Thursday, July 28, 2011

Cutie Pie

A couple of weekends ago we went to a birthday party for my niece's son, Josiah. It was held at the playground at Zilker Park in Austin. There were kids on swings, slides, kids in, kids everywhere! I took almost 200 photos that day.
'Cutie Pie' is the result of the inspiration of that day. There WILL be more!!!
6"x6", original, oil on linen SOLD

Sunday, July 17, 2011


I am having so much fun doing these small portraits. I've been interested in portraits and figures for a while but using such vibrant colors is a new thing for me. I will probably eventually tone things back down a bit and start painting in more realistic colors but, for now, I am having a blast!
6"x6", oil on linen

Friday, July 15, 2011

Day Dreaming

I am quite fond of this one and learned a lot painting her. Instead of intense shadows, planes were depicted more by temperature changes and varying colors. I love the soft dreaminess and romantic feel. It summarizes what impressionism is to me.
6"x6", oil on linen, private collection


More and more I am finding myself drawn, no pun intended, to painting portraits and figures. Capturing a person's emotions on canvas, or at least trying to, is such a rewarding challenge.

I have been following Karin Jurick's blog for quite some time now and have loved her series called "Mug Shots". Another artist I have been watching for several years is Kim Roberti. Both paint quite small and yet their paintings are very dynamic. So, inspired by both, I have decided to try my hand at some of my own. Learning is the objective.

I haven't settled on which title best fits this painting. She is obviously feeling some emotion quite intensely. Naming a painting is a very important consideration. In a word or two, it tells a short story that can either create a positive or negative reaction in the viewer.

I am curious, what emotion do you think she is feeling?

6"x6", oil on linen