I didn't mean to take a break from painting for a week or so, but we had a round of the flu and then family came for the holiday and it all got away from me. I thought I would enter back in with a cat portrait. This is my 25 pound black beauty Jack. His eyes say it all.
I decided to keep working on people and portraits this week and then go back and give the brothers another whirl. I'm painting subjects that I know in order to just get better at this. I like how this one came out. I've painted my son many times but haven't managed a portrait of my daughter. She has such a great spirit. This really captures her.
I've been looking at this cool photo for some time, wanting to put it in paint. It's not my photo, but the subject is a friend of mine. I will post the photo credit when I get it. Love a cup of coffee by the water in Seattle.
One of our little chicks has grown into a fine rooster, one of many. Still working on my portraits but thought I needed to paint something else today as well. I may have to leave the portraits for a few days and take a break. It is still eluding me and I have spent hours and hours... Great practice though.
I've been painting everyday, working hard on some portraits but, alas, they are not completed yet. I'm realizing how hard the perfect portrait is... Anyway, I took a break today and painted this fellow late tonight. He was in one of the reference photos and couldn't be ignored. Quite the serious look.
This is one of the large pieces I have been working on for some time. I painted a realistic version of this few months back and had the idea to give it a neon quality. Fun to try new things and to add lots of texture in the background. This is definitely stepping out of my usual box. I enjoyed painting what I wanted to see, not just what I actually see.
I love how sneakers can say so much about someone and this pair is no exception. I think these have been my favorite to paint so far. And they are Custom Converse. (A special thanks to my model for the cool shots!)
I have been painting a lot lately, working on some big projects but just haven't had much time to blog recently...anyway, here is a small offering while I work on larger pieces. This is a tiny version of a huge painting I did a while ago and is for someone special...
I am an artist living on an island in the pacific Northwest. For the past year I having been painting exclusively in oils, mostly on board but also some canvas. For a few years prior to this, I painted furniture with acrylics in a style reminiscent of art from Oaxaca, Mexico. For many , many years before that, I was a professional french horn player. Life circumstances made me choose to put my instrument down permanently and this blog is evidence of my creative spirit coming out in different form. I love the practice of daily painting and after all the years in classical music, daily practice feels essential to art as much as it did to music.
All paintings are sold unframed with an option for framing.
Contact me for more information or if you are interested in a painting listed in the archive. Some works are in galleries and some are still available. I try to mark what has been sold right away after a show.