Sunday, May 22, 2016

Bear Creek

I stopped by my favorite "home waters" trout stream to do a little plein air painting and came out with this.  I entered this 12"x12" oil on board into the 2015 Colorado Plein Air juried competition and was accepted!  It showed in the Denver Downtown Library last year.  Lots of impasto which I love.  I must fish this hole as soon as I can since I know that the big troutsky lives there!  $700 + shipping.  I have a custom antiqued gold frame that looks spectacular on it.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Delaney and Siamese

A sweet little girl and a Siamese cat painting.  oil on canvas 16"x20". Such a fun painting of a neighborhood kid and a cat taken from a reference photo that I shot.  The interesting composition along with the loose brushstrokes makes this a favorite picture of mine.  NFS

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Queen's Portrait

Have you ever used Maroger? Do you paint on slick wooden panels? Have you been instructed to make brushstrokes?  This painting was an experiment in all of these areas and I was exhausted in trying to keep in mind all of those ideas.  Nonetheless, I enjoyed the experience and the model was so good to work with.  Yes, an artist and a model have a unique connection and there is a balance in every portrait--model and artist.  Oil on panel, 16"x12", $600 framed.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Brock Holding Umbrella

I tried to convey the light filtering through trees and striking the umbrella after a rain storm. Oil on canvas. NFS 20"x16"

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Water Pitcher and Paint Tubes

I wanted to do something a little more artsy so I used some art materials in the composition! The pitcher was such fun with all of the modeling and reflected lights, core shadow, etc.  This is a smallish painting, 9"x12" oil on canvas and would look nice in a dining room, kitchen or study.  Thanks for viewing and leave me a comment please on this or any other art piece--I am still trying to figure out what folks like.  Pretty soon though I will be choosing subject matter that I wish to do for my own satisfaction....hmm, really that is what we as artists should do anyways, yes?

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Uninstructed Long Pose

This portrait study was from a live model during a long pose figure class--3 hour pose. The model was so sweet and the class atmosphere was perfect. I enjoy painting portraits and figures. 20"x16" oil on canvas, $200.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Toni's Dad

A portrait of Toni's Dad done in oil on canvas with thick impasto. I love doing portraits like this and really have not done enough!  His ruddy complexion changes according to the light that falls on this painting--late day or sunsets causes a reddish glow, midday northern light brightens up the skin tones--really interesting to see how the skin tones vary with the light! 20"x16" oil on canvas, NFS.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Indian Portrait

A vine charcoal portrait drawing of an Indian.  I used a historical photograph as reference material and emphasized his features that interested me most.  20"x16" vine charcoal. NFS

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Honey Crisp and Spatula

I enjoyed studying the white fabric which looks especially realistic against the dark background.  In person, the fabric looks like it jumps off the canvas.  The apple was fun and painting fruits and vegetables is always a challenge and is satisfying.