Friday, September 30, 2016

"In Your Face" Oil Sketch

8 x 8 Oil Sketch


I was beginning to sketch in this woman, stepped back to get a better perspective, and decided to stop where I was.  I really liked the effect here.  It seemed to say all I wanted to about her. 

Monday, September 26, 2016

Woman with a Cane

9 x 6 Oil on Archival Board

I generally paint from my photographs, but every now and then my relatives or friends take a picture they think I would be interested in painting.  Even using photos, I have to feel that I can give the subject some life...some movement, or I feel my painting has failed.  That goes for landscapes as well as figurative work, at least for me.  This Italian woman caught my cousin's eye and she thought of me.  How lucky I feel to have people on the look out for quirky characters and places for me :-)

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Blue Eyes

10 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

Number 3 in my series "In Your Face".  I was really painting this lovely woman's expression.  Slightly quizzical as she was trying to make a point.  That knitted brow...What fun to paint!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Woman in a Purple Hat

10 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

Continuing on with my "In Your Face" series, this is the second.  This was a challenge due to the bright light hitting the woman's face and the shadows.  I painted and wiped it off a few times before I was satisfied with the outcome.  My favorite part...Her chin.  Everyone keeps reminding me that a few years ago I insisted that I would never do a face because of the difficulty.  I pretty much only painted people from the back....

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Getting Your Feet Wet

30 x 40 Oil on Stretched Canvas

Finally finished, and a good experience.  "Getting Your Feet Wet" has two meanings here.  My first really big oil painting, and since I've completed this I'm ready for another...and then there's the obvious meaning.  Meanwhile I'm working on my series "In Your Face."  The most wonderful thing about this thing called painting and creating is what's next.  That moment when your mind starts working on the next project.  I'm so very thankful :-) 

Sunday, September 11, 2016

In Your Face #1

10 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

I enjoyed doing this so much, I think I'm going to do a series. I've painted this man before a few times and just keep getting drawn back to his wise and worn face. Is it sadness?...maybe...or just the passage of time. Whatever it is, I keep wanting to get closer. So...Number 1 of my series "In Your Face".

Monday, September 5, 2016

Woman at Rest

7 x 5 Oil on Archival Board


People watching is my thing.  No doubt about it!  Painting them is my idea of heaven.  A study of a woman at rest.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Tallulah and Her Shadow

6 x 12 Oil on Archival Board

Today is Tallulah's 5th birthday and this is her official portrait, kind of like Queen Elizabeth's official portrait on her milestone birthdays....She would be a very happy dog today, except we had thunder and lightning all night so she (and we) didn't get much sleep.  I loved her seahorse shadow on her bed :-)  Happy Birthday, Lula!!