Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Halcyon Days

12" x 12", Mixed Media

"Then for the teeming quietest, happiest days of all!
The brooding and blissful halcyon days!"
-- Walt Whitman
from the poem "Halcyon Days"

Thursday, April 14, 2016

They Come In Threes

12" x 16"  mixed media

I am experimenting with mixed media. This painting has oil, oil pastels, cold wax and acrylics. They all played nicely together. :)

Monday, April 11, 2016


12" x 16" oil and cold wax

"... And then I listened:
I was not saying anything;
...and you could not hear me."
-- James Tate

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Sailing Along

8" x 8" oil/wax on cradled panel

I'm still learning to manipulate the oil paint and cold wax medium. It is definitely different! But I have a few experiments going that I like. This was not one of them. Ha! But it was a learning experience and that is always helpful moving forward. 

Friday, April 1, 2016

More Portrait Fun

I just finished another amazing class with Misty Mawn. I always come away inspired after her yearly workshop. This one was no different.

She introduced a new (to me) technique of working with pastels and I loved the effects. These two stylized portraits, using Andy Warhol as a reference image, were done with that technique. It's fun drawing and re-drawing the same image just to see how it differs each time. And painting with the pastels was just the icing on the cake.

Although my work is shifting in lots of different directions lately, I will always come back to the portrait for the pure enjoyment of it. I love drawing and painting faces and then collecting my paintings into a "rogue's gallery" that I thoroughly enjoy looking through. ;)