Monday, October 29, 2012

Male Nude I

Male Nude I - 12"x 24" - Sold
Oil on Arches Illustration Board
Michelangelo Depaolo - 2012

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Sand Dollar I

Sand Dollar I - 4"x 4"
Oil on Canvas (Mounted on Arches Illustration Brd.)
Michelangelo Depaolo - 2012
Asking Price - $125.00

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Rough Sketch for Male Nude I

Nude Male Study I (Rough Sketch) 4"x 8"

Charcoal, Marker, and Coloured Pencil on Newsprint
Michelangelo Depaolo - 2012

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Sputnik Sea Urchin

"Sputnik Sea Urchin" - 6"x 6"
Oil on Arches Illustration Brd (Hot Press)
Michelangelo Depaolo - 2012
Asking Price 225.00

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Nautilus in the Raw

"Nautilus in the Raw" - 10"x 10"
Oil on Arches Illustration Brd (Hot Press)
Michelangelo Depaolo - 2012
Asking Price 395.00

Friday, April 20, 2012

Nautilus Refined

"Nautilus Refined" - 10"x 10"
Oil on Arches Illustration Brd. (Hot Press)
Michelangelo Depaolo - 2012
Asking Price - $225.00

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Beginnings of a Collection

I create most of my paintings by designing them as a series.  This method seems to build a lot of inspiration for me, and also helps me to avoid getting bored, since I have a number of paintings I can work on at any given time!  

Whenever I get to a point in a painting where I just cant seem to get my head in it anymore, or my creativity is beginning to stale, I just shift my focus onto another painting in the collection for a while, and then come back to it when I'm ready. 

This is a typical set of thumbnail sketches I might create at the beginning stages of a series.   Now, I don't always create all the paintings that I design in my sketches, but it is a great way to build a number of ideas in a short time!  Generally I will pick and choose a few of my favorite sketch ideas, and those will be the paintings that come to fruition.

Venus as a Babe Collection - Preliminary Thumbnail Sketches

This is a preliminary drawing created from one of the above mentioned thumbnail sketches that made it passed the idea phase, and will become a fully realized oil painting.

Please forgive her hands...  I didnt realize i hadn't drawn them in when I posted this picture.  Hopefully, you guys get the idea though!

"Seashore Nymph Crocale - Preliminary Drawing"
8"x10" - Graphite on Moleskine Watercolor Paper
Michelangelo Depaolo - 2012

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

New Studio Additions - Part II

Dried, varnished, and accessorized!  Not gonna lie, the French easel was a bit of an undertaking (I had to completely disassemble and then reassemble it,) and I spent a few days waiting for their coatings to seal.  But they turned out beautifully!!  Can't wait to put these guys to use!!

New Studio Palette

New French Plein Air Easel

Saturday, March 31, 2012

New Studio Additions - Part I

I've been considering larger pieces lately and larger pieces requires a larger palette!   So the other day I went to the art store and the perfect palette for me just happened to be sitting in the clearance section!  I just had to buy it!

Now, it's a right handed palette and I'm a lefty, but with a few modifications and turned upside down, I'm sure I'll manage just fine!  

Also, Summer is right around the corner so I decided to buy a French Easel in hopes that it will inspire me to go outside and paint more...  Wish me luck on that...

There is a catch though!  Even though both items were practically steals (Palette was only 2 dollars), I did have one small problem...   I like my studio furniture and belongings to match.   This required a sanding and staining project!

Here are the materials I used!

Project Materials

And here are the pictures in progress!

French Easel (Before)

Palette - Initial Sanding w/ 320 grit Sandpaper

Palette - Second Coat of Pre-Stain

Palette - Red Mahogany Stain