I have started checking my archive files for paintings I did in my earlier years. I find this process interesting and inspiring to review my journey and growth as an artist. The journey is not over yet. I will always feel like a novice yearning to learn more and become a better painter. Back to where I was going with this post, take a look at this bluebonnet painting composed in an oval. The petals at the bottom are painted coming out of the oval providing an interesting illusion. The original was done in oils using the oval idea Bob Ross (one of my favorite artists) and others were doing on TV.
I enjoyed the work and will be posting more of my older works, and of course, new paintings as I finish them; so, check back to see whats going on. Prints are available.
I finished painting the Snowy Egret on the Rocks painting done in acrylics this week and thoroughly enjoyed the entire process. I used a reference photo I took of the Egret fishing along the shoreline in Palacios, Texas, which by the way is one of my favorite places to go to take pictures of birds and boats.
The painting is 24 inches by 12 inches on a standard depth gallery wrap canvas with edges painted. I started the work blocking in the traced image outline and background with basic colors without detailing. At this point, I got intrigued with the water movement and spent most of the time creating the wavering action and reflections. Lastly, the white bird brights and shadows was done. I think it came out OK? The original and prints are available, see https://bartlettpairart.com/product/snowy-egret-on-the-rocks-original-painting/
Portrait of Klara done by her great grandfather and artist, Jimmie Bartlett
Klara is my great grandchild and as you can see, she is a beautiful little girl.I never thought I would live long enough to see my great grand children, much less paint a portrait of them. Klara is the oldest of the three so I started with her. I was able to get her to stand still for a pose, even if it was only for a couple of minutes. The painting was done with water mixable oils on a 14 inch by 11 inch canvas.Blessings My Friends,Jimmie Bartlett
I took a snapshot of our Bougainvillea plant that has survived the deer eating it to the nubbins last spring. My wife and I have nursed it back to life through the heat of this summer and are delighted to see the blooms. I have included bougainvillea in a couple of butterfly paintings and now considering how beautiful they would look in a dedicated work. But, as I see many prospects through my painter’s eye, I have so many things I want to paint… Maybe the Bougainvillea will be next… or not?
I painted the Proud Eagle, on a 12 inch square canvas, with acrylics. The painting was done in layers of paint to create depth and even colors. I like to have a thoroughly painted canvas to prevent spots of uncovered canvas showing through. Impressionistic techniques were included to provide a base for the detailing work.
I used carbon transfer paper to get a simple sketch of the image on the canvas. Only an outline of the image and major features are traced. Including too many lines causes confusion. The eyes are painted first, because they are the most important feature in the painting. The eagle's beak is also a strong feature, and a focal point of interest.
I enjoyed painting the eagle and hope you like it also. Proud Eagle is a great piece of fine art for your collection or home decor. The painting is for sale at bartlettpairart.com/Blessings My Friends,Jimmie@bartlettpairart.com