Tuesday, April 28, 2009

"That Parker Woman" oil on masonite 6x6"

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We have these friends, the Parkers. They are a large group. Fun and frolic all of them. We are lucky enough to be included in some of their celebrations. This beautiful youngster is the daughter of one of the many brothers. Her face and features just beg to be painted. I seriously hope this is not the last study I do of her.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

"It's All About the Hat" oil on masonite 6x6"

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That little glow of lip hair "had me at hello". Sometimes what we don't see is as important as what we do. Did I get that backwards? Oh well. It was fun having so little to work with but seein potential. I was very please with the end.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

"Best In Show" oil on masonite 6x6"

This beautiful little guy is Otis. He's one sharp cookie! He's also my son's best friend after the wonderful woman he married. I have forgotten how old he is. His face never changes so you just don't think of him as getting older. He's also smart as a whip......wait! has anyone ever stopped to wonder how smart a whip is? Strange things we humans say.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

"Another Girl With a Pearl" oil on masonite 6x6"

Funny what a split second will do. This young woman is actually quite attractive. This look may not play well for her but it was great fun to paint.

Long days journey

Well! Last week I took "vacation". Translated that means I did not go to my day job. Instead I stayed at the old homestead and cut, clued, clamped and wired 58 frames. Two were 30x42, 0ne was 24x36 and the remainder were 7x7". Since I had never done this before it was quite the adventure. Ross and I purchased a frame cutting system last year and this was the maiden voyage. Let's say I will NOT be giving the local frame shop any competition. However, they are not bad! My brother Greg is a finish carpenter and came over one day to observe and give advice. It would have been so easy to just let him do it but then again I would have missed an opportunity to expand my skills. He was very helpful. My technique with the saw needed some serious work. Even with good equipment you have to pay attention to all your movements. I guess it's not that much different than a good sable haired paint brush.
Anyhoo...this was all in preparation for mounting a show at the local City Hall. We live in a very small town and have been making a concerted effort to become more involved with the visual arts. Though it is not a traditional venue when they asked I didn't hesitate. These images give you an idea of what we ended up with. Thank goodness for laser levels and a few other tricks I used. They may not be 100% level through out but I think it's pretty good.