Friday, March 24, 2017

"Portrait experiment" 14in x 11in oil

In order to improve and grow, we artist are always trying new things and experimenting with different methods.   Today I used a limited palette consisting of titanium white, ivory black, cadmium red and yellow ochre.   I found that using those 4 colors simplified the color mixing process.   I will have to try it again.

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

"Blue Shoes" 14in x 11 in Oil on linen

The model got into this pose and at first I was thinking that she was holding so much tension.  After looking through a viewfinder I noticed that the pose was so dynamic!    Love the position of the legs and arms so I made it all about that.   In the three hours that she posed, I sketched it in two times too large, third time was the charm.   I had to realize that the center of the canvas was the hem of her skirt, then it worked out.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

"Stacked" 6in x 6in oil

Lately I have been working hard on larger paintings.  I feel that I need to do some small daily paintings so when I went to my stash of items these little colorful plates, bowls and cups were saying "choose me".

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

"Red Robe" 16in x 12in" oil on paper

We haven't had this model for about 4 years and I am glad she is back.   The light was focused on her upper chest so her head was in shadow, taking the focus off her face.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

"Dressed in Pink" 14in x 18in oil on linen

This is a painting I started last Friday and finished today.   I worked on keeping the outer edges soft and detail on the focal point.   It is really hard to keep from overworking the painting.   I had to not be too quick to put the brush work on.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

"Lavaski, three quarter" 30in x 20in charcoal

I used mostly a chunky vine charcoal on this drawing, refining with a hard charcoal pencil.   He is such a great model!   

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

"Blanton's 4" 6in x 6in oil

I just realized today that I had this painting and have not posted it!!
Blanton's is a popular bourbon.    I love the stoppers!  

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

"Woodford" (#24) 6in x 6in oil

My Tuesday Painting Class asked me to demo a painting using a palette knife.   So I decided to set up an object, I would demo for10-15 minutes at a time and they would then do the same process from their viewpoint of the object.   Everyone painted a Woodford bourbon.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

"Pappy Straight" 6in x 6in oil

  I just came across 4 little bourbon paintings that I painted about two months ago and never posted!  Here is a small painting of Pappy Van Winkle, Family Reserve. 

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

"Woodford #23" 8in x 8in oil

I know it has been a while since you have heard from me.   I have been busy working on larger pieces to put in Pyro Gallery.  I did manage to squeeze this small one in.   It is an 8"square, just a little larger than my usual 6" square.

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

"1946 Chevy Suburban Fire Truck" 6in x 8 in oil

This beauty was at a neighborhood car show last year.    I love everything about it, the color, the grill, the lights, and I am sure... the siren.

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Sunday, October 9, 2016

"Ready to eat" 6in x 6in oil

This was the demo I painted for my Tuesday Painting Class.  One of my students wanted me to show how I painted silverware so I put in a fork.   My favorite part is the fork shadow.

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Friday, October 7, 2016

B's Red Hair 16in x 12in oil

I love the color of her hair!   I think the balance of warm skin and cool background works well here.
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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

"Rome, orange building" 8in x 10in oil

For a change of pace I thought I would paint from one of my travel pictures.   Took this picture when I was in Rome a few years ago.   I love the way shadows play on the building and the contrast with the opposite colors, blue and orange.  This one is a little larger than my usual daily painting.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

1966 VW White Van 6in x 6in oil


I love this van.   Really happy with how the painting turned out.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

"Town Branch" 6in x 6in oil

This is a very nice bourbon, but my favorite thing about this, to me, is the square bottle.   So elegant. 

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Monday, August 29, 2016

"Woodford in the light" 6in x 6in oil

I don't know how popular Woodford Reserve is in the rest of the country but it is very popular here in Kentucky.    I am painting some bourbons in preparation for the St James Art fair here in Louisville.

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Friday, August 26, 2016

"Straight up Blanton's" 6in x 6in oil

Blanton's is a great bourbon.   Not only that, but you can collect the stoppers.   On each stopper is a different horse/jockey image and imprinted a letter.    If you collect them they can spell out BLANTON'S.    Besides being a collectors item, it is a wonderful smooth bourbon, one of the tops on my list.

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Friday, August 19, 2016

"Dude in a hat" 11in x 14in oil

Someone brought a hat today, when he put it on he decided he looked good in the hat.
I started this 3 hour sketch with a very loose gesture drawing using paynes grey, covering all the shadow areas.   It made for a quick map to show where the light and dark areas were.  All this was done in the first 15 minutes.  That left the rest of the time to play with color/value.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

"Woodford reflection" 6in x 6in oil

Bourbon is considered by Congress to be "America's Native Spirit".   Whiskey can be made anywhere, but to be called bourbon, it must be made in the U.S.    95% of the world's bourbon is made in Kentucky.   When I go to the liquor store there are so many to choose from, well over 100, it's confusing.   This one is Woodford Reserve.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

"Brownie Hawkeye" 6in x 6in oil

Many pictures were taken in the 1950's at my house with this little camera.   Besides being part of my past, I love it's cute cube shape, and there is something about looking into the glass viewfinder and seeing everything upside down that is fascinating.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

"Who's next?" 6in x 6in oil

This is the last in the series and I have eaten the plums!   Getting rid of the evidence, ha ha.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

"Move Over" 6in x 6in oil


These two plums are fighting to get into the bowl.

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Monday, August 8, 2016

"Three is a crowd" 6in x 6in oil

Do you see the Mickey Mouse ears?   It is almost like he is sneaking around.  

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Sunday, August 7, 2016

"Empty Bowl" 6in x 6in oil

This is the third in the series of 6.   This one is smaller than the first two.   The challenge is to use the same objects in 6 painting.   This is a good method for learning composition.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

"Standing guard" 8in x 8in oil

This was the demo for my Tuesday class.   On Monday, we talked about painting  the same objects at least 6 times which forces you to think about composition and design.  So here is my second one.

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"What makes Red so special?" 8in x 8in oil

All the other plump plums are standing around wondering why Red is so special, why does he get to sit in the green chair?

This was my demo painting for my Monday class.  I felt a little out of practice!   Yikes!

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Friday, July 1, 2016

"Sparkling Sun Hat" 12in x 12in oil


This is the same pose that we had last Friday, but I sat in a different position.   I was right in front and the composition was not conducive to asymmetry so I decided to make everything symmetrical.

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Friday, June 24, 2016

"Lilac Sundress" 14in x 18in oil

This pose is for two Friday sessions but I did this on the first 3 hour session.   I will have to do something else for next week.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

"Hannah in a hat" 16" x 20" oil on linen

This was a 3 hour pose.  I wanted to keep it loose and free flowing.  She is a wonderful model.

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