Saturday, October 6, 2018

  1. A Family Portrait Story

Actually, every artwork tells some kind of story, or perhaps ought to.  In a number of my paintings, I've used images of a family member or more that captured my aesthetic interest, other than using as a regular portrait. 
Here are just a few to begin with; I will be posting more of these in future blogs.

"My Reflections" Acrylics on Wood..   (the one on left) with sister Pat as inspiration-model.
On the right is: "Galaxy Girl" Acrylics (and some pastel work) on canvas board, using granddaughter, Silvia's face

"Uncle Jake and Aunt Rita"  Pastels on paper
you guessed it~ this is my Uncle Jake and Aunt Rita! some real down-home country folk who had a farm in Ypsilanti, MI.

"Rainbow Fairy"  Acrylics [with pastels] on board.
Again, using Silvia's expressive face on my fantasy fairy.
And this time she is very happy!

"Earth Child" Mixed Media consisting of pastels and acrylics on hardboard.
This time I used Silvia's younger sister, Esther as the sleeping baby of "Earth Mother".  
Earth Child bloomed as the center of a flower overnight in a wheat field

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Sometimes I like to randomly sketch in the evening while relaxing on the couch, especially if I didn't get any Art done that day.  On this particular night as usual I had the lights dimmed, but felt I had enough light to do a simple colored pencil drawing.  Later I realized this altered the colors somewhat; for ex: the green pencils looked like blues, and what I thought was fleshtone was actually yellow!
Whats more, the day after I discovered the drawing was done upside down in the sketchbook!
The important (and good) thing here is I "like" how it turned out and enjoyed the process.

UPSIDE DOWN  (In Sketchbook, that is)

Monday, April 4, 2016


Semi - Impressionist Abstract Expressionist
10 x 10 acrylics on hardboard

"Hues of Summer"

Sunday, April 3, 2016


 18 x 10 hardboard panel which I pretextured with modeling paste, let dry, then gessoed.  
2. Preliminary application of specially mixed oil colors & Liquin; left to dry again. 
3. Today the crowning touch of drybrushed highlights!
1. "sketch" in Modeling Paste
2. laying in basic values, etc.

3. Final depiction of: "FURY"

Friday, January 30, 2015

Sonoran Sunset

Final day of challenge! I thought a sunset would be fitting, so this one ended up in the desert.  6 x 8" Oils on canvas. Really had fun with this one, almost just 'happened'.

  oils palette and color list 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Sir Winston

I saw Mr. Churchill's image on some news site today and decided: "okey, been wanting to do his portrait, so I may as well today, for Day 29!"  This is what you call a pastel painting, done with Pan Pastels.   measures 8 x 9". 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Popular Poppy

Day 27: "The Popular Poppy"
8 x 8" acrylics on stretched canvas. Although this image looks bright enough to be color enhanced, I swear it is not..even took the photo outside on my porch in the fading daylight!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Pink Pursuit

Acrylics 8 x 10" on canvas panel.
This morning I was destined to do something in light pink !!

Sunday, January 25, 2015


For Day 25 I chose 2 very different shaped shells from my collection, with one dominating with its size and beauty.
Painted in acrylics on 4 x 4" Clayboard*.
*(finally got used to the nice smooth surface, using to its advantage..ordered some more of this stuff the other day)!