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Friday, December 18, 2009

Different Strokes Portrait Challenge

9 X 12
oil on masonite
This truly was a challenge. Not knowing the subject and only having one picture for reference, I found myself worrying about capturing her image as well as pleasing this person. As with every challenge presented on Karin Jurick's wonderful site, Different Strokes from Different Folks, I learned a lot during this exercise and realize I set the bar of expectation for myself higher with each painting. Subsequently, I had to do a couple of tries and several reworkings of this portrait before I held my breath and sent one in. Thanks again Karin, for lending what has to be an enormous chunk of her time to host and execute this blog. I know I speak for all involved, that it is a wonderful way to learn, to stretch and grow, to be inspired and support one another in our shared passion for art. And Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukka to everyone reading this.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

in progress....

oil on canvas
I'm still working out the background on this painting of my very good and camera shy pal.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Cupcake I

8 x 10
oil on masonite

We're having a show at our local gallery called "Just Desserts" so I'm trying out some ideas and this is the first one (using the good china). It may still get tweaked a bit.