Monday, July 11, 2016

Three Pears

Posted on the Daily Paintworks fruit challenge.

                                             oil on linen board    8 by 10

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Workshop Day 2

Painting on second day, live model 3 1/2 hours. We rotated spots, but I still ended up with a profile. Hope to get in a 3/4 face view by workshops end.


Am lucky enough to be in a portrait workshop this week with Daniel Gerhartz, who not only makes gorgeous paintings, but is a wonderful teacher. This is my first days painting from the live model, 3 1/2 hours.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Mini Portrait 6

Not quite done but will post it in progress.

Mini Portrait 5

Mini Portrait 4

Mini Portrait 3

Mini Portrait 2

Mini Portrait 1

I did a series of small portraits to practice for an upcoming workshop. This is one of them.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Portrait of Harley

Just finished this portrait of Harley of the soulful eyes.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Portrait of Oriana

Have been working all month on a portrait of my oldest granddaughter. It's 24 by 36 so lifesize. This isn't the best photo of it, but I'll post this for now and replace it after I get a better one I plan to take in daylight. It's been really hard to photograph it without getting a lot of glare in the dark background even though it is not glazed and the finish is matte.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Dakota Outside - oil on linen, 12 by 16

Finally finished after a few corrections and touches.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Dakota Outside

Got the background in and just have finishing touches to do.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Dakota continued

Have been working mostly on the background and trying to decide how much detail to put into that brick. Don't want to overshadow Dakota, but she does look nice against a red background. Haven't done any more work on the dog, will leave that til after get most of the background the way I want it.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Dakota - First Wash

First wash in oils of Dakota and beginning to put in some background. Her favorite spot was sitting outside the house.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Dakota - Initial Sketch on Canvas

Below is the sketch on canvas for the painting of Dakota, transferred using a grid from a favorite photo provided by her owner. Sadly, this beautiful dog passed away several weeks ago, so I'll do the best I can to make this painting a lovely reminder. I sketched the eyes with more detail than I usually would because they were difficult to make out in the photo and I did what I could with Photoshop to clarify them and bring out some detail. Hopefully I haven't had to guess too much.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Laura Robb workshop day 2

Laura taught us how to paint red glass! This is definitely a challenge. I have a nice red ruby glass vase, pretty much identical to the one that Laura used for her demo. Added a pear just to have something else in there, and because of where I was standing, my composition isn't that great. But I was pretty happy with the way the glass came out.

Laura Robb workshop Day 1

Am down in New Harmony, Indiana taking a workshop from Laura Robb in still life painting. This is the first painting done on the first day of the workshop.

Laura really emphasized focusing on shapes and value. This was a departure for me, because I have a tendency to sketch everything in first, at least a little bit, on the canvas before I paint. Instead, we measured out a box on the canvas that would contain the focal point and blocked in the dark's first, then the lights, and then began to model the forms from there. I gave it a shot, and was pretty happy with the results.

Morning Daydreams

A second self-portrait that will also be in the show at Tall Grass Art Gallery.

Just woke up and contemplating the day.

Winter Scarf

I did this self-portrait with my favorite winter scarf for an upcoming show at the Tall Grass art gallery in Park Forest Illinois.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Finished Sketch

This is the finished charcoal sketch done on Strathmore toned gray paper. I decided to include the right hand and wrist after all and just a small part of the arm because her arm seemed to be distorted in the photo I had and the angle was awkward.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Sketch in Progress

Sketch I just started working on from a photo provided. Trying to decide if I want to include the hand and arm in the photo or try to fill in the part of the hair I can't see and leave it out.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Sketch on Toned Paper

Tried Strathmore tan toned sketching paper in life drawing today. Also got the gray toned which I will try soon. It does help you sketch faster, a good thing when drawing from life in a fairly short pose.

Thursday, October 31, 2013


This beautiful lady poses for a portrait painting/drawing group I attend and she wears the most wonderful head pieces and dresses. She also does fantastic hair arrangements. I'm hoping to do a series of paintings. I am able to get a good start from life, but since she usually holds one pose for about an hour, an hour and a half tops, I take a photo to finish up from. This one is 9 by 12, painted on board primed with gesso.

Fenced But Free

This 8 by 10 oil on linen was finished today and painted from a reference photo provided by photographer Lee A. Brown. Lee posts one of his beautiful photos monthly as a painting challenge and then posts the paintings that we email to him in a photo gallery on his website. Check them out at

Happy Yellow Pears

Getting back to fruit, I did this mostly with a palette knife with a few touch ups with a brush. This was purely practice as I have almost no experience with a palette knife, but have loved the look in other people's paintings. It was fun, sort of a cross between finger painting and frosting a cake - yes, I used my fingers too sometimes. Since I knew I was going to do that, I avoided cadmium yellows and used non-cadmium versions. Permanent yellows light and deep from Holbein and radiant lemon from Gamblin. Also think I have permanent orange from Holbein in there. I do have some cadmium reds and yellow light as well as cobalt blue. No fingers then unless I use gloves which I get by the box from the beauty supply shop.


Another ballerina. This is 6 by 12 oil on linen.

One of the paintings I did for the outdoor art fair. Dancers are fun to paint.