Friday, December 29, 2006

In Line 9x12 Acrylic

This is a drawing done with paint. A painted drawing. It is acrylic using only burnt umber and white. The woman was in line at a concession stand at an art festival. I couldn't resist the dress and black shoes.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Trisha 11x14 Acrylic

Trisha is a friend who I have known for a while. She was wearing this wonderful black dress. I asked her to pose for me. She sat down and struck this pose and that was that.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Imaginary Landscape 12x16 Acrylic

Sitting down at a blank canvas can be very intimadating. If you let it. The hardest part is the first brushstroke. After that, one brushmark flows into another and an image begins to take form, and then you have something that you begin to sculpt and correct as an image emerges. Then it is a cycle of putting in and taking out until you have said what you wanted to say. The hardest part is always getting past your own fear.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Intuition 11x14 Acrylic

This painting is a departure for me. The painting is entirely out of my head. No model and no references used. I am looking for work that is meaningful, personal. The portraits are very meaningful for me, but I am searching for that inner voice I know is there when I look at a blank canvas. I am listening to that still, small voice of intuition that I hear whispering Imagination, Spirituality, Poetry.

Tuesday, December 5, 2006

Tonya 24x30 Water Soluable Oil

Long before she was married, Tonya told me I was going to paint her portrait in her wedding dress. So I knew what my assignment was when the time came. She is another on top of my favorite people list. In fact, she is Hallie's sister. I have been painting both of them since they were ankle biters. Her husband is in the Air Force and just got back from Iraq. Not for sale.

Sunday, December 3, 2006

Hallie In Florida 11x14 Acrylic

Hallie is top of my favorite people list. I have been painting her since she was crawling on all fours. She recently told me she hated posing when she was little. I said, 'Why didn't you say something?' Not for Sale.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Outlook 5x8 Watercolor


I like the mood of this painting. A young girl looking out on the waters of the Mississippi River lost in thought over who knows what? Her current situation? Her future? A crisis in her life? I often think when I look at people about what expereinces they have had in their lives that have shaped them, and continue to shape them, into who they are. People are endlessly fascinating to me.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Shading The Sun 9x12 Acrylic

It was a bright, chilly morning and this lady was holding a piece of paper up to shade the sun from her eyes. She glanced in my direction just as I snapped a picture. These are the moments in time that I love to capture in paint.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Woman At Concert 5x7 Acrylic

From a concert in a park along the banks of the Mississippi River, again. The background was full of people and equipment, but I decided to focus on the lady and abstract everything

Friday, November 17, 2006

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

River Walkers 11x14 Acrylic


These ladies were walking in a park along the banks of the Mississippi River. In summer, there are always music festivals and goings-on. It's good to be in the right place at the right time.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Pictures At An Exhibition 5x7 Acrylic

I love to paint people going about their lives. I always carry a camera. I take pictures first and ask permission later. If you ask first, people become self-conscience and act like they are posing. It never works.  They rarely say no.

Monday, November 13, 2006