Monday, April 24, 2017

Jumping Off...for awhile

I'm going to be taking a little hiatus from Daily Paintworks. The artists who have become blogging buddies, and those lovely folks who follow me, have probably noticed I've been posting less frequently over the past couple of months. Seems I've been inclined towards larger paintings, and towards exploring new subject directions. Anyhow, call it an artistic stretch.

I'll still be blogging, and will continue to follow my chums on DPW. This break is just a temporary "jumping off."

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Hot Stuff

Hot Stuff 6x6 acrylic on canvas
A quick 6x6 acrylic demo that sold. Bright red peppers and a cheerful green plate.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Ginger Jar

Ginger Jar 16x12 oil on stretched canvas
This painting reminded me of a reference made by an artist whose blog I follow. Her name is Kate Stone, her paintings are wonderful, and her blog is:  Painting Stuff To Look Like Stuff

Kate cites the 80/20 rule, which alludes to the fact that often it's only 20 percent of your painting that makes you drink 80 percent of that bottle of wine. This was one such painting for me. Even though most of it came together swimmingly, it took me AGES to correctly capture the color and texture of the plums. More than once, I almost tossed the whole shebang. For the sake of the 80 percent that was working, however, I soldiered on.

Here are some steps in my struggles along the way:

Sketch in oil

Beginning underpainting

Working on dynamics of all fruit

Color of grapes and plums is too similar 

Plums now too blue, green grapes too vibrant

Green grapes developing, plums still too blue

Ginger Jar finished 16x12 oil on stretched canvas

Tuesday, January 10, 2017


Oranges 6 x 6 acrylic on stretched canvas  SOLD
This is my second little painting sold at the "Small Art, Big Cause" charity show. I love the color combination, and those great shadows. I have a similar daily painting featuring pink grapefruit sections, but I suspected that orange sections might work even better.

Monday, January 09, 2017

Teacup and Grapes

Teacup and Grapes 6 x 6 acrylic on stretched canvas SOLD
Each year a gallery with which I'm associated holds a show called "Small Art, Big Cause" that benefits the Muskoka Children's Foundation. Local artists donate 6x6 pieces, and I usually contribute two little canvases. It's a wildly popular and lively event, with artwork literally snapped up as quickly as sales can be processed. Adding to the excitement, there's often a draw when a painting attracts multiple buyers. This year, we were delighted to hear that we raised $4000!

Here's a photo of our collective effort...

Monday, January 02, 2017


Pinocchio 14 x 11 acrylic on gessoboard  NFS
This 14x11 acrylic was enormous fun to paint. I made it for our brand-new (well fairly new) 9-month-old grand-nephew's first Christmas.  I tried to paint a three-dimensional puppet rather than a cartoon, and used photos of figurines as well as the Disney illustrations. Here are some steps in the process.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Fruit and Brass

Fruit and Brass 16 x 20 acrylic on stretched canvas  SOLD
This 16 x 20 acrylic painting is larger than many of my still life pieces, but I did enjoy having a bit more elbow room. There is a bit of glare on the lower left of this final photo.  The shots of the painting in progress show this section to greater advantage. It's also evident as the painting progresses whether I was working in daylight or evening/artificial light.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Portrait of Walter

Walter 20 x 16 acrylic on stretched canvas SOLD
This 20x16 acrylic portrait on stretched canvas is a commissioned piece. As with all commissions, I've delayed posting until it was picked up by the client -- a dear friend who was very pleased with it, I'm happy to say!

The portrait of Walter was done using several photo references. Fortunately, I know the subject and could judge which elements of each photo accurately reflected both his personality and his likeness. In the best photos, however, the subject was wearing the type of eyeglasses that automatically darken in outdoor light. In order to more clearly see his eyes through the lenses, I had to create an overexposed black and white computer print.

Here are some progress shots ...

Initial sketch

Beginning fleshtones

Various source photos - note B&W print on left

Moving on to the shirt

Almost done

Subtle adjustments and transitions

Done and signed

Monday, November 21, 2016

Apples and Bowls

Apples and Bowls 8 x 10 oil on stretched canvas ON HOLD
As I recover from cataract surgery, I've not done many small paintings. I've been slowly finishing up some larger pieces for galleries, charity shows and such. This is a re-post of one of my early DPW pieces. Those who follow my blog will likely find it familiar, but for others it might be fresh. In any case, thanks to everyone who gives it a look!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Summer Reprised

Summer Reprised 12 x 9 acrylic on stretched canvas AVAILABLE
It's November here in Canada, but we've been enjoying some unseasonably warm days. We know, however,  that winter isn't far around the corner, so I thought I'd recall a memory of summer. 

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Mr Cool

Mr Cool 6 x 6 acrylic on stretched canvas SOLD
What a profile this fellow has, and I especially like the foot tucked behind the front paws. Most of all I enjoyed finding color in the "white" fur.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Wild Strawberries

Wild Strawberries 8 x 8 acrylic on gessoboard AVAILABLE
This is my young neighbor, who is a delight to paint, but too shy to pose for me. Means I have to catch her unawares, such as when she's picking the wild strawberries that grow all over my backyard in the summer. They're the tiniest berries, but they're perfect miniatures of their farm-grown counterparts.

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Sunshine on a Plate

Sunshine on a Plate 8 x 8 acrylic on gessoboard AVAILABLE
Citrus sections on a turquoise plate makes a great color combo. Add sunshine and the shadows are luscious. Just looking at it makes me feel bright and happy.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

On Deck

On Deck 10 x 8 acrylic on stretched canvas AVAILABLE
The moment is filled with tension and anticipation.  You watch the performance of the rider in the ring, and know your turn is next.
This was done from a photo taken at our local fall fair, and reminded me of years I spent as a young rider. Every spare moment -- and a good chunk of Dad's cash -- was spent at the stable.

Friday, November 04, 2016

Onions and Shallots

Onions and Shallots 8 x 10 acrylic on stretched canvas AVAILABLE
Some onions and shallots sharing a spot with my favorite brass bowl. An 8x10 still life in acrylic.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Apples with Brown Jug and friends

Apples with Brown Jug 16 x20 acrylic on stretched canvas NFS
I'm very pleased that three of my still life paintings have been selected as part of  "ART YOU CAN SINK YOUR TEETH INTO"  (September 30 to October 15) at Martins Gallery, Bracebridge. This toothsome show will be part of the third annual  "What's Cooking," a  smorgasbord of food and entertainment-related events. For two weeks a variety of local venues will serve up a packed schedule of cooking, tasting, and entertaining experiences that feature celebrity chefs and foodie notables. 

The 16 x 20 acrylic, Apples with Brown Jug, will be accompanied by two previously posted 8 x 8 acrylics, Celebrating Oranges and Too Big for the Bowl.

Celebrating Oranges 8 x 8 acrylic on gallery wrap canvas AVAILABLE
Too Big for the Bowl 8 x 8 acrylic on gallery wrap canvas  SOLD

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Clivia and Shells Redux

Clivia and Shells 30 x 24 acrylic on gallery wrap canvas  NFS

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

Too Big for the Bowl 8 x 8 acrylic on gallery wrap canvas  SOLD
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...