Skip to content

Back To The Drawing Board

January 17, 2017

.

If you’re anything like me, you go to an art blog to see art, and I know I’ve put a lot of notifications on here lately rather than art. So…now that we are seeing sales of THE BARN PROJECT, and while we’re waiting for the preview copy of THE GOUACHE BOOK to arrive, it’s time to get back to the actual art.

6x6-mckinney-farm

The barn above was found hiding with several other weathered old farm buildings  on the other side of a thickly grown fence row. In this view, I eliminated a lot of overhanging branches and thin trunks and limbs growing right at the fence and along the road. Much of this little 6″ x  6″ gouache piece was done with a palette knife, something I do vey rarely. I kind of like the texture in the foreground.

5x7-the-upper-barn-900

The little 5″ x  7″ gouache piece above was kind of blah until I went back to it with a bit more paint and stronger color. Something like this is always a reminder to me that I need to use more paint and less water.

Now I’m going to pull the watercolor pads off the shelf and see if I can find some new situations for Sherwin the Snail to get into.

And by the way… Happy New Year, Everyone!

 

The Art Store

January 12, 2017

Be sure to check out The Art Store. There is a link in the menu at the top of the Home Page. It’s a way for us to reduce inventory and make it available at drastically reduced prices.

 

The Red Shed (Gouache)

January 8, 2017

Our recent time in Ohio produced a lot of new references. A couple of them have already appeared here as ink & watercolor drawings. I wasn’t able to get a comfortable painting setup while we were there, so I waited until we returned home to get the gouache and easel out.

ohio-farm-900

The Red Shed, 5×7, gouache

I’ve lived most of my life in Texas, much of it near the Gulf Coast, so snow is not part of my natural environment. Even when I lived in the Dallas area, snow was a rare and short-lived event. Ergo, painting snow scenes does not come naturally for me. I do have to admit, however, that the wet, cold white stuff that I’m really not comfortable in does create some beautiful images. It’s easy to see why many artists love it as a painting subject.

The Red Shed was part of a collection of structures, including a huge barn, but since I haven’t been focused on gouache recently, I thought I would start with a small subject in a small format. I had every intention of painting this in a realistic manner, a la Michael Godfrey (I wish), but as is so often the case, when it got to this point, I liked it and didn’t want to overwork it.

There will be more of these to come.

*********

On the publishing front, I just ordered a preview copy of Painting The World My Way, The Gouache Book. We’re definitely getting closer.

Books

December 31, 2016

We have returned from a two-month absence from home. We traveled to Ohio to allow Nell to spent time with her older brother in his last days, and stayed to spend Christmas with our youngest son and his family. Now it’s back to business:

First, signed copies of The Barn Project can be ordered from me via email at ralphparkerstudio@yahoo.com. Send me your mailing address and the number of copies you want to order. Also let me know if you want it personalized with your name when I sign it. Please do that in the next couple of days, because I’d like to order those books on Monday, January 2. I can order more later, but I would like to get the first batch on their way. Allow 3 to 4 weeks for me to get your signed copy to you. The cost for these is $17.39 US, which includes shipping.

If you’re not concerned with a signed copy, T he Barn Project can be ordered directly from the publisher at http://www.blurb.com/b/7602112-the-barn-project and shipping is much faster.

This is a fun little softback book, 6″ x 9″, with 40 pages. It contains over 50 images of drawings, sketches and paintings of barns in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas and Texas, with text scattered throughout describing many of them.


The long-promised Gouache Book is nearing completion. I’ll be ordering a test copy soon. So far it is around 60 pages. This is a softback book in the handy 6″ x 9″ format. Much of the information comes from my blog, but there are more demo examples, some expanded and updated text and approximately 100 images.

 

Update on The Barn Project

December 15, 2016

Please note that signed copies of THE BARN PROJECT must be ordered directly from us and not from Blurb (the publisher).  We are currently away from home due to a death in the family, and, weather permitting we will return the week after Christmas. We apologize for the delay.

Now Available: The Barn Project

December 9, 2016

The Barn Project can now be ordered online for direct shipping to you.. Click on the link below to be taken to the order page. There is also a short preview of several pages there. The 6″ x 9″ softcover book has 39 pages, with over 50 images of paintings and drawings.

While you’re there, you can scroll down and find a link to my first book: “Becoming A Painter in Only 45 Years”.

Please note: Several people have mentioned signed copies.  In order to have a signed copy, the books must be ordered directly from me and not from Blurb. If you want a signed copy, tell me in comments below or PM me on Facebook. I’d like to compile a list over the next week so I can order in bulk and possibly get the shipping cost down.

This is a fun little book with lots of art, and text spread throughout which talks about some of  the barns.

http://www.blurb.com/b/7602112-the-barn-project

 

1024161638a-cropped-650high

 

The Gouache Book

December 1, 2016

the-gouache-book-cover

I promise, there really is a gouache book in the works. At this time, it is 49 pages, with well over 70 images, mostly paintings and “demos”. It will be a 6″x 9″ softcover booklet, easy to pack and a convenient size for work table, coffee table or shelf. Now that The Barn Project is back to the publisher for a final test copy, I’m focusing on the gouache book. The text is pulled from the blog, and I’m doing a lot of editing as well as adding more information and personal thoughts on the subject.