Saturday, October 4, 2014

Blog Hop Around the World

I am honored to have been selected (tagged) by Wendy Barrett for the Blog Hop Around the World . Thank you Wendy!
Check out her recent ink drawings she has been doing for the 30 day Challenge.
The Blog Hop Around the World is a casual way to share blogs with others around the world and generate new visitors to our own.

I am tagging...
1. Katherine Thomas - With Pencil and Pen
Katherine's work is primarily in  the dry media of colored pencil, graphite, pen and ink (wet medium?).
She does meticulous architectural drawing house portraits, drawings on old envelopes (postage), and drawings of often poetic sometimes whimsical fantasy subjects.
In her postage drawings she really takes advantage of the envelope itself , allowing it to become part of the drawing, giving them further vintage quality in addition to her pen and ink style.

2. Suzanne Berry
Suzanne's work is often large photo realistic canvas's of still life's, portraits, dog portraits and insects. She has a strong sense of color and frequently places her subjects against stark white, variations of warm and cool gray or near single color backgrounds singling out the subject and giving them more importance than a mere painted depiction of them. Her pet portraits especially, are imbued with a regal quality that is enhanced by the simple and elegant background treatment.

3. Michael Perchard - art by michael perchard
Michael is the most enthusiastic blogger and artist I know through the blog world. He is passionate about his hometown of Boston and is certainly The Ambassador of Boston and Goodwill.
His art is equally passionate as he fearlessly throws down the paint, unafraid to attack the canvas. His seascapes are always so turbulent and energetic and his heartfelt paintings for friends, causes and tragic events brings out his true nature. He loves his hometown and much of his work is also of his neighborhood and from his past.

I did not hear back from the others so I decided to proceed with my post.
Update: Two of my picks above, 2 and 3, are now added.

1. What am I working on now?
    The short answer is everything. It is normal for me to have many paintings going at once in both watercolor and oils and to be making drawings in between.
    I am one who never works on one project or painting at a time until finished. This is especially true of oils and large watercolors. Part of the reason is I work in layers in oils and need each to dry before proceeding. I also have very thoughtful approach, whether I have done thumbs and studies beforehand or not I carefully consider each step.

I am currently working on a seascape series, continuing on my Catalina Pacific Concrete Series and my favorite, the industrial subjects, as well as a few misc things.
I always have a couple locomotives in progress, and getting ready to work on some cityscape and landscapes.
So my palette is full.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
    I don't know how it differs from others... that might be a question better answered by others... other than it is my own view/thoughts that no one else has so I hope it comes across as unique to me.

3. Why do I create what I do?
    Coming from an artistic family it has always been in my blood and is how I see the world so it is perfectly natural to communicate visually.

4. How does my creating process work?
    It starts with a lot of thinking about a subject or artwork first followed by questions to myself. What struck me about the subject or scene?  How do I say visually what I see? etc.
Then when I identify that I will do thumbnails or studies to work out the mechanics of composition etc.

Sometimes I will dive right into a painting when I have a good visualization in mind already and know what I am going to do with it.

Below are some quick pics of works in progress, my working studio and the gallery room of my studio.
I say quick pics because the color may be off on the WIP's.

Work in progress

Work in progress

Work in progress

Work in progress on my easel





  1. A great post David! I enjoyed seeing your WIPS and also getting a peek into your studio and gallery. I love the aerial view of the trains!

  2. Thanks Wendy,
    That is a taste of what is in progress. I like aerial views as well. I should do more. I should also show more of the studio since we artists like to see the work spaces of our fellow artists.
    Keep drawing painting...

  3. Your work is always an inspiration to me. And the helpful advice that you offer for others is so valuable. Thanks, David, for mentioning my own blog in your post too! I am very flattered by your kind words! The Blog Hop is a great way to share our blog friend's fantastic artwork, and the expertise that each person offers in their posts.

    1. Thank you Katherine. And on your work you are doing some original ideas unique to you, especially the postage, which I have not seen anywhere else.
      I agree the hop is a great way to discover new artists.
      Great to read about all your recent success' with tutorials and teaching.

      Keep drawing, teaching and tuting(?), tutoring(?), tutorialing(?)...

  4. Bonjour,

    Grâce à Katherine je découvre agréablement votre univers.
    Merci pour ce joli partage.
    Il est toujours agréable de démasquer le petit coin de l'artiste !...
    Gros bisous ❀ ☼ ❀

    1. Google translate...


      With Katherine I discovered pleasantly your universe.
      Thank you for this nice sharing.
      It's always nice to unmask the corner of the artist! ...
      Big kisses ❀ ☼ ❀

      Hi Martine,
      Welcome and Thank You. I appreciate everyone who takes the time to look into my universe, otherwise we are not doing what we humans fundamentally need, sharing with each other.
      Keep painting...

      Salut Martine,
      Bienvenue et merci. J'apprécie tout le monde qui prend le temps de regarder dans mon univers, sinon nous ne faisons pas ce que nous, les humains fondamentalement besoin, partager avec l'autre.
      Gardez la peinture ...

  5. Hey Buddy!
    Love this post David!
    Love the train paintings! Especially love the wonderful aerial view! Nice! So love seeing your wonderful studio. Love seeing our art buddies area for making art! Nice work space. Neat and well organized! Nice to picture you painting in your studio! Also love your two works in progress! Love your easel! Isn't this art blogging thing amazing? So lucky to get to know great people like you and so many other of our shared art buddies! Keep on painting David! Hope all is going well in your neck of the woods!
    Take care David!

  6. Hey Michael!
    Thank you, added you in too, as I originally intended!
    I must confess though, my workspace is not always seemingly so well organized. Often it is chaos. Strategic views when photographing... ssh! don't tell anyone!
    So many WIP's... all over the map as I like it!
    Will post the WIP's when finishes, at least the ones that make it!
    Keep painting...