Thursday, December 19, 2013

Girl With a Gold Necklace

Continuing my series of women and their jewelry I offer this lovely lady with her very modern artsy necklace. This turned out to be a favorite for me personally but it nearly didn't happen. I worried and stewed for several days about how I was going to capture this necklace. Finally I thought about the advice I give others when faced with a difficult challenge. Amazingly it worked for me too. Must be good advice I guess. This was not easy to photograph because I used interference paint on the metal which gives a wonderful effect in person but you can not see it in a photograph.

Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas 24" X 36"

Monday, December 16, 2013

Girl with Silver Bracelet

Continuing to find joy in off beat palette colors (at least off beat to me) and these stylized women with their jewelry. Having such fun. It's been a long time since I was excited by a series! I already have two more lined up to do - amazing! About 5 years ago I did a series of old faces that had me going for a fairly long period of time. This may just be another long journey...

Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas  20" X 20"

Monday, December 2, 2013

Girl With Dangly Earring

I do not expect you to like this but for me personally, it was wonderfully freeing and satisfying. The palette and style is stretched beyond my normal comfort zone but I love it and am quite pleased with myself. Sometimes you just need to explore outside your comfort zone!

24" X 36" Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas

Sunday, November 3, 2013

My Favorite Turk

I just spent several weeks touring in Turkey. One day, we lunched with a lovely family. This gentleman was the family patriarch and was very happy to share with us what his family's life is like. He was wearing this knit cap that seemed so out of place to me but he was quite comfortable in it. The cap was so bright and had such a strong geometric design that I quite taken aback with it's unexpected appearance at lunch. He quickly charmed me and I almost forgot all about his cap.

Acrylic on Arches 140# cold press 9" X 12"

Friday, August 2, 2013

Discarded Rose

A rose discarded in a puddle one evening....

20" X 20" Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Chemin Vert

For those who do not know, Chemin Vert is a stop on the Paris Metro line #8. While riding a couple of weeks ago, I sat across from this guy on his way to somewhere. Not sure why he captured my attention but I couldn't resist snapping some photos and trying to capture his bored, easy pose. I used another new sort of style for him by basically drawing it out, line by line and then filling it in - must be the influence of some of those styles I saw in the many galleries we toured. Oddly enough, this unknown individual became my obsession for this latest trip. I laugh to think that the poor guy has no idea he's been immortalized.

Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas  24" X 36"

Wednesday, March 6, 2013


A couple of raining days...a little Tchaikovsky and here you have it. This is an idea that's been in the back of my mind for some time. Originally I thought I'd treat it a little differently but when I got down to it, I went for the more realistic approach. It probably came out better this way anyway. I'm happy with the result and that's all that matters to me.

20" X 20"  Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Bob Thielen - Saxman -SOLD

My brother asked me to paint a long time friend of his. They went to high school together and have remained friends ever since. Bob has played the saxophone for years. Besides playing in bands and on his own, he spent many years teaching music at the high school level. Though he is well past retirement age he still substitute teaches and that in itself is nearly a full time job. His second love is Harley Davidson motorcycles. I'd have to guess it would be a sad day if he ever had to give up either of these! My rendition of the sax is strictly for effect so don't get carried away - I am well aware that it isn't technically correct.

20" X 20" Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

British Banded Crow - SOLD

This started out as a joke. My friend, who is a resident of London, posted this photo - several folks suggested I paint it but since normally animals are not my favorite subject I doubted it would happen. Then, the more I looked at it, the more I found the idea appealing - so I decided to stylize it and give it a whack. I gessoed over a canvas I wasn't fond of and got started. Turned out to be an entertaining little project. When I think of banded birds, crows are not what come to mind. Why would anyone band a crow??

20" X 20" Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas.