My go to airbrush 100% of the time are my Iwata Airbrushes. As you can see, I have six of them all cleaned and ready to go for the next month or so of painting. Why so many brushes? This allows me to quickly switch to my next airbrush gun when one starts to stick and clog with paint. You get that a lot when painting with acrylics and the airbrush gun will eventually get gummy at some point during the painting process. Having six airbrushes on hand allows me to quickly switch to the next clean gun without having to stop the creative process and do some maintenance cleaning. Keeping the creative workflow going as an artist is very important!!!
All of the airbrushes are of the Iwata HP-C lineup. The Iwata airbrushes are so good in quality that three of them pictured are nearly twenty years old and work like new. I started using Paasche VL airbrushes when I first started and have tried other brands in the past, including Badger and Aztec, but my preference is Iwata. Great quality and built to last.
I took a break painting the stadium seats and the area under the awning and decided to start detail work in the dirt and grass area on the field. Most of the base colors are painted in with only a few white areas left showing through the canvas. With some of the patterns and details painted in the dirt and grass area, the buildings and stadium now feel weighted on the ground. I also toned down the sky color and painted in the rest of the structures and vehicles behind the stadium area.
The area under the awning is finally blocked in with a medium grey. A little more base color work to finish and the detail work begins. After about two months of painting, there’s still a lot of the work that needs to be done. It is coming along slowly, but nicely.
Most of the background buildings are painted in and part of the stadium interior is blocked in. The ballpark stadium poles that hold the roofing are brushed in to provide reference for the baseball seating yet to be painted. The seating will be quite the challenge down the line. Three different types of baseball seating and about twenty rows worth. The blue dugout in front of the standing pitcher is also painted into the foreground.
Some of the buildings were painted in the background and a bit more progress after a week of work. There is still a lot to work on and much of the base colors still need to be completed. Slowly, the painting is coming together a day at a time.
Finally started on this large acrylic painting last week. The canvas has been fully sanded and prepped correctly ready to accept the first layers of paint. The first few weeks will be lots and lots of base color. This will take up a lot of paint and a lot of time. So far, I’ve been enjoying every moment of the progress up to this point of the painting.
Professionally framed and on the wall. A good frame always adds to the look of an original piece of artwork. All my frames now come from American Frame. They have a great selection of frame designs and their pricing to quality match is unbeatable. If you want to enhance the look of your original artwork, consider a good quality frame.
Here’s a blast from the past. I found an old photo from twenty years ago of one of the original acrylic painting I did for my college senior thesis. I superimposed the photo of the painting onto the blank canvas I completed preparing earlier last week. Excuse the white on the right side. That’s me posing next to the painting. I can’t believe it’s been that long. Now I’m really excited to see how this new version of the painting will look when completed.
I’ve been wanting to repaint something I did a long time ago back in college and I finally got around to stretching the canvas and laying down the primer. It’s a huge acrylic painting, 48 inches high by 72 inches long. This giant acrylic canvas painting will probably take a good six months to complete as the painting itself is quite detailed. Looking forward to getting on started on the sketch soon.
Completed yesterday and signed, the latest acrylic painting in my new series of works. This particular painting brings about a giggle seeing the expression on the subject’s face. This painting shows those moments in children that bring about laughter and joy and reminds us the reason we bring them into this world. The young boy is amused and surprised by all the moving lights that surround him. The curiosity grabs his attention and we see what he sees through the reflection of the glasses.
Another painting nearing completion in my series of smaller paintings with a few more days of work. “The Uninvited Guests,” a 16×20 inch piece, is one of nine in a series I am hoping to complete early next year.
After two weeks of intense painting every night and over the long Memorial Day weekend, my La Victoria 100th anniversary submission is complete. It’s been a while since I painted anything under a deadline and although it was tiring, the entire experience was very positive and invigorating. I’m quite happy with how the painting turned out in two weeks time. Normally, a piece this size takes me a month to complete.
La Victoria Brand 100th-Anniversary dinner celebration next Thursday night and here are the paintings that got me there. A sixth painting is in the works that needs to be completed in a few days. Dinner celebration next Thursday night at the Santa Monica pier.
Opening night of “Made In California” at the Brea Art Gallery was lots of fun. There were a great number of paintings, art lovers, refreshments and live music. Lots of people streamed in to the gallery between 7 and 9pm Saturday night. The show runs through early June so if you didn’t get a chance to go opening night, take some time to visit before the show ends.
Varnished and framed on the wall, “A Beautiful Day” original acrylic painting. These frames from American Frame are just great for the price point. Professional quality and shipped directly to your door step.