Friday, August 25, 2017



My lovely cat, Bijou, again
I liked the result in pastel, so figured I'd try the same idea in oil.

#1 - top left: I did an under-painting in pale green, and tried some 
colors in the other areas,

#2 - top right: Painted the cat, but too dark, I think. Should have matched
the value of the under-painting which is now showing up
just as whitish spots, so ....

#3 - bottom left: ... I covered up the under-painting completely. Well, that's 
better, but it lacks the punch of the pastel version. So ....

#4 - bottom right: .... proceeding with the advice & encouragement of my 
friend Linda, I made a really thin wash of sap green and painted 
it over everything, but the cat. Better - at least it looks like it
all belongs together now. 

Result: I learned something new. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

I just signed up for the September 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge
 I think this must be the 4th or 5th time for me. I feel I've been totally lazy 
about painting this summer and the September challenge really helps to get me 
in the painting groove. So, here we go again!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

D'Anjou Pears - Another Series?

D'Anjou #2


6 x 6 inch palette knife oil on Arches paper, 
mounted on Crescent mat board.

Ah! Another pear. I guess the series is really underway. 
I really like the blush of pink on this one.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

D'Anjou Pears - Another Series?

D'Anjou #1


Palette knife oil painting on 6 x 6 inch Arches paper
for oils, mounted on Crescent mat board.
It appears I may be starting another series. I'm not sure how
far I'll go with it, but it is so much fun to paint these
small pieces, playing with color and technique.
Sometimes, I just can't help myself!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Bobcat Sketch


Approx. 8 x 10 inches, water-soluble graphite
on Pentalic 130# paper

Summers in Tucson lead to an almost overwhelming urge to take naps. 
In an effort to counteract that, twice a month I've been involved with
a workshop geared to keep my art practice alive. The above sketch 
was done during the workshop. I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed 
using these Art Graf water-soluble graphite pencils.
I'm not sure whether I'll actually finish this, as I 
sort of like it just as it is.