Tuesday, February 2, 2016


I finished off the 12x14 and the client is happy with it, so Thursday I'll bring it down to the gallery. 

I decided to do a little house cleaning and set up an Etsy account .  This is one of those internet selling forums where you can post just about anything and try to sell it. One basically sets up a store front and then you list an inventory of products to sell.  I met some friends the other day who have been doing this for a while, selling stain glass and doing actually quite well at it.

So if you get a chance go to etsy.com and type in "richardboyerart" and you will come to my page, there I have some quick 9x12 images of figure studies that I did a while back selling for next to nothing.

I also changed around the Venice painting a bit. the water needed to be warmed up and some of the shadow areas not so dark. I raised the bridge on the right side as well to open it up some. There was an extra person in the front gondola that I took out. It was looking a little too touristy and I figured why not have the guy just transporting goods

Richard Boyer

Wednesday, January 27, 2016


Well the computer is up and running with the latest operation system and a full virus protection. Now its just a little bit of a learning curve for the new El Capitan Apple program. Most of the buttons seem to be in the right place, but some of the options are just too screwy for me as they are. 

This painting is for Authentique Gallery, they have a client that is looking for a 12x14 horizontal image of Salt Lake City, so I started it yesterday and tried working on it today but with the painting being on board the first coat of paint is still too wet. I find the brush stroke just scraps up the paint and the white of the gesso is showing through. I'll just have to wait another day on it to continue.

Richard Boyer

Tuesday, January 26, 2016


I was plaqued with a computer virus yesterday. A pop-up message appeared with a number to call Microsoft about the problem. Since my browser locked up I didn't really have much of an option. I called and before long I had some some person with an Indian accent claiming to be a microsoft employee going through my computer to find the problem. I watched him as he got into some of the program files and deleted a few suspicious files. He fixed the problem and then tried to sell me an expensive virus protection package. I just had to send in a check.

Now I know what you are thinking, why the hell would you let them into your computer. I've actually had a little experience with these guys before when I was trying to switch over my domain name.  They  don't seem to be in the criminal mind set, just trying to make money by selling you programs that one could download free. They actually did fix a few things with the domain name issue, but had a strange address to send the check to, it didn't make sense…so I never sent a check.  And wouldn't you know it the guy claiming to be the Microsoft tech expert gave me the exact same address to send a check to.  Looks like I won't be sending a check this time either.

I did a little research on the internet and found out that these guys are doing this quite often trying to sell people programs that are normally for free on the internet.  I don't do any banking over the internet so there is no links from my computer. The only thing I have are large picture files, no use to the average criminal.

Well from this I decided to get the anti-virus software. Problem being they require a newer operating system than what my iMac has. So today I'm downloading the latest version for my Mac and then the Anti-virus program. For the longest time Apple has been free of viruses, but now-a day more and more spyware is coming into the Mac scene.

Over the last week I've been working on some figurative practice pieces, all 16x12

Richard Boyer

Monday, January 18, 2016


Under rainy skies I finished off this one.  The water was the last part, which I did lighten up in value and added some more highlights by the gondola.  The red flowers were also added to bring in some color. I still have another day to work on it, but now I think I'll set it aside and look at it with a fresh eye tomorrow morning.

I'm sure there will be something that jumps out at me then.

Richard Boyer

Saturday, January 16, 2016


Day number two on this and I started with the bridge and the right side of buildings. The paint actually set up quite well with the drier added. I did decide to add some of a bridge to the upper corners to give it more darks in the foreground. this made it so I could really darken down the right side as well, that will help to play up the highlights later on.

The architecture I was able to get done faster than I thought. The whole time trying to keep it minimal in detail. the important thing here in this work will be the glare of the sunlight on the water. So most everything else will be backlit or in a tight value range. Next will be the water and then I can see better what else will need to be tweaked in value.

Richard Boyer

Friday, January 15, 2016


Southam Gallery sent me an email; they are looking for a Venice piece. They have a client coming into the gallery on Wednesday and she would love to have something from the city of canals.  So I was elected as the token artist to try and paint this ASAP.  The start here was done over the top of an older painting, it was a piece that never really got off the ground and I had it sitting around the studio for several years.  Its like cleaning the basement when I can make use of the canvas again. The paint was put on thick to cover over the underlying work, so I added a few drops of cobalt drier to the white to help speed up the drying time a little. I'll need to work on this over the weekend to get it done. Hopefully I can capture that shimmering light on the water and play down the details in the background buildings.

Richard Boyer

Thursday, January 14, 2016


As I thought the painting lacked contrast. So first I added some more detail to the background cliffs and scree field below. The warms of the sandstone I wanted to play up more against the blues and purples of the rocks below. Now it has a nice color sense in the background.

Then I went on to darkening the foreground, actually everything in that area I painted over in darker values. This will contrast better with the sunlit cliffs in the back.

One I got going on darkening the bushes I noticed the road was also too light. You'll notice that I massed a lot of the dark sage and juniper together.  This makes it simpler for the eye to look at, not too busy as they say. One nice thing is that the cross stands out better against the dark green. I'm still wondering about a figure in there. I got the crit session tonight, so I'll ask the others and see what they think.

Richard Boyer