Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Old Fashion, Glazed

Old Fashion,  Glazed         6 x 6 inches, oil

In preparation for the Pikes Peak Studio Tour, I set out to paint some small, very affordable paintings,  5 x 5" in size.  Who knows why, but I decided to start with a donut.  One thing led to another, and I ended up painting a dozen donuts and a cup of coffee.  Powdered sugar, chocolate covered, jelly-filled, sprinkled, boston creme....  They're charming on their own and will be great displayed in groupings.  This Old Fashion Donut I painted expressly to auction on Daily Paintworks, so it is the traditional 6 x 6".  

I'm dying to show you all of them, but am keeping them under wraps for the tour.  Your first chance to see them will be at the First Friday ArtWalk in Old Colorado City.  Did I paint your favorite donut?  Come see on November 2nd.

In hopes of preserving my figure, I'm now turning my attention to painting inedible things...

Tuesday, October 23, 2012


Cosmopolitan                                   9 x 12" Oil  

I've had this photo of my daughter Audrey for two years now, and finally decided to tackle it.  The style's a bit different for me, and I took some liberties with the photo, adding a background, changing her scarf color and dressing her up with some jewelry (including that big rock on her finger).  I had so much fun painting it that I'm planning to do some more portraits in like this if I can find some suitable subjects in my reference photos (or get my daughter to model for me again).

Sunday, October 14, 2012

I See London

"I See London..."     8 x 10" oil         $250 unframed

If you don't know this already, it's probably time that you found out.  I get "wild hairs", and I get them pretty frequently.  I just get an overwhelming impulse to paint something out of the ordinary, just as I did with this painting.  It's actually leading me to paint a series called "The Unmentionables."

 Here's number two in the series:

"Line Dancing"      14  x 11" oil    $350 unframed

You may have noticed that I've been specifying the unframed price on my work.  This is because my online sales are mostly made to people outside of my area who need the painting shipped to them.  I'm always happy to help you  choose a complementary frame at very reasonable prices.

I've been painting up a storm and have quite a few new pieces to show you in the upcoming weeks!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Bottoms Up!

"Bottoms Up!"        6 x 6" oil on panel

This little painting was inspired by the Daily Paintworks challenge to paint an egg--out of its shell.  I loved painting this shot glass, so don't be surprised if you see more of it!

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Aspen Grove

Aspen Grove, oil on solid oak panel                           $180

I tried two new things on this panel.  First, I hadn't yet attempted painting aspens in oil and second, I painted it on a solid oak panel.  The painting is in the center of the panel, and the carved wood around it creates a wide frame.  This required me to paint and finish the "frame," and so I've learned a whole new skill set.  Sanding, masking, painting,  bringing out the color with steel wool, burnishing with rottenstone, more burnishing, more masking, gessoing, waxing to bring out a warm glow...and then I paint the painting!  Below, you'll see the finished result.

I've been occupied with preparing for several shows lately, and will now have time to post the new pieces starting this week.  My biggest event of the year is fast approaching:  The 2012 Pikes Peak Studio Tour here in Colorado Springs.  I'll be opening my home studio November 10 and November 11 for people to visit and view all of my art, cards and prints in one place.  I'll have both framed and unframed originals and hopefully something for everyone's budget.  Put it on your calendar now if you're interested.