Friday, April 18, 2014

Sun dress & long hair 11"x14" oil

I am not sure how successful this one is but here it is anyway.   The part (no pun intended) I think is the most successful is the hair.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Contemplation 14" x 11" oil

This pose was hard for the model to hold so she posed in 15 minute segments.   I love where the warm light meets the shadow side which left a blueish terminator edge (where the light and shadow each terminate, it has nothing to do with Arnold).

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Spring in a jar 6"x6" oil

I had a hard time getting the paint thick enough to lay on the surface.   The new cadmium yellow had too much oil in it so I put it on a piece of towel paper to absorb the excess.   Once it was a little stiffer it worked fine.  I had to stand back from this to see if it was working.    They look like two best friends holding their own... side by side.


Friday, April 4, 2014

Zorina 11"x14" oil

Zorina is Zoro's cousin who took time out of her busy schedule to come and model for us today.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Kentucky Bourbon, Trader Joe style 6"x6" oil

Trader Joe's Kentucky Bourbon is very good and if you know anything about Trader Joe then you will know that they went around to the big name Bourbon manufacturers here in Kentucky and made a contract with them to supply them with their own bourbon, bottle and label.     And... they sell it at a great price!    It is a great value for their customers.    I love the round bottle.    I guess I would have to have a taste test to see what brand it is closest to... unless someone out there already knows...

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Angels Envy 6x6 oil

This bottle has angel wings printed on the back. Angels Envy is charred in oak barrels and then finished in port wine barrels which gives it an uncommon taste.  Their rye is finished in rum barrels.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Woodford Reserve neat 6"x6" oil

If you get on Woodford Reserve's website you will read about how this bourbon is hand crafted in small batches and the five sources of flavor that gives it its distinct taste... and I think it taste pretty good too!

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Red Tulips 6"x6" oil

We in Louisville KY are taking this as a hopeful sign of spring even though it was spitting snow today. We have not had as bad a winter as the east coast has had but we have had our share of  cold and are ready for spring and warmer weather.   My students brought these tulips from their garden to paint in class and left them so I could paint them and I did.   Spring is around the corner even though it is going to be 20° tonight.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Waiting to dance 11"x14" oil

This red dress is always fun to paint with its yards of netting, tons of sequins and ruffles.  It was fun to be loose on this painting.   I decided to put her off center to make the composition more interesting.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

White hydrangeas 8"x8" oil

Thought I should paint these before they started to wilt.   I painted the whole thing while squinting (which helps me keep my youthful wrinkled look) because it helps to view the subject without all the details and prevents getting too nitpicky.  


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Maker's close up 6"x6" oil

Someone emailed this bit of information to me, that there are more barrels of bourbon in storage in Kentucky right now, 4.7 million to be exact and that surpasses the population in Kentucky which is 4.3 million.   We could each have our own barrel but then ya'll wouldn't get yours and I guess that just wouldn't be rite... or right, as you would say it.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

A little bit of Maker's 6"x6" oil

This is a staple in most liquor cabinets including mine.   I live in Kentucky within 60 miles of the largest  bourbon distillers in the world so it is understandable that we take our bourbon seriously or at least with a cube of ice.

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Waiting 11"x14" oil

We pretended that she was waiting at a cafe for someone to show up.   


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Pappy Van Winkle 20 year 6"x6" oil

Thought I would do a few bourbon paintings so I would have them on hand at the Cherokee Art Fair this year.   I have started with one that I have on my shelf, Pappy Van Winkle 20 year.   

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Side by side 8"x8" oil

I just could not resist painting another one that had lots of ribbon action!   

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Monday, March 10, 2014

One on pointe 8"x8" oil

There are several things I love about this one: the large shadow in the background, the contrast of the cool shadow and warm shoe color, and the way the ribbon disappears in the shadow.  Those three things excited me and was the driving force behind it all.

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Friday, March 7, 2014

On Point 8"x8" oil

My favorite part is the ballet shoe in the back on point.  

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Daydreaming 16"x20" oil

I worked the color around the canvas by using colors in the background that I had used in the subject.   It unifies the painting.

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Monday, March 3, 2014

One on top 8"x8" oil

What can I say... more ballet slippers.    I did light it so that the shadows in the background and off the ledge were cool in color.

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Friday, February 28, 2014

Napping on the sofa 11"x14" oil

I painted this a few weeks ago and was not happy with the color combinations surrounding the figure.   The composition was pleasing to me and I wanted to keep it so I unified the colors by first putting on a glaze using Winsor Newton burnt sienna and ultramarine blue making a dark brown.  Then I made the sofa and pillow the same color.    Now I think it works and saved a painting that I might have wiped off or discarded.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Two steppin ballet 8"x8" oil

The background color today is so close to the ribbon color that the ribbon disappears in spots.   I could have used a darker color but I liked the subtle shift in color and it was a challenge to capture.  

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Twin ballet soles 8"x8" oil

For some reason these shoes decided to face the wall and bare their soles.   I think they are telling secrets.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Ballet couple 8"x8" oil

Looking through my view finder for a long time I decided that cropping the left shoe was more exciting than showing the whole shoe, which made it look more conventional and also the ribbons became more important.

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Ballet ribbons 8"x8" oil

The ribbons steal the show in this painting.  I was happily painting along and all of a sudden I realized that I should stop... it was done!


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Ballet shoes cropped 6"x6" oil

I like cropping close.    It felt like I was painting an abstract.   Painting the ribbons is my favorite part.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Ballet shoe sole 8"x8" oil

It is amazing to me that they don't wear these shoes very many times and they have to put so much work into them before they wear them like roughing up the leather sole and sewing on all the ribbons and elastic.    I cannot imagine wearing them.   You can give someone a concussion with the toe of the shoe.


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

One Hung Shoe 8"x8" oil

After saying it out loud the title sounds like a dish from chinese takeout or maybe I just sneezed.   Anyway...  every time I start one of these ballet shoe paintings I feel uncomfortable and think that this time I have really more than I can handle.   But before you know it two hours have passed and it is done.   Sometimes getting into that uncomfortable zone is a good thing!

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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Two ballet shoes 8"x8" oil

I love all these paintings of ballet shoes... my favorite part on this one is the shoe in the back, the glow on the inside and the shadow it makes on the wall.    The shadows are an important part of my 
compositions... on all my paintings.   


Thursday, February 6, 2014

One and a half ballet shoes 8" x 8" oil

When I decided to paint more than one shoe the 8" square seemed to work best.   Painting looser is something I have been trying to do.   Losing edges is a goal also.   After taking this long break from painting my perspective seems different also.   


Ballet shoe ll 6"x6" oil

I cannot imagine wearing these shoes, not even for a minute.  A couple of ballerinas in Louisville donated these shoes to me a number of years ago for some paintings I was working on.   I love the image of the shoes not the pain of wearing them... not that I wore them.   I did take tap lessons... actually roller skating was more my thing.   Flying down the asphalt street with the clip on skates making sparks as I flew.  But I digress.   For these shoe paintings I have added a few other tube colors. John Howard Sanden's Pro Mix color system for portrait and figure painting.   I do not use them in my portraits, they don't really work for me, but they are the perfect colors for these ballet shoes.   


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