Mira - SOLD

6 x 6 oil on panel

This is Mira. She is the prettiest thing. Long, soft, thick, orange fur. Yellowish, greenish golden eyes. She is always lurking just within reach...I just can't help but reach out to pet and snuggle her. And then I remember too late... Mira bites! Her alter personality kicks in and I learn my lesson once again! Mira is to be seen but not touched!

Retrieve - SOLD

6 x 6 oil on panel

These two were having a great time with their balls in Lake Michigan. Everyone was keeping cool and enjoying the summer.

Babushka - SOLD

4 x 4 oil on panel
private collection East Haddam, CT

Babushka, one of my favorite words, but I really never get to use it. So I'm thrilled to paint this little girl who is wearing what I call a babushka! (I think this might be Regula's sister at age 6. Is that right Regula?)

This my submission to the August HHG challenge put forth by Regula Scheifele. She has challenged us to paint one of the photos from her trip to Singapore. I guess I chose one she posted that wasn't really from Singapore. I just noticed that!

Fetch - SOLD

6 x 6 oil on panel

Another pair of legs! Out wading and playing toss with her dog. A great way to enjoy the late afternoon, and it was fun to watch.

Looking Down

5 x 5 oil on panel

I thought this was an interesting angle on things. I loved how his chest glowed cool and warm. Hopefully you can tell he is standing in a wading pool. It's one of those blow up ones. 

Lime Donut - SOLD

6 x 6 oil on panel

Pool time for this little girl! I loved the lime against the blues and turquoise and I had to give this composition a try. I painted this on a red ground. I'm not sure you can tell that because I covered up most of it. There are just a few specks showing through. 

Morning Mug

5 x 7 oil on panel

I really think that doing those value studies is helping me plan my paintings. I need to get back to them. 
This is Easter morning with my son.

More Value Studies #3, 4, 5 & 6

I didn't spend a lot of time on any of these studies. Less then an hour for each. This is a very fun challenge that I'm learning a lot with. 
Value Study #3. Set up this simple still life for this value study. I think I kept to 4 values this time.

Value Study #4. I tried to set up the same still life again in order to try color.

Value Study #5. 

Value Studies #5 & 6. I painted these from photo references. I plan to try these in color next.
I keep hearing Peggi in my head telling me to be a designer, make interesting shapes and connect your shadows!

Value Studies 1 & 2

I've been watching a lot of Peggi Kroll Roberts DVDs, and following Jean Townsend as she attempts to take on Liz Wiltzen's challenge 50 value studies in 30 days. I don't think I will be able to do this in 30 days since I will be out of town for a week in May. But I'm going to try.

Here are my first two value studies. I haven't followed Liz's challenge exactly since I'm combining both Peggi's technique with Liz's.

Value study #1
This is my 2yr old grandson who is constantly pointing at airplanes flying overhead. I painted this from a photo reference.

Value study #2
This was painted from life. 

Sunny Saturday

6 x 6 oil on panel

This is my submission to the DPW Lying Down Challenge. This young lady was watching a basketball game at a small park in Peoria IL. Looks like a fun way to spend a sunny Saturday morning.

The Bath - SOLD

6 x 6 oil on panel
Another Art Institute of Chicago moment. This fellow couldn't seem to take his eyes off the Mary Cassatt painting "The Bath". Even though he seemed to be moving on, his eyes were glued to the painting. I know that feeling.

A Torrit Self

4 x 4 oil on panel

Here is a self portrait/value study using Gamblin's wonderful Torrit Grey along with white and a bit of black. Kinda scary!

Cubs Fan

6 x 6 oil on panel

A little late to this party, but this is my submission to the DPW "Seated Figure" Challenge. I found this Cubs fan in Florida!

"A Sense Of Place" - Sedona AZ - Now Open

Karin Jurick's workshop class from Hilton Head has sent in our paintings from (really) around the world, to hang together at the Sedona Arts Center Show, "A Sense Of Place", now open.  So if you are in the area, I promise you a visually enchanting experience, should you be able to visit!  The Hilton Head Gang have entered, almost as a whole.  And we are a Force to be reckoned  with!  Our Swiss friend Regula Sheifele, one of the HHG, made this beautiful sign and I 'borrowed it' for my post!  Check out her work HERE.

Feeling Bullish

8 x 8 oil on panel

Well dressed for her walk!
The source for this painting was taken by my sister-in-law who gave me permission to paint from it. I couldn't resist this one!