Sunday, July 16, 2017



Bijou is my Russian Blue companion, and is always ready to have her 
photo taken, or a sketch drawn. I decided to experiment with this drawing. 

Step 1 - top left. I sketched her from a photo, then attempted to create
some texture in parts of the drawing by placing a piece of scrap metal screen
under the 130# paper and rubbing over it with Stockmar white beeswax. Next, I thinned
down some acrylic and did a green wash over the whole image.

Step 2 - top right. Using charcoal, I created, more or less, a value map of the cat,
then painted over everything with Golden acrylic ground for pastels as some grit
was needed to hold the pastel.

Step 3 - bottom left. Adding pastel. Hmmm. Not as happy with this as the texture
I had created in Step 1 pretty much disappeared. Maybe added pastel with too 
heavy a hand? What next?

Step 4 - bottom right. I added green to her eyes - which, indeed, are a lovely green.

I think I'm done with this particular experiment, and am, somewhat, happy with 
the result. I like the fact that I played with color, though my intent was to be much looser and free-er with the entire piece - always a struggle. I'll try another with lighter-weight paper, lighter hand with pastels, and see what transpires.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

STARTING OVER, Minneola #6

Minneola #6

The last of this current series, though definitely not the last, 
as I have too much fun painting them.
Palette knife oil on 6 x 6 inch Arches paper for oils, mounted
on Crescent mat board.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

STARTING OVER, Minneola #4

Minneola #4

Palette knife oil on 6" x 6" Arches paper for oils,
mounted on Crescent mat board.
This is the "destroy and rebuild" version.

Monday, June 12, 2017

STARTING OVER, Minneola #3

Minneola #3

A bit of rule-breaking in this marbleized version, which
allowed me to splash the colors around a bit.
I really like the result!
6" x 6" on Arches paper for oils, mounted on Crescent mat board.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

STARTING OVER - Minneola #2

Minneola #2

Here we go again. A mosaic-style treatment, 
holding to just three values. Boy, I love doing these!

6 x 6 inch on Arches paper for oils, 
mounted on Crescent mat board

Sunday, April 23, 2017

STARTING OVER - Minneola #1

Minneola #1

Went to a plein air paint-out this week after four months
of no painting. The result was a disaster though I may still
try to save it. Anyway, I decided to start all over with an orange again
and hopefully get the feel of that fast, juicy, loose way of painting once more.

6" x 6" palette knife oil on Arches paper for oils