Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Spring Thaw

Spring Thaw
20" x 16"
Oil on Canvas

This is my rendition of Cynthia's place in Utah.  I was more interested in the sage in the mid-ground area and the pond in their driveway from the snow melting.  The painting will sit a couple of days so I can look at it with fresh eyes.  

Saturday, March 21, 2015

"Spring Thaw" Landscape Blocking In & Puppy Chatter

 Spring Thaw WIP
Blocking in Stage
20" x 16"
Oils on Stretched Canvas

It has been awhile since I've posted, but today I decided it was time to apply paint to canvas.  I have oils that have been getting dusty and it has been pure pleasure just to move the paint on the canvas.  I am trying to paint without using a medium but have to admit the paint is almost too stiff.  This painting is based on a photo by Cynthia from paintingfriends.com of the "pond" in their driveway.  What caught my attention was the beautiful colors in the photo, in the sage against the orangy color of the driveway pond.

The palette thus far consists of Permelba white, Mars Orange, Naples Yellow, Orange, Ultramarine Blue, Pthalo Blue, Purple, Flesh, Alizarin Crimson, and Cadmium Red

Next, is a photo of the latest addition to our household, adopted from Paws and Hooves Rescue.  Please meet Owain "Butch" MacGregor.  Butch is the name my brother-in-law, Robert, decided was right for the puppy.   He has all the puppy traits, mouthing, chewing, biting, playing hard, and the two other "P's" which I will leave to your imagination.  Lots of cleaning up and I'm trying very hard to keep my composure when he bites so hard because he doesn't realize it is me and not a chew toy.  Hopefully, this stage won't last long. 

Not sure how often I will be posting over the next couple of months as I will be going through daily radiation treatments for a small tumor that was malignant.  All positive thoughts, love and prayers will be greatly appreciated.  I have no doubt that these treatments will do the trick and that I'll come out clean as a brand new whistle.  I decided that Owain needed a home and I needed to take care of him, hence the adoption at this time.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Happy 2015


Wishing each of you a healthy, happy and prosperous 2015.  May you always know the joy of achievement, the art of loving and sharing, the sheer exuberance of being alive.

The above painting was given in a Christmas Card Exchange to Peg in Florida.  She was my Splash! roommate and was so enjoyable to be around.   Our Splash! get together is in August each year but is always subject to change, depending on everyone's schedule.  Such a great way to meet other artists and share our passion for painting. 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Taylor Finished?

I'm going to let this rest for a couple of days and look at it with fresh eyes.  I may do more to the shirt but I kind of like the texture.  This painting was photographed outside in the shade around 10:15 a.m.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Taylor, In Progress

 This acrylic painting of Taylor is painted on 300lb watercolor paper.  I still have to work on some values and her eyes.  There may be more definition needed with her mouth as well.  I think the shapes are fairly accurate and this looks like Taylor at a younger age.  Below are the two paintings side by side as they may be matted and framed this way.


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Taylor, 2nd Sketch

This is a younger version of Taylor and again, it isn't quite right, especially around the eyes.  Will keep trying until I get a sketch that I feel is paintable.  I'm close with this one as far as size and shape of the face.  I also like her hair in the reference photo and the way it came out here.  Now to get her eyes and mouth corrected so that the sketch looks like Taylor. 

Taylor Sketch Rework

I've been working on the original sketch of Taylor, modifying facial features.  It is beginning to look more like her but not quite there yet. 

Monday, October 06, 2014

Sketch of Taylor

To familiarize myself with my niece Taylor's features before painting, this started as a quick sketch but kept having to erase and redo.  Taylor is a lovely young lady with the cutest dimples and I want to do her justice.