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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Different Strokes Challenge

Hello,  I painted this a couple of nights ago for Karin Jurick's blog, Different strokes for different folks.  It is oil on a 8 X 10 canvas panel,  took about 1 1/2 hrs.  When I saw it posted on her site,  I thought wow,  it looks so washed out and gray.  So I have to admit I went back and brightened it up a bit,  working alla prima has it's advantages and disadvantages.  I think sometimes I over blend when I work in one session, you can turn oils into mud if you aren't careful.  Have a great day!

Friday, March 27, 2009


Hi there,  I painted this little gal on a 11 X 14 Raymar panel in oil.  I have started a new painting of her making lots of changes.  I think this came out well,  soft edges and a pretty good likeness.  However I think I need more darks in the painting,  my tendency is to paint portraits without enough darks.  I seem to do better with landscapes but struggle with people.  I have only been painting portraits about six months or so and probably would have been thrilled to paint this a few months back but now I want more.  I guess that is the way it should be,  we should always be growing as artists.  So back to the easel and I'll keep you posted. :) 

Monday, March 23, 2009

My Cleo

Hi,  this is a painting of my sweet Cleo.  She is about 15 years old.  She sleeps with us every night and greets us at the door like a dog.  A little rotten but what pet isn't?  This is oil on a 8 X 10 canvas panel. Hope you have a purrrrrfect day! 

Sunday, March 22, 2009


Hi,  I painted this several weeks ago when I had decided to do a series of children,  never posted this one as I wasn't sure how I felt about it.  So here she is.  I am starting some paintings thinking of a juried show that comes up later this year,  I want to give myself lots of options.  I will be hanging four of my paintings in a show for the month of April,  all landscapes because it is called Values of Green. Have a great day! 

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


Hi, I do the occasional landscape and sometimes they go well, lol. Think I kind of like this one. This is oil on a 8 X 10 canvas panel.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Belly Dancer

Hi,  This was such fun to paint, my first belly dancer.   This is oil on a 8 X 10 canvas panel. Just now finished this so there might be some glare.  I hope you have a great weekend. 

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


Hi,  We had a model Monday when I met with my group.  Actually this is my sister, I talked her into modeling for us and she did a great job.  This is oil on a 11 X 14 canvas panel.  Excuse the glare from the wet paint.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Big Red Hat

Hi,  I painted this yesterday,  I did paint this little gal before but this painting is very different from the last.  I tried to stay loose and enjoyed painting it. I wanted it to have a similar feel to the last painting.   This is oil on a 8 X 10 canvas panel. 

Thursday, March 5, 2009


Hi there,  I just love the work of Carolyn Anderson , her portraits are very loose and wonderful.  Your focus is on the face where it should be with just enough detail so you know what you are looking at.  So looking at one of her paintings I painted this for practice,  a good way through I quit looking at her painting and made adjustments I felt it needed. I have copied Old Masters and think it is a good way to really study how someone paints.  I may try one of my grandson in the style and see how that goes.  This is oil on a 8 X 10 canvas panel and is not available for purchase. 

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Portrait from my workshop

Hi,  Well this is the portrait from my weekend workshop. This is oil on a 16 X 20 stretched canvas.  The first day it did not look like her much,  it really helps to walk away for a while or overnight.  The second day I got my burnt umber back out and really tried to figure out why it didn't look like the model.  I made changes where I saw them,  had the teacher come over to check out my changes before I started back in on the color.  She was very complementary all day, never made any changes to it and at the critique at the end seemed very pleased with what I painted.  So now I have this somewhat large painting of this strange lady, lol.  She is for sale if you need her hanging in your home.  I have taken several workshops, I take a little away from each but once again I think the learning comes in just painting, painting, painting.  Do you?  

Sunday, March 1, 2009


Hello,  I just walked in from my weekend portrait workshop.  Lots of nice people and a Cincinnati artist named Carin Hebinstreit was the teacher. We had a model both days and we painted a 16 X 20 painting of her. I probably will post it soon. It went pretty good,  she is new at giving workshops and tried very hard to help everyone.  I don't think any of us nailed her image exactly but I think I did pretty well. Have to rest and think about what exactly I learned,  I think we teach ourselves the most by just painting all the time.  This painting I did last week,  it is oil on a 8 X 10 canvas panel from a Wetcanvas image.  Have a good day