Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Anderson #2



What a joy this one was!  He's such a cutie and the best thing about painting kids is getting intimate with all the little details that make them so precious. 

Monday, February 11, 2013

Kung Fu Hands

Well, I've been neglecting this blog since it just seems to be providing fodder for spammers and I'm not motivated to do much about it. I'm excited about this one though, so I thought I'd jump back in.  This is my first non-commissioned painting in a while.  While I enjoy painting portraits, it's always refreshing to paint something for myself.  I've been training Ving Tsun (aka Wing Chun) kung fu for about a year and love it.  I've always liked paintings that show movement so I thought kung fu would make a nice subject.  I'm still playing around with underpaintings and this one started off hot pink and I like the little bits that show through. 

Monday, November 5, 2012

Mother and Son

I was a little worried about this one at first because the photo was taken on a phone and had pretty poor lighting.  It gave me a chance to explore technology a bit by changing the lighting in the photo on my computer though, and I'm really happy with how it turned out. 

Monday, October 1, 2012

Sweeties


I have an event coming up and thought I should have some small paintings up for grab.  I'm not really used to painting small and since I don't love painting still lives, I wasn't too sure what to paint.  Kid hands are really sweet so I liked this idea.  I don't have much time left before the show, but I'd like to keep this theme going.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Austin Bike Trail

I've been trying to create scenes of Austin that show what I love about it.  It's very urban without losing it's love of nature and that was what I was going for here. My goal is to create paintings of Austin that aren't too specifically Austin and could be appreciated anywhere, which is tricky sometimes.

Mom

I finished this portrait a while ago but it was a surprise for my Mom's birthday so I couldn't post it.  It was my Grandma's idea and a gift from her.  She was an adorable little girl and a lovely lady today.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Self





Okay I admit it, I mainly did this to have a cool new profile picture on Facebook.  I've yet to have a real, current photo for my profile.  I have a thing about it.  I never liked creating a voicemail message with my voice, either. I guess I like a certain amount of anonymity.
I do admire David Bowie and loved the composition of the album cover Aladdin Sane, which this is obviously stolen from.  I think I want to do more white backgrounds because that's what excited me most about this.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Janey

The lady that commissioned this portrait wanted to combine what I used to do (paint whimsical, sassy girls from my imagination) with what I do now (paint portraits from photographs).  I tried to tell her no, I couldn't pull that off, but for some reason she had faith in me and wouldn't take no for an answer.  I'm so glad for that because this was a lot of fun and made me realize I can paint portraits that aren't exactly like the photo, or in this case, nothing like it.  Yay for new ground!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Awesome Old Ford

Oops!  Just realized I never posted this one.  The guy that owns this car lives on my street and recently traded this awesome car for another awesome car.  I will miss seeing this one everyday though.  I can't say that many cars (any) have inspired me to paint them like this one did.  I hope she went to a good home.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Nolan and Caleb


I got behind!  I guess that's a good thing.  These two cuties were commissioned by a neighbor to be a Mother's Day gift for his wife.  I'm usually worried one will be better than the other when there are two, but I can honestly say I'm very happy with both of these.  I'm feeling a little more comfortable with improvising changes that aren't in the photo.  In the top painting, his feet were cut off in the photo and in the bottom one, there was a parent's hand and foot in the way of his body to make sure the little guy didn't fall in.


Sunday, April 22, 2012

Austin Skate Park

My son recently took up skateboarding and we've been enjoying this place a lot.  It was hard to get a good photo with everyone whizzing around so quickly, but I liked how the boy's red hat popped out in this one.  It kind of reminded me of Sandra Flood's work, which I love.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Graffiti Over Town Lake


Anyone that lives here knows that Austin is funky, in a good way. Any city can have a beautiful building or landscape, but I find those paintings kind of boring. Every once in a while I see something that shows the personality of a place and I just have to jump on it because I often look for that and can't seem to find it.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Amy's Ice Cream

I thought I'd try something new and painted the canvas bright red and let it dry before starting the painting. I love the effect of the little bits of red showing through and wonder why I never did this before. I feel like a whole new world has opened up and think I'll be experimenting with underpainting for a while.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Anderson

This cutie is the sibling of Kendal, one of my personal favorites. I'm bartering paintings for haircuts with their mom and I love the idea of trading services. Unfortunately, she doesn't have any more kids, so I guess I'll have to start paying her :(

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Cool Kids

This is the third one of these kids. I've never met them but I feel as though I know them now. I'm loving painting hair these days. The girl in this painting really likes her accessories, and they make the hair go in multiple directions which keeps things interesting.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Josie

This one was definitely a learning experience for me. In the past I might have just tried to capture the likeness, but since I've grown as an artist, I really wanted to try to capture the play of light as well. Her face is mostly in shadow and I was a little worried she'd come out looking "dirty" rather than shaded, but I'm happy with how it turned out and the hair was lots of fun! I made some changes after this photo but I didn't get a chance to take a new one before handing it off.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Kauai


This is the second time the person that commissioned this has made me paint outside my comfort zone and I'm very grateful to her for that. Both times I was intimidated, worried and uninspired in the beginning, but in the end thrilled at doing something completely different somewhat successfully (if I do say so!). Seriously, it really made me rethink my perspective and realize that sometimes I just don't know what's cool.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Ferris Wheel

This painting is 11x13, which is smaller than I've ever painted. I've been inspired by the daily painters who start and finish a painting each day. Not sure if it's for me, but it seems like a great exercise and a good way to build up inventory. I just hope I don't run out of ideas!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Jude

This is my son. I've been wanting to paint him for a while and I loved the colors in this photo. This was one that felt like it flew out of my brush. Unlike a lot of others, there were no major struggles and it was fun and exciting the whole time. For some reason, the ones that seem effortless, turn out to be my best paintings. I just need to figure out how to make that happen for all of them!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Milkshake

These are the same two kids from the last painting. The person commissioning the painting sent several photos to choose from and I picked this one because I thought sharing a milkshake had a Rockwell charm to it.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Siblings

Well I think this is my best duo portrait yet. It seems usually one kid looks slightly better than the other and there is a nice balance here. I'm always excited to paint anything resembling polka dots, too. They're fun and they really pop out. I was a little rusty at first after taking a bit of a break this summer, but it feels good to be painting again.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Jane

It's been challenging finding time to paint during the summer, with no child care and traveling a lot. Every time I got into a groove with this one, it was time to take off somewhere. I guess all that waiting makes it all the more satisfying to finish, though. I really liked the colors and contrasting patterns in this one. Most of my portraits have a solid background, rather than actual scenery so this seemed refreshing. Btw, this is the younger sister of Ruby, who was one of my first portraits.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Kendal

This is truly one of my best portraits. I couldn't have asked for a photo more suited to what I love about portraits. This child is now 6 but you can clearly identify her even though she's only a toddler here. This feels like a great accomplishment, although it probably has more to do with her unique features than my skill. It was nice to take a break from expanding my horizons and slide back into my comfort zone for a while.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Capitol

A friend commissioned this painting and boy was it a doozy. It seemed like every inch had something going on so now I'm itching to do another portrait, where there's a little room to play with.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Hyde Park Laundromat


Well, this was one of those happy accidents. I went with a friend in search of a painting scene at a coffee shop and stumbled across this old-fashioned laundromat instead. I really loved the tile and the yellow chairs together. The tile seemed to be a complex geometry problem but I finally decided it wasn't the focus so it didn't need to be perfect. I'm no Escher and I don't aspire to be that complicated, although I do admire him. More Austin on the way!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Paw-Paw

This one was commissioned by my Grandma, a loyal customer. I'm quite happy with the likeness of my grandfather. Anyone that knows him would recognize him immediately and I'm afraid I can't say that about all my portraits. Maybe the better you know a person the easier it is to get a good likeness, maybe it was just luck, or maybe I'm just getting better. I admired this horse as a child, his name was Ketchup.
I'm going to be painting a set for a play over the next couple of weeks and then hopefully get back to some Austin paintings!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Jo's

Jo's is a great spot in Austin for coffee, tacos and people-watching. This painting is quite a bit larger than what I'm used to (24x30) and it felt like it took forever to finish. I was really challenged by all the little straight lines in the bar stools, building, light post and platform but I have to say I'm pretty happy with the end result.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Austin Skyline

A friend of mine commissioned this piece and I was a little nervous about painting buildings for the first time. I was tempted to try to use a straight edge but opted not to so the buildings are not perfectly straight. I'm okay with that, though. I was also worried about painting the water, but it ended up being fun and it's probably the best part of the painting in my opinion.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Town Lake Hike and Bike Trail

Painting water is fun! Little tiny people and pets, not so much. I'm really enjoying doing Austin scenes and now when I drive around, I analyze my surroundings, wondering if they'd make good paintings or not. Austin is truly colorful in many ways.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Madeliene

Plaid! Pleats! What a challenge. I realized pretty quickly that I could not paint plaid in oils since they blend so easily, so I used acrylics for the first time in years to paint the dress. I love this little girls curls and I think the subtle background color really makes her pop out.