There’s a little game I like to play to challenge myself when painting people. As I work on the initial composition, I ask myself “How much information can I eliminate, and still tell this person’s story?” This forces me to narrow my focus, and hone in on what drew me to the scene in the […]
One of my favorite times to wander the fairgrounds is early morning, before the crowds arrive. Just after sunrise, the world is a painter’s delight, all pink and yellow with delicate lavender shadows. Most of the activity is in the barn area. Stalls are cleaned, their occupants taken out for exercise, and feed tubs are […]
Watching harness racing at the state fair is like stepping back in time one hundred years. Makes me feel like I should be wearing a long dress and corset and singing Camptown Races. The Indiana Pacers basketball team is named after these horses. In the early days of the team, they played in the arena […]
Found this pretty lady in the dairy barn at the Indiana State Fair. The barn has huge (frosted? dirty?) windows all along the western exposure, which let in a soft, filtered light when the sun is low in the sky. The light produced has a peaceful, ethereal quality which is nice for shooting photographic references […]
Soon, our tulips will be gone, so it was time to paint them. When the light shines through them, they look like glowing lanterns. I tried a couple of new things this time: One, a cradled wood panel by American Easel. They’re very well made, and don’t need to be framed. I used GAC 100 […]
This dashing young fellow looked like he was posing for a formal portrait, so I ignored his striking tail feathers and zoomed in on his face. I’d never painted chickens before this week, but now I wonder what took me so long. They are noble creatures. I feel a little guilty that we’re having chicken […]
Back in the ’80s, every fair had bungee jumping. In recent years, bungees have been replaced by rock walls. This one was presented by Jeep as part of their Rocks & Road touring exhibit. It’s a good first time climbing experience for kids, and hopefully will be the start of a lifelong sport for some.
It was almost sunset when this white horse burst out of the chute at the State Fair rodeo with a cowboy clinging to his back. The only way to paint it was to throw caution to the wind and just go for it, just like that horse and rider. Pssst! Don’t tell the rodeo guys, […]
Here’s another one from the Blue Monkey Sideshow. This is Krembo, the Master of Cermonies, a dashing and authentic figure with his Wild Bill Hickok beard and hair. If you want to see Krembo and all the Monkey Men in action, check out their video below: Pretty cool, huh? Here are a few images taken […]
It was a hot and humid August day at the Indiana State Fair. This pig raised a lazy eyelid when he heard my camera, then went back to sleep. I guess when you’re on display from early morning until late at night, you need to be able to catch a nap whenever you can. What […]
What’s in the fridge? Nothing but seawater and decay, if your house has been swept away by a tsunami. No growler of Barley Island beer for the hubby, no Perrier for me, no cherry jam (his), no shirataki noodles (mine). No carefully preserved first crocus of Spring in a brandy snifter. There’s something about standing […]
Another Daily Paintworks weekly challenge, this time offered by Raymond Logan. For the Lincoln Challenge Raymond supplied us with a black and white photo of Mr. Lincoln that we’ve seen a thousand times. We had the option of painting in black and white, or color. Since I often paint color from black and white photos […]
The good folks over at Daily Paintworks have started offering weekly art challenges. Some of my absolute favorite artists on the net are in DPW, so it’s a real treat to get the opportunity to participate. Each week is like a mini-lesson from a master artist. This week’s challenge is the One Color per Stroke […]
A new one from my State Fair USA series. These sword-swallowing, bed-of-nails-laying, walking-on-broken-glass,swinging-paint-cans-from-nipples guys are from the Blue Monkey Sideshow, based in Indianapolis. It’s a fun show and they create an authentic vibe with their costuming and some really cool painted drops. Painting them was great fun, and I’m sure they’ll be on my drawing […]
Still working on my State Fair series, and loving it! My latest painting in the series is taken from a photo I took last summer of people riding the Scrambler after dark. I love how the guy on the left looks like he’s going to hurl at any moment. I used to feel the same […]
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