What a joyful year it has bean and to kick of the New Year of 2013 I have a new painting from Galveston off the 27th pier which I will post tomorrow, below is a teaser. It was really overcast and some rain while I painted, with some really big waves crashing around. In fact one crashed completely on top of the jetty washing completely passed me, must have been a big one!! Luckily the gear was hanging on the tripod., what excitement!! Happy New Year to everyone and I hope you have the best year yet to come.
At the 27th Jetty off the Galveston Seawall on Dec. 31 2012
last day of the year.
Oh if you don't know Galveston has a Pleasure Pier. It used to be the
I'm excited to announce I'm in the 6 x 6 show at the Randy Higbee Gallery in Costa Mesa, California. The event is an Exhibition and Sale by a Collection of the Finest Artists from around the Country. The show is open for viewing from December 8th - 21st. If your around stop by to see my paintings.
It was hard to choose from which paintings to send since I like them all. The two paintings I have in the show will be the Fisherman and Harborside Drive. If you are wanting to purchase one of these paintings click the link below the painting.
On Location at 8 Mile. About 3hrs after I finished this painting I noticed my perspective of the boat was off but then noticed why. The tide had receded enough for the shrimp boat to settle on the bottom and list a bit to it's left. That was interesting to know.
Waters Edge across from the Underground Surf Depot
Awesome day at Galveston teaching the Plein Air Workshop. I thank everyone for coming and braving this heat, just shows you how hot it can get in October. The beach waters were amazing and lots of beach goers. Next stop is 8 mile road on the Bay side.
Saturday, 9/29 4pm, Galveston Jetties, Stormy and big waves.
I would label this painting Stormy on a Deep Blue Sea but hey, no deep blue seas near here.
Bookmark your calendar, and wipe it clean because Saturday Oct. 6th is this months Plein Air workshop series. Two classes morning and evening. We meet at the Galveston Art League at 8:30 to 9am before departing to the location of the day. If your coming let me know as soon as you can.
Woke up early this morning to a gusher of rain on the last day of this months Still Life Workshop. We just finished the still life workshop for this month and what a blast we had. Thanks for everyone coming out and having some fun. We covered a lot of ground. Thank you for everyone who attended including those who couldn't make today. Up next is the long awaited Plein Air Workshop hope to see you there as it's going to be a lot of fun.
Still Life Workshop, Mary-Lou, Peter, and Billie braved the weather
During the Month of October on each Saturday I will be teaching an Oil Painting Plein Air Workshop for beginners and those who are more advanced.
The Beginners Workshop is setup to learn in stages, each class builds on top of the previous class so try not to miss one. If you do it's still ok you will learn more from coming than not.
The Advanced Workshop class we will be focusing on improving our abilities to paint better. Each person has there areas that could improve and we will learn what they are and figure out how to overcome them.
Note - We might have a figure model for the advanced class for the beach scene which will be an additional $10 model fee paid to the model. This will be on October 6th. More info on this to come.
We will be painting all over the island including Bolivar. Here is a list of the locations:
October 6 - Galveston State Park, beach side, we get the sand, surf, and beach goers
October 13 - 61st street near Offats Bayou at the bridge, neat location there's usually a sailboat moored nearby as well as the opportunity to paint small sailboats sailing around.
October 20 - 8 Mile Point on West End of Galveston Island, nice location with fisherman and a shrimp boat that's moored there as well as views of the Bay
October 27 - Fort Travis Bolivar side - Need I say more, a ferry ride, and some really cool spots to paint at Fort Travis
I decided this time to make available two classes on the same day, one for beginners and one for more experienced painters. To help you decide which one to pick here are some simple that might help you figure it out. If you still are not sure contact me.
Never painted outside
Your a good painter indoors, but every time you paint outdoors you make frisbees instead
You don't paint however you sketch outside a lot
If a 16 x 20 scares you, then take this class instead
Your a slow painter and have trouble finishing
You have yet to conquer your fears of painting outdoors
Everywhere you drive you look for something to paint
You can paint outdoors and have painted in the past
You want to learn how to paint more freely
You can make a painting within an hour or so and still feel like making another
You want to paint bigger, will be going bigger this time up to 12 x 12 - 16x20
Painting quickly is not that big of a deal for you anymore
Materials to Bring to each workshop:
Paint - Try to use Artist Grade Paints, I like Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow Pale, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Red Light, Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue those are my everyday colors I use. I also use Thalo Blue, Violet, and a grey
Brushes - Long Handles, chunking bristle, hog hair, all flats some big brushes, No 10, some No. 6's some smaller brushes No. 3, and small round for thin lines
Odorless Mineral Spirits, a snap lid can any art store usually has them
Your painting medium of choice, or simply refined linseed oil
Rags, or paper towels
Ony need two of these per day. Some panels 6x8, 8x8, 8x10, for advanced class 12x12 to 16x20
Easel or Pochade box tripod etc, palette, palette knife
Small sketchbook, pencil
Mosquito Repellent, sunscreen, hat shade eyes. water etc.
Still Life Workshop:
The month of September I'm teaching a still life Workshop. Will be using oil's and painting from life of things you would like to paint. Every Saturday beginning on the 8th and more on that at the Galveston Art League's website. Early registration gives you a $20 discount. Each session runs for 4 hours so we have plenty of time for at least a couple paintings each session to learn from. We will have lighted setups giving a nice contrast to work from and will be a blast. This is more of a basics approach to still life working on some fundamental topics.
Sketching in Galveston:
I started a sketching meetup that's to be held after the Still Life Workshop in Galveston and will be going to various places to sketch on the island. More info at the Galveston Art League's website. I have a correction the contest will be held on Saturday 22nd instead of the 29th do to the entry date for the October show is before the 29th.
My surf hat hanging on the wall caught my attention so I had to paint it. Since my photo capability is somewhat limited, it doesn't pick up the color depth the painting actually has. I have to put a disclaimer don't judge the photo as there's more to it.
I used to have the best surf hat made by Billabong, had a nice wide rim and had a landscape tropical scene sewed into the rim underneath. I used it especially on trips to the beach going surfing or fishing etc. but sometime last year it vanished and after looking everywhere for days, I finally caved and went looking for another one. The old one had sentimental value to it, since my dad turned ill, I let him use it a lot when we took trips to the beach. He loved that hat and when he came with me he wore it, not me. I called him Captn since he liked sailboats and sailing which was something he got interested in later in life. This one is made by Quicksilver, not as good but it does the job. To Purchase email me here.
A small shrimp boat docked at the Port Bolivar Marina where the big huge fishing boats play. To get there you have two options the first is to go take a ferry ride from Galveston Island over to Bolivar or go the really long way north to High Island and down the coast, both ways are fun to go however the ferry ride beats the longer trip. This one I painted after one of the oil painting classes at the Galveston Art League, I had a little bit of fun that day since it was the last day of the session and talking while painting is fun. Since this is a 6 x 8 I chose the Catalina Black with Gold to frame it. Price is $160 with shipping. To purchase contact me here.
My original Bokeh Vista's are for sale and I decided to use a company called King Of Frames. They make professional quality frames for artists. The Catalina Small Black with Gold is my favorite and made as a floater frame so you see the full painting. These are 6x6 and the frames are roughly 2 1/2 wide about 1 1/2 thick.
I have some paintings in the Galveston Art League Juried Show come by and check them out in person. The first is a barn I saw on a trip towards Matagorda Beach. The barn was near a town called Wadsworth, TX. The second is a painting of some girls heading toward the water.
In the month of September I will be teaching a Still life workshop it's not official but keep checking back and I'll post more about it. It will be at the Galveston Art League starting on Saturday 8th.
Also I might do something called the Galveston Sketchup a fun get together for anyone who likes to sketch. It's informal and will have a small fee and we will be going to different places on the island as well as a Contest so look for that as well. Below are some sketches I've done on location the first is a jeep we used to have in what I called the "Boat Yard" since we used to have at least one sailboat in there all the time which at that time I wasn't sketching unfortunately would have been some great material. The middle sketch is one I did on a trip to Seabrook near a park called Pine Gully park with a nice view of Galveston Bay and the Galveston Island in the distance, a memorable one since my dad was with me. The last one is a pretty interesting story. I was in the store called Cut Rate, a big fishing store just South East of Houston getting some gear for the kayak and saw these great big huge fishes suspended from the ceiling. That quickly became something I had to attempt to sketch.
In October I'll have another Plein Air painting class I'm really looking forward to doing, cooler weather but still can be warm, will vetnure to some different spots on Galveston Island like we did last spring of this year. The last session we ventured to the beach of Galveston and near the Channel as well as Bolivar and the Galveston Harbor, this year I plan on going to some spots I'm familiar with and should be a lot of fun as well as some spots that would be difficult to gain access to without permission. I might also run an Advanced Plein Air workshop for painters that know how to paint and/or have some experience painting outdoors. I plan on doing some more challenging places so keep checking back and if your interested in one of the above classes let me know.
I was back in Galveston today and painted from the Historic District of Galveston Island, this view is of a Church Steeple and the name of the church I will have to look up since I forgot to go by to find out. To many places to paint in Galveston but this one just stood out lol.
Wadsworth is a small town with a population of about a couple hundred. It's on the route to go to the beaches of Matagorda. Wadsworth has only about two gas stations and I usually stop at the one that sells pizza to get some beef jerky, it's something I've done ever since I was a kid going on trips to Matagorda with family. This small barn located near the town, I forgot where exactly, caught my eye since it was in the late evening, the sun had lit it up giving it some color in the shadow also on the front. I might be putting this painting in an upcoming Juried show in September at the Galveston Art League. It will be for sale and if you would like to purchase it contact the Galveston Art League and ask if it's available. I plan on putting this painting in a floater frame made of Soft Maple.
It was a blast this past month during the Basic Oil Painting workshop I gave at the Galveston Art League. Here is a demo of a pear I did for everyone to learn from. We were so busy that I had forgot to take photo's of the group. We had so much fun that many were wanting to have more classes. So look forward to possibly having more this coming week as well as another plein air workshop hopefully sometime this Fall.
Some students have asked why I sign my paintings with Kirby and the reason I do that is my middle name is Kirby which was given to me by my Father who his dad's middle name is Kirby also. To honor a man I wish I could have known more I sign my name Kirby, plus it's nice and small and fits just about anywhere, just perfect don't you think.
I will be teaching a Workshop for Beginning Oil Painting at the Galveston Art League. The cost is $25 a session Saturday, July 14th, 21, 28th and Aug 4th from 8:30am-12pm. Registration is 8:30am - 9am before each session. Each session will cover different topics along with assignments between sessions for you to do on your time.
Registration and workstation setup is between 8:30am and 9am, Workshop is from 9am - 12pm July 14th: First lesson covers drawing techniques for painting July 21st: Color Theory July 28th: Value Studies using Grey scale Aug 4th: Painting Freely using a Limited Palette
Materials Needed for Saturday 14th
For the First Session Bring the Following:
Small Floor easel if you have one/extras are available if you don't
2' x 2' or equivalent smooth drawing board
Pencils 4b, HB
Charcoal Sticks medium, hard, fine
18x24 Strathmore Drawing Pad
Materials Needed for the rest of the sessions Oil Paint - A yellow, red, blue and white all you need.
Brands - Maimeri(Classico Student quality) is a good choice if you are on a budget $5 for 60ml tube and has real Cadmium and Texas Art Supply is the only one that sells it local in the Houston/Clearlake area. Choose Cadmium Yellow Deep or Cadmium Yellow Lemon, Cadmium Red Light, Ultramarine Deep, Titanium White
Winsor Newton - More expensive I prefer getting these however I do use the Cadmium Red Light in Maimeri brand. Get Cadmium Yellow Pale, French Ultramarine and Titanium White(two tubes of this if you use Winsor brand since they are in 37ml tubes)
Brushes - I use Winsor Newton Artists Oil Brushes long hair flats(black handle). Get 3 #6's, and a flexible Rigger brush like Grumbacher Goldenedge long handle(red handle).
Mineral Spirits and container with sealable lid. Art stores have ones that have latches to secure it closed with a rubber seal all stainless steal. I use Odorless Mineral Spirits from hardware store.
Refined Linseed Oil - Winsor Newton brand or Grumbacher, small bottle is all that's needed
Palette knife - flexible, 1" blade Lowell Cornell makes some good ones.
Rags or paper towel roll for cleaning brushes or hands.
Bar of Master Soap - looks like a bar of soap which is used to help clean the oil out of the brush and condition it for storage, Art Stores have them Texas Art Supply has it, Hobby Lobby, Michaels Crafts
8x10 or 9x12 Canvas Pad for Oil Painting - comes pre primed ready to paint on
Tape - artist tape, I like Artist tape at Texas Art Supply but use what you can get, white doesn't distract.
I will provide the Palette's for everyone to use unless you already have a big palette, something like 16"x24"
A cool painting I'm working on. It's in limbo as of now and will add more detail. I thought I'd post it here for everyone to see. I think I might title it Working Class, as it's a guy heading off to work as a chef at a nearby restaurant.