. I started this challenge with the thought that I would devote the month to working on something that I sorely needed improvement in, and that was figure drawing.

Now obviously one month isn't enough time to become a master draftsman, but I did see some marked improvement in my work. I saw that my sight drawing has become better, as long as I pay attention to landmarks and proportions. That is easier said than done. I still have problems with getting carried away with the actual drawing of the model and sometimes find that I haven't been paying as close attention as I should have. When that happens I find that the drawing has gone off the tracks and there is no hope of saving it. The only thing to do at that point is to ditch the attempt and start anew.

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I have found a new life drawing group here in Vegas that I intend to attend regularly and work on my live drawing skills. I think I need about another month or two of practice before I decide to translate these drawing skills into a painting on canvas. We'll see how that goes.