Sunday, April 26, 2009

Paul Strisik

My last post was about a painting that I copied from a 8x10 print, but had no idea who had painted it. Stapleton Kearns left a comment saying he thought it was by Paul Strisik. I wasn't sure who Paul was and so I looked him up. Well, the only thing to say is "Wow! What a wonderful painter!" And also "Wow, I need to work a lot harder!" These are two websites featuring his paintings Welcome to Paul Strisik's Web Site and Paul Strisik (1918 - 1998). The sense of light in his paintings is so elegant. He studied with Frank Vincent DuMond, who was a legendary teacher at the Art Student's League.

This is one of Paul Strisik's paintings from Greece.

Monday, April 20, 2009


A copied picture from my new class. I wish I knew who did this originally, but I don't. I used a limited palette to paint this, the colors were Cadmium Yellow light, cad. red light, alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue, viridian and white. And they were water mixable oils, which was something new for me. The class has about 2 hours painting time, and I raced to finish it just before time was up.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Under the trees

This is a quick sketch of a woman and child sitting under the trees. Its done in an "oh so fashionable Moleskeine" sketch book, that I really, really like despite it being trendy. It has paper with a very nice surface to it. Plus, I look cool when I draw in it.

Thursday, April 16, 2009


I started a class in painting in a more loose, brushy manner. And one of the things the teacher recommends of copying other work to learn technique. In the 19th century, many of the painters like Sargent copied the old masters to figure out how they painted. This is my copy of a painting by John Frost who was a California Impressionist and a wonderful painter. He used warm and cool colors, but also kept (I think) tight rein on his values. He went from light to a mid tone in just about the middle of the picture and then kept it at a mid tone until the very front of the picture, where he darkened again. All the while he also kept his grays under control. Whew!! What a good painter he was. Here is a link to more about John Frost and California Impressionists: Pasadena Society Of Artists: Charter Member: John :Jack" Frost and Spacious Skies: California Impressionist Cloud Studies and Seascapes

Its Spring!

I found these in a garden center, nestled in the Astilbe.