25 March, 2014

A Little Lime 10"x10" $145

These still lifes are my ode to abstract painting.  The challenge here was to put all the objects on one side of the canvas but still retain interest on the other side.  I think by making the plain jane white side larger--that helped to balance.  But also the limes and shadows of the glass form and interesting shape that cuts into the white side so the green and the white are linked together.

20 March, 2014

portrait finish

This is the portrait finished.  I will let it sit a few days and then look again with fresh eyes to make any adjustments.  I don't do too many of these pencil portraits  any more.  I raised my price to $500 a face just because I would rather paint.  But I do these for family wedding gifts and every grandchild and new neice and nephew gets a portrait done when they are three years old.  I like to wait till they are three and have formed a little personality.  Anyway this one is for one of my oldest friend's parents and since they have known me since I was in my twenties--they are family!

19 March, 2014

portrait progressing

The portrait is progressing.  I can already see that her left eye is a little gimpy so need to work on that.  As you can see, I am using multiple photos and knitting together to make the whole portrait.

16 March, 2014

commission portrait 16"x20"

Haven't done a pencil portrait in awhile.  They are always a challenge.  Funny thing is that if i know the people, I seem to get the portrait right quite easily.  Must be something subliminal about it!  These lovely people are the parents of one of my oldest friends who are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary.  This drawing is of them at their wedding 60 years ago and then at the lower right will be their present day selves.  My friend's Dad commissioned this gift as a surprise for his wife.  Man, is he going to get major points for this!!  I'll post more as the drawing progresses.  There will probably be changes as I go along, so see if you can detect them.

06 March, 2014

Chamisa in Snow #2 16"x20" $425

I did some more work on this painting and thought it might be fun for you to guess what changes I made and do you think it improved the painting?  The top painting is the finished one.  So here is what i did:  Made the background trees in the right hand corner more solid so they relate better to the other tree shapes.  Made the chamisa less clumpy and more lacey so that the background fence comes through in more areas.  And lastly, I unified the foreground by making it all in shadow so the patches of snow in sunlight are more dramatic and pull your eye right to the chamisa which is the star of the show!

05 March, 2014

Chamisa in Snow 16"x20" $425

Was wanting to do something a little larger than my usual Riverwalk pieces.  So dug into my photo file and came up with this view of a snowfall close to my sister's house in Albuquerque.  I love the warm/cool colors of this one.  The warmth of the chamisa color makes that snow and sky feel even colder!