Monday, July 23, 2018


10x8" oil on linen panel

Subject: Noel is a commissioned painting for a friend. The reference photo provided to me was backlit and originally I didn't want to use this. However, because I don't live near enough to take my own photo I decided to try it. In the end I used this photo and a second one to get a better idea of Noel's color. Since I have a long-hair tabby very similar to this one, I tried to get my own cat to pose--but he laughed and trotted away with his tail in the air. Cats!

The Furry Truth: Painting fur is a challenge. With each animal portrait I think I've got it down and then the next one comes along and it's a new challenge. But one thing has become clearer: the secret is the blending brush.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Red Apple in Cut Glass

6x8 inch oil on linen panel
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Subject: Painting cut glass is a challenge and this one was even more so because of the diamond pattern on the bowl. The bowl is actually the bottom of a candy dish that has a very nice top. Still working on loosening up but not having great success. Maybe I should drink more wine! Or Bloody Marys with Ketel One vodka.

Side note: I heard about Kettle One vodka after reading several books by Marcia Clark--yes, the one and only Marcia Clark from the OJ trial. Rachel Knight, the main character in her series is a DA who always unwinds after work with this, so I had to buy some and see why. It's good stuff. In fact, so good, I'm sure drinking more than one would definitely turn me into an abstract artist--and not a good one--though to me the words "good" and "abstract art" should not be used in the same sentence. Please don't write negative comments if you love abstract art. My relatives and friends who love it will take care of this for you.

Surface: This is an original, unframed oil painting on a lovely 1/8 inch Belgian linen panel by Raymar Art.