Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
I've been planning for quite a while to make movies for YouTube, and I finally made my first one with this painting. Check it out!
Thursday, December 10, 2009
9.5" x 12.5"
Soft Pastel on La Carte
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
I painted this portrait of my uncle, who passed away last year, as a gift for my aunt. He was a great man. I hope he knew we all thought so.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
I was able to squeeze in some time to paint the current Different Strokes From Different Folks challenge, though, so I can show you that. I had intended to paint all three figures from the reference photo, but given the time crunch I decided I should make the composition easier. All those lost edges were fun to paint, and fun and easy was just what I needed after that commission!
Thursday, October 15, 2009
I had so much fun painting them, but I really wanted to try the same subject on a different support. I heard about a new cupcake shop in Tacoma, so I drove over there looking for good references. I got them!
The shop is called “Sweet Things Cupcakes,” and is full of the most beautiful cupcakes I’ve ever seen. I didn’t get to try any of them because they weren’t gluten free, although the owner said they were planning on serving a gluten free cupcake eventually. The staff was very friendly and very kindly let me take some photos for references.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
My dog got a huge, well-deserved helping of turkey when I got home last night!
Friday, August 28, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
11” x 14”
Soft Pastel on Suede Matboard
The artists participating in the Gig Harbor Open Studio Tour have art on display until August 28th, 2009 at the library in Gig Harbor. I have included a couple of my paintings (one of which won 3rd place at the Peninsula Art League’s Summer Show last weekend).
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
I’ll be talking about the materials I use, then going through a painting from start to finish, step by step. I’m using my dog as a subject.
I’d love to see you there!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
People have been asking me lately about my process. Unfortunately, I don’t have an easy answer because I don't have a set approach to painting. I may do things differently based on subject, size, purpose of the painting, my mood, whatever. I decided to turn this Different Strokes challenge into a WIP, so those people who are interested could see one of my methods for tackling a painting.
Unless my painting has to be perfect, I prefer to skip measuring. It makes things tedious and takes the fun out of it. For this particular subject, I’m not concerned with perfection. Close is good enough, because no one will likely know if it isn’t perfect. Which means I’m not measuring (hooray!).
Step 1: I cut a 7” x 5” piece of suede matboard and tape it to a piece of cardboard. I then crop and print the reference photo to the same size, taping it next to the board. This will allow me to check size, values, and shapes, and is particularly useful to check accuracy when standing five or six feet back.
Next, I pick out pastels in a light, medium, and dark value. Not the lightest light, or darkest dark, of course – that’s like dessert for me, so I save it for later. I use the light pastel, making marks where the lights are in the ref photo, then do the same with the middle and then the dark values. Now I have a basic sketch.
Step 2: Obviously, I’m going to be using some pastel pencils with this piece. Her face is only ½” big. There’s no way I’ll get enough detail with these fat pastels. Using a gray pastel pencil, I define the figures.
Step 3: Going back with the pastels again, I work on the values.
Step 4: I alternate between pastel pencils and pastels, refining the drawing.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
I could not have done this without my daughter. She posed for me, without complaint, whenever I needed her. It’s very convenient having a willing model in the house.
I’ve been given the “Passion for Painting” award by two of my online artist friends, James Parker and Edward Burton. I am supposed to list seven things that I love, and then pass the award on to seven other artists.
The seven things I love are:
- My family
- My friends
- Sitting on my deck in the summer with wine and good friends, or a good book
- Being able to watch hummingbirds, bald eagles, the occasional deer, or even seals while I do the dishes or lounge on the deck
- The sound of my kids laughing
- The smell of the air in summer, when the sun heats up the pines
Here are seven very talented artists whose work I particularly enjoy:
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
I've decided I like eating sushi more than painting it. I really wanted sushi the whole time I was working on this. Although truthfully, I’m a wimpy sushi eater. California rolls are about as adventurous as I get, but I love them. My kids and I make them occasionally, and they are so addictive!
Monday, March 2, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Soft Pastel on Suede Matboard
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
I had a tiny piece of La Carte paper (a sample that came in the box with my Sennelier pastels) which I decided to use for this piece. I cropped the photo reference to minimize the number of windows I would have to paint. I started out drawing with a pastel pencil, but quickly realized I was going to have to use a regular drawing pencil and a ruler if I were to achieve a decent level of accuracy. Once the tedious drawing was completed, the painting part was actually fun.