Monday, March 29, 2010

Kasey's Art Show

Here are some of Kasey's art projects that were featured in the Public School Art Show in March at the Menomonee Falls Public Library. She did a wonderful job.

Next month (April) the Parochial School Art show will be displayed, so when the time comes, I will post Grace and Adam's art work too.

We are so proud of each of the kids for using their God given talents in their own individual ways. ENJOY!

This is a colored pencil drawing...
This is a pen/ink line

This is a plaster relief project, based off of the original painting titled
"The Scream"                                                                

Monday, March 22, 2010

Oil Painting Continues...

Found a little more time this weekend to work on some of the details, most notably the sweater, zipper and hat. A few small tweaks to the face, but hard to pick out. I feel like I am getting close to the finished piece. Maybe one more session to put the final touches on. I know Adam is anxious to get it framed and put it up. He wants it in his room, but Chris and I think we have a better spot for it... And of course the girls want to be painted too... I think Grace will be next. So anyways, here is the latest update...
Thank you Kris for the very nice comment you left on the blog, and thanks to everyone else for the encouraging comments I have recieved in conversation.
God Bless,

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Oil Painting Update...

I was able to work more on the painting today after church. It was a great way to relax before I head back to work tomorrow. I put in about 3 hours.

The Third session -  Refinements.  Finally got around to initial detailing on the right side of the face and right eye. I also made some adjustments to bring the skin tones into harmony. Also I tweaked the the left eyelid shape for a closer likeness. Finally I worked on the sweater building up the forms and shapes.

I tried to shoot these with less shine from the wet paint.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Oil Painting...

I've finally gotten around to painting again. Which is good because it gets me away from the digital world of design for awhile. So what to paint? Hmmm... well i was inspired  when my son Adam put on my hat... I grabbed my camera and shot some photos in front of the big picture window in our living room. He was acting so cute, but I did catch one photo of him serious that reminded me of old world portraits. So I decided to paint Adam...  I will try to keep a running update to the photos as I work. I am using oils so the drying time is slow and should allow me to take a shot after each session... hope you enjoy seeing it come together.
Oh, the painting is 11 x 14. (click on the photos to see them larger)

The First session - Base Painting. Here I am just getting the proportions and base color scheme started. It's about 5 hours of work.

The Second session - Adjustments. I wasn't happy with the position of the eye on the left and the size of his ear. also the right side of the face was too wide. The Sweater I blocked in was also too big on the right and needed to come in for a better composition. I also skipped ahead and started working in some tighter details on the eye on the left and his nose & ear.


Grace lutheran School had it's Spirit Day's recently and on one of the days the kids had to go as a "Made-up Super Hero". Just wanted to share what Grace came up with... (with special FX by dad....)

The Tripoli Circus

On February 27th we went to the Tripoli Circus with a couple of our friends, our neighbors Chuck, Kris, and Thomas. The tickets were a gift from my Auntie Paula. (thanks!) Before the Circus we went out to eat at Major Goolsbys...YUM! I had Chicken Strips, they were covered in crispy breading. Since the restaurant was only about 1 minute away, if you walked (which we did) we were very close to the front of the line to get into the circus. There was about a half an hour before the show started that we spent on the ground taking pictures and watching people ride on elephants and ponies. We had very good seats and were able to see everything that was going on. Here are some of the pictures that we took.  
Adam meets spongebob

Clowning around

Our neighbors and an elephant

The tigers and their weird dancing trainer

The flying people

The rubber woman was just not right 
(she is shooting a bow and arrow with her feet)

The cool guy that was doing tricks on his bike

The cute dancing elephants

The dare-devil man riding a bike on a wire
with girls twirling below