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!

Coming In

6 x 6 oil on panel

Another painting with some fun water movement. This is the same kitesurfer that I painted a week ago. This one has a little different water treatment. I tried to blend on the board less and instead mixed more colors and put it down without too much blending. It was fun to try something new.

Another beach painting coming tomorrow. This time there is less action and more snoozing!


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.

At the Moulin

6 x 6 oil on panel

I found this lady admiring Toulouse Lautrec's At the Moulin de la Galette Dance in the Chicago Art Institute. I loved her stance.

I am really inspired to paint some beach scenes and I have a few in the works. I did this painting before I got in the summery, beach mood. More to come soon!

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"!

Sunny Companions

6 x 12 oil on panel

I can just feel them baking... baking in the sun. These ladies know a thing or two about taking vacations!

I painted this one a while ago. I guess I forgot to post it!


I haven't been painting. :(
I think this is the longest I've gone without painting this year and I'm a bit sad about it. But I have to be in the right frame of mind or else I'm frustrated. So I decided to spend this time prepping for my show that is coming up this next weekend. This is a small show and what I'm hoping to get out of it is to meet new people and fine tune my booth a bit more.

So one of the things I learned from my show in June was I needed more signage. Something that says "Oil Paintings", since that wasn't obvious to some people. I decided to try to make one. 
First I purchased a piece of pine from my local Home Depot. They were nice enough to cut it to size for me. Then I lightly sanded and painted it an Antique White. 

I typed what I wanted the sign to say in Photoshop using the fonts I wanted. In order to get the correct size, I made the image file the exact size of the wood I purchased and I centered the text on this file. Then I printed it off at 100% on multiple sheets of paper since it was larger than what my printer could handle, and I just taped the printouts together. 

To transfer the lettering to the wood I used a piece of graphite I had in my art supplies. You could probably use charcoal or chalk. You can just rub this on the back of your paper, or I used a separate piece. This works as carbon paper that you put between the printout and wood and then I traced my lettering. 

Now all I had to do was paint the letters.

Ta da! Just need to add screw eyes to hang it with! Later, I might make the first line larger. We'll see how it goes next weekend. I'm still working on hemming my table covers which you can see folded up at the bottom of the photo. 

Here are some of my small unframed panels ready to be packed up. 

Have a great weekend everyone!

Zinnia - SOLD

4 x 4 oil on panel

Still tackling this hard subject (for me), flowers! This one was even more fun. I like that it had such definite light and dark patterns. That made it much easier to understand.


4 x 4 oil on panel

This was fun! I painted this for the DPW challenge the Sunflower(s) Challenge. I am hoping to get a couple more of these painted for the small show I'm doing in Mackinaw later this month.

Lot's of family things going on right now. Good and bad. I'm not sure when I'll be able to get back to painting regularly. So I thought I would try painting even smaller for a while because of time restraints. 

Hope everyone had a great 4th!