Comics legend Bernie Wrightson passed away this weekend. His impact on the comic book world and horror comics cannot be overstated. Anyone growing up reading comics and especially things like the old Warren comics will be familiar with his work. He was co-creator of Swamp Thing for DC along with writer Len Wein and had a long award-winning career.
In 1975 Wrightson was a co-founder of the studio with artists Jeff Jones, Michael Kaluta and Barry Windsor-Smith. Wrightson worked outside of the comics industry too, producing posters and calendars, working as a concept artist for films like The Thing, Cycle of the Werewolf, and The Mist and illustrating books and album covers.
One of his crowning achievements was a graphic novel version of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Wrightson spent seven years creating the fifty pen and ink images for the book. Wrightson’s work on the project is reminiscent of other pen and ink greats of the early 20th century like Franklin Booth and Joseph Clement Coll.
Wrightson was one of those artists that helped kindle my early love of art. The work he and the other artists of the Studio did for comics was always a cut above their contemporaries. He will be missed.
On Wednesday, April 5th I will start and finish a painting for George Mason Students again at The Clifton Institute. The demo is not open to the public but I will take process shots and post them in a later blog article. These are some of my paintings from past years.
20 x 24 oil
24 x 30 oil
24 x 18 oil
18 x 24 oil
Saturday, April 29th I will be painting at the Inn at Little Washington from 10 AM to 3 PM as part of the Town of Washington Historic Garden Club Tour Events. There will be a silent auction starting at 5 PM that evening. You must purchase tickets to attend the auction.
Wine Tasting at Tula’s Off Main from
3:30 to 5:30 p.m. followed by local
Plein Air Artists’ Silent Auction at 5:30 p.m.
One of my favorite times of the year is finally here. Spring is slowly taking hold again which means it’s time for bluebells. They only last a few days in early spring so if you live in Virginia get out and see them while you can. Today was a beautiful day with temps in the 70’s. I went to one of my favorite bluebell spots The bridge at Bull Run in the Manassas Battlefield. This year did not disappoint.
I set up and decided to try a 16 x 20 canvas. A little large for the angle of the light and subject but it’s good to push yourself in the field.
After deciding on my subject I started to draw the landmarks with a big brush.
Next, I quickly blocked in the large flat poster shapes for my background middle and foreground locking in the lights and shadows for the image.
Working all over the canvas I started to pick out important details and add them to the mix.
I established my darks and strengthened my color in the places I thought it needed more emphasis.
I weave in colors to give the impression of branches and leaves and refine more of my shapes.
I continue to refine shapes color and edges.
The finished painting Bull Run Spring 16 x 20 oil. Total painting time 3 hours.
by Armand Cabrera
The time for the Garden Tour is almost here. Saturday, April 29th I will be painting at the Inn at Little Washington from 10 AM to 3 PM as part of the Town of Washington Historic Garden Club Tour Events. There will be a silent auction starting at 5 PM that evening. You must purchase tickets to attend the auction.
Wine Tasting at Tula’s Off Main from
3:30 to 5:30 PM followed by local
Plein Air Artists’ Silent Auction at 5:30 PM
I will be set up and be painting by 10 AM somewhere near the Inn itself either looking at the entrance or in the back in the herb garden. Depending on the weather and light I should be able to finish two paintings in the allotted time frame. If you can’t make the morning painting you will still have a chance to see me painting in the afternoon until 3 PM.
Some past paintings I’ve made on the grounds of the Inn and you can see a number of my paintings of Virginia and the Piedmont at the Shops at the Inn right next to the post Office.
Koi 10 x 8
Late Day Shadows 12 x 9
The Herb Garden 12 x 16
Gamekeepers Cottage morning 9 x 12
By Armand Cabrera
The Washington, VA garden tour auction was a success with all of the paintings selling for the artists involved. I started at 10 am and finished by 3 pm and did two 9x 12 paintings on Saturday. Even though the weather was in the low 90’s that day, turnout for the tour was high. I talked to quite a few people and everyone was happy there were artists involved in the tour this year and the paintings were being sold.
people while I was painting.