Monday, January 31, 2011

Trio of Figs

"Trio of Figs"
oil on board, 6"x 8"
I have been terribly missing Karin Jurick's monthly painting challenge (Different Strokes from Different Folks) as she has been too busy to continue it since last year. The good news is that I came upon another one called "Draw and Paint Together" .(Click to go there!) Lela, the artist behind the blog has some beautiful subjects and challenges and it will be fun. This painting is from an earlier challenge and the photo was SO great that I had to paint it before I jumped into the current challenge. I am thrilled to find another sight to stretch my skills. (This is while the Rooster is drying a bit...)

Friday, January 28, 2011

Rooster Day 3

I still have a lot of details to work on in the comb at the top but it is coming along. At least it is covered in paint. I sooo enjoy the details...

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Rooster on the easel

I am beginning to work on this new painting of my favorite rooster Blackberry. I'm doing a grayscale to start, as you can see, without the undertone in raw umber. I am trying to modify the process a bit to see if I can make it go quicker. This has tons of detail so I will work on this for days. The top comb is just blocked in... I should add that the canvas is 36" x 24" .

Monday, January 24, 2011

"Big Baby" finished!

"Big Baby"
oil on canvas, 30"x 30"
I'm as done as my mind will let me be right now. I might touch up just a few tiny details but that's it... I must move on. I learned a whole lot with this one. That's for sure. Double click to check it out up close.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Adjusting Big Baby...

These are the latest two adjustment layers. The first was lightening and evening out the skin tones and the second was adjusting color and adding some details. Still working hard on this...

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Baby with color in progress

This is Big Baby after 2 days of glazing and some softening of skin tones. I will probably work through at least 2-3 more glazed layers before calling it good. I'm really liking this technique. I'm still adjusting value as well. This is 30"x 30"...

I'd love some feedback on this compared to my usual style(s) from anyone out there if you have time! Thanks.

BIg Baby Progression

Here is big baby in progression til I finished black and white. This is a new technique for me and I thought I would keep track of how it's going with photos.

Friday, January 7, 2011


oil on canvas, 18" x 24"

I finally finished my bigger version on the PBJ in the box. It's January and maybe it will always be the month for my PBJ paintings. I enjoy them so. I might still have just a few touches left to do once it dries a bit, but I think that's it. This kind of piece really makes me glad I'm a painter. It's just plain fun.