Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Time Out 6"x6" oil #293

Karin Jurik gave everyone in the workshop the same un-enhanced photo to paint the first day. It was really interesting to see the very similar and yet completely different renditions. The choice of colors, the value changes, and the drawing, which either made the lad look older or younger, made for many interpretations. My guess is that this boy got in the fountain (his hair was wet) and got busted by the authority on hand and was "sent to the wall" to sulk. Karin's series of mug shots is called "Busted" so instead, I titled this "Time Out."

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Mug Shot 1 4"x4" oil #291

I just got back from a workshop with Karin Jurick in NYC. One of our assignments was to do mug shots. I was so impressed with everyone's work and was humbled to be with such accomplished artists and great people.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Cause I Eats Me Spinach 5"x7" oil #287

My son gave me this can of spinach because he thought it would be interesting to put it in a still life. Last week the Daily Painters challenge was to paint your favorite veggie. Being a vegetarian, there are many veggies I really like so it was hard to choose...but you just can't beat spinach-strawberry salad and tomato, spinach,feta cheese anything. Plus, Popeye had a big impact on my life. Maybe that is why I am a vegetarian!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Stepping Out With Friends 5"x7" oil #286

Two patrons at the Metropolitan Museum of Fine Art admiring Roy Lichtenstein's "Stepping Out." I like the way his foot is turned on edge. It makes me wonder what he is thinking about. I have observed this posture a few times in people studying paintings. Maybe it is just the result of a tired foot.

The Farm 5"x7" oil #285

Yesterday's post got dropped so I am re-posting it. I guess Blogger got bogged down. I ran out of 4"x4" panels so I switched from the little portraits I have been doing and did a fun landscape.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Skip oil 4"x4" #284

This is my brother. I am struggling with these family portraits because there is so much family history and not just what each person looks like, but how our relationship is. I have a lot of respect for my brother and I think I emphasized my father's gene contribution in this portrait, although he really looks like my mom. I can see why other artists (Karin Jurick for example) chose to do mug shots!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Ruthann oil 4"x4" #283

This is my daughter who is very beautiful and as much fun as you can have when she is in touch with her inner child, but even as an infant she had a really serious side and had the ability to freeze a grown man in his steps when she gave her deeply brown-eyed stare.

After posting this I decided I didn't like the yellow background and changed it to red....what do you think?

Monday, May 9, 2011

Adam 4"x4" oil #282

Adam, my eldest, is a father, a man of many skills, an intellectual and one of the best storytellers who ever lived.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Harry oil 4"x4" #281

Harry usually has just the hint of a smile all the time. He reserves his belly laughs for select moments, which makes them all the more contagious. He is the strongest person I know (literally...his biceps are the size of a football)and I love him so much. This is a gift to myself on Mother's Day as he is my "Chosen Child."

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Linda oil 4"x4" #280

My sister is very animated. This was a rare non-animated moment, so it looks like her, but it doesn't.

Friday, May 6, 2011

He Is watercolor and ink 5"x7" #279

Sometimes all one can accomplish in a day is to do sketches and sometimes the best one can do in a day is a sketch. This is one of those days.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Monday, May 2, 2011

Michael 4"x4" oil #275

Michael tends not to pose for the camera so it was easier finding photo references for him in which he wasn't smiling. He is older now and has become an extremely handsome young man who is truly a sweet guy. I like the colors in this.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Uncle Dave oil 4"x4" #274

He is not my uncle but we all call him that. I am painting non-smiling versions of my relatives. It is hard to find photo references for some members in particular, including Uncle Dave. He loves to laugh and he always has a joke at the ready. Here he is in contented contemplation at one of the many weddings we have all attended together.
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