Saturday, January 31, 2009

"Take That!" oil on masonite 6x6" SOLD

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I don't know who the retailer was that designed these but I LOVE THEM! What would it take for someone to decide that cutting off the top of the head would be a good aesthetic idea? It just seemed to make them all that much more sassy. Anyone that knows me KNOWS that sassy appeals to me. I can't wait to do some more.

Monday, January 26, 2009

"The Worry" oil on masonite 6x6" SOLD

Ah! finally a little time in the studio. It's amazing how fast you begin to feel rusty. About half way through this piece I really saw no hope. I had no earthly idea how I would pull it all together. That must be part of the ongoing magic of painting. You can never get to confident or comfortable.
In the end I was quite pleased.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

"A Future For All of Us" oil on masonite 6x6" sold

This may just be the gentlest face I've seen in a very long time. I was almost sad to complete the piece. It was developing a relationship with it. As a painter it's always hard to put the brush down and say "enough". It was magnified 10 fold with this painting. Maybe like a good book; you can't wait to see how it ends but then you're left wanting to know more.

Friday, January 09, 2009

"I Can See Clearly Now" oil on masonite 6x6"

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Oh my, what a treat this one was. Can you remember your first pair of shades? How cool we all thought we were. You can just feel the pride in this little one. All too soon we lose that magic. I'll probably do another version of this same painting. It seems there are always challenges that when a piece is done you begin to think of other ways you could have met them. My husband has this "87% rule" theory. If the piece meets 87% of your original expectation you're probably done. That's a pretty loose rendition. It has to do with the time that elapses between concept and execution. Since our idea continues to evolve over that time it probably will never be 100%. That said, he also contends that the 13% is the really important number.....You have to know him. My family calls him Sputnik.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

self portrait

This is actually not a new piece. Daily Painters is having a day (tomorrow) dedicated to self portraits. Since I had this one and it wasn't too old I decided to post it again rather than subject myself to doing another one. Cheap model but not that interesting.

Monday, January 05, 2009

"Mesmerized" oil on canvas 30x42"

Its been a long time since I've been up here with the intent of posting. It isn't because I haven't been painting. We've had some daunting problems with photographs and I just wasn't willing to put pieces up that weren't close to accurate.
This piece is from the series I've been working on for a client. She is considering forgoing a large piece and hanging a cluster of the smaller studies. I think it will work very well for her but I already had the seed set in my little pea brain to do some of them larger. I stretched a canvas today to do another one. It was just too rewarding to leave alone.