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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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

"Peonies in Pink" 8in x 10in oil

With my glasses off, I painted most of this painting.   The tricky part is mixing the right color, value without seeing the palette very well.  At least I could see where the palette was!   I had lots of laughs and finished it with my glasses on!

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Self portrait Demo #2 11" x 14" oil

My Tuesday class wanted to do their self portraits (they just can't be upstaged by the Monday class) so I did a second demo for them.   I know, it looks a lot like the one I did a couple of months ago, but there is one small difference.   The first one I did  I just happened to be on Percocet because I had smashed my finger (my non painting hand) so I had to have 6 stitches.   The demo had been planned for weeks so I had to do it.   I do think this one turned out better. ;-D

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Here is the first demo that I did while on percocet and my eyes do look a little glazed...  And just to let you know, my finger is doing fine, the smashed bone is healed and there is just a scar.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

"Roses and Ribbon 3" 8" x 8" oil

I feel that the roses came out pretty well in this painting.    They are in a silver mint julep cup and almost everyone here in Louisville Ky has one of these.   Mine came from my Dad and his initials are engraved on the cup.    I added a woven copper ribbon in the composition... it needed somehting...

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Fallen leaf 8" x 10" oil

It was a struggle painting this one today.   At first I could not get a good composition on a square format so I went with an 8x10.   The surface was a slick masonite panel with a layer of very smooth almost shiny gesso.   So at first the paint was slick and showed the brush marks.   After I had blocked in basic color/value everywhere it was time for lunch.   That was the best thing because that allowed time for the paint to soak in a bit and when I came back from lunch it was easier to paint on.   Next time I will put on a layer of grey acrylic before painting.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

"10 letter word for glasses" 8" x 8" oil

Crossword puzzles, what can I say...  My parents always had one or two in process.   It was something to do and use as a distraction when they were in the doctors office or hospital, then nursing home.   I miss working the puzzles with them.

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Monday, June 6, 2016

"1960 Corvette" 6" x 8" oil

Sweet little car.   I would like to drive one but the closest I have come is to drive a Miata and that is no comparison.   The car I have now is the first automatic car I have owned.   I miss shifting gears and DRIVING a car.

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

"1956 Chevy Belair" 6" x 8" oil

Doesn't this car look like it is smiling?   I just love two tone cars, they are like spectator shoes.!   The Mini Cooper is and I wish they would make more cars in two colors!  Design wise it would make the cars more appealing... in my little opinion.   

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Monday, May 30, 2016

"1959 Volkswagon Bug" 6" x 6" oil

This is a 1959 VW Bug but it looks so much like my parents baby blue 1968 
bug that I had to paint it!   Lots of fond memories with that car.   I always smile when I see one of these cars. :-D

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

"Riinnnggg" 6" x 6" oil

These phones had such a distinct loud ring or I guess the loudness depended on if you turned up the "louder" dial on the bottom.   

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

"Just a phone" 6" x 6" oil

There is nothing quite like the feel of dialing a rotary phone.    It makes a rhythm of sound when you dial the number and the weight of the object is so solid.

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Friday, May 20, 2016

"You and Me Together" 6" x 6" oil


Cherries bring me such joy!   Here they are all gathered around the two that are so in love!  They don't even realize that the other cherries exist!   

I have good news, I am now a member of the PYRO Gallery in Louisville KY.   I am thrilled to be part of that group of artist.


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Saturday, May 7, 2016

"KB reclining" 12" x 16 oil on linen

Here is a sketch I started yesterday and worked a little on today.  I am trying to paint technically accurate while keeping the brushwork loose.   It is like doing two opposite things at the same time.

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Monday, April 18, 2016

"Self #9" 11" x 14" oil

Started a new painting session today and everyone is going to paint a self portrait.  To get them started I did a demo of the process.   Next Monday I have hired a model so they can get some practice with a real person.  Then the following weeks they will work on their own self portrait.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

" A shot of Woodford" 8" x 8" oil

When thinking about doing a painting like this I felt I needed to work just a little bigger on an 8x8 inch panel.  I like the abstract quality of this.

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Friday, April 8, 2016

Study in warm and cool 15" x 18" oil

I actually painted this a week ago but the dark paint glared so much in the photo I decided to wait until it dried and I could put on a wax varnish.   I like using the Gamblin Cold Wax  which can be used as a medium or varnish.   

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

"Red roses with a Copper Ribbon" 8" x 8" oil

As long as the roses last I feel I must paint them.   Here they are  with a copper mesh ribbon.  I painted it on a larger canvas which gave me more freedom of movement using larger brushes.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

"Roses in a Julep" 6" x 6" oil

Finally had time to get in a daily today.  One of my students left these roses for me to paint so I gave it a try today.   Roses in a Mint Julep cup is a classic image here in the city that has the Derby.

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Friday, March 25, 2016

"White Hydrangeas with a Red Daisy" 8" x 8" oil

Yesterday I set out to paint two small paintings.   I painted one and wiped it off, then I painted the second one and wiped it off too!   Yikes!   Today I started with a new approach and I liked the way this one turned out... finally!

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

"Longing for Spring" 6" x 6" oil

It was around 70° here today!  It feels like spring is here before it is official.   The daffodils have bloomed and everyone is longing for spring.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

"Tulips" 8" x 8" oil

Saw these tulips and just could not resist getting a little bit of spring to put in my home.

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Saturday, February 20, 2016

"Hamilton Beach Mixer" 18" x 18" oil on wood

This is a larger piece, 18" x 18" painted on wood with 1.5 " painted sides.   After painting this mixer realistically I was not satisfied with it so I decided to make a bold leap and put some interesting brush work and knife work on it.   It was very scary at first and then I really got into it!   

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Friday, February 12, 2016

"Snake Eyes" 6" x 6" oil

This little adjustable antique magnifying glass looks like a robot to me.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

"Green Yellow Orange" 6" x 6" oil

Did you know that there are more than 8,000 grape varieties, and it takes about 2.5 pounds of grapes to make a bottle of wine.  

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Friday, February 5, 2016

"The Odd Berry" 6" x 6" oil

Raspberries in the bowl, raspberries on the table, raspberry on the spoon... how did that blackberry sneak in?    

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

"Grape clusters" 6" x 6" Oil

My favorite thing about this set up was the way the shadow changed color.

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Friday, January 29, 2016

"Yum... that was good!" 6" x 6" oil

I love the way the table looks after a good meal.   Good conversation and ideas abound.   Looking at this set up brings back happy memories.

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

"A Raspberry and a Napkin" 6" x 6" oil

I had this all sketched in with paint and then decided it needed a bit of red so I added a raspberry.

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