Tuesday, December 27, 2011


6" x 6" oil on wrapped canvas

This little painting may be seen at Gallery 86, Waynesville, NC in the Haywood County Arts Council's "It's a Small Works Show" through Saturday, December 31. These little studies were fun and have generated many positive comments from friends and family who attended one of the two receptions or otherwise took time to see this special exhibit during the holidays. The reference photo for PRINCESS came from Wet Canvas.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

L'INNOCENSE by Bougeureau (detail)
14" x 11" oil on Canvas

Christmas Blessings and Happy Holidays to my wonderful blogging
friends. Thanks to all who visit and leave encouraging comments!
You are appreciated more than you know and I am forever grateful
for your support!

May the new year bring you peace, happiness and good health with
many creative opportunities!

Since copying the work of "old masters" is a worthwhile self-teaching tool for me, L'INNOCENSE by William Adolph Bougeureau provided the inspiration for our Christmas card this year. Even using a cropped version, it would have taken more hours than I could spare to do this piece justice. An old tube of Shiva Olive Green never before opened was used in the flesh tones. The mixes were interesting and I will continue to experiment with this hue. I do not know the size of the original but would like to download a high resolution photo and paint this favorite again in a large format.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

First Merit Award - Faces and Figures Show

A nice way to wind up the year - Christmas commissions completed and delivered and a pretty ribbon and cash award to wrap it all up! I'm smiling! Artist life is good! This show expressing the human form in a variety of media will hang through December 29 at the Visual Arts Center in Punta Gorda and was judged by Florida's Ambassador to the Portrait Society of America, Kerry Vosler. Thanks Kerry and thanks again to my wonderful models, "Morgan and Baby Girl"!