I am pleased I was able to update this extremely trying illustration I did a few years back, in order to make it work for this project. Also the drawings for a 14-page commemorative coloring book, on which I've spent the past month.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Sunday, August 7, 2016
acrylic gel texture and oil on wood cut-out--about 20x16"
This is my dog art entry for Rocklin's Woofstock dog festival, August 26-28th. It will be displayed around town and auctioned at the event, with proceeds benefiting local dog rescue organizations. The city supplied the wood cut-out. I adjusted the shape of the head with some gator board and painted it.
Made a 6-hr round trip to hang 22 paintings in Salinas Thursday-Friday and did this piece yesterday and today--my swan song for the time being. I have some household chores to finish this week, including a bathroom I'm painting with diamond shapes, then begin my one-year paralegal training program on August 17th. See you in court.
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
12 in. x 12 in. oil on canvasOne more auction before I head off to my out-of-town gallery show for a night, then return and start paralegal certification classes next week. Looking at my little studio and all the supplies, I have mixed feelings and some nostalgia, maybe even grief--but no desire to jump into another painting yet. I think I still prefer "having painted" to actually painting.
Saturday, July 23, 2016
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
The Daily Paintworks Portrait Challenge (click to see entries)
8 in x 8 in. oil on panel
This is not something I would have thought of painting if not for the challenge. I still often do best with an assignment.
I did not get all worked up about the Cincinnati zoo's recent killing of the gorilla to save a kid, but I find the confinement and exhibition of most primates disturbing.
Saturday, July 9, 2016
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Sunday, July 3, 2016
Thursday, June 30, 2016
6 in. x 6 in. oil on panel--SOLD
In preparation for being the "Spotlight" artist on Daily Paintworks, this is the first of some small paintings I am saving to post during my week on the featured artist page. It's a slow time of year, so no apologies for reaching back into my photo cache for some realism and "pop."
Monday, June 27, 2016
6 in. x 6 in. oil on canvas
My old research habits kick in when I start thinking about titling and describing a painting. This time they led me to find the species of chipmunks in the Tahoe area and then some information about the doctor whose name they bear--a pretty prolific scientist.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
6 in. x 6 in. oil on canvas
"Cria" is the name for a baby camelid, such as a llama. Ages ago, while on a break from college and before art school, I spent several months tightly rendering charcoal "portraits" of horses and dogs. Horse shows were a great market, and I was super busy for the two months before Christmas of whatever-year-that-was. After that I never wanted to draw or paint animal portraits again. An occasional creature is OK, as long as it doesn't have to look exactly like somebody's pet.
Sunday, June 19, 2016
8 in. x 8 in. oil on canvas
I was at Lake Tahoe with some other painters the week before last. I am not much of a plein air person to begin with and was fighting a cold to boot; so painting out on the pier was a stretch. The one above is a studio re-do of my original effort posted below. Actually I think each has some qualities the other lacks.
Saturday, June 4, 2016
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
6 in. x 6 in. oil on canvas/MDF panel
I am trying to rely less on the colors in my subject or reference photos (a little) and more on my own internal color sense. With that in mind, I reworked this painting shortly before last month's open studio, making it essentially a new one.