Tuesday, April 30, 2013

next step

The next step in my process...While I was painting these sunflowers I really had to continually remind myself to stop and take a picture.  Plus you want to take a picture at a stage where it looks like you've done something and it's still possible to see how you achieved the steps vs. doing so much that the viewer can't decipher how you got from stage 2 to stage 3...so hopefully I've been able to  document in a clear way my process a little bit anyway.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Working technique

This is the second stage of my sunflower painting.  I gradually build up layers and darken sections to let the negative spaces define leaves, petals and other shapes.  The most important thing is to let pigments dry in between applications or else everything mixes and can turn muddy or if you overbrush or overwork areas.  Dry paper=hard edges  wet/damp paper=soft edges.

Monday, April 22, 2013

process pix

I had a chance to photograph a painting in progress and I'll post the pictures here the next several blog posts.    It is hard to remember to stop while you are working, especially if you are on a roll..This is a full sheet of 22"x30" and was composed from a few picture references that I took from sunflower bouquets.

Thursday, April 18, 2013


I am working through growing pains with a new laptop...it's not easy trying to navigate the new Windows apps.  Oh well...Plus the systems come so stripped down that I need all sorts of software...any one have any suggestions for some software for photo editing...besides Photoshop or Elements...anyone have any experience with any of the free downloads?  Thanks...

Tuesday, April 16, 2013


Some purple tulips...where I painted the background (negative space) with color and not the actual flowers. It is a good way to see if your spaces are unique shapes and show variety..which is always what I strive for...

Friday, April 12, 2013


A graphite study of three 5 minute poses...the warm ups are sometimes the hardest..you have to get the large masses down first and not worry about the details...then if there is time left you can restate lines and put in some shading..How about this quote by famous artist Georgia O'Keeffe: "I hate flowers - I paint them because they're cheaper than models and they don't move."  Well that's not true for me...I love flowers, but they do sit still...and I do like drawing the model, too...

Monday, April 8, 2013

random pix

How is this for something different for me?  I have a large collection of random photographs and I took a picture of this dog several years ago...why?  Well I didn't really know at the time, but recently when looking through said photos...he spoke to me and I had to do a little sketch...so that's why I take pix and save them.. for a rainy day of sketching :)

Friday, April 5, 2013

permanent ink

Tulips are everywhere now, except out in the garden....yet!  This coming week the temps will rise..yahoo!  I've been sketching a lot and trying to fill my sketchbooks.  I'm calling it my artistic exercising to keep my brain and way of seeing in shape.  I do these sketches without drawing in pencil first...I go right in with a permanent marker...like doing the crossword in ballpoint ink!  No guts, no glory!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Book news

Hot off the presses..this painting "Letter Sweater" was selected for inclusion in the next Splash publication, "Splash 15, Creative Solutions".  The book will be out next summer!  Super excited and super honored.  She will follow in the footsteps of my other painting "The Storyteller" which will be out in Splash 14 this year!.