I've been painting in small format lately, to maximize my time v. production ratio, and also because small can be better sometimes for "viewing fun".
Two oil sketches are shown here-- both depict men-at-arms seated, but with altogether different expressions.
One image is of an Afghan National Police man sitting, smiling (he was greeting a Marine patrol as it returned to the Police station near Garmsir).
The other image is of a Marine sitting, exhaused, after some good, hard live-fire training in the heat of the Mojave Desert.
I enjoyed creating both paintings, as they show emotion, and the format allowed me to be expressive with the paint application, working quickly and wet-on-wet to achieve a bit of intensity in the form, to accent the emotion of the subject.
I am a fine artist and illustrator in the Classical Realist school, inspired by the masters of art history as I sketch and paint the world around me.
"The warrior and the artist live by the same code of necessity, which dictates that the battle must be fought anew every day.”
― Steven Pressfield