Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Shy One

Today's adventure was another foray into the Asian face. This child had eyes that just seemed to see deep inside the viewer somehow.

12" X 16" Acrylic on Arches 140# Cold Press

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Out of the Concrete

This was an experiment for a larger painting I want to do. The method I used here will not work for what I had in mind but as happens so often, this took on a life of it's own. I used a lot of gel medium to create the texture. There are several layers of color washes and it's over painted with Iridescence Pearl. There's also has a layer of Interference Gold on the bottom - both of which make it difficult at best photograph. It was entirely unintentional that it ends up looking like a floral - after all this was only meant as an experiment - but I thought it might be fun to share it anyway....

12" X 12'' Acrylic on canvas board

Monday, April 27, 2009

Little Eve Reading - private collection

I'm working on a project that requires a day to dry so I made use of the time by painting Eve. I loved her little cupid mouth and her curls falling in her eyes. This one came together so quickly it surprised even me!

12" X 16" Acrylic on 140# Arches Cold Press Paper

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Spools - SOLD

My sister is an amazing seamstress and I thought she could use some art in her sewing room. Her space is filled with fabrics, threads and on-going projects. This tiny piece will not take up much space and can fit virtually anywhere. It is 5" X 5".
I had this little canvas and have never known what to do with it since I don't usually paint very small. I didn't spend any serious time on it and I think it's rather fun.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Greta At Practice - SOLD

Greta is practicing in her stocking feet near a brightly lit window. I've remodelled her mom's home and changed Greta's clothes to simplify the composition and to control the color palette. I'm calling it finished. After I look at it for awhile, sometimes I come to that "what was I thinking" moment. I've made a couple of tweaking changes and it works for me now. I loved the photo the minute I saw it. I elminated everything I considered superflous. It's just about that one moment in Greta's day.

Acrylic on canvas 16" X 20"

Thursday, April 9, 2009

April 14th - SOLD

I'm not sure what the title really is but for now it's fun to think of it as relating to taxes. I wanted a simple still life and also to play with a white painting. White is difficult and in most cases isn't white at all. This small one made the day more fun that it would have been otherwise. I'm not sure the crumpled paper works as well as I wanted but I'll have to look at it for awhile.

Acrylic 11" X 14"

Friday, April 3, 2009

Clara Waiting - SOLD

I've been meaning to start this for quite some time. I've thought about it often. I had to be in the right mood to approach this project with a sort of reverance. I considered cropping it to remove the walker but that seemed to take away something important that this lady is saying. It is probably what drew me to her in the first place. I have kept her little photo in my studio for a long time. I believe her name if Clara though it has been so long now I can't remember for sure. I love this lady. Thanks to her grandson, Darren Byler, for allowing me to use his photo.

Acrylic 16" X 20"