Study

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 […]

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.  

Cloaked

11″x 14″ Oil on Linen “Cloaked” is essentially the next- generation in the “Divide Series”.  Much like the original “Divide Series”, there is a barrier-a separation between the individual and the world.  In this new series, the divide takes the form of a headpiece.  Its connotations may or may not be religious,  from a time long past, […]

The Show!

Yesterday was a great day.  I ‘m still a little glowie.  Many many thanks to the amazing friends who came to see the show and celebrate with me.  Dear friends traveled many hours to be there.   Wonderful friends I hadn’t seen since high school came.  Former students, current students, neighbors, family of students past […]

Experiments In Oil#3

I LOVE to paint portraits, people, figures, gestures.  In the hands of a skilled and thoughtful artist, Old Master or contemporary, there is no subject more compelling for me  than a portrait.  But, paintings of people can sometimes leave me less than satisfied.  They can sometimes appear to me, too pretty, or too gimmicky, too […]

Watercolor Wed. 8

As a portrait painter, my new challenge in watercolor is to quickly capture a natural  likeness. When I work in oils, the process is forgiving, because I am able to walk away, reevaluate, and layer corrections to please both myself and the client.   The loose watercolor portraits of sisters above, were executed very quickly. […]

Pause, for Father’s Day

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 […]

Facelift

It’s been many years since I’ve worked on a self portrait.  It was time.  I’ve decided on a limited series, in order  to experiment.  This first oil painting is pretty straight forward, but distortions abound.   It’s a manual facelift.  Here’s the progression.  The changes in expression are awfully funny, (at least to me).  I’ve […]

Pause Consensus

All of you creatives who commented on my last post, aiding focus and offering your thoughtful opinions, thank you! I am pleased to report a common thread, with one image the majority favorite.  I’m flattered that it has been referred to as classical. I am also delighted  that opinions varied widely and for a variety […]