Monday, July 31, 2006


Originally uploaded by Tommy the Artist.
The color/value study show here was used to develop a painting of the sailboats at Jolly Roger's marina in west Little Rock. The painting turned out to be different but that happens some of the time.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Yazoo Pass-field sketch

Originally uploaded by Tommy the Artist.
Some artist do value studies, other color studies, or just line drawings. I prefer what I call a field sketch which combines a value study with a study of color and line work. It is obvious from this sketch that the major contrast in the painting will be from the boat, to the trees and the water. When you see the final painting you can tell me how well I did.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Yazoo Pass Flat Bottom Boat

Originally uploaded by Tommy the Artist.
This is the final composition for the Yazoo Pass Flat Bottom Boat painting. The idea was for the eye to have a path to follow from the boat along the reflection of the cypress tree to the reflections in the water on the upper left of the photo. The day the photo was taken was hot and sultry thus the choice of dark and warm greens and yellows contrasted with the cool blues and grays in the boat colors and in the water in the left lower portion of the panting. A small amount of sky reflection was included in the water in the lower left of the scene to be painted. The painting is complete and will be shown here soon. Stay tuned.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Yazoo Pass Flat Bottom Boat

Originally uploaded by Tommy the Artist.
I took this photo while visiting at Moon Lake, Mississippi for my Mother-in-Law's 87th Birthday party. The day was hot and sultry so I took my sketch book and camera down to the Yazoo Pass which runs to the lake. The pass was dug during the Civil War thus has a lot of historic value. The flat bottom boat was floating low in the water beside a large tree. You can also see a cypress tree reflection in the water. I have already painted the boat in oil and watercolor. I hope to get the paintings posted soon for all to see.