Saturday, February 06, 2016

Owl Be Your Friend

"Owl Be Your Friend"
Acrylic on panel

This was a different palette from what I'm accustomed to using with viridian, alizarin crimson, and napthol crimson taking prominence. It's produced a very cool looking ambience, and that's something else that's new to me. Usually I'm into the warm palettes

Friday, February 05, 2016


"Flapper" 8x10 acrylic on canvas. This one has a soft burnt sienna glaze over the whole thing, to soften the look of it.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Delicate Manners

Title: "Delicate Manners"
Medium: Acrylic on linen panel
Size: 8x8 inches
Genre: Still Life

Started this painting with my artist friend Eve Larson. She supplied the pansies, the vase, and the little gold dish off to the side, and I supplied the china teacup and saucer. It's great fun to paint with a buddy-- artists painting together give each other energy and inspiration.  Took pictures of it, then finished it at home.

Both china and flowers are delicate, but they make an strong and lasting impression on our senses.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

I Will Keep Faith With You

Title: "I Will Keep Faith With You"
Medium: Acrylic on panel
Size: 6x6 inches

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Time, distance, and circumstances may separate us from friends and loved ones, but love knows no boundaries nor impediments.

This was a small profile study I made on unstretched Yes! canvas and I liked it, so I affixed it to a panel. I often use a profile as my gateway image whenever I am stuck creatively. I was kind of blocked for several months, but it has passed, and I am now back to happily working in my studio.

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Work in Progress

Work in progress...
Maybe I'll call it "Owl be your friend."
Acrylic on 11x14 canvas panel.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

At the Window, Looking Inwards

"At the Window, Looking Inwards"

8x8 acrylic on upcycled hardboard panel

Genre: Portrait

This is a study for a painting, but it became a thing in itself, because the painting I'm planning doesn't have a window in it. I added in the window because the composition needed something more, so here she is, at the window but looking into her own thoughts instead of gazing at whatever is out there in the world.

Monday, July 20, 2015

First Flowers

Title: "First Flowers"
Medium: Acrylic on linen panel
Size: 8x8 inches
Genre: Floral, Still Life

These are the first flowers I've painted in a very long time. Flowers are a lot more challenging than you might think, and they are a lot more geometric and hard edged than their softness implies.

If you look closely, you'll see a seahorse on the vase. The vase didn't really have a seahorse, I just had a little fun putting it there. Also there is a third "flower" made up of the negative white space on the vase.

This color palette was a little different from what I usually use, so it was fun to stretch in that way.