Sunday, August 12, 2018

Still life

I painted this at a Karen O'Neal workshop at the Woodstock school of art this past summer. She is a wonderful instructor and interesting painter. When we're painting we have to ask ourselves, " Is it warm, or cool - saturated, or neutral? What value is it? During her demos, Karen would name the value of her color, such as value 3, etc. Thanks for coming by. Here's my painting from her workshop last summer, and she is giving a week long workshop in Mexico this coming March.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Two Cats


I started the white cat in the winter and then didn't finish it until this summer when I also painted this adorable kitten. I was really missing my own cats who are similar in personalities. 


NY Summer

This past year has been difficult due to a family illness and subsequent passing. I've been living between NY and Fl dealing with elder family care as well. I finally got back into the studio this summer and I'm building up my painting muscles. (I think they're coming along better than my actual ones.) I painted these two studies from a Vermeer book I had with me.

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  https://pmp-art.com/shelley-hammerton/gallery/214529/mille-fleur-cockerel. 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. http://southernatelier.org/  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.