Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Cardinal, Acrylic on Crescent Board, 10"x10", $150

More Experiments...

In this painting, I continued the process I was working on in my Goldfinch painting. This time, I started with rectangular shapes in the background and then super-imposed the cardinal on that. I used the branch and the dark shapes to integrate the background and the foreground. I'm still working on that balance thing.

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Monday, March 20, 2017


Goldfinch, Acrylic on Crescent Board, 10"x10", $150


In this painting I started with the colored abstract background in blue, gold, and orange. The colors put me in mind of an American goldfinch. I used black paint to draw in the bird and then added all of the black patterns. That done, I felt I needed to put in the white bars on the wings and tail and a bit of the white under the tail. Once the white was in , I discovered that my eye went directly to the white spots, so I decided to balance them using a white shape behind the head. Still feeling a bit lop-sided, I added the small white rectangle to the left of the twig. I struggled with the patterns and abstract shapes - it's really hard to decide where and how much to put in to get the effect I want.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Snowy Quartet

Snowy Quartet, Acrylic on Gessoboard, 6"x6:, $100

Snowy Quartet

In this painting, I decided to add some twigs and undergrowth to add life and a bit more color to this winter scene.Twigs and weeds have such a range of colors if you look closely. And there is nothing like the whiteness of a blanket of snow to pop those colors.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Winter Trio

Winter Trio, Acrylic on Gessoboard, 6"x6", $100

Winter Trio

This is another painting that was almost done but not quite. I like the variety of color on the tree trunks and the shadow patterns.

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Autumn Reflections

Autumn Reflections, Acrylic on Canvas, 10"x8", $275

Autumn Reflections

This is my first painting since the January 30 Day Challenge. I've been using the time to get caught up on various household projects (cleaning, painting walls, etc.). This is a painting I did last year but that just didn't feel finished. I made some changes and like it a lot better now.

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Day 29 - A Young Maya Angelou

Young Maya Angelou, Acrylic on Gessoed Mat Board, 10"x7"

Day 29 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

The month is almost over and I feel like I have made a lot of progress in my ability to paint faces. This painting is of a young Maya Angelou from a photo I found on the Internet. I used only black and white paint on a red background. The technique I have been using seems to work pretty well for me. I have included the source photo and my initial block-in below to show how much information can be captured in those first few paint strokes.

Source photo (left) and initial block-in (right)

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Day 28 - Watercolor Style

Untitled, Acrylic on Gessoed Mat Board, 10"x7"

Day 28 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

This one was done with acrylics but using a very wet watercolor-style application. I started out with the board on my easel but I had to take it down and put it on a flat surface - too much running. Although this came out OK, I have to admit I liked the stronger hues from yesterday's effort more. And although I got more subtlety in the washes, I'm not as happy with the overall effect. I have more work to do.