Thursday, December 21, 2017

Nude with Red Scarf

Painted this on Senso linen for the mostly gray challenge on Daily Paintworks. Based on one of my figure drawings. 10 by 20.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Nude 2

Another painting from a figure drawing.

                                                Oil on Arches oil painting paper 14 by 11

Nude 1

Creating some paintings from my figure drawings.

                                                      Oil on Arches oil painting paper 11 by 14

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Red Roses

Oil on linen, 10 by 10. I put every shade of red on my palette that I found in my paint drawer from cadmium scarlet through magenta and used most of them. No white mixed in, I tried a touch of naples yellow for the lightest parts.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Portrait of Romy

                                                                oil on linen 10 by 10
This is a portrait of my daughter's darling dog Romy. We lost him a few months ago to kidney disease at the age of eight, and we all miss him terribly. Of course I have done a little portrait of him for myself as well.

Jo and Me

                                                               oil on linen 16 by 20
This is from a snapshot I had of my daughter and me when she was about three. This was prior to digital cameras and the photo was crumbling, so I decided I had to use it for a painting reference before it deteriorated completely.

Standing Figure

          Conte crayon on paper. One of my favorite figure drawings done in my weekly drawing group from live models. Someone else like it too so it has been sold.

Baileys and Grapes

                                                                  oil on linen 9 by 12
This was done for the weekly challenge posted by my wonderful artist friend Ann Feldman.

White Glads

                                                               oil on linen 9 by 12
                      Painted at a workshop with the wonderful Laura Robb, finished at home.

White Roses

                                                                oil on linen 12 by 12

Red Glass Vase

                                                                  oil on linen 9 by 12

Cookie Jar Flowers

                                                                 oil on linen 8 by 10

Mums in a Pitcher

                                                               oil on linen 8 by 10

Yellow Mums in Glass

                                                                    oil on linen 9 by 12


                                                          oil on cradled board 16 by 16

                        More flower practice. This one was done entirely with a palette knife.
                        On display at the Tall Grass Gallery in Park Forest, Ill until January 2018.

Peachy Roses

                                                                 oil on linen 8 by 10

                Doing a series of flower paintings. Have been finding some bargains at Whole Foods.

Angel O

                                                                 oil on linen 24 by 24
                                             My oldest granddaughter posed for this for me.

Motorcycle Man

                                                              oil on canvas 24 by 30

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.