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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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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