The real voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. - Marcel Proust

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Scarce but not idle

Has it really been two months since I've posted? Life has been busy lately. I'm finding that oil painting doesn't agree with busy lives. So I have been experimenting with the pastel medium, and learning how it operates. Pastel is great for when you may only have 20-30 minutes to paint. But I miss being able to mix the exact color I want.  Now I know why pastelists have so many pastels! 

This is a pastel portrait from an old vintage black and white photo.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Portrait of my friend Mary


This is Mary, my new friend. I don't know much about her, other than she's had a little work done (shhh, friends don't tell), and girlfriend had some serious cheekbones.

All joking aside, I don't normally have access to human skulls to work from life, so turned to the trusty internet for photos.  Did you know you can actually buy human skulls? I don't know who this was, other than "female human."  This was someone's daughter, maybe sister, wife, mother. If I had a spare $2,000, I'd buy her, just to give her a home.  I wonder if my skull will ever end up for sale on the internet. Hmm.

For some reason, this photo looks fine outside of Blogger, but horrible here. Sorry about that.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Charcoal Gypsy Girl

Work has definitely been taking too much time but I have still been able to sneak in a little drawing time.  I've really been enjoying drawing portraits from vintage photos, using charcoal on Rives toned papers.  This one is 11"x14".


Sunday, July 21, 2013

Charcoal of vintage girl

This is charcoal on Rives toned paper, and is based on a vintage photo from the early twenties. But it reminds me of my stepdaughter Nicole, who had the biggest eyes and curliest hair ever. Soon she will be bringing us another curly-headed, big-eyed baby girl. Can't wait!


And a close-up, just because I had so much fun with it.



Sunday, July 14, 2013

Another Redhead

I am enamored with redheads lately.

I apologize for the bad photo. The canvas is only tacked lightly on the stretchers, and is catching glare no matter how I try.  Plus, we haven't had any sun in at least two years (ok, slight exaggeration there), so outside lighting hasn't been cooperative.


Redhead
Oils on canvas, 18"x24"
For sale, $200

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Daisy in her hair

Had a lot of fun with this one.

Daisy
Oil on canvas, 18"x24"
For sale $200

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Charcoal Sketches on Toned Paper

I haven't been painting much that is blog-worthy lately, as life has been a bit on the busy side. However, I still draw when I can. Here are two recent charcoal sketches on Strathmore's new toned paper. Love the paper colors but don't know if I like the surface for charcoal.



Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Learning Faces

We start examining faces from the time we open our eyes as babies. By the time you reach middle age, you would expect we would know everything there is to know about faces. But it's not true. There is still more to learn.  I think that's why I'm still having so much fun painting them. I don't think I'll be tired anytime soon.


Sunday, March 3, 2013

Monday, February 18, 2013

Mugshot Monday #4

Have you ever done an image search using the words "Florida" and "mugshot"? Next time you need a laugh, try it.  This is one of the mugshots I found. Will work on getting a better photo next time I am home when the sun is up.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Red Sweater

The Red Sweater
Oils on Canvas, 11x14"

Monday, February 11, 2013

Mugshot Monday #3, I am the Walrus

This is the guy who has been stalking me. Really. He has. A few weeks ago, I did a Google search on "mugshots", and ever since, this guy has popped up everywhere, advertising arrest record search services. I go to Amazon, he's there. I go to Yahoo, he's there.  GoComics, he's there. I am losing patience with targeted advertising!  I hoped that by painting him, I could make him go away.  I'll let you know how that works out. Meanwhile, it gave me some practice in painting chubby faces with unique facial hair.


Monday, January 28, 2013

Mugshot Monday #2

I thought the fun part of this painting would be painting his dreads. But no, the fun part actually turned out to be that little scar in his right eyebrow. Never would have guessed that....

Monday, January 21, 2013

Mugshot Monday

Still playing with faces. I am taking a cue from the uber-talented Karen Jurick and painting mugshots. Real ones.  Check out her Bust-ed blog here.  She teaches this in her classes too, so you'll see painters all over the internet painting mugshots of the arrested and not-so-arrested in mugshot poses.

Why mugshots?  Well, for me, it's hard to find models to sit when I have a few spare moments. Of course, the web is full of people photos, but 98% of them are smiling, so they aren't good subjects for formal portrait painting practice.  People do tend to be serious during the arrest process.  And face it -- mugshots are a resource we won't run out of anytime soon.  Some of them have hilarious expressions.  Some mugshot photographers have a very artistic sense of lighting. Overall, mugshots are great for practicing painting the human face. So, a new semi-regular series is born -- Mugshot Mondays. 
Mugshot Monday #1
Oils on canvas, 8x10"