Monday, December 29, 2014

Vintage 1960's Painting

I take great pride in painting from my own photographs, but there are times when I come across photos that I enjoy so much that I just want to paint them. These paintings aren't listed for sale, and are often practice pieces that typically end up hanging on my own wall. This is one such painting. I also wanted to document my progress--I do this often, but usually forget to continue photographing about half way through.

Photograph by Richard Avedon 1968

10x10" on gallery wrapped canvas

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Golden Dome of Notre Dame 2

A woman contacted me via email regarding a painting I had done over a year ago of the golden dome of Notre Dame she had found online. She was interested in having a similar painting done for her daughter who will be graduating in May. It was a very challenging painting for me the first time around! However enough time had passed that I was curious of how I might progress--I think I did pretty well!

11x14 on museum quality panel

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Macy the English Sheepdog

It is so interesting to hear about artists and their preferences regarding phases of paintings. I am definitely someone who loves the beginning when things are just taking shape and then the end when it all comes together. The messy middle phase always freaks me out a little!

Macy was done as a Christmas commission gifted early. She was started with brush and I had a great soft look going, but in the end the need for thick and shiny won out. On live the palette knife! :)

8x10 on 1/8" museum quality panel

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A Muse

I remember spending a lot of time at my paternal grandparents house when I was younger. My grandma was everything--sweet, patient, kind... So many memories of her and her home. My aunt sent me some pictures of her years ago, and I came across them again recently. This one, with the pose and the peep-toe shoes, was perfection.

8x10 on 1/8" museum quality panel

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Tinsel Times Three

The past few paintings have been done using brush and palette knife. For some reason I had rules for myself before--only palette knife on this one, let me try brush on this one... Not sure why. I'm learning more about the elements I like of each, so why not use them together??

And here is my first attempt at painting Christmas ornaments. More to come hopefully!

6x6 on 1/8" museum quality panel