Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Steve Kleier / Artist

This is done with a two color tonal palette. Just a little extra red and a few darks for the lowlights.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Steve Kleier / Artist

I don't get a chance to paint this kind of subject from life very often. So this was fun.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

These were painted with colors that show warm light.

This was a challenge to draw because of the foreshortened boat. The colors are contrast of warm and cool.

This time I concentrate on value. There is really no color statement.

Steve Kleier / Artist

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Steve Kleier / Artist

This scene has very flat light. Typical of an overcast day.

This simple still life is an exercise in edge control.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Steve Kleier / Artist

The photo reference showed this as an overcast afternoon but as I painted it turned into a rainy evening.

The photo reference for this one was in black and white, so I had to create a cool color scheme.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Steve Kleier / Artist

In this classic subject we contrast the head of an adult with that of a child.

This one shows one point perspective in an interior scene.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013


Steve Kleier / Artist

Here is a portrait study done in charcoal on craft paper.

This charcoal drawing helps me see proportions and value before I do the painting.

Painting from the OSA Tuesday watercolor class.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013


Steve Kleier / Artist

This European plaza is a somewhat complicated scene to draw because of the variety in the positions of the buildings.

This drawing was done from photo on craft paper.

Here are some unposed figures in a landscape.

This demo uses point perspective and color to create mood.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Steve Kleier / Artist

This shows drawing in "reverse" chiaroscuro. instead of drawing shadow shapes I draw the shapes of light. It requires a shift in attitude but the observation is very much the same as the usual approach.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Steve Kleier / Artist

I have been to this spot many times and wanted to show the cool light with a silhouetted figure.

Steve Kleier / Artist

The idea I that motivated me on this one was to do two paintings of the same object , one in light and one in shadow.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Monday Drawing class. Today we talked about adding value to our compositions. Then I set up a still life and shined a light on it. The shadow shapes of these three amphora served as our composition. The goal was to describe the form and volume of the pots by accurately drawing the effect of light as it was cast across the surface.

Steve Kleier / Artist

Monday, September 9, 2013

Plein air paintings form summer of 2013

Steve Kleier / Artist
Here are a couple plein air paintings from last summer.

This one is near Starvation creek in the gorge.

This is at hole in the wall falls.