Monday, January 26, 2015

Monday

We cleaned up on one of those "Going out of business art store sales". Reuel's art store in Salt Lake City had on Saturday their warehouse clearance sale. So me and several other artists went down there and picked up brushes, oil paints and canvases for next to nothing. I can honestly say I am stocked-up for a while now.


I finished off my second challenge with a 36x48 night view of downtown Salt Lake City looking south along Main Street from Temple Square. I'll have to see if Southam Gallery can handle two of these now in their window. With all these extra canvases I picked up for next to nothing I can continue to try more of these.

Richard Boyer

Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday

Its been a while since I last posted anything, busy with life I guess. We finally did sell the duplex, much of which went to pay off the debt on another loan. A new chapter in life now, not being a landlord. It was actually my first house I bought way back in 1988, filled with a lot of memories. I have some mixed emotions about selling it :-/

From the crit session a few weeks ago I was challenged to try something new and different, something bold with a pallet knife, something out of the box to say.


So, I was down at the Utrecht art store and saw some large 36x48 canvases and decided to try a night view of Salt Lake City. Okay I admit it was fun to try something with a house painting brush and two inch wide paint scraper. The paint I was able to lay down rather fast and loose without the detail. I just hope I can find an outlet for this, maybe Southam Gallery if they are open to try it.

I've also started another 36x48 view from Temple Square looking down Main Street, still needs some work, but I will be sure to show it once I work out the problems.


This painting I did a while back, a 12x24, needed a little "Je ne sais pas quoi?" So I decided on a horse. it required some element of life in it and what better than an old horse grazing by the tree. Now maybe it is ready to try again in a gallery.

Richard Boyer

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Thursday


I've been working more on the figures and foreground water in this one. I had the water a little to blue right below the stern of the boat so it gave the illusion that she was pushing off in deep water which wouldn't make much scenes.  What it needed was some more warmer colors in the foreground to show the sand just under the water. So now it reads as shallow water by the shore.

There has been this interesting challenge going around on Facebook; where one artist posts three paintings a day for five days in a row and each day with the new images you have to nominate a new artist to do the same. Its quite interesting now but I can see how this pyramid idea will just saturate Facebook and become old quite in a short amount of time.

Its going to be day number four for me so I need to dig through my images and find three to post and then nominate an artist.

Richard Boyer

Monday, January 5, 2015

Monday


It's been a while with the holidays, but now its time to get back to reality.  My daughter wasn't too happy with that idea as I drove her back to school again. She was getting use to idea of sleeping in; I guess all good things come to an end sooner or later.

I started this piece a week ago and have been working on it a little here and there between Christmas and New Years. Lina, my daughter and her cousin Sofie are the models that I shot last summer on the lake up in Hälsingland Sweden. I've tried a little different format with the odd sized canvas, 24x38 done as a gallery wrap. Today I painted in the lilies, they still will need some more work done on them, especially the foreground ones where I'll show some of the stalks going down in the water. The reflections also need some work, something that I can attack tomorrow.

Richard Boyer

Friday, December 19, 2014

Friday

We had another figure painting session at Rick Graham's last night, 30 minute poses with the model. A very humbling experience. You try and capture as much information as possible with the paint brush, a rather daunting feat and sometimes next to impossible. The exercise basically teaches you to look at the big picture, capturing the gesture, correct form, color and value of the model. Any detail you have to throw out the window. My four attempts, not worth posting on the site, sorry!!


After the session we had our crit evening and I brought out a few pieces. this one needed some more work which I did this morning. I added more color to the sand and also introduced a few figures in the background. Now I feel your eye leads through the painting better.

Richard Boyer

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Wednesday


Okay I know the photo came out crooked, but you still get to see the progression, just tilt your head a little.  This morning I was working on the water and waves, trying to capture the evening light on the beach. The figures I blocked in with more detail yesterday, but now after working on the water I'll have to re-paint parts of them to blend in better with the evening light.

Richard Boyer

Monday, December 15, 2014

Monday


Last night they had the Santa Lucia festival at the McGillas School.  The kids are all part of the event, singing and walking around in a row with candles to celebrate the swedish holiday. For me its a good time to see old friends, seems like with our busy lives you just don't see enough of each other. So its good to have this yearly event that forces us to gather together. I just wish it was more often.


This 18x24 I finished off today. Last Thursday I blocked it in rather fast and liked the way it was looking with the loose brush strokes. The next day I painted the boat and worked on the lilly pads and it seemed to come together rather nicely. This morning I added some flowers and punched up a few areas with some more intense color. 

Southam Gallery told me they had a client interested in a water painting without a figure. I really liked doing this subject and can see it in a much larger format.

Richard Boyer