Friday, October 23, 2009

Busy week

I've been hard at work in the studio this week! First, "Is Breakfast Ready Yet?", bottom left, is finished. I wish I had a better photo of it for you, but it goes today to be professionally photographed, and then prints will also be available.

Next is a re-painting of "The Wheelers", bottom right. This one is in the middle stages of completion.

And then a new one, "The Muse", top left. There will be an opportunity for a viewer to do a double-double take to figure this one out. Great fun!

And, finally, "HOPE!", top right. This is a mixed media work, experimental, and a great learning experience to work with new materials.

The foundation was poured for my new studio, and I've found many visitor, critter foot prints to be forever embedded in the now dry cement.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

I've added more contrast...the darks are darker with more delineation of the main shape from the background. Still more work to do on the face, but it's coming along. Just in case you want to see a pony I have for sale, you'll love the YouTube video I have up for him. Go to: and watch some of the tricks all the ponies here perform...and, of course, he paints!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Is Breakfast Ready Yet? 2

I've added some cool yellows and greens in the background to give this piece more interest and placement in a morning environment. Still some corrections to make, but it's coming along well in time for my deadline for the Barn Book/Florida. Maybe I'll do another one so thet the Barn Book has a choice. Suggestions are always welcome!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Is Breakfast Ready Yet? 1

Here is the next step of laying in colors, and starting to get the background lighting. I really have so much fun with these paintings, and I hope they bring you pleasure in seeing them come to life. Thanks for watching!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Is Breakfast Ready Yet?

I got further along with this piece for the Florida Barn Book cover than I realized, and I'm sorry not to have shown you the basic drawing first. This is an oil pastel, 18" x 24" on Gesso Board, and they wanted a horse at a gate in a misty morning setting. My friend, Elin Pendleton,, has a new DVD in the works on just this foggy lighting, and I wish I had it now to refer to. She is a master in different lighting and I encourage you to go view her work. This is just the first layer and there will be many more to come, with reflected colors of the morning sun trying to come through. Please feel free to coach me or offer suggestions!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Barn Book FL 1

I am taking a little departure from serious work into playing with my encaustic materials, which means building and painting with wax. A corner of my studio has been set up just for such play and I've included a piece in progress of a rooster. This will be whimsical and fun to hang on a wall.
I've also started an oil pastel for the Florida edition of the Barn Book and will include the sketch next time. Ground has been broken today on my new studio and I am looking forward to having enough room to stand up straight and not bump my head on the eaves on a regular basis...well, that's a true attic for you!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Bareback 5

Here is Bareback and it goes to the photographer tomorrow. This is for the show, Women on Women, at the Aiken Center for the Arts. On to the next painting!