Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Stop and Smell the Roses 2

Stop and Smell the Roses 2, pastel, 12x9", starting bid $100

I took the photo reference for this painting on a sunny evening as the light was low in Cambria, California. I love the dramatic lighting and how the use of complementary colors really pop in this piece.

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Monday, May 6, 2013

Studio Notes: Just How Popular is Plein Air Painting?

Studio Notes: Just How Popular is Plein Air Painting?

Stop and Smell the Roses

Stop and Smell the Roses, pastel, 9x12", starting bid of $100

I took the photo reference for this painting on a overcast day at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon. I love the soft lighting and the complementary colors that glow, but still convey a sense of peacefulness.

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Upcoming Portrait Workshop

Portrait of a Young Lady, watercolor, 14x10" Starting bid $125

I am pleased to announce that I will be giving a two day portrait workshop in Jackson, MI, June 5-6. Please click here to download the flyer.

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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Portrait Studio, Saturday, April 6, 2013

Myself painting our model, John

Today's Portrait Studio in Scottsdale

Portrait Studio

Come paint or draw with us!!!  Portrait Studios are a benefit of PAOA (Portrait Artists Of Arizona) membership and there is no additional cost for the model.  Portrait Studios are a great way to get to know other members, observe, and improve your portrait skills by working from life!
It is also an opportunity for non-members to "check us out" before joining.  Members may invite artist friends to drop in and observe and find out more about our organization.

John was our model and he was fantastic and very professional.

2013 - Portrait Studios Upcoming - MAY, JULY, AND AUGUST!

Saturday, May 11, 1:30pm - 5pm
Granite Reef Community Center - Room 6, Art Room
Just North of McDowell on Granite Reef

Saturday, July 27, 1:30pm - 5pm
Granite Reef Community Center - Room 6, Art Room
Just North of McDowell on Granite Reef

Saturday, August 17, 1:30pm - 5pm
Granite Reef Community Center - Room 6, Art Room
Just North of McDowell on Granite Reef

Thanks to Ivan Halvorson for the photographs.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Oak Creek Plein Air

Oak Creek, oil, 6x8" Starting bid $100

I set up my gear on shore and had this far off view from me, where the creek took a bend. I liked that it was distant enough that I wouldn't get caught up in details. It was a most pleasant day and although I had a couple of minor mishaps when the wind picked up before I could get my umbrella down, it was still a most enjoyable experience. I did this study in about two hours on sight.

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Light of Hope

Light of Hope, oil, 36x24" $3000

I received notice that this painting and two others were accepted into the Portrait Artists of Arizona 3rd Annual Members Juried Fine Art Portrait Exhibition and Sale. There are some excellent artists in the group, including many professionals. I am honored to be included!

If this painting looks familiar, my earlier blog post of "Sheer Light of Hope" is the pastel study for this piece. Ironically, it did not make it into the Arizona Pastel Artists Association Spring 2013 Juried Show, however three other pieces did. I am very proud and honored.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Spring Creek

Spring Creek, pastel, 9x12" Starting bid $350 

Yesterday, after taking a walk, I couldn't help but go home, get my gear and go back and set up to capture this view. I spent two hours on site and then came home and finished.

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Bust of Benjamin Franklin

Bust of Benjamin Franklin, oil, 7x5" Starting bid $75

Jean-Antoine Houdon
French, 1741-1828
Tinted plaster after 1778
Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH

Benjamin Franklin (1705-1790) went to Europe in 1776 to negotiate a treaty of alliance between France and the United States, and remained as the new nation's Minister to France until 1785. Through their fraternal and social activities, he became acquainted with the sculptor Houdon, who recorded in this portrait the statesman's thinning hair, sagging chin, and expression of wisdom and humor. Eight years later, on Franklin's recommendation, Houdon came to the United States to model a sculpture of George Washington.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Headed For The Light

Headed for the Light, Oil on RayMar panel, 6x6", SOLD

My entry into this week's Daily Paintworks "the Bright Path Challenge".

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Broken Angel

Broken Angel, 10x8 on linen paper, $35 

This little broken angel is part of a roadside memorial that brought tears to my eyes when I came upon it. It is decorated with beads and plastic flowers and the area is strewn with the rubble of decaying remembrance of things past. It seems to embody the dashed hopes and dreams of loved ones tragically lost. The original pencil study will be used to create a painting.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Woman Bathing

Woman Bathing, acrylic, 10x8" SOLD
I gave all of my heavy body acrylic paints to a good friend who is making wonderful art with them. I kept only my Golden fluid acrylics that I mostly use thin and transparent like watercolor. This is for a DPW Challenge and I enjoyed doing this piece.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Still Life with Squash, Lemon and Bottle

Still Life with Squash, Lemon and Bottle, oil, 10x8 Starting bid $100
I am very happy with this low key painting. Capturing the light was my goal. I just finished the painting this afternoon and the background is picking up some glare.

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Struck by Heaven's Light

Struck by Heaven's Light, oil, 18x24" Starting bid $750

Some friends of ours took us on the Verde Canyon Railroad where I took hundreds of photos. It was threatening to rain during most of the trip , but gave us dramatic sky and light. I hope to do a series of paintings, including some plein air. Do take this train ride if you are ever in the area...you will not be disappointed.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Evening Falls On General Williams

Evening Falls On General Williams, watercolor, 8x10" Starting bid $125

My favorite statue at Belle Isle, Detroit, MI is of Major Gen. Alpheus Starkey Williams as he sits atop his horse, checking a map as his steed bows his head.

Williams, a Detroiter, was a congressman, a judge, a lawyer, a postmaster, a newspaper publisher and a failed gubernatorial candidate, and was appointed a Brigadier General for the Union Army in the Civil War.

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Sheer Light of Hope

Sheer Light of Hope, pastel, 22x16", $1900

I am proud of the way this turned out.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Plein Air Study #1

Plein Air #1, oil, 6x8" Starting bid $75

I recently went out with a "meetup" group to Fay Canyon for plein air painting in the Sedona and Verde Valley area that was organized by Michael Chesley Johnson. This is the painting I worked on outside and completed in the studio.

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Red Tea Pot

Red Tea Pot, Oil, 11x14", Starting bid $125

My gift to myself this year, is to immerse myself in as much learning as I can absorb. I am currently studying with Gretchen Lopez, a marvelous artist. Very sweet and generous.

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Sunday, January 13, 2013


Chapeau, Oil, 12x16" Starting bid $125

It feels good to work from a live model again. Yesterday, I joined the Portrait Artists of Arizona. I drove two hours to get there, but it was well worth it. We had a very lovely model and she was quite pleased with the likeness. I experimented with painting loosely and getting a heavier application of paint.

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As a follow up to Fallen Firefighter, my January 5th blog, here is a photo from the Pensacola News Journal (click to read the full story):

Tony Giberson/tgiberson@pnj.com

Velma Jones, center, the mother of Maurice Bartholemew, gets a better look at her son's portrait during the dedication of the new downtown library Friday morning while her grandchildren, Maurice's kids, Caleb, left, and Tiffany Bartholemew look on. A special wing of the library is dedicated in memory of Maurice Bartholemew.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Venus Nebula Fantasy Art

Venus Nebula, 10x8", digital art print, $25

This week' Daily PaintWorks Challenge is as follows:

The Something New Challenge, posted by Carol Marine on Saturday Jan 5, 2013
I challenge you to do something new for the new year. It can be anything - just as long as you've never done it before: a new medium, a new subject, a completely different style, etc. Stretch yourself. Get uncomfortable. If you don't like the result, try it again...

I challenged myself to create something out of my mind, using no reference. That is something that I just don't do...and now I have and it felt pretty good. It's even scarier to post it and (quite literally) show the world. I'll survive and hopefully try it again and again.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Fallen Firefighter

Marvin Maurice Bartholomew, Oil, 30x24" SOLD

I was honored to have been selected to paint a portrait of this young man who died tragically while fighting a house fire, November 25, 2000. The City Council of Pensacola, FL named the new wing of the Downtown Library in honor of Marvin Maurice Bartholomew and have a prominent location within the atrium, where his portrait will reside, designated for a First Responders Memorial honoring all fallen Firefighters and Police Officers. The Ribbon Cutting Firefighter Memorial Dedication Reception will be held this Friday at 10:00 AM at 239 North Spring Street. The public is welcome.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Shooting Star

Shooting Star, Print, 8x10, $25

I played with the oil sketch of 'Marilyn' in Photoshop to see how I would of liked to resolve the portrait had I had the time to finish it. I like the way this turned out so much, that one day I may get around to painting it. Oh, if only I had all the time to do everything that I longed to do, I would have to live several lifetimes and be really energetic!

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012


Marilyn, Oil, 11x14, SOLD

I started this Sunday evening when I found out what the Daily Paintworks Challenge was. I was pretty excited and I had expected to do a polished piece. Well, sometimes life happens, and I have been pushed and pulled in several directions that just hasn't included time to paint. Oh, I hate that so much! Good news for you as I am auctioning off this lovely oil sketch for $1.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Roses and Teapot

Roses and Teapot, oil, 8x10", Starting bid $100

This was from my last day of Qiang Huang's workshop. I am very happy with this piece which took about two hours of concentrated work.

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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Qiang Huang Workshop

Yellow Rose with Copper Bowl, Oil, 8x10", Starting bid $100

Qiang Huang is a gentleman and a scholar, a wonderful artist and an outstanding instructor. In other words, "a true mensch". I was fortunate enough to be able to take his workshop in Sedona last week, my new backyard. I learned so much and everyone there seemed equally pleased. If you ever have the chance to take Qiang's workshop, you will certainly get your money's worth.

Although this painting was done in a workshop, the entire piece was created by myself. Qiang gave me helpful tips and critique. My setup was a collaboration with Cheryl who worked along side of me, and my photo below was taken by Denise. The group photo was taken by Qiang.

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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Commissioned Portrait

Michigan Couple, Oil, 18x24" Sold

When I moved to Arizona in July, I brought this piece to finish for a couple back in Michigan. I have included photos of my progression from start to finish. I worked entirely from photos provided by the clients. I did a sketch that I had approved first. Then, I used Photoshop to make a photo composite that became my main reference.
Photo composite created in Photoshop
I made a 3" grid on my reference and transferred as a sketch to my canvas. I like to work freehand. I had marked off an extremely light grid with soft vine charcoal. the brush removed the majority of it as I worked loosely and quickly.

Light, loose wash with burnt sienna.

Applied a warm ground to create unity and a middle value.

Beginning to lay in local color and value.

Starting to refine the faces. Made the decision to get rid of the shadow between the heads.

Detailing the faces, adjusting the background and clothing.

Added some coolness into the background for balance and finishing touches, overall.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Getting to Know You

Getting to Know You, Oil, 6x6", Starting bid $125

Getting to know you, 
Getting to feel free and easy
When I am with you, 
Getting to know what to say 

Haven't you noticed
Suddenly I'm bright and breezy? 
Because of all the beautiful and new 
Things I'm learning about you 
Day by day.

"Getting To Know You" Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein

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