Paintings by Ethan Cranke

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Monday, November 9, 2009

Something a little different...

"She Yielded With A Quiver That Was Like Death"
19 inches x 22 inches
Oil on Bristol
Prepped w/P.V.A Size and Gesso

In between on-going projects, I decided to "let go" and do some action painting. Here is one of the results...

Friday, October 23, 2009

Friday, October 16, 2009

Giving Credit Where It's Due

All photos, including my avatar portrait, were taken by Fredrik Reiz. He does a wonderful job, is very easy to work with, uses top of the line equipment, and is available for commissions. Drop me a line, if you'd like to hire him.

More plein air and interior oil sketches from 2009

"Apples on the Branch"
4 inches x 5 inches
Oil Sketch on Masonite
Prepped w/P.V.A size and Gesso

"Summer Blossoms III"
Oil Sketch on Masonite
Prepped w/ P.V.A siz and Gesso

"Summer Blossoms II"
4.5 inches x 5.5 inches
Oil Sketch on Masonite
Prepped w/P.V.A size and Gesso

"Summer Blossoms"
4.5 inches x 5.5 inches
Oil Sketch on Masonite
Prepped w/ P.V.A size and Gesso

"Rock Formations at Shell Beach"
3.5 inches x 4.5 inches
Oil Sketch on Solid Oak Panel
Prepped w/P.V.A size and Lead Ground

More Plein air oil sketches from 2009

Oil Sketch of the Laguna II
4 inches x 5 inches
Oil on Bristol, P.V.A and Gesso

Oil Sketch of the Laguna
4 inches x 5 inches
Oil on Bristol, P.V.A size and Gesso

"Goodbye Summer"

"Goodbye Summer"
48 inches x 60 inches (121.92cms x 152.4cms)
Oil on Stretched Canvas

(Detail "Goodbye Summer")

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Today's (9/30/09) Oil Sketch

"Little Black Bird"
3 inches x 4 inches (76.2mm x 101.6mm)
Oil on Solid Oak, Prepped w/ P.V.A and Lead Ground

Ecstatically overwhelmed by the newly arrived colors and smells of Autumn, I opted to perch one of my stuffed birds amongst some branches, outside of my studio; so that I could sit and enjoy the entirety of what this gorgeous morning had to offer. I apologize for the glare, this one ended up being quite thickly painted and is still very wet. I will post a better pic, after it has had a few days to dry. Cheers.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Today's (9/28/09) Oil Sketch

"Luminescent Reminiscence"
20 inches x 24 inches (508mm x 609.6mm)
Oil Sketch On Stretched Canvas, Prepped w/P.V.A and Gesso
Last night, I had a dream that was completely silent, and very reminiscent of a harbor in Sausalito. This oil sketch is loosely based on that dream.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Sunday's (9/20/09) Oil Sketch

"Stream of Consciousness"
19 inches x 22 inches
Oil sketch on Bristol
Prepped with P.V.A. and old-fashioned Gesso

This was my morning oil sketch from the day before I started the blog. Mind/dreamscape, I often have no idea what these are going to look like until they are finished. I only plan out what sort of palette I want to work with, and choose whether I want the composition to be vertical or horizontal; from there, I move forward in an "ad-lib" fashion.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Today's (9/21/09) Oil Sketch

I try to do these at "lightning speed," primarily using large size brushes, through out the duration of the painting. It's a good way to wake up/warm up, and get the day's work rolling.
19 inches x 22 inches