Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Grasshopper's Journey

I have an art exhibit currently hanging at Versailles Center, 102 Versailles Blvd., Lafayette, LA until September 15, 2014.

Two very nice ladies who work in the building, Jane and Teri, sent me pictures they took of a little admirer of my art, I thought I would share.  Evidently, a little grasshopper got into the building and found this painting.  I think maybe he wanted to live there.

Can you find him?

Thanks Jane and Teri for sharing your photos!


Saturday, August 16, 2014

City Club in River Ranch

This painting is of the City Club in River Ranch, Lafayette, Louisiana.  This was painted much the same as indicated in my prior blog post....from Google Maps.

The City Club is the center hub area of River Ranch.  The building in centered around Degaulle Square where many activities take place.

"The City Club at River Ranch"
24 x 24 - oils on gallery wrapped canvas

All completed paintings will be posted for sale on my website

I've already started my 3rd painting of this area...more posts will follow.
Thanks for reading my blog!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Village Cafe

I am working on a few studio paintings in the River Ranch area of Lafayette, Louisiana.  The Village Cafe is the first one completed, which is also the place I have a few of my paintings on display.  I needed to go by there to take a few reference photos to paint from but time allocation was my dilemma. So, as a solution I decided to try a different approach.

I downloaded an app on my ipad called "Mobi Maps" which is the same as Google Maps for tablets. It has the street view option just like the regular version of Google Maps.  Some of the advantages I found painting from Google Maps was that I can move around until I get a view I like.  I was able to pan 360 degrees, zoom in and out and change my vantage point a little.  It almost feels like you are standing right there.  It is obviously much better to paint from life but I think this is a great alternative.

"The Village Cafe"
24 x 24 - oils on gallery wrapped canvas

The following photos are my painting progression photos:

1.  This photo was taken in a very early stage of the painting.

2.  This next photo shows the painting progress a little further on.  Even though the table by the front door is in the right place according my perspective view, I didn't like the way it hid the front door so I just removed it.

3.  This photo shows my progress with the table edited out.  Since my vantage point didn't show the front door, I went to the Village Cafe to take a couple of photos.  I made front door changes, added the little tree in the front and final tweaks to get to my finished painting (see above).

I have more of these I am working on and will be posting soon.  
This painting is for sale and can be purchased from my website
Happy Painting!