Monday, April 21, 2014

Tomato group


Tomatoes on a vine look almost perfect each group is similar in size and shape.  Amazing how consistent these groupies can be.  The vine is so interesting creeping along touching each tomato.  What a  joy to paint and eat.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Drawing becomes a sketch for painting.

From the drawing this sketch was made on vellum.  Then all the lines were traced with graphite paper underneath so that the sketch was transferred to the primed hardboard.   The vellum sketch is pictured here taped to the hardboard to be traced.  This is my road-map for the painting.

Most of the painting will be done from a photograph and the drawing.   To finish the painting Kaylee will be able to sit for me again..

Thursday, April 10, 2014



Red and green, purple and yellow great compliments and smooth colors together.   Persimmons are great for a still life, wonder what they taste like?  Maybe next time I'll eat one.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Portrait of Kaylee





Working on this drawing of Kaylee for a painting.  Above are some different sizes which change the composition.  The bottom is square.

Which do you like best?

A B C D E  or  F ?   

P.S. When I took this picture it wasn't exactly straight ..... it is tipped a bit.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Still life needed some more work

The background fabric was rather boring so spent some time making it more interesting.  Maybe this time it is done, will see.

The next still life is already in the planning stage.   The exciting part of starting a new painting is drawing again.   Need the practice, my granddaughter is going to make a great model so portraits are coming in the future.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014


Painting smaller works has given me an opportunity to experiment with a variety of techniques and styles. This painting is based on a technique called Flemish Realism taught by my mentor David E.Weaver.  I will be using this technique and experimenting with some new mediums and surfaces. Now more than ever I appreciate what David taught me in the beginning of my oil painting journey.  R.I.P. David.