Fine Art

Feed My Sheep video

I recorded my painting process for a recent work titled Feed My Sheep.  You can see where I make some changes on the sky and face throughout the process.  

When making time lapses, it is important to turn the autofocus off as well as the auto white balance.  I was setup right initially, but would use my camera for other purposes and a couple days, I forgot to turn those off again, whoops!  That is why you get some camera wiggle in parts and at the end when filming the face repaint, the white balance jumps around.

Still, I think the video is worthwhile.  I hope that it will be interesting and beneficial to those that might be new to oil painting.  Thanks for giving it a look!

Howard Lyon Fine Art announces two new additions!

Howard and I have been working around the clock lately it seems! Howard finished a new image that is now ready to release and we hope you all just love it! It's a new image of Christ as the shepherd and it's titled, "Feed My Sheep".  This is image is now available in our NEW store! 

That brings me to our next fun announcement! We have totally updated our website and store! It's now easier to find the information you're looking for! It's easier to shop and find the perfect print for your home, office or church walls! You can now just use your credit card to check out without using Paypal. You can see all the size and material options in one place. And you can share, pin, tweet, and gram everything on our site to your accounts (and we appreciate it when you do!)! We even included a place with each product to share your thoughts or write a review on that product! Some products even have a video discussing the image with it. (we hope to add more in the future!)

So, check out the new image here! We'd love to hear your thoughts on it, please feel free to leave a comment directly on the image page! Share it too if you don't mind, to your favorite accounts!

Then take a look at the new website! We have combined Howard's two worlds and now include his illustration work (fantasy and sci/fi) with his religious and fine art work on the same site. 

Join us on Facebook too here, we will be hosting some pretty great free print contests soon. So LIKE our page and be sure to hover over the "like" button to choose to get notifications so you don't miss any new announcements and discount codes! 

Persephone in Autumn - Oil sketch 5" x 5"

Here is a painting of my daughter Belle, as Persephone.  I did this little sketch over about 3.5 hours and a couple days.  I thought I would try doing a time lapse and set my camera to take a shot every 30 seconds.  It was a neat experience to see the painting played back this way.  It is a unique opportunity for artists since the invention of photography, and most likely not used a lot in until the last century or so.  On top of that, it hasn't ever been so convenient as the last 5 years where taking interval shots is built into a lot of cameras.

Deseret Book announces their new scholarship program for the new generation of Christian artists!

We have mentioned and posted the images of the small block paintings that Howard completed for a scholarship auction. The auction is getting close and the pieces will be unveiled this weekend to the public. Bids will now be accepted! More information can be found, as well as some of the other blocks that will be available, in this promotional video. To place a bid or ask about a piece, contact Linda Howard 801-328-8191 or lindarubyhoward@gmail.com

 

Painting for Charity II

I wrapped up the last of the images for an upcoming charity auction.  They have been well received.  Thank you for all the comments on Facebook and email.  While these three aren't for sale, I am planning on doing a series of them that will be for sale on my site so if you are interested stay tuned!

Charity images
Charity images

Painting for charity

I was approached to do a few small paintings for an auction to raise money for an art student scholarship.  When I have more details on the auction, I will post them, but in the meantime here are a couple shots of the paintings.

New piece! "Living Water"

  Woman at the well

 

“But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”

- John 4:14

 

In this account we hear Christ bear witness to the woman at the well that He is the way to exaltation.  Christ, the master teacher, uses imagery we can all relate to.  Who has not thirsted and felt that relief and satisfaction of drinking cool refreshing water?

I believe it is a common heritage of the human experience that we thirst for truth as well.  Just as physical water sustains and relieves our thirst, the water that Christ gives us, the Gospel, gives relief to our souls, heals our wounds and makes our burdens light.

Christ stands before not just the woman, but all mankind, and testifies that He is the Son of God.  If we would drink of the truths of the gospel, seek after Him and do His will, we will thirst no more, and those truths will lift us up unto eternal life with our Father in Heaven.

 

Prints will be available soon in the store!

   

A painting in progress - Blessed Art Thou

I recently had the chance to do a painting demonstration for a group.  I decided to revisit the image of Mary I previously painted.  I started out by drawing out the face, paying particular attention to the divisions between the lights and darks.  Click on any of the images for a larger version.

After getting the drawing down, I quickly ink the drawing.  Sometimes I use a brush and india ink.  In this case, I used a 01 Micron Pen.  Be sure that if you use a pen, it is a pigment based pen.  If you use something like a sharpie, dye based, it will make a mess of your oil paint, bleeding through.

At this point, I do a complete pass on the painting with raw umber, blocking everything in.  Because my lines are inked, I don't lose them, even with some scrubbing of the surface.  Now on to color.  Forgive the color shifts on the in progress shots.  I didn't color balance the in progress shots.

 

I try to complete the painting in a couple passes, laying in everything fairly rough first, and then the second pass, improving the accuracy and refining my edges.

And the final painting:

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