Sunday, December 30, 2012


"HOUSE OF HATTEN PIPER"  Original oil painting, Unframed 6" X 6"

Here is a little fun painting for the "Twelve Days of Christmas Challenge" offered on Daily Paintworks by Akiko White. This is my second submission for this challenge, prompted by my online friends, painted on the heels of a sweet little study of my great-niece swinging on a tire swing, on my Ustream channel.  This broadcast is recorded and will be saved for a short time for any of you who would like to view it.

As you can may deduce, this is a very casual group of artist friends, who chat about art and life while I paint and chat with them.  It's great fun for me and I love the interaction while in the process of painting.

I have other demonstrations recorded, if you are interested in viewing them.  I can really highly recommend "Bouguereau Eye" and the value studies.  Click the "More videos..." link at the bottom of the VIDEO choices to see them all.  I hope you enjoy them!

Saturday, December 22, 2012


"Far Afield"  Original Oil Painting  6" X 6"

For this painting, I turned the reference upside down and played around with the shapes and values, just because I hadn't done this in awhile.  About an hour and a half later, I flipped it upright and made a few minor tweaks to finish it off.  The model is my sister Dianne, and I have loved this photo from the first time I saw it.  Sometimes the timing is just right to paint a particular piece and I am really happy with this one!

Thursday, December 20, 2012


"FIVE GOLDEN RINGS"  Original Oil Painting 8" x 10"

This week's Daily Paintworks Challenge, issued by Akiko White, is to paint one of the Twelve Days of Christmas.  Since I love painting portraits, I decided to include one in my entry as the Fifth Day of Christmas..."Five Golden Rings."  I had a great time playing with the girl's gorgeous green eyes, and of course, adding the gold was kinda cool too.

If you are an artist, you may wish to try this one yourself.  There is almost always lots of leeway for imaginative and unique interpretations of the original concept of the challenge.  If I am not too busy, I may paint another before the next challenge is posted, so check back!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012


"STAR-CROSSED" Original Oil Painting 8" X 10", Unframed
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My early training was in the study of Old Master methods, particular underpainting in the style of daVinci, Rembrandt and Bouguereau, and I still retain a fondness for value paintings in verdaccio, bruno, and grisaille.  There is freedom in painting without worry about color choices, color harmony and chroma.  With this method, even a complex subject is simplified to a degree.

So, yes, I have been painting from the Golden Age.....the Golden Age of Hollywood, that is.  This era of movie making had it all...great stars, great costumes, scripts, and the sets were to die for! I have always been enamored with stars like Kathryn Hepburn, Ginger Rogers and Olivia deHaviland. And then, there were the leading MEN...what an impressive bunch of actors and actresses... inspiring! Black and white only added to their appeal, particularly with some of the dramatic studio lighting, so the Daily Paintworks Challenge from Tamara Geddes, was a delight for me. I painted FOUR of these 8" X 10" oils on canvas. Browse them all while you are there and I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

Original Oil Painting 8" x 10", Unframed  $175.00
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Saturday, October 13, 2012


"Night Palms"  Original oil painting, unframed 6" X 6"
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Mike and I take a lot of photos while we are out and about, as you may know. He took this reference photo, at my request at the Sullivans' St. Patrick's Day party, held at the Barn Theater in Winthrop Town Centre. I loved the low light, right after sunset, and played up the spotlight effect from the outdoor lighting and Mike's wonderful perspective. I also cooled the sky colors to offset the "heat" of the crowns.

This painting is being offered for auction at Daily Paintworks, with a starting bid of $85.00. Check the rest of my gallery while you are there.

Monday, October 8, 2012


Wednesday, September 19, 2012


Sea Cottage Oil 8" X 10"

I have just come back from an very inspiring plein aire workshop hosted by the Apalachicola School of Art and presented by the Plein-Aire Painters of the South East (PAP-SE). We had SIX world class instructors and three days to absorb demonstrations by each, as well as personal instruction. I came away armed with information and a more purposeful sense of direction to face the coming cooler Florida weather and my desire to paint en plein aire.

If this opportunity presents itself in your area, I urge you to make it a priority, if this is where your artistic interests lie. Just follow the links provided to keep current on PAP-SE events, or seek out other plein aire events in your area.

Sunday, June 24, 2012


"More Snow Coming"  OIL  8X10
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It's Summertime already! Winters and Spring in Florida seem to be such busy times for me, with Small Works, Strawberry Festival, Winthrop Arts Festival and holidays all thrown in together. Escape to parts unknown seemed to be the relief I needed. Nearly 8,000 miles later, here I am, back and eager to give myself something I have promised for two years...LANDSCAPES. I have painted very few landscapes in the last few years, so I am looking forward to re-acquainting myself with all I learned before as well as studying new techniques and honing my skills.  This IS my year of landscapes, study and studies.  

This is my 4th in a series of studies I have recently painted in pursuit of that goal. Value planes were the main focus of this scene. After working on these few, I believe that 11X14's or larger may be better for my process, so I will be sizing up for my next paintings.  Larger will allow me a freedom of brush strokes that I can't get from these smaller studies. 
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