Thursday, October 29, 2015

Chelsea, an Alien (I mean an Italian Greyhound)

A fragile and delicate canine! A birthday gift for a lucky mom purchased by her daughter.

11" x 14"
oil on canvas

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Teenaged Girl with Dark Hair

Another oil painting from a photograph of a friend's daughter. I didn't care for the T-shirt she was wearing so I changed it. Try doing that with a photograph. Well- I suppose it's possible, but it won't look painterly. ;)

Friday, October 16, 2015

Updating an Older Painting

Often I'll save a painting in the back of my closet, knowing it needs something, but unsure of what. When I have a few minutes I'll pull it out and evaluate it from the perspective of time. I did that with this painting, a plein air piece from August, that seemed a bit lackluster.

I decided it needed some signs of life so I added a few Holsteins and a fence so they woudln't run out into the road. I'm happier with it now.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Tipp City Victorian Home

I painted this Victorian home on a paint out at Tipp City over the weekend. It was a complicated subject and I decide to add a trick or treater and her mother coming up the sidewalk when I got home. I think it adds a little human interest and makes the composition a little more compelling. Now perhaps I need a black cat on the railing as well?

11" x 14" oil on linen


Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Teenager in a Volleyball Uniform

I can't remember this model's name but she came to our group through  a modeling agency and she did an excellent job with her pose. We don't have many people pose looking downward and her face was tilted slightly as well, making it especially challenging for both her and the artists who were drawing and painting her.

This was my effort. I will try a side view next time, where the light is not likely to change if she moves slightly.

16' x 16" pastel on Canson gray paper

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Angel in Red

Angel is a woman from Taiwan who posed in her wedding dress for our portrait group. She was everything you could want in a model: beautiful, poised and immobile. I created a 12" x 16" study from life, then using the study, I painted a monochromatic underpainting from the study and filled it in using color when I went to the life session the following week. There were other corrections that needed to be made, but the basis for the painting is a complimentary color scheme of red and green.
Angel in Red