Noah Layne

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Video demo of a portrait sketch

I was doing a very quick painting sketch of my friend Greg the other day and decided to video it for fun!  I normally don't work this fast, for most of my paintings I'll slowly build the painting up over a few week or more...  I do have a lot of fun doing these short little studies when I do them :)

Saturday, December 4, 2010

More drawings

I know I've not been posting very much the last little while.  I hope to remedy this in the future. 

My camera lens has been in for repair recently and when I got it back I took photos of some recent drawing studies.  I was also looking through some drawing for a few years ago and took new photos of them.  Most of the drawings are short 20/30 minute life drawing studies.  

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Sidney Fine Art Show 2010

I have 3 paintings at the Sidney Fine Art Show 
October 15th to 17th at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney, BC.
Show hours are:
Friday, October 15th 9 am – 9 pm
Saturday, October 16th 9 am – 9 pm
Sunday, October 17th 9 am – 5 pm

I'm going to be doing a demo for meet the artists night Saturday, October 16h 7-9pm


Monday, September 27, 2010

Landscape Studies from Galiano Island

I was over on Galiano Island over the weekend for a wedding.  It's been a rainy September here for the most part but we had wonderful weather this weekend.  I managed to do a couple of short landscape studies.  It's very peaceful and quiet on Galiano which makes it's a very restful place to paint :)

 This colour study was painted on the Bluff over looking active pass.

My setup on the Bluff.  Notice the water bottle attached to my easel to keep it from blowing over in the wind ;)
 A study of some sandstone rocks on the east side of the island.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Random drawings

Here are a few recent drawings and studies.

I did a 2 hour drawing demo for a local art store yesterday.  I always have fun when I'm demoing, in someways it like a performance which is a change from working quietly away in my studio ;)

This is a very quick 25 minute study of someone I am thinking of doing a painting of.  When I meet new people that I may use in a painting I like to do 2 quick studies of them.  One profile and one front on so I get to know and understand a little of the three dimensional quality of their head and face.  This helps me when I'm thinking about a painting composition.

Here is a small 20 minute life drawing that I did the other day.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Finished Lemon Painting

Here is an image of my finished lemon painting as well as a few detail shoots.  If you click on the images you get a bigger view.

Finished painting
Detail 1

Detail 2

It's always interesting to me to think about the light a painting may end up in or may be shown in.  I work with north light or at night with full spectrum florescent lights, lighting my painting as I'm working on it.  When it's shown in a gallery with hot and warm halogen or incandescent light the painting can look a bit (or a lot) different then when I'm painting it.  I've been trying to make sure I look at my painting under stronger lighting at times as I'm working on it to see how it looks in this light.

Of course whoever ends up buying the painting will probably have different lights as well....  I'm also always curious to see how my paintings look on different computer monitors.  I edit an image to look good on what I'm using but never know how it will look on others screens...   Ah, the life of an image maker is an interesting one!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Portrait Drawing Demo

I'm doing a free portrait drawing demo at the art store Opus in Victoria BC, on September 11th from 1-3pm. If you are in Victoria come by and say hi!


Thursday, August 26, 2010

Oil Painters of America 2010 Western Regional Exhibition

I'm excited to have my painting "Onions" selected to be part of the Oil Painters of America's Western Regional Exhibition!  This year the show takes place at Mountain Trails Gallery in Jackson Hole, WY. October 9 - November 10, 2010  For more info about the show visit the OPA site here.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Lemon painting continued

I've been working on my lemon painting.  Here is a photo of it at the moment.  Working on small changes on the lemons as well as the box.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Late night lemon painting

I've been working on my lemon painting again tonight.  I tend to listen to music when I paint.  Tonight I was listening to a little of the Ethiopian singer Gigi as well as Bob Dylan and CBC radio's As It Happens - The Midnight Edition.  I tend to listen to music or the radio when I paint...

For this coat of the painting I'm starting to really model the form of the lemons, it's lots of fun :)

Here are some photos from tonight.

Start of third coat on the lemons and black background   

Working alone slowly :)  It's a very meditative state I get in when painting, very focused and relaxed.
Done for the night.  This was around 5 hours of painting.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Fall portrait drawing classes!

I've got my fall teaching schedule organized! 

I'm teaching a new portrait drawing class starting September 9th and another starting November 11th.  For more info visit my classes page.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Lemon painting

My goal with my blog is to post different work in progress and some of my thoughts about art and life :)

Here is an image of what is on my easel at the moment.
For a step-by-step demo of a similar painting of mine you might enjoy this

This is just the second coat and I haven't started to model the form in much detail yet.... 

I'll try to post more as this painting develops :)

The painting after the first coat of paint.

Starting the second coat.
My glass palette
Slowly covering the painting with the second coat.

Self portrait study

Self portrait study


Hi All!

I'm excited to start my blog!