Thursday, December 20, 2012

Monday, December 17, 2012

Light In the Darkness 5"x7" acrylic

I did this painting on Friday after finding out about the school shooting in CN.  I felt so broken hearted, as I think most of us did.  I needed to express this need for finding light in the darkness and did this rather abstract piece.

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Friday, December 14, 2012

Can I Play? 6"x6" acrylic

This is a little out-of-season (it is summer somewhere)...but I found an old photograph that just struck me by the story it tells, but also because it looks a bit like a Christmas ornament.

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

I'm Going to Have Blue Christmas (without you) 6"x6" acrylic

This was for a DPW challenge to use Magnesium Blue (which I don't have) to do a value study of a celebrity.  I had many more frustrating moments with this than I had anticipated.  I wanted to get the fuzziness of his beard, the soft furriness of the hat and coat trim, the fleshiness of his face, the twinkle in his eye and the grandfatherliness of his personality and not have it look creepy because it is all blue!  What do you think?  The whole time I was painting, the song "I'll Have a Blue Christmas" by Elvis, was playing in my head.  See an early version of this song at:

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Lufty 17.5"x17.5" acrylic

This is larger than many of the paintings I have done recently.  It was fun to paint big and loose.  I like the background which I did a little differently.  This is a commission.  SOLD

Friday, December 7, 2012

"Cheese" 6"x7" acrylic

It s a challenge for me to do portraits this small because it is a matter of choosing what to include and what to leave out.  I can only suggest someone's features when working this small and I have to keep in mind that it is more about the memory of the situation than the actual facial features that matter.  I like how the clothing looks so abstract and I like the colors I chose to show it.  SOLD

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Dready Hopper 6"x6" acrylic

I have done several paintings lately in acrylic and I remember how quick and easy it can be.  I love the way oil smears around and its brilliant colors, but acrylic immediately!  This painting I did as a value study in green first with a purple background, then I painting colors right over that.  I love the process, and the way the green kind of peaks out here and there.  I should have done the same with the purple.  Dready Hopper is a beer label that is a play on a beer named Heady Topper.  This is explanation for the bunny with the dreadlocks on the t-shirt.  SOLD
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