Friday, July 28, 2017

The Marques


12 x 16 oil on linen

The reference photo for this painting was provided by my Instagram friend, Jose.  He is a wonderful photographer and the minute I saw this image,  I knew I wanted to paint it.   I loved the pose as well as the pipe and red scarf.  I fluctuate between painting realistically and abstractly--it's sort of fun to do that for me!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

All Alone


9 x 12 oil on canvas panel

The light on her hair attracted me to this one.   I played with it a good bit, editing and adding, trying to stay loose.   It was painted on top of another painting from long ago, my most satisfying type of  painting--seeing something new emerge within another scene!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Lil Mom


7 1/2 x 12
oil on linen

I painted this from a photo a friend took of a little girl at a garage sale.  I can't resist a good figurative snapshot and tried to keep this one real loose.  There wasn't a lot of contrast in the photo (cloudy day)  but enough to pull out a few features.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Cowgirl


10 x 10 oil on panel

Another figurative I tried to keep loose.  Her gesture/pose appealed to me and I wanted to try to paint it.  I love spontaneous gestures like this one - wish I could get more references like this. 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Always a Bridesmaid.....


20 x 20 oil on canvas

Painting, then scraping off - trying to be loose and got carried away with details?????  This was not what I originally envisioned but I'm fairly pleased with the final result, especially since this started out as a back view of girls (I added faces).

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Alden


8 x 10 oil on panel

This is a recent portrait commission of a friend's granddaughter.  I don't do many portrait commissions anymore, by choice;  I just don't like the anxiety associated with it - trying to please me mainly - and the person commissioning!  

Friday, May 26, 2017

More Street Music


9 x 12 oil on panel

I finally got my computer half way working again but it is SO SLOW!!!!  Anyway, this is a street musician that I worked on earlier this week.  He still has a few more tweaks but I'm stopping for now because Thalo Turquoise paint is everywhere.  It really stains my brushes--my new Rosemary brushes!!!!  The reference photo came from a video of new Instagram friend.  This was a different palette than I normally use but I wanted to kind of mix it up a bit.