where the things that were made are shown and seen


Secluded Waterfall

Rocks and Waterfall

Black and white watercolor on paper

The black is German vine black (PBk8, charcoal) from Rublev and I used several different whites. This started out as a painted version of a sketch I made. It ended up with many differences, especially in the foreground which was originally going to be only water. The only brush I used is a long goat hair Chinese brush that holds a very sharp tip. There’s a few parts that could have been better but I like how this worked out.

Ink Landscapes: Mountain Rain

Ink Landscape 1

Chinese black ink and white watercolor on paper

A quick sketch using a Chinese ink stick and stone to make the black ink, and snow white Korean watercolor from ShinHan for the rain.

Tiny House

Tiny House 1

Blender 2.71, rendered in Cycles with 3 renders of 300 samples each and combined in Photoshop to reduce noise.

This is my first finished 3D project after I finally gave Blender another try a week and a half ago. It’s a free 3D program and I’ve been wanting to do something 3D for many years, but the last time I tried I had no idea what I was doing. Back then was basically just me opening Blender, looking at the interface, and thinking “huh?” before closing it. This time I watched a series of tutorial videos on cgcookie.com and it’s actually fairly easy to pick up on. Most of what I did here was covered in those beginner tutorials.

One idea I had for 3D work would be to make a few houses like this, copy them until I had built a village, and then I could position the camera wherever I want to get references for paintings that would have accurate perspective and shadows.

My computer is a bit old though. I’m still using my late 2008 aluminum unibody macbook, 2.4GHz core 2 duo, nvidia geforce 9400m 256MB, 4GB ram (recently installed, all these years I’ve been using 2GB), and a new crucial M500 ssd (a bit harder to install because I had to use pliers to get an overtightened screw out of my macbook). I figure with those two recent upgrades I’ll get by for at least a few more years with this.

Fleeting Moment

Fleeting Moment

This was based on a photo of a snowy forest, but it was just trees. I made this entirely with an old tube of sepia (PBr7+PBk6, Holbein) and a new tube of snow white (pigment not listed, Shin Han). I got the snow white cheap a few months ago, a 50ml tube for only about $2 if I remember right. I’ve never used their paint before and I wanted to get one or two others, especially a black, but all that was left in stock was white.

Sunlit Clouds

Sunlit Clouds 1

Sunlit Clouds 2

Sunlit Clouds 3

From the photos I took on one of my train trips, during the winter. I think this was sunset, but I’m not sure now. The way the sunlight was slipping out from behind and between clouds and hills seemed interesting to me.

This past month has been so hot that I’m too busy in the cool mornings to make art and too hot the rest of the day to have the energy for art, or anything else. This is the time of year that I wish it was winter again. Starting with this post, everything will have snow until I’m not hot anymore.

Also, I’ve made a few changes. A few of my old posts I’ve deleted. Some of them had pixel art that I thought was too similar to the kind of work you’d see in a video game, and because I’ve come to view those as very unChristian and regret that I ever played them in the past I’d rather distance myself from them in my art now. I’ve also disabled likes on my posts for now because I thought I was focusing too much on blog stats. I really appreciate comments though and I always like being asked questions. :)

30 paintings for June

As I mentioned last post, I did a 30 oil paintings in 30 days challenge for June over in this forum thread (I’m yellow_oxide). For me it was an extra challenge because I had travel plans for this month and also my church follows the Sabbath on saturdays in which we rest from work, so in all I only actually had 18 days to do all 30 paintings. Some of the paintings may be a little rushed because most days that I painted I was doing 2 paintings, and couple of times I got behind and needed to do 3.

Most of these I painted on half of an 8″x10″ canvas board, with one painting on the top half and one on the bottom half. A few of them are on matte board scraps that I covered with gesso or on a 7″x5″ canvas board. Most are original but a few are based on paintings from either Van Gogh or Monet.

Overall I think this challenge was a lot of fun and helpful. Ideally I wouldn’t be so rushed, but because I didn’t feel like each painting had to be a masterpiece I was also more able to experiment with, ideas, paints, and mediums that I don’t normally use. If I do this again it won’t be a month with travel plans though.

Misty Waterfalls

Misty Waterfalls

Oil on Canvas, 8″ x 10″

This is the kind of place I’d like to go to. When I started this, as I often do, I wasn’t sure what I would make and just had some basic forms. This is the result of me exploring those forms.

It’s been too long since my last post, but it’s not like I haven’t been painting. I’m actually working on a challenge in this forum thread (I’m yellow_oxide) to make 30 paintings in 30 days for the month of June. I think I have about 20 of them done, most of them already posted there, and when they’re all done I’ll post them here all at once on June 30th.


Blueberries 1

Blueberries 2

Blueberries 3

I’m experimenting a cheap accessory I got for my camera to help with macro photos. Here’s a few photos I took of the blueberries in my garden this morning. They were the best tasting blueberries I’ve had.

Firefly Forest 2

Firefly Forest 2

Oil on canvas, 7″ x 5″

A moonlit forest with fireflies.

I painted over this a few times with different paints and I don’t remember everything that I used, but I know the white is zinc white (PW4, Daniel Smith), there was a greenish black mix I made with ultramarine, transparent yellow medium (PY128, Rembrandt), and I think quinacridone magenta (PR122, Daniel Smith), and some atrament black (PBk31, Mussini). There may have also been some viridian (PG18, Williamsburg) from a sample tube I have. The fireflies are dots of nickel titanate yellow (PY53, Daniel Smith).

There’s a little bit of glare from the camera, which kind of obscures the fireflies a little.

Anticipation (updated)

Anticipation updated

I made some updates to this painting. The old version is below this. I added shadows along the ground to break up the main area a bit. The fox had a very faint shadow before that was too faint for the camera to really pick up so I made it stronger. I also adjusted the silhouette of the trees/bushes a little and added a second layer of them behind for depth. There’s a bit of glare in the photo, but the colors are also more accurate.


Oil on canvas, 8″ x 10″

The paints I used for this are raw umber (PBr7+PBk11, Grumbacher), magnesium ferrite (PBr11, Daniel Smith), yellow ochre pale (PY42, Winsor & Newton) and both Portland gray deep and medium (PW6,4+PBr7+PBk11, Gamblin). I’m trying to get better color accuracy in my photos but this is a little bit lighter and warmer than the real painting. Tomorrow I have a grey card coming in the mail that’ll help me get a proper white balance with my camera.

Anticipation Sketch

This is the digital sketch I made in Photoshop. At first I was just testing out some new brush presets and I liked how it was starting to look like a wind blown landscape.


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