Adam Houston

American Impressionist Oil Painter

Adam’s Apples

Here’s number 15. Two apples this time and I’m trying to zero in on how to make the two work together while at the same time be smarter with the light. I made the background nice and chocolaty to give it some drama as well. I am so unbelievably tired and still fighting a cold so that’s it for this evening. Later!

If you would like to purchase this painting it is for sale at this link on my Etsy Store.

Here is this painting on the easel so you can see how it’s painted:

Seeing Things For The First Time

Alright, got some rest and have been back at it. Getting another cold this weekend did not help but at least we got number 14 in the books. I also have 15 about 60% done and should be posting that early this coming week.

I painted this “from life” instead of shooting it and looking at a computer screen. What a difference that makes. I probably spent as much time just sitting there and looking at it as I did painting the canvas.

You think you know what something looks like. An apple, a vase, a piece of cloth. But when you sit down and really look at it your brain just explodes. There are hundreds of colors, angles, lights, transitions. It’s endless. So you take it all in and then have it edit most of it out.

This is what makes someone like Carol Marine so stinking good. An incredible ability to see what’s there combined with a perfect eye for what to leave out. One day…

This is an 8″ x 8″ original oil painting done on a stretched canvas. If you would like to purchase this painting you can but it at my Etsy Store.

Got Nuffin

So I have no painting tonight. My Thursday one is about 40% done and I am out of gas. Sorry. My plan is to finish this one and post two on Sunday.

I am onto apples and am taking the backgrounds / settings up a notch so some more fun stuff to check out. As an olive branch I’ve posted where it is now so you can see a little bit of how they come together. Should be fun to compare this to what is live on Sunday…

Also, part of what has eaten my week is the mighty Peachtree Road Race T-Shirt contest. I am painting the main image for my entry this year and it’s starting to come together. They are due March 1 so I have to pretty much finish that too this weekend. Here is a sneak peek:

See you Sunday. And yes, that is a pizza pan.

Let’s Get It On

What did the chocolate say to the cherry…

Happy Valentines Day 😉

You can purchase this 8″x 8″ original oil painting on canvas board painting at my Etsy Store.

She Got the Way to Move Me

I feel like Wade, drummer extraordinaire and amateur Neil Diamond impersonator, should be singing the title of number 12.

It’s late so I am gonna make this short. Here we have a single cherry on a nice blue/gray/green background. I went round and round and round with this background before calming it down and letting the cherry do the talking. I’m still trying to get the feel for how these guys move and am *starting* to get it. One more though on Sunday and we are moving on.

This is an 8″ x 8″ original oil painting on a stretched canvas. If you’d like to purchase it head over to my Etsy store at this link.

Take us out Neil…

With A Little Help From My Friends

No. 11 brings us to the first of the cherries. These little suckers are way harder to paint than I thought and to be honest I was getting pretty down. They were all looking like deformed beach balls and I was not 100% sure where it was going.

But then I had an early birthday party and got some good inspiration that helped get me over the hump. Mom & Dad got me a book that provided inspiration, Meredith & Aaron ironically got the the color that I was missing (a cherry red – hello, McFly?), and Les got me a new table to organize everything. So with that in hand I was able to push through and quite like these two.

This one is on a stretched canvas and was toned with a really dark blue. You can still see that on the sides so even without a frame you can put a couple of nails in the wall and hang it as is.

If you would like to purchase this painting you can buy it at my Etsy store at this link.

A Lack of Color

Here we are with the second of the cranes. Instead of worrying about the color I decided (on the advice of Rank) to go with more of a white on white type of deal. Maybe it’s because this is the second crane but I was really feeling it on this one. This was actually done in one sitting (minus the orange underpainting) and it was soooo nice to get it right and not have to beat it into submission.

Title is lifted from the great song off DCFC’s Transatlanticism:
If you feel discouraged, That there’s a lack of color here
Please don’t worry lover, It’s really bursting at the seams
For absorbing everything, The spectrum’s a to z

How good is that? Nerdy AND sensitive. So, Number 10 is in the books. The 90 left in front of me makes me worried but I’m taking it one painting at a time. Which sounds like a bad sitcom.

This is an 8″ x 10″ oil painting on canvas board. You can buy No. 10 off my Etsy store at this link. Thanks!