Tuesday, August 13, 2013

New Show in September

I'm excited to announce that I will be having a two-man show with the great Caleb Stone at the Gallery at the Mill House in Chester CT coming up in September. This will be my first show since we had our son, Paulie, last year. Wow does time fly when you have a baby! Anyway I still have a lot of work to do before everything is ready but I did want to post a sneak peak at one of the pieces that I will be including in the show.

"Evening at State Line Pond" 6x8 oil on paper mounted on panel

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Instagram & Tumblr

Now on Instagram and Tumblr! For more "in progress" pics follow me on either or both of these sites. 

On Instagram at http://instagram.com/paulbatch

For Tumblr go to http://paulbatchpainting.tumblr.com/

Both sites are going to have a lot more images than I will post here or on my facebook page so if you are already interested in my artistic endeavors you might find it worthwhile to check out.

The image below is on Instagram but on a side note I really am enjoying working on Arches new paper for oils. So far it has been able to take an unexpected amount of abuse.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Recent Portrait

Finally! I'm just about to bite the bullet and call this one done. I've been messing with this thing on and off since last fall and I believe its about as good as I can get it.... for now. I started this portriat after first hearing about the "Zorn Palette" on Facebook. (Yes I only recently heard about this thing.) After using a palette consisting of white, ochre, red, and black I can't believe I hadn't heard of this earlier. I believe this is how everyone should learn how to mix flesh tones, especially for anyone just starting out. I've been focusing on working with a limited palette for a few years now and I have to say I found this palette great to work with. Like a lot of artists my medium of choice was a pencil, pretty much because that a pencil and paper is cheap and that's what was available. It wasn't until I got to college that I learned that there were harder and softer pencils that could offer varying degrees of darkness, and oh there's also this stuff called charcoal....ok so I've come a long way in that respect. However once I discovered oil paint I spent years destroying decent drawings with bad painting. I just didn't have the knowledge and vocabulary with color and paint application as I did with a pencil. I still think I can pump out a more refined drawing than I can paint but hey that's just part of what keeps me trying to constantly improve.

This is a 16x20 Oil on Canvas, I'm just calling it Kerri for now.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Demo at the Hamden Art League

Here are some pics from a demo I did at the Hamden Art League. I did a little 18x24 winter scene using a photo reference I took earlier that morning behind an industrial area here in town. I'm a firm believer that you don't have to go far to find beauty in nature. I did rework the piece in the studio and the last pic is the finished painting. I want to thank the Hamden Art League for having me, they have a great group of people and I enjoyed meeting so many new people. My next demo will be in Newtown on March 13, for more information go to http://www.scanart.org/demonstrations.htm.

Thanks for stopping by.