Tuesday, July 18, 2017

All Hallow's Eve


"All Hallow's Eve"
12" x 24" oil on panel

I am painting pieces for an art show in October of this 
year. When a show is several months away it's helpful to 
think ahead about what the season will be 
and then create appropriate works. 

"Life As I See It" is the theme of my show and what's more 
fun than a mysterious jack-o-lantern painting for October?













Silver Creamer


"Silver Creamer"
9" x 11" oil on panel

Gosh, I just realized that I never did post this artwork on my 
blog...so here it is! This is a silver creamer that my 
mother owned and used occasionally. I have fond memories
of Sunday dinners with the crystal and china.


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Summer Garden Art


My children gave me a stepping stone kit for Mother's Day.

Instead of making one giant stepping stone
I decided to make three smaller tiles to go under
the hose bib in my garden. The perfect spot
for me to stand when turning the faucet on and off.

Art is where you find it!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Cracked!


"Cracked"
8" x 8" oil on panel

My friend, Dean, keeps chickens in a coop at his office 
(in his beautiful French garden). He recently took two dozen 
of the eggs and blew the contents out so that I could 
store them in my studio without spoilage. Now, I can 
use the eggs in my still life work for many years to come. 

To thank him I painted 
this small painting of two eggs.

Fun fact: When I set up this still life I actually went 
through six eggs. When some eggs were cracked their 
yolks broke and I stopped to wipe up the mess. 

Once, when I cracked an egg I had my camera 
on the tripod. As I walked back to look through the lens 
I saw the egg slide off the table onto the floor. 
I tried again but then I noticed that the table wasn't level.

I placed a shim under one table leg and tried again. 
I focused the image in my lens and went to click 
the shutter when I noticed the the egg was 
no longer in the frame! Ha-ha! 

And so it went...

Simple painting - YES!  Simple set up? Nope.

Friday, May 26, 2017

My New Website Has a Store!

I have a new website! It has a fresher, cleaner 
look and is easy to use. It allows me 
to participate in online auctions to sell my work
and it has has a store (note card tab). Yay!

I have been wanting to sell affordable prints of my work 
and also make note cards available for purchase. 

The prints are not set up yet but the 
note cards are visible.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Day of the Dead


"Day of the Dead"
36" x 36" oil on canvas




























Amber wanted an artwork to go in her master 
bedroom to match her comforter.
















I didn't want to match the comforter design exactly, so I chose 
something that would compliment her room. The floors of her 
home are a turquoise color with yellow, purple and green accent 
walls.

Yes, She is an artist!


























After toning the canvas with a transition of turquoise, 
I drew in the major shapes.


























I began blocking in the major color masses and started 
to rough in the major structure of her face.


























After tuning the major shapes and color masses, I had fun 
working the details of her face paint, moving her ponytail over, 
outlining the white borders of the background flowers and 
finishing the roses in her hair.


























The finishing touch was to take my palette knife and distress 
the background so that it wouldn't compete with the figure. 
I scraped and added texture to give the painting some depth.

Completely fun!!!












Saturday, April 15, 2017

Stacked!


"Stacked"
11" x 10" oil on panel

This was panel #1 of a three-part series for
the Art Access Gallery's  "300 Plates Show."