Thursday, August 29, 2013

Where There's a Will....


It doesn't seem right that I don't know his name.  I will look into that.  This was the image I was referring to that I initially had trouble with...the small size and low dpi (dots per inch at only 72).  But I went back to it and worked it out.  I really had to guess that he was a very light blonde in strong sunlight with a lot of greeny blue ambient light on one side of him.  I realized that even if the clarity wasn't there, it would be like squinting and seeing only the major
elements.  I like it now.  As always there are little things I will go back and correct but otherwise I think I captured a good likeness.

And this was another cherished member of the family.  Easier to do.  I quite like how he turned out.  I never considered myself to be a dog portraitist but so far so good.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Yellow Rose with Berries

6" x 6" x 1.5"
Yellow Roses with Berries
I took this photo with my iPad so I will re-shoot during tomorrow's daylight.
I am bad at not keeping my devices charged.  I like this one better than I thought I would.   You know how it is when you lose interest in a subject and yet I started it anyway.  The color is a bit garish in this image.  It's much nicer
in reality.
I just finished one of a pair of dog portraits and decided to fit this rose painting in between.  The original photo of the dog is a 2 inch 72 dpi image of a dog that is no longer so re-taking the photo is out of the question.  It was a challenge to paint all the nuances when it is so pixilated.  So I guess I needed
to paint an image with good references

....have just added the better photo.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Scissors and Ribbon

Scissors and Ribbon II
6" x 6" x 1.5"

And then there were two......
Slightly out of focus so I will replace with a better photo.  Wish I had a patterned background for this one.  I think I will re-shoot this combination
with a lovely damask fabric I just recently bought.

And here is the theme as it is shaping up.  

Friday, August 23, 2013


Scissors and Thread
6" x 6" x 1.5"
Up Next

These scissors have formed the center of my theme of sewing implements.
They are hand forged and made and work incredibly well.  I love gray and white and stripes so these two items will be used again and again.  I've just s tarted another and I have a feeling I'll like this one better.  It's a simpler start.  I sort of got lost in the detail of the wood grain and then decided to downplay it.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

On My Easel

On My Easel  this morning.  Easing my way back to a series of small format paintings this week and the sewing series is one I wanted to continue with.
A little bit left to do to balance lights and darks and tweak colors.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013


Nothing like adopting a pair of puppies to be a major distraction!  However they are six months old and do need a lot of attention in their formative months. mind is starting to focus on the next paintings I'd love to do.
So I did manage to prep 4 canvases and will try and get some painting done today.