Sunday, February 22, 2009

Behind Bars

This is Gretzky ... He was painted from a favorite photograph taken by his owner a few years ago. Upon finishing this painting, I've decided it would be fun to pursue painting more puppies! It was so much fun to see him emerge before my eyes. I think maybe I have dogs in my head lately. We've begun a search for a dog and, although we're not in a hurry, it is a void that will inevitably need to be filled.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Guitar Hero

Our son-in-law, Earl, never ceases to amaze me with his versatility and wit. His intelligence is matched by his creative abilities. Here he is, charming the socks off of our grandson, Brady. This was a quick study done as a possible prelude to a larger painting. I love this scene and debated whether to call it "Magic Carpet Ride" or "Guitar Hero." Either way, Earl is obviously his son's hero.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Dance Series

Being a portrait and figure "specialist" I recognize the need to focus on what I do best, while creating paintings that are more "mainstream" in style and design. There are many art forms, all of which require dedication, discipline and confidence. This painting is the first of what I hope will be a series of dance paintings. I want to extend a special thank you to Ms. Bunting and her wonderful students at First Street Academy of Dance for so graciously allowing me to intrude on their lessons! Your input is always appreciated!

Monday, February 2, 2009


Babies are a challenge to paint! Their porcelain skin, distorted features, and expressive looks all make me wonder why I'm so moved to paint them. This is from a photograph our daughter took of our grandson, Brady... Yes, it is off-center. It's a very artsy photo – thanks for your permission to do a painting from it, Jess!