Friday, December 18, 2015

Cocco and a move

"Cocco" 4 x 4 inches, Oil on Gessoboard

I have some news for those who subscribe and my collectors.  I'm moving to another location.  I hope you will follow me there.  I'll be doing more with that blog and hope to have freebies and give-aways.  So please click  new blog and sign up.  At the start of 2016, I'll be planning and making good things happen on the new blog!  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Bloomfield Shack in September

5 x 5 inches, Oil on Gessoboard

I've painted this many times and every time I drive by the actual shack, I have to stop and look/take more pictures to work from.  It's hard to admit that one smaller shack could inspire me so much.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Over the Moon Possum

4 x 4 inches, Oil on Gessoboard - Click to Bid

This piece was painted for the October Creatures of the Night, Nibblesfest Art Contest, or NFAC.  The bidding starts at just .99 cents and is through ebay.  Ends October 27.  Good luck!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Berkshire Piglet No. 3

4 x 4 inches, Oil on Gessoboard  - $ 75.


This being a foreshortened pose made it difficult to paint the depth.  Especially the cute face.  Had to set it just right on that cute fat little body. 

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Berkshire Piglet No. 2

4 x 4 inches, Oil on Gessoboard  $ 75.-Purchase

When pondering what to paint today, another Berkshire piglet came to mind.  I love their markings and the challenge to paint black & white mixing my own blackish tones.  

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

50 Shades of Mars

5 x 5 x 3/4 inches, Abstract Ode to Mars

There is quite a story behind this painting.  First, this piece only the second abstract I've EVER painted.  I think the first was in 1969 or so.  I didn't get into painting abstracts because I stubbornly felt doing so was cheating.  But to paint a good abstract is not cheating.  You need interesting design/composition, good color/value and mixtures and understanding of the medium you are painting in.

So why did I paint an abstract today?  I'm on pain killers for oral surgery.  It's not that I'm all high or giddy, but I did let my guard down.  I wanted to paint something really fun.  But it turned out not to be totally fun because I was getting too tight with my brushwork and was loosing the imaginative effect I wanted.  I also wanted this to be a study is grey and would call the piece:  50 Shades of Grey.  
Turns out, I'm not that good with grey and moved to green instead.  Martians are still green right?  Even though Mars is the red planet.  I also got way loose with the brushwork and added palette knife patches.  

With the discovery of water under the terrain of Mars, I thought why not bring Mars into the title.  BTW:  There is a little martian portrait in this painting.  Can you find it?

Friday, September 25, 2015

Bracelet Glam

5 x 5 inches, Oil on Gessoboard - $75. Buy on Etsy

Today, I planned to paint a shack.  I had an excellent start to the painting and was so happy.  Lasted about one hour.  I dug myself and the shack in a big hole. We couldn't crawl out so I had to scrape it all off.

I wasn't going to give up on getting a painting, so I looked through my camera and found this little girl.  She was being a good girl at our local farmers market.   She was very friendly and pretty much posed for me.  I wish that I'd taken a minute back then to ask for and then write her name down on a piece of paper so I could lose that too.

She had an ID bracelet on and I made it a little prettier than it really was.  Now, I didn't have to do that with her...she was pretty inside and out.