Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Getting there...

Still some work to be done on the hair, shirt, and baby's face, and then the background, of course. Maybe another couple of days, and it will be done!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Starting the hands... my favorite part!

I'm working on the hands now, which although is my favorite part, is very time consuming! I painted for just over an hour today, and almost the entire time was spent getting the contrast and color right on the hand. I'll move onto the baby's legs and feet next, then the rest of the arm, finish up the blouse and skirt, and then complete the background before making any finishing touches.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Mother Son Portrait Work in Progress

I've done a little more work on the painting on my easel... I am in the process of refining the faces and shirts, and I am starting the arms as well.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

My Palette

I've just started another painting, and I thought I would take a snapshot of my palette. I use a piece of wax paper taped to the palette, because it makes cleanup really simple. My paints are all Shiva Signature Oil Colors: Zinc White, Ivory Black, Raw Sienna, Prussian Blue, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Naples Yellow, Shiva Orange, Cadmium Red Scarlet, Alizarin Crimson, Burnt Sienna, Raw Umber, Burnt Umber, Sap Green, and occasionally (not shown here) Shiva Green, and Ultramarine Blue Deep. I mix some of the colors based on the palette used by Daniel Greene, and some I've made up. Even though I mix the colors before beginning each painting session, I still often end up mixing further before or after applying the color to the canvas or board.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Father Son Portrait Completed

I am calling this piece done. The snapshot is a little blurry, but I basically added more depth to the background and cleaned up/refined areas such as the father's head and arm. The painting is 20x16, and closeup you can really see the brush strokes - it's not as "photorealistic" as it might appear on the computer screen.

Next I am going to do a mother/son portrait (self portrait!), of the same size and similar color scheme. I will also post the final image of this father/son portrait once it is varnished and scanned.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Strokes of Genius 4

I just found out that Strokes of Genius 4 is now available (find it at Amazon here)! One of my colored pencil pieces Reticent is published in the book, which is subtitled The Best of Drawing | Exploring Line. I've already ordered a copy and can't wait to see all of the other drawings and read the captions written by other artists.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

CLWAC Exhibition... and an Award!

My oil painting Ethan is on display at the the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club 116th Annual Open Juried Exhibition now through October 26th, and I just found out it has won an award! For more information on the exhibition, see my Events page or see

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

FB Page

I've created a new Facebook page that will be dedicated to my artwork. Like it here:

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

More work on Father and Son portrait

Here I've begun to paint the father's face (though you can see that the ear is still very rough), and have done more work on the arm and shirt. My plan is to bring everything else up to a similar level of doneness (including the background), and then I will go back and refine further.