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 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.

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.