Sunday, October 6, 2019

Baby - In Progress

Here's one I'm working on for my friend Paula....her dog Baby. Trying to keep it loose but at the same time, I want it to capture Baby's likeness so parts need to be tight. I'm trying to decide on the background color also. Most of the time I tone my canvases with burnt sienna before I paint on them. I like to see the background peek through the paint in areas because I think it adds vibrancy and unifies the piece. The other picture is my temp studio in my dad's building that will soon be leased. ...soooo nice having a large space like this!!😌

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Stella's Portrait

Reference Photo

Oil on Board

I painted Stella's portrait for my dear friend Cissy. Stella passed away a few months ago. I know Cissy misses her. 💓

Monday, June 24, 2019

Acrylic Sketch

New Song
9" x 12"
Acrylic on Canvas Board
I'm experimenting with loosening up a bit. I've been looking at the work of Nicolai Fechin...very inspiring... On this one, I started with a toned background and began drawing with a dark mixture. Trying not to get too tight but sometimes I don't know when to stop. I think I'll leave this one as a sketch because I like the feel of it. Maybe I'll do a bigger painting later.
This is my daughter and she is getting ready to go off to college - "sing a new song". :-)

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

An excerpt from Robert Henri's Book - The Art Spirit

Harden Not Your Heart
Acrylic on Canvas

“The work of the art student is no light matter. Few have the courage and stamina to see it through. You have to make up your mind to be alone in many ways. We like sympathy and we like to be in company. It is easier than going it alone. But alone one gets acquainted with himself, grows up and on, not stopping with the crowd. It costs to do this. If you succeed somewhat you may have to pay for it as well as enjoy it all your life.” 
― Robert Henri, The Art Spirit: Notes, Articles, Fragments of Letters and Talks to Students, Bearing on the Concept and Technique of Picture Making, the Study of Art

Monday, June 10, 2019

Garden Club

Garden Club
11" x 14"
Acrylic on Canvas Board

I couldn't resist painting this picture of these cute little elderly ladies. I can only imagine they're discussing what's blooming.