On a day of blizzards and nor'easters, I chose this moment from last summer to use for a painting exercise. The challenge was to do a "quick draw", allowing no longer than two hours from start to finish. I had a bit of time to spare, such was my motivation to project myself into this memory of warmer days. But spring is coming. Spring is always coming.
February was such a cruel teaser. We had temps close to 70 which led to outdoor activities and kayak trips. Our crocuses were in bloom and the daffodils and tulips were well on their way. Now on the cusp of St.Patrick's day, there's a blizzard on the east coast and plenty of snow here. This painting began with full anticipation of spring, marrying my favored subject of portraiture with my lesser explored attempts with florals.
Last year my beautiful friend Brooke came over for a photo session which resulted in several paintings, including this one, finished today. In this pose, there were two light sources, sunlight from a window on the right and a lamp on the left, leaving interesting highlights and shadows.
Still in the Valentines mood, what better masterpiece expresses love than Klimt's "The Kiss"? I wish I could claim to be in Vienna to see the painting for myself, but not yet anyway, so this is a composite of my models and the painting.
After several requests and just in time for Valentine's Day, limited edition giclées of "Be Mine" are now available. Printed on heavy watercolor paper and sized at 14x11 or 20x16. Alternate sizes can be printed on request.
My friend and I took a few days to enjoy Chicago and had the great pleasure of staying at her daughter's beautiful North Central home. We were very near Lincoln Ave. in the Roscoe Village area and could walk to great restaurants, a Trader Joe's, wonderful shopping areas. And downtown was a quick Uber ride away. I caught this image while we were enjoying coffee on the porch and planning our day.
Last week my friend Susie invited me to paint with her at her studio. The room has huge windows that overlook one of the three big rivers our city is known for. It is a lovely view although this particular day was very gray, almost devoid of color. The only real punctuation was the burnt sienna river. I opted to paint that day with pastels, a medium fairly foreign to me. I thought maybe it would be easier clean up and all together less messy since I was in someone else's space. Not. You pretty much need one for every color you want as opposed to mixing your colors in my preferred medium, oil, so they take up a ton of space and dust was everywhere, especially on me. But I liked working with them. Just looking at this painting make me realize it's January 12 and I am completely ready for spring.
Our city is fortunate to have a community art gallery and center that offers two sessions a week with live models. Nothing is better for improving your eye and drawing skills than a short pose, usually lasting for 5 minutes. This is an example.
A couple of years ago my friend and I were looking for a new exercise class. We signed up for a stretch class although we wondered if it was suitable for our needs. Jumping ahead, now we look forward every week to that class and two other sessions including yoga, all taught by this amazing woman, Helen. We not only get a great workout, but have become bonded to the group of people who find laughter, support, and friendship within the communities Helen brings together. I hope I've captured her wonderful spirit with this painting.
A paint out was held during a fall festival in nearby Roanoke, Indiana last month. I didn't get a great photo before I popped it into a frame for the competition so this isn't the best image. But on the upside, it won first place. Yay! Plein air painting still takes effort for me, but I'm really enjoying it more and very much appreciating the advantage of seeing color before it's altered and flattened out by photography. This painting is available at Castle Gallery Fine Art
I recently had the honor of being hired to paint live at a wedding reception. It was challenging to hold back on getting "too precious" with details since there was so much activity to represent. I tried to grasp the likenesses of these lovely people the best I could so there are a lot of tiny portraits in this. It was an awesome experience. Now to get back to my bigger brushes!
While visiting my son in Princeton, New Jersey, we took a train into Manhattan and spent the day. The weather was perfect and warm for early November and the sun stayed out all day, giving us this display of light and shadow through the trees. Central Park is to the left and just across the street, out of view, was the stunning Guggenheim Museum. This painting is available at Castle Gallery Fine Art