Saturday, September 27, 2014

Waldo at the Bistro

Waldo at the Bistro
My newest oil painting. 12 x 16 on gesso board.  

     I may have mentioned in one of my last posts that I don't like the job of adding titles to my paintings. Last time I enlisted the help of my step-daughter, Ashley, but this title came all of a sudden and naturally.  
    When we were in Italy last year for Ashley's wedding I took dozens and dozens of photos which I have been using for the last year as reference material.  There were a few times that my son intentionally photo bombed my images (much to my amusement) and several times that he ended up in my photos just because he's so darn tall and hard to miss.  When I started looking closely at some of my photos I found him in several reflections on glass etc. (guess he was always close to Mom - awww.)  I was nearly finished with this painting and working on the tiny details when I finally saw him here.  I couldn't not paint him!  There was a mirrored surface behind the glass display and his handsome face was positioned perfectly.

He dressed as Waldo, from the Where's Waldo book series, one year for Halloween so . . . 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Piggy Bank

     I haven't done hardly any sketching lately for my own enjoyment.  Last week the Illustration Friday word was MONEY and it placed this cute little guy (girl?) in my mind.  Today I just felt like doing something for myself in my sketchbook.  This bank belongs to my daughter.  She put it away in her closet because at the age of 18 its too babyish to display in her room.  I understand totally. Funny though, I don't feel that its too babyish to display in my room and I'm going to try to borrow it from her for a few years.
     I just finished another painting today.  I'll be varnishing it and posting it in the next couple of days.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Sun Kissed Street in Siena

12 x 16 oil on gesso board
I am very pleased with the way this one turned out.  I tried to be a little looser with some areas, even used a palette knife for some of it.  The only thing left to do is varnish it with Liquin which I'll be able to do next week. My step-daughter, Ashley, helped me with the title. Titling pieces is my least favorite part.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Close up of Sally and Fawn

     I haven't posted for a while, but I have been busy in my studio.  I'm working on a couple of Christmas card designs which I don't want to share until closer to the holidays, I'm working on two 16 x 20 oil paintings that I'm excited about and hope to finish in the next week, and I've been working on the project above. It's a small area of an illustration I'm doing to participate in a show for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. I'm struggling with the correct lighting across the entire image.  I need to make it look darker, more like nighttime and I'm afraid I'm going to destroy it. AAAHHHH!!!! I took a photo to preserve this pretty little area just in case.  I've gotten out of bed every day for the past week saying to myself "today I'm going to finish it." I work on it, say its done, put it up to dry, and continue to stare at it wondering why I'm not happy with it.  It's kind of making me crazy.  Wish me luck.  Today I'm going to finish it (or accidentally ruin it). 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Illustration Friday - METAMORPHOSIS

     When I was brainstorming the idea for this one, I was doodling butterflies, dragonflies, frogs, cocoons, etc. and had the inspiration to mix them up a little.  This is a metamorphosis gone terribly wrong, or maybe beautifully wrong.  The original was a simple sketch in one of my sketchbooks that I wasn't going to take any further but it was so dull in color that I just wanted to digitally tweak it a bit.  I ended up tweaking a lot.

Friday, August 22, 2014


     These are a couple of miniature 2" x 3" oil paintings that I finished yesterday.  The one on the left is from a photo that my son took when we were in Florence last October.  I'm going to attempt to do this one in a larger format and see what happens.  My drawing and painting style has a tendency to be so tight.  I try to paint every detail and I end up losing some of the energy and freshness that comes through in some of my miniatures. (Its pretty hard for me to itty bitty detail when I'm working this small.) The challenge for myself is to stay loose and try to be as pleased with the larger one as I am with this one.