Saturday, March 31, 2012

Follow the Leader II

What is it about taking a photo of your art that allows you to over scrutinize and pick out flaws in a painting that otherwise did not appear?  I believe that at this point, I have to stop beating myself up about a painting and say "it is good.  Leave well enough alone."  It is supposed to be the journey that matters, isn't it.
This is the final version of Follow the Leader.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Follow the Leader

The colors in this are a lot cleaner than my last post, but my apples look a little too cut-out.  Otherwise, I am pleased with how my apples look (shadows, stem, values).  Also, this was my first time working with a white object.  The pitcher handle and spout needs to be cleaned up a bit, but I wanted to go ahead and post this one.  I also used Robert Burridge's Goof Proof Color Wheel when picking the colors for this painting which can be purchased her.  I definitely feel that I am making progress.

Saturday, March 24, 2012


This is the first painting I've done implementing some of Carol Marine's techniques from her ArtBytes on Daily Paintworks.  I will be taking her class in Sedona in May, but the ArtBytes are a good introduction.  One the one hand, I feel it's a bit overworked, but on the other hand, I feel I am moving in the right direction: representational but loose and free.  It looks like these two apples are having a private conversation when along comes the red vase eavesdropping on their conversation!  I would appreciate any feedback you all are willing to provide!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Pink Tonto

When I was a kid, my grandfather had this big white horse named Tonto.  We were very young, so  my dad used to lead Tonto around while we sat upon his back.  So this is my tribute to Tonto.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Boston Terrier puppy

I was uncertain whether or not I would be able to pull off making a puppy painting, but after all, it's just painting shapes, and the shapes will come together to make a puppy!  I tried to capture the pitiful "I didn't do it" look on his little face.

I also ventured into Golden Open acrylics for this one.  Tonight I will be doing dog painting demos at Very Venice Gallery.  I want people to be able to take the paintings with them (dry), so I took the adventure.  Though I still prefer oils, I have been having fun with these slower-drying acrylics.

Red Simba - SOLD

I painted an oil version of the same horse I painted a couple of entries ago.  I do love my oils, and I definitely prefer this one.  Normally, I don't use a lot of Cadmium red.   I usually use only Quinacridone red.  I used a bit of both on this painting.  I painted the sides of the cradle with a mixture of Phthalo blue and Quinacridone red and drug some of the paint up onto the green (after the green had dried).  I like the effect!