This contemporary rooster was a commission for a Dallas collector who asked me to paint a colorful rooster. It was fun working with him, choosing the color palette, the canvas size, the subject matter...creating just the right image...it was a Christmas gift to his wife. Mister Rooster has color, texture and personality! I know that this rooster will love his new home. Here are a few photos of the painting....as it went through different stages.
As you can see, I started with a drawing in charcoal, then started covering the canvas with paint. Layers and layers of paint went on with a wide brush and then the palette knife. The palette knife allows the paint to be applied with texture and gives the painting depth. Feathers were added giving Mister Rooster volume and a full body. Details in the eye were important. Touches of color implying wildflowers were put in the grass. Thanks for looking at this blog and the art posted.
Contact me if you are interested in purchasing art for your home or office. Thanks, Kay
This colorful rooster is strolling thru the grass...he is actually looking for a new home. He is framed up in a handsome dark moulding with a gold lip. Because of the slender canvas size, he could squeeze on to a wall in your house! Contact Pam Massar at Dutch Art Gallery for purchasing information. This painting has lots of texture because I used my palette knife to sculpt the rooster. Thanks for looking at this blog and the art posted here. Kay
This is a commission that I have been working on for several months. It is getting packed up and shipping to Denver today. The young man in the canoe was in the boundary waters of Minnesota. More painting today on commissions for Christmas...thanks for viewing. Kay
Here are a few photos from the Qiang Huang workshop. We had a winter ice storm last week giving us bitter cold temperatures. Some of the artists could not travel into Dallas, but the ones who made the workshop had a great time.
Yesterday's workshop with Qiang...the beginning lay-out and placement on the canvas..
I spent quite a bit of time setting up the still life, and then Qiang made a few adjustments
so that the light was hitting the objects just right, making an interesting composition.
Putting in the values, covering the canvas with paint...a mixture of unltramarine and transparent
red oxide. Normally I would use burnt seinna in this stage, but Qiang uses this mixture beause
of the rich color and transparency.
Color was added, and I started to model and put some detail on the peppers. I was always under the impression that wine bottles were tough to paint...but I kept it simple with some reflections and two hi-lights. I have more work to do on the peppers and the cloth. Qiang gave me some good advice, and I hope to complete this painting today. Thanks for viewing....stay warm. Kay
This is a still life that I painted several years ago....and below is a quick study still life that I did yesterday. I was comparing the two and going over my notes from yesterday's class with Qiang Huang. He is a fabulous artist, and a very good instructor.
Still Life in progress
9" x 12" Oil on RayMar Panel
Here is my set-up at the Qiang Huang workshop...The photo has glare on it, but you can see the progress. Painting still life forces you to really focus on the set-up, the composition, the color relationships and lighting. Qiang is very deliberate with his brush strokes. He puts on stroke down and leaves it....and it is always the correct color and value. More photos tomorrow after today's class. We are having a blast of winter weather in Dallas...ice and snow and freezing temperatures. It has made it hard to get to the workshop. More tomorrow. Thanks, Kay
Steel gray, icey blue, torrit gray and ultramarine blue with touches of cad red and cad yellow fill this canvas. These roosters and chickens are colorful and fun, with some loose brush strokes to let the viewer use some imagination. They are running off the canvas, looking at each other and looking very important. I did not want to over-paint this one, as I had fun just cutting loose on the colors and then got out the oil sticks for some line drawings. These fine feathered friends are looking for a new home...contact me if you are interested in this contemporary oil painting. Thanks for viewing this blog. Contact Kay for purchasing info.