Read Me a Story

Read Me a Story — 8″x10″ oil on canvas
You’ve all seen this image before, if you’ve been following, but I loved how the sketch turned out so much that I wanted to turn it into a painting. This started out as a color study, but I ended up liking where it was going, so I finished it. It may turn into a larger painting one day…who knows. This feels pretty finished to me, though. I really focused on staying loose, except in the focal point, and I feel like it is a pretty successful painting, which is unusual for me. I usually hate everything once it’s finished. But maybe I’m on a roll. I’ve liked the last two, as well! Yay…I think I may be unblocked! I haven’t done a large painting, yet though, so that is the next challenge.
Anyways, ciao for now…

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

                                          We’re Going on a Bear Hunt…sketchbook project

I’ve been busy doing other things for the last few days and feeling a bit guilty about not posting…I’m making some jewelry for the local arts and crafts fair…I’ll post some pics later. But I thought I’d better sketch today, so this is what my “crunched for time” effort turned out today…in between business emails, pizza making and such:)  The reference photo was from Amanda Cook Photography, she’s a great children’s photographer. Thanks Amanda! I was feeling too lazy and time challenged to sift through my own extensive photo library, and much to non-focused to sketch from life. Lol! One of those days…anyways…this image so reminded me of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, a book from Micheal Rosen, which was one of my kids’ favorites. So I added the text in Photoshop…(YUP, i’m SUPER lazy today!), and thought I’d add a touch of pink, while i was at it.

Trick or Treat

                                     Trick or Treat for Sketchbook Project and EDM

Sorry about no posts for the last little while. I’m finally back home, and trying to adjust to being back in my own space. I forgot how much work it was! LOL! I feel so much busier here than at Mom and Dad’s. I guess because I’m trying to catch up on cleaning and laundry and cooking, and all the mommy and wife stuff, so art’s been taking second place. Sigh…well, hubby has a gig tonight. He’s playing the Halloween Dance at the pub, and I can’t go, so I took the silent opportunity to do my Halloween sketch.
I know, I’m shameless about painting and sketching my kids, but I can’t help it! They’re just so awesome:)!! They were fooling around with their costumes (well, portions of their costumes)  on the other day, and I snapped a few pictures…enjoy:) Happy Halloween!!

Brotherly Love

Brotherly Love” 20″x24″ oil on canvas NFS

Here’s the companion piece to “A Walk on the Beach”. My lovely children, Rhiannon and Jacob in a beautiful, brother/sister moment:) I can’t bear to part with this one, so it won’t be for sale.
I have many new paintings to post, and a huge “masterpiece” to start soon, so check back often.
I’ll be posting “in progress” pictures for the “masterpiece”. I’m calling it that because it’s large, and because I think that to date, it will be the most challenging painting that I’ve ever attempted. I’ve done a few landscapes, and a few buildings, and you all know that I love to paint people, but this piece has it all.
Well, back to the drawing board….
Ciao!