Old Man Drawing

Old Man Drawing in my sketchbook with coffee, graphite and white chalk
about 4″ x 6″
Realistic portraits are my default art. When I’m absentmindedly sketching, it’s faces, always faces. Ever since I started drawing, as a child, I drew faces (and horses!)  And when I’m feeling directionless, I always go back to faces. It’s what’s familiar and meaningful to me. 
A human face…the first thing we see when we open ours eyes in this world. 
A roadmap of a life lived, a personality.  Anger, sadness, love, happiness, wisdom. A human being. 
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Tahitian Dancer

Tahitian Dancer — 12 x 16 oil on canvas covered panel $600.00

I finally painted something in Maui that I’m happy with! Yay! I’ve been painting plenty, but nothing good enough to share until yesterday…I was going to show you an in progress progression, and managed to remember to photograph the first step, but I guess I got so excited about the painting going so well, that I forgot to take any more pictures!
Anyways, we saw a Hula show last week, where they do a lot of traditional Polynesian dances. I managed to take quite a few good shots for reference. This girl was dressed in a Tahitian costume, which was very unique. I loved how her dark hair contrasted with the light background, and the strong light on her face made for a dramatic portrait. I tried to work loose and keep it fresh…I’m pretty happy with it.
The photograph of the painting is a bit contrasty, but it’s pretty faithful to the colors.
Thanks for stopping by!

Barkerville Blacksmith

Barkerville Blacksmith 20″ x 24″ oil on canvas  $1400.00
I’ve been working on this painting on and off for ages, and I finally put the finishing touches (i think) on it a few minutes ago. I was so anxious to share, I photographed it right away, and came down to the studio to upload it for y’all! If there’s anything that totally bugs you, or needs to be fixed…I appreciate and welcome constructive criticism, but for now, to me, I don’t see any doozies. That might change in a few hours, though, lol!

Flamenco dancer

“Bonita” 6 x 6 oil on canvas (New photo)

This has been a fun little series for me. It’s neat to explore a set color scheme and subject matter, and see how many ways you can find to fill it. I have to thank Aline Salazar on Flickr for her wonderful reference photos. I have changed it to suit my own tastes, but I got the idea from her.
This photo is horrible, unfortunately. I can’t seem to photograph anything with dark backgrounds successfully, and the contrast is a bit off. It hasn’t picked up the richness of the colors of her flesh, either, but oh well. I’ve tried to tweak it in photoshop, to no avail. We do what we can with what we have! At least the expressiveness is there. This will be up for sale on ebay on Sunday night, 6 pm PST.

My Darling Daddy

Sketchbook Project — My Darling Daddy
I was feeling inspired this morning as I was looking at the newest “Strokes of Genius” collection of drawings, so I decided to draw my dad. This is just pencil in my little moley, from life while having his morning cigarette…(Hack! Hack!) The eyes look a little freaky in the scan, they’re darker than in the drawing so they look a little over-exaggerated than they do for real…oh well.

“Keiki Hula Girl” 14″x 18″ oil on canvas

Aloha from Maui everyone,
this is one of my newest paintings, not from my upcoming show, so I feel like it’s okay to show it:) The photo is horrible…the paint is still slightly wet and the camera seems to have managed to pick up previous layers of paint in the background…weird…you can’t see them when you look at the original. In fact, I’m going to try for some better pics of this one. Anyways, here it is for now,
Enjoy

It wasn’t Me!?

“It Wasn’t Me!”

This is my daughter, shooting me a bit of a dirty look for some reason or another. She’s probably getting sick of me following her around with the camera:) I love to paint my children. I love to paint all children, actually. The are so free, so unconcerned with how they look. With children you’re always getting their “real” personality, no cover up for the camera.
And I have news! Real news, good news! I got a show, at a real gallery, with an opening reception, and wine and cheese! So for any local B.C.ers, it will be at the Station House Gallery for the month of April. Stop by and have a peek. This painting will be included, but I’m not going to show you any more, it will be a surprise till after the show.