Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Summer Garden Posey


Abelia and coneflower from the summer garden.

"Coneflower and Abelia"   9" x 6"   Oil


Monday, August 7, 2017

Hug Point


A few miles south of Cannon Beach -- along the beautiful and rugged coast of Oregon.


"Hug Point, Oregon"   20" x 30"   Oil













Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Workshop at Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio



I recently had the privilege of teaching a portrait painting workshop at Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio in Washington state.  Our venue was the beautiful Dancing Fish Vineyards on the island.  My son was there and produced this short video, giving a taste of the experience.



Video by Justin Tennison



The first morning started with a demo.



Then the workshop participants began their paintings.



There were two models posing on opposite sides of the room.



It was a great experience for me -- helping and painting alongside fellow artists.



Thursday, July 6, 2017

My Grandson


He is kind.  He is smart.  He is important.


"Grayson"   14" x 11"   Oil












Wednesday, June 21, 2017

My Granddaughter


One of the sweetest portrait subjects ever.  
(Just my unbiased opinion.)


"Lily"   14" x 11"   Oil










Thursday, June 15, 2017

Evening Swim


Last swim of the day on the Trinity River in Fort Worth, Texas.


"Evening Swim"   16" x 16"   Oil


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Vera at the Farm


A commissioned portrait of Vera -- on her family's farm in South Carolina.


"Vera"   40" x 32"   Oil

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Old Windmill


An abandoned grain mill in the rural countryside of Portugal.


"Old Portuguese Windmill"    16" x 20"   Oil


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Red-Bellied Woodpecker



I was in Nashville this past weekend for a portrait sitting and had a little extra time one rainy afternoon.


  


"Female Red-Bellied Woodpecker"   7" x 5"   Watercolor


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Botanic Garden Urn


Early morning at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden.


"Morning Light"   20" x 14"   Oil


Monday, May 15, 2017

Son-in-Law



Thank you to my son-in-law for stopping by the studio to pose.


"Brian"   14" x 11"   Oil





Monday, May 8, 2017

Carmel Mission Window



In the courtyard of Mission San Carlos, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California.


"Carmel Mission Window"   18" x 24"   Oil



Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Spanish Walk


Andalusian stallion El Apagon performing the Spanish Walk.  


"Spanish Walk"   24" x 30"   Oil




Thank you to Chon Macedo for posing his magnificent animal while in town for the International Andalusian and Lusitano Horse Association's National Competition.


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Coals to Newcastle


A Texas artist sending a West Coast seascape to an art show in California feels a bit like sending coals to Newcastle. Nevertheless, the California Art Club has accepted this painting into this year's Gold Medal Exhibition -- and for that I am grateful.  You can see all of the paintings in the show here.



Indian Beach, near the town of Cannon Beach, Oregon.




Video by Justin Tennison



"Indian Beach - North View"   14" x 21"   Watercolor


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Portrait of Clyde Tuggle


Mr. Clyde Tuggle -- Collector of antique books, Chair of the Board of Trustees of Agnes Scott College in Atlanta (for whom this portrait was painted) and Senior Vice President of Coca Cola.



"Clyde Tuggle"   44" x 32"   Oil


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Painting The Wenatchee River


Sunrise on the Wenatchee River -- near the town of Leavenworth, Washington.


"Sunrise On The Wenatchee River"   18" x 24"   Oil


My son was in the area shooting some wedding videos and joined me one morning as I painted a watercolor of this river scene. When you vacation with your videographer son, you get a cool video like this!


James Tennison - Painting on the Wenatchee River from Tennison Visuals on Vimeo.



"The Wenatchee River"   8" x 10"   Watercolor


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Time-Lapse Video - "Coquille River Lighthouse"



The Coquille River Lighthouse in the town of Bandon, Oregon.




Video by Justin Tennison


"Coquille River Lighthouse"   20" x 24"   Oil


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Portrait Demonstration


I've been working on a portrait for an instructional video.  This time-lapse will include narration of my thought process as I'm painting the portrait.  Here are a few steps along the way.


Some careful measurements at the beginning are essential for me.  (Well begun is half done.)




After completing the drawing, I begin with my darkest dark.  This helps me to compare and judge other values against it.




I start blocking in the larger masses, sometimes with a paper towel.




Now it's a matter of adjustments and refinements (and a lot of concentrated effort) to achieve a likeness.




I often use my palette knife to remove areas that need correction.  (In this case I had the corner of the mouth too high.)




The finished painting demo.


"Portrait of Tiana"   14" x 11"   Oil

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Groundhog Day


The Texas Longhorn saw his shadow today. (I'm pretty sure that doesn't mean anything.)


"Longhorn"   24" x 24"   Oil





Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Tiana on Horseback


Tiana is a skilled horsewoman and the CEO at Classical Baroque Horse.  I met Tiana when she rode into town for the National Andalusian and Lusitano Horse Show here in Fort Worth, Texas.  She was kind to take time to pose for me and maybe someday I'll also paint her horse.


"Tiana on Horseback"   24" x 18"   Oil


Thursday, January 12, 2017

San Juan Island Mist


While vacationing on San Juan Island, Washington, I set off early one morning in search of painting subject matter.  My destination was a lighthouse, but my GPS sent me on a wild goose chase and I ended up on a road that led through fields and pastures.  I never found the lighthouse but I enjoyed this view nonetheless.


Mist envelopes the fields at sunrise on San Juan Island, Washington.


"San Juan Island Mist"   18" x 24"   Oil



Detail of "San Juan Island Mist"


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Coneflowers and Lantana


Coneflowers and lantana from the garden.


"Coneflowers and Lantana"   10" x 8"   Watercolor