Monday, July 29, 2013

Week 5 – Ranunculus in Brown and White

A second take on the ranunculus...
Gesso and pencil on cardboard, 5" x 12," $125
(prints available)

Saturday, July 27, 2013


Congratulations to Sharlene & Justin!

This is going to be my last Commemorate the Date post on this blog. I'll now be blogging my new Commemorate the Date paintings on the Commemorate the Date blog. I'd love for you to follow me there!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Week 4 – Yellow Ranunculus

Down to the wire, but I got my one-a-week in. I don't like being rushed though. It did however lead me to experiment a bit. I wasn't happy with how the paint was laying on the paper, and didn't have time to start over, so I added in a layer of colored pencil.
I like my drawing more than I like the finished piece, so I might end up doing another version, maybe with oils. Then I can just think of this as a study, and that might make me like it better too.
Gouache and colored pencil. 5" x 15"
(prints available)

Thursday, July 18, 2013

July 14, 2012

Here is another in-progress photo, plus the finished painting to follow up from my previous work-in-progress post. Unfortunately, I forgot about documenting the process for a few stages. I will have to try to do better documentation on a future Commemorate the Date painting!
This is an 11" x 14" oil painting.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Week 3 – Tangle of Bright Red Blossoms

This is a prime example of what comes naturally to me. I did not use reference for this painting. I started with the inspiration of bright red geraniums, and let the rest be informed by years of doing floral compositions. It has a little bit of a seventies feel to it, but not as much as I feared it would when I was less than half way done. The greens were originally more olive-toned, so probably the shift towards brighter greens helped.
This painting relies heavily on my well established style of graphic, bold line work. I have used this style in the murals I have done, and would be happy to do so again. This kind of composition could be comfortable in a residential or commercial area... Maybe I need to search out another mural opportunity.

30" x 15", oil on canvas, $400
(prints available)

Friday, July 5, 2013

Week 2 – Mississippi River

Something about painting this fall scene during a week of perfect summer weather did not feel right. The reference shots were taken last fall, walking on the path down in the river gorge near our house.

Oil on panel, 11 x 14, $250