Saturday, May 05, 2018

Ghost Rider

I found this image on line and had to paint it. Zorn palette.

Some new studies

Wednesday afternoons are open studio for portrait painting at the wonderful Southern Atelier in Sarasota, which is run by the kind and talented artist Charles Miano. I've been using the Zorn palette with those studies. I started using it for the convenience of traveling light, but I've really grown to love it. I like the challenge of trying to convey purples, or yellow with it. Green's a bit problematic and our model had green hair! Oh well. The bottom was painted at the Ringling museum on a beautiful spring day. Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Blue Jay in Winter

I've been living in New York for the past few months instead of Florida, so this is apropos. Thanks to Kelly Strope from PMP for her inspiring photo. Thank you for stopping by.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Santa's Boots

This was a fun, yet challenging painting from a photo by Neil Empsall from paint my photo.
Merry Christmas and thanks for stopping by.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Chickens in the High Rent District

The window in this photo is uniquely European, which explains the title. I painted this from a paint my photo reference I'm guessing French. Thanks for stopping by and happy holidays.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Tom the model - Zorn palette

This is my latest open studio painting of a fabulous model named Tom. This occurred right after Irma and the studio's power had just come back on and it was hot! But Tom posed standing, in full work man's regalia, down to the gloves. I feel bad I didn't try the full Monti, so to speak, but I didn't want to bite off more than I could chew. I'm lovin the Zorn palette and even managed to get a yellowish hat. Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Head Studies - Zorn Palette

I've been painting portraits on Wednesday afternoons at the Southern Atelier's open studio.  It's been 3 or 4 years since I've painted from life and I'm really loving it. I started using the Zorn palette. I'm using it for simplicity, unity and the convenience of only carrying 4 tubes of paint. I have a great travel set up, which includes a sterilite plastic container that holds my paper palette, (It fits perfectly in the freezer) medium, towels and paint, and a separate plastic container for my brushes, mirror, knife, etc. That all fits in a bag, along with my smock. I have a drawing board on which I tape a sheet of Canson oil paper.  In my limited Zorn palette experience, I've already switched out my Windsor yellow ochre for M Graham's. The WN is too green and has no tinting power. The top painting is with MG. What a difference in color! Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, August 13, 2017


Unfortunately my 30 day challenge bit the dust. It was a hopeful idea, as I had to go back to work after having the summer off. I sing the teacher blues in the key of f flat. But we're back and one of my favorite parts of teaching is suddenly realizing that everyone is engaged and doing what I'm asking them to. It's amazing and rewarding. (I was teaching 1 and 2 point perspective.)

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Dutch Egg Cup

We weren't "egg cup" people, so I wasn't sure what to do with the egg and the cup because the egg is so much smaller. Maybe it's a cup for ostrich eggs, or small dinosaur eggs. Although probably not. Thanks for stopping by. This is day 4 in the 30 day challenge.