Saturday, February 17, 2018
12x16" collage /mixed media on canvas
Inspiration does funny things. When you create artwork for fun and adventure anything can happen. Working this way frees up impulses and creativity can soar. Normally oil painting is such hard work. Even though I enjoy it, it's still very demanding. And a break from all that does wonders. If you've been working hard, give yourself a break and recharge by doing something just for the pleasure of creating and get those juices flowing.
Monday, February 12, 2018
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Pablo is an exceptionally good looking cat with a soulful personality and big bright eyes that melt you. He belongs to my friend and fellow painter, Georgia Long. I started the painting years ago, I even dragged it down to sell at CatCon LA., kinda glad it didn't sell because it wasn't quite finished. This is one case where good enough was not enough. And sometimes you have to wait.I moved into a new studio space on January 6th 2018 The natural light is totally amazing. The ceilings are high with a huge skylight. The light is diffuse and very bright. When I pulled Pablo out into the new light ideas began to come and I finished the long awaited Pablo.
Monday, January 8, 2018
5x7" oil on masonite panel. $70. includes tax shipping. Click to buy
Painting over previously painted panels is something of a fun challenge for me. In this case I like the texture the older work adds to the new piece. Also pleased with the colors that have merged nicely together., and recycling is always a good thing.
8x8" oil on canvas. $300. includes tax and shipping. Click to buy
I painted this for the Daily Paintworks Challenge. Working with a cool palette is always fun and interesting. Btw, this is my first new painting created in my new studio space at C street Studios in Eureka. I'm pretty thrilled with the space because it has a giant skylight that provides a perfect natural light setting, that I've been missing.
Monday, November 27, 2017
12x16" oil on panel -sold
Otis is the first thing I painted after returning home from two months on the road. When I got back he looked so old, and he probably looked at me and thought the same. I realized I needed to paint him once again as I have done many times over the years. He is the most loving cat, because his purr is like butter and goes on forever and his gaze is long and deep. I feel this is one of my strongest cat paintings to date. I'm glad it's going to a very special home. This one kinda chokes me up, it's a good capture.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
8x10" oil on canvas -sold
Ricki is quite friendly and very pretty. She lives in Anza Borrego, on 9 Mustang Ranch, where we get to visit our friend Kay Levie. Of all the things and places I've painted since we left Eureka for the Sedona 13th annual plain air festival, this is my favorite. It's a good example of the direction I'm headed. Away from stone cold realism. Incorporating emotion and expression. I am discovering my voice as a painter.
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Monday, October 2, 2017
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Friday, September 22, 2017
Oil on 9x12" panel
Natalie is my friend and fellow painter Linda Mitchell's granddaughter. Again, being that the cost of hiring a model is beyond my means at this time and not practical at this stage, photos are really convenient to work from. And they do inspire. Portraiture is my favorite subject, I'need more practice. Sean Cheetham is and Alice Neel are two of my favorite portrait painters. I like Van Gogh's portraits too. So much to be inspired by, I feel grateful.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Oil on 24x24" canvas
Heather is a beautiful young artist. I painted her from a photo I took at her Dad- Paul Rikard's reception in Trinidad. I like to work with live models but I can not afford the cost of paying one. I really don't mind working from photos, it's pretty relaxing and totally convenient. When you have a model in the studio the pressure is on. And if you like working under pressure like I do, it's an amazing experience.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
10x12" oil on panel
I painted this as a design for a local coffee company label. I gave the good coffee folks a choice between this image and "Sphynx with Coat" (below) They chose Sphinx. I like Sphynx better too. I wanted to try something special for the label. But it was not special enough. And that's the thing about painting, and it's what I kind of love about painting. You are never really in control. You can set out to do whatever you want and work your hardest and a painting can just flop. I'm not saying this is a flop but, it wasn't the thing I had hoped for. The first image is before I applied Adobe Photoshop oil filter. Oil filter smooths everything out and makes the image look liquid.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
"Sphinx with Coat" was originally painted for Cats in the Hall, a cat art exhibit in Eureka Ca. Over 75 artists showed their cat art pieces. During the Arts Alive reception we had kitty adoptions from four different shelters in our area, and ended up adopting three out. It was a great event. Cats and artists seem to blend well. This is the third such event I've curated with the help of Georgia Long. Georgia arranged the adoptions feature to our cat art show...really ties the room together. And we sold a lot of cat art that weekend, over 60 pieces!
Monday, September 11, 2017
8x10" oil on canvas
I painted three sunflower paintings at the Humboldt Botanical Garden last weekend. Many painters and supporters of all things beautiful were out celebrating the event. It was a beautiful classic Humboldt county weather day. I felt honored to be invited.
Saturday, August 19, 2017
Oil on 8x10" canvas panel sold
All I know is I like to paint cats and sometimes a UFO appears. When I paint on impulse ideas develop as I paint. Tomorrow I'm taking a workshop with Jim McVicker and that will change things up for awhile. Plein air painting is really challenging. And Jim is one of the best, How lucky am I?