Friday, March 30, 2012

HHG Mugshot #19

4 x 4 oil on panel

Allyson "Sundance" Schilb
I was lucky to sit next to Allyson in our workshop. She is such a nice person and a talented painter. I wish she had a blog so I could still enjoy her work. I really had fun painting your face, Allyson (if you are reading this). I think I might paint it again!
I broke out the palette knife for the background and hair. This really added a lot of interest to the edges that I don't usually get.
Allyson “Sundance” Schilb does most of her shooting in the evening.  She, too, is one of the more quiet members of the Hilton Head Gang.  We do know that she rides with a biker gang.  She rode all over the island...There were tales of drive by shootings.  When other gang members were strolling beaches, sidewalks and tourist sites, Sundance was laying low...riding quietly and shooting unsuspecting victims.  We also know is she is no less proficient than any of the other members...she is SLR ready and will shoot at will.
 For more about the The Hilton Head Gang check out their blog at http://hiltonheadgang.blogspot.comMaria Hock, fellow member of the HHG

This is mug #25.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

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.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Mugshot - Family & Friends

4 x 4 oil on panel

Captured this mug on a bright sunny day. I love the colors in this one.

This is my 24th mug.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Audio Tour - SOLD

8 x 8 oil on panel

It was a challenge but fun to try Hopper's "Nighthawks".  I know it's been done before, but I wanted to finally try my hand at this. I took this at the Chicago Art Institute almost 2 years ago. 

Friday, March 16, 2012

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!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Mugshot - another view

4 x 4 oil on panel

Here is another mug of her. I caught a wacky angle when we were goofing around, and the dreaded profile was a challenge.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Mugshot - Family & Friends

4 x 4 oil on panel

It is so much harder to paint a family member. I'm trying to hard to get the likeness.
The cool areas of the face photographed much grayer than they are in person. I'll try to retake the photo tomorrow.

I've made a few tweaks and updated the image. It's better I think but I might have over-worked it now.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012


Two more sessions of my portrait classes with Ann Feldman have gone by and there are just two more to go. Ann is having the "freshman" group working on a Harley Brown painting of a little girl. We could only use Ultramarine Blue, Cad Red light, Cad Yellow, and white. My version is below. I really didn't finish this but I think I'll leave it as is. Her "sophomores" were working on profiles.

The next two classes will have a live model. In fact 2 models since there are 10 of us. She plans to have 5 grouped around each model. I'm a little nervous but very excited. I might just use charcoal for the first sitting.

Horsing Around - SOLD

6 x 6 oil on panel

This is my submission to the DPW Horsing Around Challenge.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

HHG Mugshot #15

4 x 4 oil on panel

Sheryl "Red" Lott
Sheryl was FUN to paint... so colorful. I hope I didn't take it too far. I was getting carried away!
Week 15 and the saga continues. The HIlton Head Gang from Karin Jurick’s notoriously still on the lam. This week we feature one of the more elusive members.
Sheryl “Red” Lott with her fiery red hair and syrupy southern accent immediately disarms her victims. She sashays into venues or onto the beach oozing that southern charm that lulls her victims into a false sense of security. She is no less dangerous than the rest of the gang...she just looks harmless. Her stash of covertly taken photographs is testament to her devious nature. How she can remain anonymous with her blazing red locks we will never know. Don’t let her demure southern behavior fool on the lookout!
For more about the The Hilton Head Gang check out their blog at
~ Maria Hock, fellow member of the HHG