Saturday, December 6, 2014


     Sorry I haven't posted for a while.  I've started a couple of large paintings that are going to take some time, and I'm trying to learn some new computer skills.  Also . . . the holidays are here and there's a few creative gifts I'm working on. Don't give up on me!  I'll get back to more posting in January!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Autumn Sketch/ IF - PAPER

So today I am in the very unique situation of having an entire day to think of nothing but myself! I've been meaning to do more drawings like this for practice and it feels good to just set up a little still life and exercise my drawing muscles. I did this with colored pencils in a toned sketchbook. I love starting on toned paper.  I'm submitting this to Illustration Friday this week for the word PAPER.  The leaves are crispy and paper-like in texture and the choice of this particular paper to draw on was important to get these results.  Let's hear it for paper!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Illustration Friday - PUPPET

8 x 10 oil on canvas

My daughter got this mask last year in Florence, Italy - the birthplace of Carlo Lorenzini who is the author of Pinocchio.  I did the painting over 3 - 2-hour days, working from a still life set up.  Much different than working from a photo and, for me, easier to keep a looser style.  This painting is serving as an exercise for a larger painting I want to start working on soon.  The largest paintings I've done over the last several years have been 12 x 16 and I'm in the mood to go bigger and hopefully more dramatic.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Illustration Friday - TROUBLE

8 x 10 oil on clayboard

The Illustration Friday word of the week is TROUBLE. I have a couple of projects going on so I didn't really think I had the time to participate this week, but this illustration is one of the projects I was working on.  If you had a carton of eggs on your kitchen counter and baby dragons started hatching out of them, I think you would have some kind of trouble.  I did this illustration to go along with this little guy

who I finished quite some time ago. I'm currently working on two more compositions to make a nice little set for my portfolio. 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Illustration Friday - OCTOPUS

The IF word of the week is Octopus. I have Halloween on the brain at this time of year so . . . my contribution is OCTOBERPUS.   I did the original art in watercolor, then enhanced it digitally.  

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Minis- Duomo and river at Pisa

Here's two more 2 x 3 inch oil paintings from reference photos taken a year ago in Italy where we had gone to attend the wedding of my step-daughter Ashley. 

The top was taken in Pisa. We were on our way to see the leaning tower and yes, we were there at night.  A rather unusual time to visit, it was not planned that way, but it really turned out to be a cool experience.  We got off the train and had to trek across town and across this river.  It was a little scary walking down dark streets in a foreign country. We were pretty sure we knew what we were doing but not positive and not sure what kind of neighborhoods we were walking through. We were coming to the end of street we were on and the tower seemed to loom suddenly up ahead of us.  It was well lit but the plaza was nearly deserted so we practically had the place to ourselves.  It was the big moment from my trip that had me the most in awe of where I was.  I was in Italy for crying out loud!  

The bottom painting is a view of the Duomo in Florence taken from La piaza de Michelangelo. (sorry for any misspellings). A rainstorm was coming in and we all got soaked. Good times!  What a beautiful city.