Thursday, December 31, 2009

Pelican Panorama (progress): December 31, 2009

The pelican's eye and some of its bill has been painted.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Pelican Panorama (progress): December 30, 2009

The background was painted awhile ago. The background colors on the pelican have been blocked in.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Gizmo: December 11, 2009

"Gizmo" is a commissioned acrylic painting, 2.5"x3.5", on 140 lb. watercolor paper.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Crockett (complete): November 2, 2009

"Crockett" is finished. This is a 5"x7" commissioned acrylic painting on 140 lb. watercolor paper. The color here is not as red as previous photos of the progression because a camera was used to capture the image instead of a scanner as was the case in the previous images. This is closer to the true color.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Crockett (in progress): November 29, 2009

"Crockett" is still in progress. His face needs quite a bit more molding and lightening.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Crockett (in progress): November 25, 2009

Crockett's chest is done as well as his tongue and eyes.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Bob Marshall Wilderness (Saw): November 14, 2009

"Bob Marshall Wilderness" is complete. This is a commissioned acrylic painting on a handsaw. Here are images of the entire piece as well as a couple of closeups.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Bob Marshall Wilderness (Saw): November 12, 2009

The rear horse is complete and the middle horse is about half done.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Monday, November 9, 2009

Bob Marshall Wilderness (Saw): November 9, 2009

This is an acrylic painting (in progress) of a pack train in the Bob Marshall wilderness. The saw was first cleaned, then primed with several coats of primer and a couple of coats of acrylic gesso. The drawing was laid out and an undercoating of a warm mid-tone of acrylic was painted in. This layer is a light brick red which can still be seen on the foreground hill. The mountains and creek bottom are the areas that are complete.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Nina & Julio: October 13, 2009

"Nina & Julio" is a 5"x7" oil painting on stretched canvas. This was a fun one to paint because there is more of a sense of place compared to a lot of my pet portraits.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Homeslice (finished): October 12, 2009

"Homeslice" is finished (pending client's approval, of course). This is an 8"x10" oil painting on stretched canvas.

Just for fun, I am showing the reference photo from which I painted "Homeslice".

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Homeslice (nearly complete): October 10, 2009

"Homeslice" is near completion. He needs his whiskers and a little more touching up and then he'll be ready to hang.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Homeslice (in progress): October 9, 2009

Homeslice's haunches have been painted in along with the lower portion of his front legs.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Homeslice (in progress): October 7, 2009

This is the beginning of "Homeslice", an 8"x10" oil painting.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Pansy: August 18, 2009

"Pansy" is a 5"x7" acrylic painting on 140 lb. watercolor paper. She has a smile now.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Pansy (in progress): August 16, 2009

"Pansy" is still in progress. She looks a little sad and she needs some adjustments to her body.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Tana (3): August 13, 2009

"Tana (3)" is a 2.5"x3.5" acrylic painting on 140 lb. watercolor paper.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Tana (2): August 12, 2009

"Tana (2)" is a 2.5"x3.5" acrylic painting on 140 lb. watercolor paper.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Tana: August, 9, 2009

"Tana" is a 2.5"x3.5" commissioned acrylic painting on 140 lb. watercolor paper.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Acrylic background: July 30, 2009

Here is the background for my next acrylic painting which is 12"x24". I got this look by painting the background black and brown. After that dried, I used a sea sponge to dab on a mixture of colors: greens, grays, browns, off-white. I sprayed water on it to allow the colors to mix. You have to be very patient and not disturb the paint as it dries. Let it do its thing and this is what you get.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Dying continued: July 24-25, 2009

These silk scarves are almost finished. All that is left is to take them to the dry cleaner to remove the gutta resist. If I do more dying in the future, I think I will try other types of resist that don't require dry cleaning to remove them.

After the gutta dried overnight, I applied a couple layers of dyes. I scrunched up the fabrics, dabbed the fabrics into dye and sprayed with a water bottle to distribute the colors. Using two complimentary shades and randomly distributing the colors gave the silk interest and visual texture.

Once the background was dried, I stretched the silk and painted leaves using the dyes and a brush. The gutta left negative leaf shapes and the painted dye made positive leaf shapes as you can see in the close-up photos.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Dying to Learn Something New: July 23, 2009












I was cleaning out closets the other day and came across this tie-dyed t-shirt. My son loves wild colors including tie-dye but this shirt was just not bright enough for him. I got out some dyes and set to work to brighten up the colors in the t-shirt. You can see the before and after results.

While I had the dyes out, I thought maybe I should try my hand at dying a couple of silk scarves. My mom is a quilter and dyes her own fabrics so I borrowed supplies from her. I dampened my two scarves and dabbed dye on them, one with green and blue, one with purple and blue. I wanted this layer to be light in color. After this pastel layer dried, I added a clear gutta resist by outlining leaves from my yard. This leaf outline should retain the pastel color as I add the next layer of color.

In the images here, you can see the pastel colors of the first layer. The close-ups show faint outlines of the gutta resist.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

House Numbers: July 20, 2009

These are some house numbers that I painted with acrylic on wood cutouts.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Trinket (finished): July 10, 2009

"Trinket" is complete. This is a 5"x7" acrylic painting on 140 lb. watercolor paper. Trinket is a very bashful little Yorkie and, oh, so cute!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Trinket (in progress): July 9, 2009

I've finished Trinket's body and legs and put in the background layer of color for her face.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Trinket (in progress): July 8, 2009

"Tinket" is the third Yorkie in this set, a work in progress.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Cookie (finished): July 7, 2009

"Cookie" is complete. This is a 5"x7" acrylic painting on 140 lb. watercolor paper. Cookie is an adorable little Yorkie who has a pet parrot who calls to her, "Here, Cookie, Cookie!" So cute!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Cookie (in progress): July 6, 2009

Cookie's body is done. Her head looks awful strange at this stage of the painting.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Cookie (progress): July 3, 2009

"Cookie" is in progress, the second of three new Yorkie paintings.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Sweetie: July 3, 2009

"Sweetie" is the first of three new commissioned Yorkie paintings. She is painted in acrylic on 5"x7" 140 lb. watercolor paper.

Monday, June 29, 2009

By the Bitterroot (finished): June 29, 2009

After looking at this for a week and after consulting with my client, I made some adjustments, most of which were fairly minor. The most obvious change was to the shadow-side of his face. The dark shadows have been lightened in places and the reflected light has been darkened. "By the Bitterroot" is 11"x14" acrylic on stretched canvas.

Friday, June 12, 2009

By the Bitterroot (progress): June 12, 2009

"By the Bitterroot" is nearly complete. Even when I think I'm done, I can always find something else to adjust. After photographing the painting and putting it on the computer, I can see that his chin needs more definition.

It's been a real struggle to paint the last couple of days because the air is so dry here, especially in the afternoon. My paint has been drying out and crusting over really fast so I have to keep mixing new batches. At times, it even dries out before I get the paint from palette to canvas. I'm hoping it will rain later this evening to replenish some of the moisture and I will get back to painting tomorrow.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

By the Bitterroot (progress): June 11, 2009

She has been completed and some of his face color has been applied.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

By the Bitterroot (in progress): June 10, 2009

This is progressing along. His hat and eyes have been put in and a large portion of her face has been laid in.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

By the Bitterroot (in progress): June 9, 2009

I redid the yellow shirt and progressed to the red shirt and man's hand.

Monday, June 8, 2009

By the Bitterroot (in progress): June 8, 2009

The background is complete, unless, of course, I see something that needs changing later. And I have started working on the yellow shirt.