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!

Mugshot #28 - Family & Friends

4 x 4 oil on linen

He looks a little villainous if you ask me :)

While taking this photo I dropped the painting face down on a dusty area rug. You can still see some lint that I'll have to go back and clean out of the paint.

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. 


6 x 6 oil on panel

Finally found a spot in central Illinois where I could safely pull off and take some pictures of cows. I have a few I hope to paint soon. She didn't seem very interested in me.

I'm trying to stick with one subject matter for a while instead of painting everything under the sun all at once. I have a couple more cows I hope to get painted this week.

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.

HHG Mugshot #21 - Final - SOLD

4 x 4 oil on panel

Vince "The Organizer" Fazio
Last but not at all least is Vince. Vince is the director of the School of Arts Center in Sedona and joins Karin for the workshops. It was fun to paint him even though he posed the challenge of both glasses and beard! I might have added a few years to him here, sorry Vince! I also learned how hard it is to photograph a painting with a black background!! ugh! Check out Vince's incredible work at his website:

Here is what Maria had to say:
So week 21...lucky number 21 and we introduce Vince "The Organizer"  without whom the Hilton Head Gang could not have functioned during the workshop! 
Vince “ The Organizer” is an adjunct member of the notorious Hilton Head Gang.  He has tried to disassociate himself from the group but once a Hilton Head Gang member...always a Hilton Head Gang member.  It is like the Hotel can check in any time you want...but you can never leave...hahahahahahahahaha...

Open Studio

I have several paintings to post but I can't seem to get any decent photos today.  I'm posting the painting I did at Open Studio last night because this photo turned out fairly well. 

This was my first time going to Open Studio and also my first time painting a live model. There was a model for a couple nights in my portrait class, but I decided to just stay with charcoal for those. I'm not at all unhappy with this since it was my first time. I might have gone a bit dark with her skin, and mixing skin color was so different in the studio than at home. I'm looking forward to giving it another try.

It was a surprise to see my portrait teacher at Open Studio also! I loved watching Ann paint Lisa also! Check out her results

Who You Looking At?

5 x 5 oil on panel

Another Florida cow sort of licking its chops.

HHG Mugshot #20

4 x 4 oil on canvas

Maria "The Enforcer" Hock
Week 20!! I can't believe it. Thanks to Maria for organizing and keeping this challenge going. My work has improved tremendously because of it and I want to keep going. I'll continue to do mugs along with the new challenges. I can't stop now. 
Maria “The Enforcer” Hock is perhaps the most dangerous member of the Hilton Head gang.   She is an instigator...a rabble rouser...a provocateurShe lures you into her circle of friends with promises of camaraderie, challenges, and critiques.  She has three cameras and endless battery power.  She is also deadly with her prose...if she can’t get a likeness...then it is very likely you will be the subject of a story...or BOTH!  Her husband is responsible for her nickname... 
You can find out more information on her blog