Saturday, December 20, 2014


I love the look of this little guy.I used a real Christmas tree ornament as a model. It came in a set of 4 - will I paint the others? - hmmm.The background is darker than it appears in the picture and it makes his serious stand pop out of the painting a lot.Reds and purples contrast with the white of the beard. I was able to apply some gold and silver pastel pigments to give a sparkly look.Enjoy the holidays!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

December 10th

It is hard to sit down and write. Especially if you are posting frequent work related stuff.
This is me trying to do something different. Something outside of my comfort zone - the landscape.

It was challenging to decide how to leave the background, yes! the background.
The front poppy has detail and all but I kept going back and forth defining the flowers in the background and then trying to make them go back further.

The effect that we usually see with a camera picture, that fuzziness well, was really hard to do.

What would be the title for this little painting? "red poppies"...dah.

How about "Right here, right now". Yes, its just flowers at first but if you look deeper I saw something different. Concentrate your life around the present, what you have right here in front of you and enjoy it. Put the past and future in the background and take what you have now.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Friday, December 5, 2014

Daily Painting?

I got literally possessed by the book Daily Painting by Carol Marine. I read a few pages and off I was preparing some surfaces with watercolor paper and ground for pastels. The idea is to have paper available quickly that can be cut in sizes 5x7 or 6x6 or any other small size and use them to make some sort of art every day.
Every day is a lot of commitment. But even twice a week will do. 
Lots of research and work to do. Finding subjects is a big one. If you dont have good subjects to paint from motivation goes away at the speed of light.