Linear Arrangements

11″x14″ Charcoal, Oil on Canvas I rarely focus on line when I paint.  Instead, I most often concentrate on seeing and representing values in their various shapes and hues.  But, I’m forever looking for ways to change up my point of view.  This painting is a result of one of those change-ups. Advertisements

Exhibeo Honorable Mention

A welcome surprise, “Betsy” won Honorable Mention in The Human Figure competition at  Exhibeo Art Competition Magazine.  In addition, Jonathan Raddatz, from Exhibeo has written a lovely review  of my “Young Series”, in which “Betsey” is a part. You can find the review  here. Thank you, Jonathan and thank you, Exhibeo!

The Depot

Oil on 17.5″ wood panel While shopping at Home Depot, I spotted a wooden disk that I had to have. While it’s ridiculously heavy and I have no idea what it was created for, it served as a terrific surface for this painting. I think I’ll pick up another panel next time I’m at the Depot.

Christmas Past and Present

  *Many of you will remember my husband’s tradition of saving  the stump of our family’s Christmas tree every year, and carving it into the form of a creature.  Each creature represents  a sustaining memory of something significant to us in that year.  When he has completed the carving, he cleverly inserts a penny with the […]

Active Resolve

                                                     Acrylic, Oil, Graphite on Canvas  18″x24″ My handsome model’s presence and a challenge from my son, inspired a painting whose kinetic energy moves directly forward,  from movement to quiet […]

Sweet and Wild

A tribute to a sweet little wild bunny. When she was quite small, she managed not only to survive four curious cats, a trip through the kitty door (which seriously scraped the fur and skin off  her back), a harrowing escape through the living room, then out the front door. Weeks later, she took up residence in our front […]

Shadow Portrait

“Shadow portrait” Oil on Canvas 16″x20″ Hands are so very unique to the individual and so expressive, that they can rival portraits of facial features  This painting happened pretty quickly.  I found  painting it as satisfying as painting any other sort of portrait. The masking tape was fun to paint as well;)

Universal

Oil, cold wax on canvas 32″x48″ Newest in the  “Blood and Vapor” Series:Who lingers within you?   Have you ever felt an ancestral presence?  The inescapable tie of family:hundreds of individuals, yesterday and today, here and gone.  A powerful resonance or inconspicuous vapor? All of us; humbled and glorious, simply human.

Breathing Easier

Portrait of R         12″x12″ Oil on Canvas For those of you working in traditional oil paint and solvents, this experiment might be of interest to you.  For this painting I used the least toxic solvent and medium  I know of: Weber’s Turpenoid Natural and Liquiglaze Natural. They work!  The upside is […]

Waking

12″x12″ oil on canvas I’ve been weighing thicker and looser oil painting technique against thinner and more exacting.  The former seems to push my color intensity to match the density of the paint. Despite the thick paint, I’ve glazed in places, joining a technique I’ve used only with thin layers, with a near impasto. A wake-up […]

Lots of Layers

  This one is more tightly wound than I would like.  I was so enchanted with the light on the hair and face, that I got carried away.  I should have gone alla prima with this. Instead I blocked it in (thinly under painted hues and values), and kept refining to achieve more detail, in order […]

Alla Prima

I’ve been oil painting almost exclusively lately, weighing different techniques against one another. I tend to paint tight more detailed work only when it feels right to me, depending on what I’m trying to achieve. But, I must say that working alla prima-direct to surface, wet into wet in one session, like the painting above, […]