Wednesday, February 29, 2012


6 x 6 oil on panel

I had a hard time getting a photo of this painting without a glare. I'll try again in the morning.
This was taken along the Illinois River.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Thursday, February 23, 2012



This is Cheyanne, a commission I just finished. They are happy with it now, so I thought I would share. She looks like a sweetie!

6 x 6 oil on panel

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Rolling By

6 x 6 oil on panel

I saw this fellow during my visit to Scottsdale, AZ. It was a beautiful sunny day and the streets were dappled with sunlight. I was trying to capture that feeling.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Workshops / Classes

So, I bet you've been wondering if I am doing anything besides mugshots! Well I have been. I just haven't had the energy to blog about them until today. I'm still fighting that cold, so when I'm not painting, in classes, cleaning, shopping, taking care of mom, I'm resting. But here is the update...

I started a portrait class with Ann Feldman. She is an incredible artist and teacher, and so much fun! This class meets once a week for 6 weeks. The first class she did a very short lecture and demo, then turned us loose on a head shot in charcoal. This was lots of fun. I got a lot of really good input from her. Last night was the second class she let us move into oils if we wanted. Then handed out photos of facial features for us to study and paint. Here is a photo of what I did last night. Seems like I could almost have a face here, but the features didn't belong to one another. So I kept them separate.

Then last week I had a 2 day workshop with Thomas Trausch focusing on flowers and trees. This was a very intensive 2 days consisting mostly of lecture and demos. I really liked how much time we spent on composition. There were a couple hours at the end of each day where we were able to quickly paint something. I'm not a fast painter, so I didn't get as far as I would have liked, but I learned a lot and it was good to get out of my studio and away from the computer. Here are my paintings.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

HHG Mugshot #13

4 x 4 oil on panel 

Cathy "The Traveler" Engberg
Lucky #13! Finally getting over a bad cold/flu. I can't wait to get painting again. Here is my self portrait. Painting myself was a good exercise. I need to do it a few more times.
Cathy  “The Traveler” Engberg was first seen in Chicago shooting and wreaking havoc in popular tourist sites.  Wherever there was a crowd Cathy would stealthily make her way into the venue and begin shooting.  Millennium Park is still recovering from her visit.  She then was seen with the Hilton Head Gang.  It isn’t known whether the rest of the gang was in Chicago also or if she travels alone.  What is known is that she is armed and dangerous.  Shots will be fired...paintings will be rendered.  Check out local galleries for her artwork.  Don’t approach her without backup.  
Check out her blog at
and the Hilton Head Gang Blog at
Maria Hock, fellow member of the HHG   

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

HHG Mugshot #12

4 x 4 oil on panel

Dawn "The Shadow" Hartigan
Still catching up on mugshots. I'm also still having a lot of fun with these. I'm definitely feeling more comfortable with doing mugs. Thank you Dawn for not tilting your head!! Love her stern expression!
Dawn “The Shadow” Hartigan is so named because she is deceptively quiet. She sneaks in with an unassuming look and an unsuspecting public can expect to be exposed.  Shots will be fired in rapid succession and before you know it “The Shadow” has moved to her next victim.  Paintings will be painted, shown in galleries, and bought by people you don’t even know.  You could actually be hanging in someone else’s home without your knowledge.  You won’t even know...only “The Shadow” knows... 
As always, check out Dawn’s blog at http://dawnhartigan.blogspot.comfor more information about her whereabouts and her artwork.
Information can also be found on the Hilton Head Gang Blog...
Maria Hock, fellow member of the HHG   

Monday, February 13, 2012

Pondering - SOLD

5 x 7 oil on panel

5 x 7 oil on panel

Had to try this one twice. Just moving the figure over and giving the wall more detail changes things quite a bit. I still like them both.