On this venture of mine I plan to do a number of things. To post paintings which are for sale...to post a daily painting...and show some works in progress( demos). The art will be in Oils with an Acrylic sneaking in now and then.
Oil on 24x36 stretched canvas. This is an update on the painting called "Spirit". Here is the painting after the first "lay in". The entire canvas has been covered with paint. In this particular case, most of my first color mixes are pretty well how the final needs to be. I think this was made possible through doing so many small paintings for this blog the past year... I feel that my eyes are a little keener at mixing values and color. The background should be a very close match to that of the "Miejek" painting...the foliage has been re-invented so that it appears that Spirit is standing in a slightly different spot on the same shoreline. I sent this jpg to Mitch and Jeffyne, the gracious couple for whom this painting is being done. They emailed back their suggestions and I had another round of painting to do. Stay tuned...more to come.
This work in progress will demonstrate my technique on a commissioned painting. This beautiful collie's name was Spirit. She belonged to two super folks in Santa Barbara, Ca. I did a painting for them in Dec. 2006( it was of another much beloved dog named Miejek). Sadly, both dogs have passed away. See Miejek here. I will change the background on Spirit's photo to match the seascape and lavender ice-plant in Miejek's painting. Above is the first step...a sketch approx. 6x8 sent for approval.
After the sketch was ok'd, I put the drawing on a 24x36 stretched canvas. The canvas is toned with various reds in acrylic. This eliminates the white making it easier to see the true values in the painting to come. Also the underlying red affects the paint on top of it by warming thinner passages....plus, any small "holes" or missed spots will show up as red thus harmonizing and energizing the painting. Stay tuned...there will be more to come.
Oil on 5x7 archival canvas panel. The jpg for this painting was supplied by Dominic for this week's WDE on Wet Canvas. This snow scene was quite a bit of fun to do. It was enjoyable to smoosh in the snowdrifts with juicy paint...watching all the ridges and details magically form on canvas. Hope ya like it! Unavailable Email me
My Etsy Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagles." ~ Psalms 103:2-5
Oil on 5x7 archival canvas panel. I have mixed feelings about this painting. At the moment, I feel there's room for a ton of improvement. Yet on the other hand, I feel it's completely successful....I think it needs to be understated and a monochromatic blue in order to put the mist across...I have seen similar scenes in person and I'm always taken by the mystical quality...how a deer will suddenly appear as if by magic and you have to blink to make sure your eyes aren't playing tricks on you...your heart pounds...there's a definite excitement. Maybe that's where I feel a little let down....there's a lack of excitement in the painting. Available Email me to inquire about purchasing
Oil on 7x5 archival canvas panel. This lion painting was originally posted at the start of last year....Jan.20th, 07. I just pulled him from his lair on the shelf where he had rested for a year....added more paint and thoughtful color to him....and said, "time to go out and leave the nest". Although I feel a little guilty for my 'tough love' approach, I know it's for the lion's own good. He can't be gathering dust in the corner of my studio for the rest of his life...that's my job...heh. . Unavailable Email me
Oil on 7x5 archival canvas panel. Some of the lighter lavender in the background is the acrylic which I applied to tone the canvas. I attempted to apply the paint thickly and in a single stroke in the light areas. The reference photo for this painting was graciously supplied by Marita for the Week End Drawing Event on Wet Canvas. Available Email me to inquire about purchasing
Oil on 5x7 archival canvas panel. I tried this scene with an analogous color scheme.....a very limited palette. This was a reference photo for the WDE on Wet Canvas and was supplied by Carolyn. Unavailable Email me to chat.
Oil on 5x7 archival canvas panel. This is a spiced up version of one I did in March. The original had a lot of pure gray in the background. I like the addition of the blue and yellow. Can't believe this is Jan. 7th....and it's 63 degrees!! Wow...gotta love it! Oh, I know Mother Nature will show us who's boss real soon and slap us with the REAL January stuff. But for now, love it for all it's worth. And be thankful that you (hopefully) have indoor plumbing for what's around the corner. Unavailable Email me to chat.
I loved this alarm clock with the ruffled feathers. Awhile back it seemed about all I painted was roosters. I somehow got away from it ...until I saw the great photo! It was graciously supplied by Li for the WDE at the Wet Canvas. This is oil on 7x5 archival canvas panel. Much of the visible red background is the acrylic tone which is applied first Unavailable Email me
I enjoy painting all subjects. To cause a viewer to pause and see the beauty in even a mundane object. But I must admit my special interest is animals of all sorts.
While I did attend the Columbus College of Art And Design for one year, I am largely self taught. My main contemporary influences are Richard Schmid and Scott Burdick.
Hope you enjoy my art, and please feel free to comment, or email me ...I'd love to hear your questions or thoughts!