Sunday, August 21, 2016

Clivia and Shells Redux


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.





Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Too Big for the Bowl


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

Grape Doodle


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

Summer


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

The Sentinel...revisited


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

Celebrating Oranges

This was a good exercise in tonal changes. I'm trying to become more adept at capturing the unique texture of an orange peel.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Sugar Maple

I've not been at my easel enough lately. This little study at least took me out of my usual figurative/still-life groove, so that's a good thing. It's done from a photo I snapped last fall of a stunningly vibrant Sugar Maple. It was such a fabulous red against a brilliant sky.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

The Visitor NFS

This is one of my gallery-sized paintings, done from the same photo as "The Sentinel." We are fortunate to have a wonderful variety of birds visit our backyard to enjoy a drink at the birdbath. I loved the way this crow's feathers caught the light and managed to grab a photo.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Clementines and Blue Bowl


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

Little Miss Sunshine NFS

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

Portrait of Tom NFS


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

Delineate features

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

Demo in Acrylics

This little painting is the demo I did at the 39th Annual Muskoka Arts and Crafts Spring Members' show held this past weekend. The show features hundreds of pieces of artwork and runs from Friday evening through Sunday night. It was great fun and I was thrilled when my three acrylic still life paintings received the show's penultimate award for Best Use of Media. 

I often do a demo at the show. It's very informal, and really involves painting between chats and QandA with folks who attend the show. Usually it's a three-hour session of painting/chatting, but this year  -- to my dismay -- I accidentally left home with everything EXCEPT my paints! Fortunately, I'm married to a treasure of a husband who dashed home again to retrieve my paintbox. Here are some photos, including some shots of the little painting in progress.











Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Clivia and Shells


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

Petite Nude

After working a great deal in acrylics, I'm getting back into the swing of using oils again. This is just a little nude, only 7 x 5, done in water-mixable oil on canvas.

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Eggs and Copper Kettle

I borrowed this wonderful kettle from my friend, Susan, who has a fine collection of copper and brass. Both are such wonderful, warm metals to paint. I really enjoy the way that copper naturally incorporates all manner of orange and green tones. This is another water-miscible oil.

Friday, February 05, 2016

Fruit and Bowl

This is water-miscible oils on stretched canvas. I've not used my oils in a while, but lately had a hankering for that soft, juicy texture. The subject is a familiar favorite, but what I painted was beside the point. It was the medium not the message that concerned me. I wanted to 'play' with oils for a change.

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

Trio Times Three

Trying to get back into a routine of regular paintings with some favorite still life subjects. My previous paintings of onions have usually been finely-detailed. This time I made an attempt to "stay loose."

Monday, January 18, 2016

Daydreamer


This is based on a photo of one one my favorite models, but not intended to be a likeness. It was a quiet moment when she appeared to be lost in thought. I wanted to capture that faraway look and my aim was to achieve an expressive and painterly image. Below are some progress shots.


Initial sketch on toned gessoboard

Placed Darks

Mid tones and some lights added

More midtones and finer details added

Refining and trial background

 
New background and Final Touches...Done!

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Sunshine NFS

This lovely young woman came to interview me for a local magazine. As we chatted, I was captivated by how the sunlight just kissed her cheek and forehead. I asked if I could snap a few photos and perhaps paint her.  She agreed and this was the result.