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

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Freddy's Boys

I recently finished a commission that is a large (24"x36") painting of two rescue dogs: Reilly and Cozmo.  I took some progress shots along the way and thought I'd share those with you too.

I initially did a 5x7" color sketch, to work out the composition from the small photograph, and determine colors I wanted to use.

Then, a life-sized drawing to work more on placement and composition. A bit hard to make out here. I scaled it up using a grid, and marked important measurements on the drawing, always helpful in getting a likeness.
Next up, I toned the canvas (a gorgeous deep, gallery-wrapped canvas from Dick Blick) a warm, golden color.
Then, the background and Reilly:
Followed by Cozmo:
Then I looked at it for a few days, made a few corrections and let it dry.  Here are some closeups of the boys:

And a better photo of the finish:
A little more time to dry, and the boys will be on their way home.....

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Brown-Eyed Girl

Brown-Eyed Girl, 8x8" oils on canvas
Palette Knife Painting
For Sale, $75

Friday, April 22, 2011


A few "lunchscapes" from the last week or so. One is from life, one is from a photo, and one is from the landscape in my head (not as scary as you would think).  Any ideas which is which? ;-)

Hot Summer Sun, oils on canvas, 6x6"

Corner Office, Lake View, oils on canvas, palette knife painting, 6x6"

Sunset through the Pines, oils on canvas, 6x6"

Monday, April 18, 2011

Another Entry in the Ongoing Series "Dangers of Plein Air Painting"

Just trying to do my part to warn my fellow artists. Thanks to Dan Reynolds of "Reynolds Unwrapped."

Friday, April 15, 2011

R.I.P. Beautiful Timber

From the Adopt a Golden website:
 4/15: It is with a very sad heart that we announce that we lost Timber yesterday. He had completed his treatment and was doing great on his new titanium knees. He had completed his post op physical therapy as well. So what happened? Post –op Timber was given a common non-steroidal anti-inflammatory. Thousands of dogs safely take this drug daily for arthritis and post-op pain and derive great benefit. However, it is known that these types of drugs can cause serious side effects involving the digestive tract, liver and kidneys that very rarely can cause death. Timber was in that very rare group. Timber declined very rapidly (in a matter of hours). He was rushed to GVS where extremely aggressive treatment simply failed. We know we did the best for Timber but we all of our hearts ache for his owner who gave us Timber to fix because he couldn't afford the operations. He loved that dog and we are hoping he will take us up on our offer to come and find a new pal from AGA.

 A wonderful and kind-hearted volunteer purchased this painting today, and will deliver it to Timber's dad. Thank you, Juliann! I hope it will help heal his heart.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Morning with Myrtle

Corny? Of course!  This is an 8"x10" palette knife painting in oil of Lake Myrtle, near Kissimmee, FL. It's based on a photo sent to me by my niece.  Thanks, Amanda!

Lunch with the Three Amigos

This time of year is spectacular in Atlanta. There is absolutely no way to do justice to all of the beautiful greens in the landscape. But it does make for a good excuse to get out and do some landscape sketches in my car at lunch.  They're very quick to do, but fun. Due to this economy, there are more and more empty buildings in our office park. But give me a paint kit, some sunshine, and birds chirping, and I don't mind a bit. Economy? What economy?

Monday, April 11, 2011

Butterscotch for Lunch

My Little Butterscotch
Oils on canvas, 4"x6"
For Sale $25

I love this time of year. Even with the pollen, it's fun to get outside at lunch, sit in the sunshine, and paint. Our receptionist area has a basket of candy and it is too easy to grab something on my way out. But once painted, the butterscotch did not make it back into the building. I wonder what happened to it? Hmmm....