I've been chugging along in the studio these last few weeks - slowly chipping away five paintings all at once. Oil paint dries fairly slowly, so I like to have a lot of things going on at once. The only downside to this method is that sometimes it feels like I go a long stretch without finishing anything.
I'm almost finished with both of these paintings at this point - I've just got to tighten them up a bit. Another 4-5 hours on both of these and the'll be done. :)
I'm also making good progress on these tondos - they are a lot of fun. I've got to add another layer of grey to the background to flatten out the color and get them super-smooth.
Alongside the paintings, I've also been assembling some stretcher bars. I tend to be a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to materials and surfaces, so they usually take me a while to build. I route the face of the lumber to create a raised edge for the canvas, and then chamfer the edges so there's a smooth transition for the canvas. I think if I wasn't a painter, I'd probably be a woodworker.
I'm hoping to do some large pieces - I've been waiting patiently for winter to end so that I can get back to building frames in the garage. Unfortunately, we're going to be getting snow (argh!!) this week, so for now the cross braces on these pieces will have to wait.
Let's hope it warms up soon - but in the meantime - here's some shots of the South Dakota countryside:
Hope you all have an excellent week.