Thursday, April 30, 2015

Reading the Posting


8 x 6 Oil on Archival Board

I've been doing a lot of commissions lately and felt the need to paint this man once again; something totally different.  I painted him a while ago and have always loved his "Charlie Chaplin" look...  Really a silhouette.   It's always good to change things up every now and then.  Now I go back to the commissions with a new passion.  I really love doing them :-)   I consider this little painting a warm up.  Actually, each painting is a warm up to what's next...Right?!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Huddleston Chickens


8 x 10 Oil On Archival Board

On our way to see a small Community Supported Agriculture farm (CSA) in Huddleston, VA, we passed this wonderful barn.  It was a perfect rural scene complete with roaming chickens.  The scene actually spoke to me.  I could picture the painting that I was going to do.  That doesn't happen much.  No planning, no sketching...Just got right at it.  We joined the CSA, by the way.  We're looking forward to getting fresh organic vegetables, and in our little way helping to support the young family that works so hard to produce the finest vegetables, fruit, and flowers.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Tallulah and the Lilacs

8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

This is Tallulah (our Sproodle) checking out my first lilacs of the season.  I'm not sure if she was just enjoying the smell or planning on eating them...Either way, she was really interested in them.  This painting isn't as blue as it appears here.  Not sure why this color thing happened, but the background is much more subtle.  I will try to take another photo of it and re-post at some point.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Bradley, Older and Wiser

8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

Here is Bradley as he is now...older and so much wiser.  His coloring appears to have changed from his puppy stage...But then again so has mine :-)  Simply put, he is the cutest!  Thank you once again to Bradley's family for this opportunity.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Bradley at One Year

8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

This is one of two commissioned pieces I was asked to do to depict Bradley as a young pup and as an older, more mature dog.  That face and the tilt of his head says it all.  It doesn't get much cuter than that!  Thanks to Bradley's family for the opportunity to paint him.  I really enjoyed it :-)

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Old Gardening Shed

8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

A weathered gardening shed that would not have been very interesting to me if not for the beautiful flowers in the foreground.  A departure from the commissions that I have been doing and really enjoyable to paint!  Now, back to the commissions for a bit.

Monday, April 6, 2015

CHAIR-ITY - "Lap Dance"

Well....It's Done!  Here's my painted chair for the "Chair-ity" event for art education in Bedford, VA.  I delivered it on Saturday and it is called "Lap Dance."  The figure is Modigliani's "Count Weilhorski" and because of his straight-laced, kind of Puritan look, I thought he'd make a good "seat."  Each participant picked out an unpainted chair and used their artistic flair to decorate it.  I've seen a number of them now, and they are all so wonderful and different.  That's the great thing about this event.  So many artists...So many different perspectives; and of course, the charity itself!  I was a little intimidated at the start, but once I got into it I loved it!  I will let you know the date of the auction as soon as it's finalized.  It is in May, and will be a wonderful event.

I have to thank my wonderful friends, Jim and Gloria Chandler for their help with the process.  I made my plan and sketched out the Count, and Jim used his carpentry tools to cut him out for me so I could paint him.  I so appreciate the time they both took and the fact that they let me leave sawdust on their living room floor. 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Funny Bunny

8 x 8 Oil On Gessobord

Oh, the humiliation!!  They sit me down, put these ears on me as if I don't have big enough ones as is, and say "smile."  Well, this is about as happy as I get under these circumstances. 

Happy Easter everyone, and thanks so much for all your interest in my artwork!  You make it all the more worthwhile!