Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Preliminary Drawing of Unknown Artist

December 30, 2008
Here is the drawing I did today for Karin Jurick's end of year challenge. I will be painting this artist. I am having the best time seeing all the paintings showing up one by one at Karin's site.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Work Boots

December 11, 2008
I tried today to branch out a little bit colorwise and use some warmer tones. This is a little tighter than I meant to do actually. I considered working on it again tomorrow to see if I could loosen it up but decided nope, it stands as is and I'd probably just muddy up the colors. I thought I was going to do a study in great leather colors but my hands had other ideas. I do love the colors of polished tanned leather. (poor cows! I'm still vegan by the way, knock on wood!) This one is 20" x 16", oil on canvas.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Siddhartha Thinking Only Pure Thoughts

December 2, 2008
Whew, I just got this Buddha done under the wire for Karin's challenge this week, deadline is tomorrow night and we've had 2 weeks to do it. Of course I just started it this morning. Our daughters have been home for Thanksgiving and it has been hard to focus on painting. I chose to focus on this face because I always enjoy doing faces and I have very little floral experience. Besides, how could I compete with Vern Schwarz' hydrangeas? Impossible. So here is Siddhartha, trying to keep his mind on only the purest of thinks. Of course "he" looks like a woman but unless I'm mistaken, Buddha is a dude. 20" x 14", oil on canvas...enjoy.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

My Buddy

November 20, 2008
This 10"x 8" oil on canvas is our golden retriever Rio, our longtime companion who is no longer with us. I hope to get a lot of practice painting dogs. I was looking at Maggie Mayer's dog paintings of Banana Puddin, Champ and Francis and I got the fever just from looking at those. She does a fantastic job of capturing a dog's spirit. This one of Rio was going to be for sale but my daughters want to keep it. However if you would like a similar painting done from a photo, feel free to contact me about a commissioned piece.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Girl With Death-Ray Vision

November 15, 2008
I had some loose fun with this one. In Karin's photo the girl had shadows in front of her face that made it look like she was putting out death rays as she walked along. I played with the colors and shapes, trying to add more interest and loosen up the boxy structure of the lines I had to work with. Every once in a while I like to go more abstract, and this was one of those times. 8" x 10", oil on canvas. http://www.differentstrokesfromdifferentfolks.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


November 11, 2008
This is my first attempt at using pastel. The couple at the left, I perceived to be young and in love, with two older ladies watching them, reminiscing. The guy to the right has things to do and places to go and has no interest in the show, he's just waiting for the light to change. So this was my interpretation of the scene. It started out as just a drawing to nail down my composition ideas, then I decided to try some pastels I have, "just trying out colors." Before I knew it I had too much work invested and made it my final submission because the deadline was fast approaching! http://differentstrokesfromdifferentfolks.blogspot.com/ 8" x 10 1/2", pastel on paper.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Cowtime at Karin's

October 23, 2o08
Just this weekend as we were driving along I was looking at cows and wishing we could stop to take pictures of them so I could paint one. So naturally I was VERY happy to see Karin Jurick chose a cow for us to paint this week. I've been trying for the last couple of years not to eat beef (and have mostly stuck to that) or pork because eventually I hope to become vegan. I've tried it, it's very hard, so I'm easing in that direction. (Update 12/4/08 -- I've been vegan for a week now!) Anyway, I love cows and their sleepy look. 13.75" x 11", oil on canvas. Sold

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Scary Times on Wall Street

October 18, 2008
I just couldn't take this week's DSFDF challenge seriously. I kept waiting for inspiration and finally decided this was the best I could do. I can't spend too much effort on the subject of people throwing their money away, and all the crooked dealing that goes on with stocks. But I didn't want to break my streak of doing all of Karin's challenges so far. So here 'tis, Haaaappyyyy Haaalllowweeeen...10" x 8" oil on canvas, (sold).

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

The Clueless Bride

October 7, 2008
This was my second try on this painting of what was supposed to be "The Bean" in Chicago. The first one ended up being the Flying Spaghetti Monster instead. So I tried to keep it a bean today, but it became a big eyeball. My paintings just won't behave themselves! I'm starting to realize that my Twilight Zone streak just wants to voice itself so I try to oblige it now and then. 16" x 20" oil on canvas.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Kaleidoscope Pumpkins

September 29, 2008
These pumpkins were actually white in the photo but I felt like jazzing it all up. People have asked about the eye in the upper right corner. It started as just a blue dot, then it wanted to be an eye. So I let it. 16" x 20", oil on canvas, $225 plus s&h. Sale Pending

Close Enough

September 29, 2008
I was just tinkering with this painting I did of myself for the AFG (Austin Figurative Gallery) Self-Portrait Show this past Saturday night. Naturally everything is just a little off (since I don't use a grid or any accurate measurement technique, I just wing it by eyeballing), but I think I got myself darn close for about maybe 10 hours' work. This is much tighter than I like to paint lately but I'm still coming to grips with the details of my own features so it was hard to be loose. 20" x 16" oil on canvas, nfs.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Lars Thorwald the Morning After

20 x 16 oil on canvas on panel SOLD
September 22, 2008

This man reminds me a little of a Giotto madonna with his big strapping thighs sitting comfortably apart. I was just out running and thinking about this one, and wondered, is he way over to the side because he's hoping/waiting for someone to sit down with him? He sure has a lot of sumthin' in that sack, maybe lunch for two? I noticed he's looking at the movie section, last page - interesting. He kind of reminds me of Raymond Burr, the way he looked in Rear Window. http://www.imdb.com/media/rm1737660416/ch0030606 . Maybe this is Lars Thorwald after the wife's murder, and now he's in the park planning a nice evening at the movies.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Rehoboth Beach

7 x 5 oil on canvas, private collection
September 18, 2008
I felt like trying something new this morning. I like big shapes and I want to use more exciting colors; I think I got both in this Rehoboth Beach painting.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Beach House

September 9, 2008
I've been working on this (16" x 20" oil on canvas) for the last couple of days. I passed it on my walk to the beach in Port Aransas -- a new one with no occupants yet. I didn't do any drawing beforehand as an experiment -- not sure that's a good idea with a house. Hawthorne says don't draw, just paint! Maybe he means except on houses. 16" x 20", oil on canvas.