Larry Hamilton - Fine Artist

Larry Hamilton

Fishers, IN - United States








Larry Hamilton

Fishers, IN - United States

Larry Hamilton - Fine Artist

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About Larry Hamilton

My interest in fine art goes back many years to a couple of basic oil painting class I took in Crown Point, Indiana, in 1976. I became very interested in oils, created many paintings, sold a few, but gave most away as gifts to family and friends.

Because of increasing job responsibilities, and the need to get an advanced degree, I slowed down and even stopped painting for many years. In 1994, my interest in oils was rekindled after viewing some PBS television broadcasts of a well-known painter named Bob Ross. The technique he used and tools were much simpler and faster than what I remembered about oil painting many years ago, so I took up the methods and style of Bob Ross to see how they worked. Bob Ross had an untimely death in 1995 but his work and PBS television shows live on. All of the tools and paints he invented are widely available through many art dealers. I currently am teaching the Bob Ross style to many of my neighbors in our local community and have a group of beginning artists who enjoy the activity and process of creating something beautiful from a white piece of canvas in about four hours.

In 1995 my interest in watercolors developed, primarily because the medium was less toxic and easier to clean up and use. However watercolor painting is much tougher to control and is less forgiving than oils. I began by attending a watercolor workshop with a well-known watercolor painter named Tony Couch. His focus on design and creating 'symbols' in watercolor got me hooked on this medium. I really like the look of his water colors. His style is to paint wet-into wet, which is also difficult to control, but some of the effects are fantastic.

I have continued my watercolor training with other well know watercolor artists, Tom Lynch, Tony van Hasselt, Ron Ranson and have even taken a second and third workshop with Tony Couch. Most recently I have been learning the style of Sterling Edwards, a very successful artist and teacher from North Carolina.

In 2011 I started teaching a basic watercolor class to members of our community using the techniques of Tony Couch. I have been given the rights to use all the paintings from one of Tony’s out-of-print books as the basis for the class, so now I have a growing number of watercolor artists who are enjoying this medium as well.

I am mostly retired now and have considerably more time to devote to painting. Working in both oil and watercolor gives me great pleasure and satisfaction.

Larry Hamilton
July 2013.

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Winter Country Bridge

January 27th, 2013

This painting was used as the model for the December 19, 2012 Oil Painting Class. 

Winter on the Farm - Watercolor

January 27th, 2013

This painting was completed as the model for a watercolor open studio that I conducted in November 2012. My students wanted to have a watercolor class in November in addition to the oil painting class. So this is the painting that I came up with.  

California Mission

January 27th, 2013

This is the painting that my Oil Painting Class used as a model for the November 14, 2012 class. 

Hard Rock Falls

October 10th, 2012

This is the model painting I will use for teaching my Oil Painting Class on October 17, 2012. I worked hard to try to get the misty water effects above the falls and around the trees in the middle ground.  

Winter Morning

September 3rd, 2012

This is a quick study I completed to try out the Sterling Edwards watercolor brushes and the Maimeri Blu transparent watercolors. I completed this study in about 15 minutes. 

Peggys Cove - Nova Scotia

September 3rd, 2012

This is a watercolor painting I have created from one of about 700 photos I purchased that I can paint royalty free. Peggy's Cove is in Nova Scotia. 

California Mission

September 3rd, 2012

This is a watercolor of an old set of buildings that I tried to improve by making them look like they might have looked originally. Tha painting is one I have created after watching the Johannes Vloothuis On-Line Workshops over the last few weeks. 

Colorado Morning

July 29th, 2012

This is a watercolor study I completed in preparation for my September oil painting class. We will do this painting in oils in that class. 

Tampa Sunrise

July 29th, 2012

This is a painting of a photo my nephew sent me from a sunrise he photographed in Tampa, Florida earlier this year. 

Little Studio - Montana

July 29th, 2012

This is a study of a small studio that was located behind a cabin we stayed in near Stevensville, Montana in June 2012. The Bitterroot mountan range is in the distance. 

Watercolor Head Study

July 29th, 2012

This is a watercolor head study of a painting I will also try to paint in oil later this month. This painting is my first attempt to do a watercolor portrait 

Marsh Harbor

May 10th, 2012

This is a copy of a Tony Couch Painting that I plan to use as a demonstration for the watercolor class I will teach in June. This may be a little too challenging for the students in the class, but I have a few students who have a little more experien... 

Barns and Shadows

May 7th, 2012

This watercolor on 140# paper is a copy of a painting of one of my favorite watercolor painters - Tony Couch. Tony has given me the right to use paintings from one of his out-of-print books to use for a watercolor class I am teaching in our community... 

Still Life

May 6th, 2012

This is a copy of a still life by one of my favorite Still Life painters Qiang Huang. I will use this painting to introduce my May 2012 oil painting class to still lifes for the first time. This is painted on a 6" X 6" canvas panel. I will challenge ... 

Georgian Bay Sunset

May 5th, 2012

This is a painting of the beautiful Georgian Bay area in Ontario Canada. I will use this painting as the painting everyone will paint in our next Oil Painting Class for May. 

Dogwood and Lavender Forest

April 10th, 2012

This is the painting our April 2012 Oil Painting class will tackle. It reminds me of a the bright colors that have appeard in the forest areas this spring. 

This is a painting we will complete in our March Oil Painting Class. It is similar to many scenes I saw as we were riding on the bus in Denali Park Alaska last summer. The trees are small Sitka Spruce the stat tree of Alaska. Because of the severe co... 

Barns Along the Road

February 13th, 2012

This is a painting we will try in our February oil painting class. One of the painters in the group took several photos of barns while traveling in South Carolina during October last year. One barn had a uniqe roofline that I have tried to capture in... 

Still Life - January 8

January 8th, 2012

This is a 9" X 12" Still Life I completed in oil today. Using a still life photo from a painter named Qiang Huang, I tried to duplicate this work as closely as possible.  

California Seascape

January 7th, 2012

This is the painting that I will demonstrate in the January Oil Painting class that I teach. Each student will complete their version of this painting in about 4 hours. 

Michigan Home in Winter

December 19th, 2011

This is a commission painting I completed for a client who wanted a watercolor of their original home in Lansing, Michigan for one of her daughters. This painting is 9" X 12" on 140# Cold Press Arches watercolor paper. The challenge was keepin... 

Another Portrait Attempt

December 6th, 2011

This is a copy of a painting that Qiang Huang completed of a model in Beijing China. I try to get the proportions and likeness correct even though I changed a few of the colors. Painting head studies is a real challenge, but I continue to work on the... 

This painting will be used for my next oil painting class for our community. We will work on mountains and trees. This painting is on 11"X14" canvas. Each student will complete this painting in about four hours. ..Should be fun. 

Here is an update of the first portrait I did of Faith. The first painting shows the face too long, so by using a computer graphics paint program I was able to "lasso" the mouth and chin below the nose and move it up about a half an inch which made t... 

I still had some oil paint left on my palette so I tried another small-format landscape. This is on a 6" X 6" canvas. I think it turned out ok. These small canvas paintings can be completed fairly quickly.  

Still Life - 2

November 11th, 2011

I hate to waste or throw away paint when I am finished with a painting. So I did a small still life (6" X 6") in oil from left over paint form one of my recent painting sessions. This is a copy of a still fife from a painter named Qiang Huang who ... 

THis is the second attempt to paint this model in oils. The last attempt was pretty pathetic, but it was my first ever attempt to paint a portrait of someone. I think this one is better but it is not htere yet. I may have to do this again to see i... 

THis is my first attempt to paint a still life in oils. I have found a wonderful painter who specializes in still lifes and have tried to copy one of his recent works here. His name is Qiang Huang (prononced Chong Wong). I really like his style. He a... 


November 6th, 2011

I am going to start posting comments and new artwork on this blog, if it is possible to post works in progress, or works that I am just learning how to do. For example, I have just recently started to paint floral still lifes. I have never painted...