No artist I know ever stops observing, never stops studying. I’ve been away from this blog for a while, but I’ve been constantly working, studying. The dissatisfaction with at least one element in every finished piece always drives the next piece. Above are a few studies I’ve been working on, trying to “fix” something that didn’t gel in a previous effort.
Edges are a constant concern. Softening, firming or losing them in a back round. It’s something I’m always pondering. Transitioning of values from one passage to another, is another thing I’m constantly thinking about. Dramatic lighting changes up the way I think about edges and transitions. And color often runs away with my intentions.
I’ll be posting more soon. These will be finished works that will no doubt drive the next bunch of studies:)
One piece that I was pretty happy with (“Tommy”) when I finished it, was awarded sixth place in the Portrait Society of America’s Members show in the Non-Commissioned category. I’m thrilled, humbled and very excited! Click on the “Portrait Society” link and enjoy all of the excellent work!
Portrait of T. Oil on Linen 20″x 29″
My favorite post of the week. I’ll be back when I finish several WsIP. Till then, thanks for your “likes” and comments. They add fuel to my productive fire:)
Detail, Portrait of T
Waiting Oil on Linen 11″x 14″
The Lane Oil on Linen 16″ x 20″
Oil on Linen 11″ x 14″
This week I will be posting work realized during my long blogging hiatus. This is the first of several portraits of red heads. I love colors found in the skin tones and hair highlights of red heads.
Oil on Linen 24″x 34″
A new portrait.
Sorry, all. I’ve been spending more time painting, and less time blogging. I’ve been and will be, following you and enjoying your blogs in bursts. I’m slow, but I’ll get there:) I’m also posting my nature photography on Instagram, so click the sidebar photo if you’re interested. As always, I very much appreciate your “likes” and thoughtful comments. Thank you!
Oil on Linen 24″ x 24″
A portrait of M. and a house sparrow.
Oil on linen 24″x 30″
I haven’t posted for quite a while, but I’ve been working on the “Cloaked” series and larger figure paintings.
Though I employ friends and family to pose just as models, these paintings most often turn into portraits, like the one above.
While struggling with the dark “Cloaked” series, I felt compelled to search for a little light. This is one of two recent pieces expressing that urge to find the light. Tomorrow, another light seeking painting.
Alla prima 16″x 20″ Oil on Linen
While struggling with the next set of “Cloaked” paintings, I felt the need to work with a big brush, my favorite male model and some color!
Portrait of G. 11″x14″ Oil on Linen
Ribbon Study Oil on Canvas 16″x20″ A study, for another ribbon themed piece.
A fabulous slide show of the Women Painting Women Fifth Anniversary exhibit at the Principle Gallery, South Carolina, USA. The show runs from September 5-30th. I won’t be able to make it to the opening, so it’s wonderful to have the opportunity to view the work of each especially terrific participating artist. Principle Gallery has also published a gorgeous catalog. Kudos to each and every artist and also to the gallery, who has been nothing but supportive of the Women Painting Women movement!
12″x 12″ Oil on Canvas
I’m absolutely thrilled to announce that my painting, Divide1 will be part of the Women Painting Women show at the Principle Gallery Charleston. I’ve had a look at some of the excellent work in the show, created by some wildly talented women artists, and I’m honored to be a part of this inspiring exhibition! Have a look:
#PaintLikeAGirl #WomenPaintingWomen #PrincipleCharleston
The “Young Series” Oil on Canvas 12″x12″
I’m pleased to invite you all to the opening of my show. It’s called “Girls In Sight”. If the images above look familiar it’s because the paintings that will be on exhibit are the very illustrations/portraits of the young women in my book “Portrait of a Girl and Her Art”. They are oil, mixed media, 30″x 40″ and incorporate a collage of the subject’s work in the back round of each painting.
If any of you live close enough to attend to opening, I’d be thrilled to meet you!
Finished. A fairly large commissioned portrait of siblings.
My client requested a tightly styled, formal, smiling portrait of the four kids-two sets of twins!
The greatest challenge? Rendering really attractive children.
In honor of my Dad, for Father’s Day, I will be posting separate Pause pieces originating from the oil on wood studies of my parents, above.
I have not identified my Pause models before, but I feel that I’d like to acknowledge my parents with these pieces and the several Pause depictions yet to be posted. I am indeed fortunate to be able to include them in this series.
Happy Father’s Day Dad, and Happy Father’s Day to the rest of you wonderful dads:)