Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Sly


This little guy is a sibling to Roxie, which I painted a couple of years ago and is probably my most favorite of all the portraits I've done. Needless to say, I felt a little pressure with this one since he will be sharing wall space with her. I think they compliment each other quite well and I imagine them having little conversations with each other while everyone's sleeping. It would more likely be squabbles, though I'm guessing!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

R2D2

This painting is a gift for my son. It seems that all five year-olds are crazy about Star Wars, even if they haven't seen the movies. It seems to be pretty timeless so I hope the painting is enjoyed by grandchildren as well.

Monday, November 15, 2010

South Congress

Well, I've ditched the flowers for now and thought it might be fun to do some Austin scenes. It's tricky finding unique scenes that I think capture the spirit of Austin without being cliche. If any Austinites are reading this, I'd love to hear some ideas!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Carolyn

This is a friend of mine's profile picture on Facebook. I thought it was such a cool picture I just had to paint it. I love it when something just asks me to paint it. It can be a struggle coming up with ideas or deciding on a direction so it's nice when something just calls to you.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Purple Flowers


The titles of these flower pieces are pretty sad. It's hard to come up with anything creative and it would help if I at least knew the names of the flowers I'm painting. Anyway, I'm still having fun with these so I think I'll stay on the flower path for a while.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Coco

The person who commissioned this piece requested a bright-colored background and I'm crazy about this blue. I think I'll use it again soon. This is also a smaller painting than what I'm used to (12x12). I'm trying to get groovy with painting small so I can finish a painting every day, but I'm not sure if it's for me.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Sunflower

Now that my son has started kindergarten, I hope to paint every day. I forget how exciting it is to be working when I'm in between paintings and feeling uninspired. It's easy to let a month go by without picking up a brush, but once there is a momentum, it's exhilarating and infectious. I'm going to do a few more flower paintings and see where that leads me.

Friday, September 3, 2010

First Flowers

I've always been kind of snobby about only painting figures, but I thought it was time to try out some new things. The bee kind of makes it feel like there's still a little figure in there anyway. This was pretty fun and I think maybe I'll do a series of flowers.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Daniel and Lucas

Well, I was a little nervous about the bluebonnets since I don't have much experience painting flowers, but I think I pulled it off. It seemed to work well to suggest them rather than paint them in detail since they aren't the focus of the painting anyway. Stayed tuned for a new dog portrait next!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Nora's Lively Yard

Well, I finally got back to painting and it feels good. Literally and figuratively- I have AC in my studio/garage now and it's amazing I ever painted in there previous summers. This is the fourth painting for my son's swim instructor Nora (that's my little guy just right of center!). The ladies are peeking through the fence to see Nora work her magic on the kids in the pool.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Max and Xandon

I often pick this shade of green for a background color and I'm not quite sure why. I guess it could be considered a trademark?

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Theologians


I really hesitated to take on this commission because the lighting seemed so poor in the photo. But then I thought, why not take it on as a challenge and if it stinks, so what? So here it is and I don't think it stinks and the person buying it loves it. Go figure. I learned quite a bit about painting people who are in the dark in the process.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Finn


The friend that commissioned this does crazy Christmas cards every year and this is cropped from one in which they did an Abbey Road theme.
I spent a little more on the canvas this time and it made a huge difference. I feel like I was painting on sandpaper before.