Wednesday, August 31, 2011


As you can see the figure painting obsession continues...This was cool to do because of the graffiti.. I used a watercolor pencil and crayon to "write" in the letters behind the bearded guy. I even signed my name on the lower right side of the wall in a tagging style...well maybe sort of, but a graffiti artist I'm not (12"x12")

Monday, August 29, 2011

Making it up

This painting was done from a photograph of my doesn't really look like her, but it's been fun to have a really strong black and white image to work from..this way I'm not influenced by color choices and I can make it up as I go along...

Friday, August 26, 2011


Here are some one-minute studies that we do to open up the drop in figure sessions...this was the first time I actually just "drew" with my brush...I like a few of these and there is potential for future exploration.

Monday, August 22, 2011

pigment play

This was an experiment in taking away pigment...the white shirt of the person under the umbrellas and the highlights of the items around the figures was all pigment applied and then later lifted with a damp brush. You can also see some of that in the figures by the water.

Friday, August 19, 2011

floral journey

Tropical Flowers...I don't know what kind they are, but they were such a beautiful color...I'm going to start back on a floral journey...teaching a workshop next it's time to jump back in and leave the portraits behind for a little while.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

camera reference

Here is a small study I did from my camera of a picture I took in Portofino Italy. It wasn't easy, because the camera kept shutting off to conserve energy! Next time..print the'll be easier!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Looks like...

The portrait painting has really grabbed me...I hope you can endure some more from me...This was done from a photograph that Jeannie McGuire's her daughter, but I think it ended up looking more like Keira the movie she's in: "Love Actually".

Monday, August 8, 2011

keep it going

Here is another from the workshop...more than unfinished, but a good that I know that you can just keep adding color, opaque, white, scrub away etc..etc.. I can just keep working and working and working, but I think the paper might get a bit tired...