I study with 3 great artists on a fairly consistent basis. Stanley Goldstein almost every Monday night. Tim Horn once a month for critiques and at least once a year with Peggi Kroll Roberts. Perhaps you see Peggi's influence here. Well, at least you see her daughter Ali in the forefront.
I brought this little painting into our critique session this past Monday. I won't state what I thought I needed to correct but it was suggested by Tim to do this as a larger work. I think I will!
If you are a friend of mine, then you know I am annoying! Whenever someone tells me they are traveling or going to a function, I don't say "Have a good time!", I say "Take pictures!" My friend Kristie is always on the lookout for subject matter for me. She recently took this shot in her neighborhood. Apparently, she takes her assignment seriously! Thank you Kristie!
My friend Birgit used to live in a hundred year old house. I loved the interior. I have been lucky enough for her to occasionally pass on photographs that I have used as reference material. This is one of those shots!
This image caught my eye when I was perusing the Paint My Photo site. I think my challenge here was to keep the facial features from being exaggerated. I have to remember to back up and observe what I am doing.
This is another one that received the finishing touches this month. The reference comes from my photographer/artist friend Juanita Witkop! This is Zero who now resides in New Mexico. Zero has been all over cruising on the sailing ship the Artic Tern. I am sure that being land locked has been an adjustment.
I think it's interesting how mother nature can produce her own sense of design. The branches framed the hawk so well. This is a reference from my cousin Theresa who should have her own website or blog.
Today was a day I was glad I invested in some teeny tiny brushes. To protect myself from eye strain, I tried not to make it too detailed. This image comes from my cousin Theresa. She takes awesome nature pics!
I am liking these little canvases. I am not sure what I am doing with them yet but I was thinking of turning them into hanging ornaments and getting them ready for a holiday show at one of the galleries...hmmm.
Its day 5 and I started this, this morning and also worked on a commission. Its the holiday weekend and lots of excitement here at the marina! No parking and got to see a boat whack into another one...oh the pain of it all! Maybe my horse series has something to do with land envy! Don't get me wrong, I do love it here!
I bought these little tiny canvases sometime ago and rediscovered them this morning. I thought this might be a good exercise in getting something done in an hour and it was! My niece Aimee is a great photographer and I owe her for this reference image.
I am in the "30 in 30" challenge this month, hosted by Leslie Saeta. This painting has kept me busy for a couple of days. I count it for day 1 and 2. The title could easily be changed to "Pale Rose; A Close Up Struggle!"
Thanks for checking in! I'll be painting everyday but probably won't post everyday. We'll see how many paintings I can complete in September while I get ready for a show and work on commissions :-).
This is my submission to this week's the "Artist's Choice Challenge" on DPW. The objective is to paint something that is a challenge for the artist. I have many but I would have to say the values and subtleties of color with roses are always a challenge.
My niece Aimee has always been generous with her photographic skills and her kids! Aimee is truly creative. We collaborated on a children's book this last year; "My FIFO Daddy" . It is geared toward families who have parents that "fly in and fly out" to remote mining posts in Australia.
Sometimes when I am working on a larger painting that is taking time, I have to take a break and paint something small, fast and furious. I loved the light and dark pattern the reference photo had (morgueFile.com).
This past Monday I learned that all 5 of my paintings and 1 giclee were accepted into the Fine Art Competition at the Marin County Fair. You can see my work and the work of other artists July 1 to July 5 at 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael, CA 94903.