For Your Birthday, Dear Friend

During her second bout with cancer, Terry banished her first-time chemo wig and sported a variety of adorable hats.  Eventually she came to the conclusion that she didn’t care to hide her nearly bald head anymore.  At the gentle urging of her friends in art class, Terry removed her cap and as a great favor […]

Alla Prima Process

Alla prima paintings are completed in one sitting.  When I paint a portrait this way, I draw with my brush, minding the spacial relationships between features.  Next, I lay in the darks using full color, to support the forms of the face.  The midtones, the lights and their transitions blend into the previous wet passages […]

Portrait of T

  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

Gingers

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.  

Angles

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.  

Looking For Light

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.

One, Two, Three

Occasionally, someone will ask about my painting process. I have in the past, posted my usual digital painting and oil painting process.  But once in a while, I’ll choose this method.  It’s not an overall block-in, refine and refine again way to work.  It is instead, a little by little fill in method. While this technique […]

Secrets On The Breeze

Oil on Linen 24″x 24″ This painting has been “finished” for a couple of weeks now.  However, I’ve tweaked it almost every day for the past two weeks, each time thinking “ok, now it’s finished”.  It’s finished:)

Melange

  Oil on Linen 24×24″ A product of my recent exercises in backlight and line.  First in a series. Oh, and I’m pleased to share that my work and links are now included in the directory/gallery of the curated site, Figurative Artist.

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.

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 […]

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 […]