Thursday, February 23, 2012

New Life

6 x 6 oil on ampersand panel - SOLD

I thought I would try a bird's nest today.  A shop where I display asked me to do some birds and nests so I painted this one - a little tough getting started but it turned out looking like a nest,  I think.   

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Revised What's Up

12 x 16 oil on stretched canvas

This is a rework on a previous post.  After viewing it across a large room, I decided it didn't have enough contrast in it so I reworked pretty much over the entire painting. It looks much brighter now than it did. I tend to paint literally and many times reference photos need some extra help with color.

Friday, February 17, 2012


8 x 10 oil on linen panel

Took this reference photo in New Orleans a couple of years ago and decided to paint it yesterday.  Actually, there were more people in the photo but I decided to "edit" them out.  The  painting itself  is a 12 x 16 that I have cropped.  When I took out the people, I was just left with a lot of building and it looked empty so I started cutting.  

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Local Tavern #1

 12 x 12 oil on stretched canvas

Finished this one today in painting group.  I started on it last week but still haven't gotten back into my daily painting yet, just a lot to do this time of year that distracts me from painting.  I need to get back into it  as there is a show coming up in April that I need to have at least 10 to 15 new paintings for (in a larger format than the 6 x 6 and 5 x 7 pieces I have been doing lately).

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Two Labs

12 x 16 oil on stretched canvas - SOLD

This is a recent commission I did of a friend's "granddogs".  They were fun to paint and I always enjoy painting something that is "special" to the recipient; of course it is usually accompanied by anxiety - hoping they will like it as much as I do.  One is a blockhead lab and the other a field lab.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Mr. Blue Jay on a Post

 5 x 7 oil on canvas panel - SOLD

This was going to be the second bird in a pair but I got in a hurry and didn't really think out my proportions well and, as a result, lost a lot of his tail (the other bird has more tail).  I paint by feel mostly and the reference photo was larger than my canvas which usually results in me thinking bigger while I paint.  Oh well, I will just redo him in a smaller size to match the other bird.  I really liked the lavenders and purples in his feathers though - the reference photo was good!