Gulf Shores - SOLD

7.75 x 9.75 Oil on cradled board

I am really happy with this painting. I feel with this one I'm actually going in the direction I want to be going. I'm starting to learn how best to apply oils to the surface in a way I enjoy.
I also painted this on a different surface. It is still hardwood, but it is a more sturdy cradled maple wood panel. I just apply a few coats of gesso. I love it! I'll be using these once in a while for paintings larger than 8x8.

Everyone knows I paint from photos. But I don't always use the photo exactly as I get it. I spend quite a lot of time in photoshop preparing the photo before I even start a sketch.

This is a perfect example to show that. Here is the photo reference I used. It has a lot of potential even before I start to edit it. But there are things that could be improved on. I think the background is too busy and uninteresting. So I edited out the background and added the ocean from another photo taken that day. I think it makes for more interest. Changing the color of the umbrella makes it pop against the sky and improves the composition.

Thanks for looking!


5 x 7 oil on panel

I've had this source photo for over a year in my A-list file waiting to be painted. I wasn't sure I was going to be able to give the water enough interest so I kept putting it off. I am pretty happy with how the water in this one turned out.

Coffee Run

6 x 6 oil on panel

Streets of Chicago. On my way to the Art Institute last April, this guy passed in front of me. 

Morning Ride

6 x 6 oil on panel

Another wet wild and loose one. This was from a trip to Hilton Head a few years ago. It was November and a bit chilly.

Kite Surfing & More

6 x 6 oil on panel

My paintings have been few and far between lately. I've been in a slump. It doesn't help that I haven't had time to even make myself get into the studio lately. But I finally managed to get in there for a few hours yesterday. I have been in the mood to paint something summery and wet. In order to get back into the swing of things I decided to just try to suggest the object and keep the paint loose. Even though there are still a few things that I would like to improve on, I do love the color in this one. 

In other news, I just got back from my one day show at the Mackinaw Valley Winery. It is beautiful there! I didn't want to leave. The grapes were on the vine and the crowds were good. I even did a little sampling toward the end of the day. :o)
The highlight of the day was when my blog friend Karla Uphoff stopped by to meet me. I could have talked to her ALL DAY! ha! Please be sure to check out her blog because she has some really wonderful paintings there and she is starting to take on students! Thank you for stopping by Karla and I hope you enjoy "King of the Coop"!