Friday, December 30, 2016


10x8" Oil on cradled wood panel (Click to enlarge.)
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The subject: Mervin is a special kitty that we saw on our vacation to the Keys. He is a feral cat who often sat in front of an open shop door. The owner tried to entice him inside with treats and he would only get to the opening before backing off. We found out that he finally made the trip across the threshold shortly after we left. Luckily for me, he was happy to pose for photos.

The process: Getting the softness of the fur and the color are difficult. But, painting a cat is really fun and I hope to improve my technique each time I do a new one.

Surface:  A cradled wood panel is just a wood panel that has a solid wood frame. I used a 3/4 inch cradled panel and this makes it possible to simply hang as is, no frame necessary. I have also stained and varnished the sides of the cradle which give it a very finished look! You can see the cradle from the side photo I took below.


Thursday, December 22, 2016

Christmas Kitty

8 x 10" Oil on 3/4" cradled wood panel (Click to enlarge.)
This is my second painting of my cat Sammy. Sammy is so beautiful and he loves posing for pictures.  My first painting of him won 2nd Place in the Pasco Fine Art Center's Art Annual in 2015. It was my very first art award, so I can't put it up for sale. I've also decided to keep Christmas Kitty, at least until I paint another one. I also used a cradled wood panel and loved working on this surface. I stained and varnished the sides of the cradle and now it looks good without framing.

Here's a photo of me looking super happy over my award for my first Sammy painting.
Me with my painting Sammy-9 x 12 Oil on canvas

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Playground Fun

12x9" Oil on panel (Click to enlarge.)
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The subject matter:  My grandchildren are great subjects for people in motion because they are always moving. The play of light and shadow fascinates me and hopefully I've captured it. Simplifying is still a mystery to me, but I'm getting there. I left out many details in the background and it helped the painting.

The surface: This painting is a 12x9" on Gessobord to which I've added an oil-based primer. I did this to infuse more light into my colors. I will not do this again! At least not on a gessoed board. The oil-based primer made my paint slide off the panel. Finally, after several layers of paint, it began to adhere.