Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Oranges

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

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



Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Monica

Monica 14 x 11 acrylic on gessoboard  SOLD
Monica was a very special commission -- a posthumous portrait of a lovely vibrant woman. Her devoted friend, who is also my dear friend, is giving this portrait to Monica's daughter. Friends are indeed life's treasures.

Here are some photos of the portrait in progress:

Preliminary drawing

Begin skintones

Detail

Start of hair

Begin background

Overall adjustments

Finished 14 x 11 acrylic on gessoboard




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...