I am delighted that my award-winning painting Clivia and Shells (30"x24" acrylic on canvas) has been selected for the Muskoka Arts and Crafts show at the Canada Summit Centre (Canadian spelling) in Huntsville, Ontario. I delivered the painting this week to this beautiful venue where it will be displayed through mid- November. The Centre is a fabulous showcase for art, but it was originally built for the G-8 summit in 2010 and serves as a multifaceted community center.
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Tuesday, August 02, 2016
Just the fragrance of strawberries conjures up summertime for me, and they are abundant here right now. This 8"x8" acrylic is painted on 1.5 inch deep gallery wrap canvas, so it can be displayed unframed. Here are a couple of progress shots...
Saturday, July 23, 2016
I've been busy with a couple of portrait commissions, but painted this little bunch of grapes just to keep in touch with my "still life self." It's actually just doodling with a paintbrush.
Friday, July 08, 2016
A painting from last summer. Nothing beats the wild abandon of leaping off a dock. Life at the cottage is all about joys such as this.
Thursday, July 07, 2016
Happy summer everyone! I've been tied up with some portrait commissions (lucky me!) but thought I'd give this little painting a second moment in the limelight. It has previously gotten quite a few views, so perhaps it might find some new fans. Hope to be back at a DPW "routine" soon.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Friday, April 29, 2016
Sunday, April 24, 2016
Saturday, April 23, 2016
These little clementines seem perfectly suited to pair with this small blue bowl. A small still life in complementary colors -- 5 x 7 acrylic on canvas.
Sunday, April 17, 2016
A warm and wonderful friend shared some photos of her lovely little great-grandaughter. One particular photo really caught my eye. I loved the light on her face, the expressive hand gesture, and her dazzling blue eyes. She was a treat to paint and it was such fun to send it as a surprise to my friend!
Light on her face to be the focus, so cropped and simplified composition and moved hand a little closer.
Softened contrast from what appeared in photo, added more half-tones.
Background darkened, and to keep focus on the face, clothing was painted loosely.
Hair and features are further refined, injecting color into the shadow areas.
Lightened the background a bit and added finishing details.
Little Miss Sunshine - 10x8 acrylic on gessoboard.
Friday, March 25, 2016
This is a portrait of Tom, painted as a gift for his birthday this weekend. Please keep it to yourself -- it's a surprise.
Here are some progress shots -
|Light sketch in dilute acrylic paint|
|Begin to place darks|
|Define shadow side of face|
|Add midtones/further refine features|
|Cover rest of canvas to judge balance of color|
|Add more midtones and begin lights|
|Balance and refine fleshtones|
|Final portrait 10x8 acrylic on gallery wrap canvas|
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Tuesday, March 08, 2016
This is the third of three paintings I'll have at the Muskoka Arts and Crafts 39th Annual Spring Members' Show. The show begins with the opening reception and awards presentation Friday night and runs through the weekend. I've been part of this wonderfully-diverse showcase for more than 15 years. Sunday afternoon I'm doing a demonstration -- something I always enjoy because people come by to chat as I paint.
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Tuesday, February 09, 2016
Friday, February 05, 2016
I paint a lot in acrylics, and there's so much about them that I like. Clean up is quick and easy, no solvents needed, and layers can be added in minutes. Even painting white over black is no problem. I use heavy body acrylics, and keeping them from drying on the palette can be a battle. I get focused on the painting and forget to "spritz" with my spray bottle. The stay-wet palettes don't work for me. In spite of my efforts to get just the right degree of moisture, my paints soon become too fluid.
So, every so often I long for the buttery richness, and slower-drying blendability of oil paints. But since I'm spoiled by the easy clean up of acrylics, I reach for my water-miscible oils.
Monday, January 25, 2016
Monday, January 18, 2016
|Initial sketch on toned gessoboard|
|Mid tones and some lights added|
|More midtones and finer details added|
|Refining and trial background|
New background and Final Touches...Done!