Saturday, May 27, 2006

More Progress

While there is certainly much work to be done, this painting is nearing completion. The hands are still mostly the underpainting, and the background and clothing are only blocked in, but the portrait itself is almost finished. (The close-up shows the colors more accurately, here.)

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Art at the Center

Two of my paintings, "Amy Pinning Her Hair" and "The Silver Pitcher," have been selected to be part of The Human Form Exhibition at the Overland Park Convention Center. I will personally attend the Second Saturday Art Shows at the convention center on June 8th and July 10th from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

"Amy Pinning Her Hair"
Oil on Panel, 11" x 14"


Here is an update on the portrait of my son; his expression is really starting to come through now! I am adding color, though much of it is a bit over-saturated here. I am not too keen to take the time to get pictures with good color and value accuracy on a daily basis, so usually you will not see a painting as it really is until it is completed and I photograph it properly or scan it.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Beginning a Portrait

Last night I started a new painting; it is a portrait of my son, Shannon, age 8. He is delighted that I am finally painting him again. Photographing children can be a challenge, and with Shannon it is because he is overly excited to produce unique and goofy facial expressions for the camera. I did manage to catch him in this thoughtful and almost angelic pose, shortly before another outburst of silliness.

Oil on Canvas, 14"x18"

The above painting was done in one evening with Gamblin's Asphaltum and some Titanium White, thinned with a little OMS. I do not always underpaint, though I have been more and more as of late, nor do I bring it up to the same finish before adding color as many artists do. I simply use it as an underdrawing, composition and value guide, and as a way to satisfy my impatient self and get the canvas covered!

Monday, May 08, 2006


I am back from Art in the Park, and am happy to report that I won 3rd place in the 2D category! The park itself was beautiful, and there was music and lots and lots of food.

Periodically throughout the day I performed a live demo, painting my lovely friend Karena in pastel on Wallis paper. As of the end of the show, this is where it stood. I will finish it up in the next couple of days and post the results here.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Art in the Park

Don't forget about Lawrence Art Guild's Art in the Park this Sunday!

Art in the Park
Where: South Park - Lawrence, 12th and Massachusetts
Date: May 7, 2006 Time: 10am - 6pm

I've had prints made and I grabbed a few paintings from my show at the Unity Church of Overland Park. Also, I have about 55lbs of weight for each corner of the tent as to avoid another tragedy like the Booth Shot Massacre.
Stop by, say "Hi."

Here's an update on the last painting. It is nearly finished and should be out at the park with me.

Oil on Panel, 12" x 24"