This was sooo outside my box when beginning a new painting. If I were an abstract artist, I would call it good. However, I still strongly lean toward realism, so the end result will not look like this. However, I can't tell you how much fun it was to just splatter the canvas with paint, add lines here and there, etc. No rulers, no perspective calculating, etc. Just briefly sketch and bring on the paint. First photo is my under painting, which is probably a lot more detail than most artists put down first. This feels good and I had hoped to keep the process free-flowing until the end. Added more detail along the way which is just fine. I am happy with process and end result. That is what matters. Enjoy the process.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
While painting portraits, I believe it is important to copy the photo or life study as close as possible, in order to capture the persona. This portrait has been delivered to the recipient and I am pleased to say that she is quite happy with it. Her words to my cousin: "Just WOW! It arrived yesterday, and I LOVE it!! Have you seen it? This horse was really a character, and she captured that well. His eye, his twisted lip, etc."
Friday, February 22, 2019
All humor aside, this is one of my favorite flowering plants. It was also one of my Dad's (and my brother's). Dad took such pristine care of his beloved peony plants, of which he had many. I especially love their scent! Wish they lasted throughout the summer. When my little sister died some years ago, I planted one with flowers that looked much like these in the painting. Sadly, I didn't get to take the plant with me, when we moved. We have two white plants here from the previous owners, so we get to enjoy the scent and beauty in the spring. I recreated the pink variety on canvas with my sister Karen in mind. Now, I can look upon them everyday and think of both Dad and Karen.
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Thursday, September 6, 2018
This is the view, while sitting in the living room of our lovely home, on summer nights around 7pm. The sun sets, shedding light on the less dark trees in the small forest. I decided this was a Plein Air kind of opportunity. Though it started out that way, it became a project that took a few months to perfect.
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Back in March 2018, a pastor from a Methodist church in Oregon City contacted me about using one of my paintings to put in a bulletin announcing the funeral of a church member. He found my painting by googling Chitwood Bridge paintings which led him to this blog.