30 May, 2008

cowboy portrait

Had to try one more portrait. I think my backgrounds are weak, but i get all excited about the face and then the background isn't so interesting. Yet in good portraits like Harley Brown--the background is part of the total design and of course makes the whole portrait so dynamic. We leave for two weeks in Ireland and Scotland next week so won't be posting for awhile. Plan to take a million pictures for paintings!

24 May, 2008

Dudash workshop

This is a portrait study i did after taking the Michael Dudash workshop at the Coppini last week. I had a terrible cold and felt pretty lousy during the workshop, but listened and watched and learned. I especially appreciated that he didn't have a "magic bullet" for making good art. It takes alot of work! My biggest lesson was to establish your lightest and darkest value from the very beginning. In his demos, he spent most of his time getting the right value and color relationships set. Then the drawing part and building of highlights went pretty fast on top of that basic design and value structure. It takes discipline to not plunge into the details too fast. I'm pretty happy with this painting and happy to see I have not lost my touch with the human face--just another set of shapes really.

11 May, 2008

Riverwalk and the City--SOLD

Happy Mother's Day all! Got together with my group--had to laugh as they came to my house and I cooked for them as always-some things never change, but what a great day we had. My oldest son is heading off for Fort Carson , Colorado for a new assignment with a communications squadron to support the Special Forces Unit at Ft. Carson. He is happy to be doing other than his last job which was as an recruiter. My beautiful daughters are doing great and my other son who suffers from schizophrenia is at least safe and physically healthy.
I had a happy reunion with Janice Yow Hindes last week and she has offered to reccomend me to Nanette Richardson Gallery here in San Antonio. After Jim and I get back from our dream trip to ireland and Scotland in June I definitely will be looking into that. Also plan to be painting more at the hotel lobbies of several wonderful Riverwalk hotels so will keep you posted on that. Right now I am excited about and looking forward to a workshop with C Michael Duddash at the Coppini Academy this next weekend. All is good and thanks to all for the positive comments on this blog.

04 May, 2008

sunlight and shadows SOLD

I am back to the Riverwalk--just love the light on the bridges and the lush foliage. Keep trying to simplify the shapes. Jim and I spent Friday walking the Riverwalk and taking pictures for new paintings. Am also going to do some more still lifes. Brought home a piece of glass to use for reflections which will open up a whole new area of design I think.