High Key


So this assignment for my "Simple Isn't Easy" class was a couple weeks ago. I've been bad about keeping up my posting. But the assignment was to paint a high key painting, then add a few darks to move your eye. I did this on my ipad on a program called Procreate. It's a very fun tool for quick studies. I didn't have a value scale around so I think I got a few of my values a tiny bit too dark. But for the most part, they are middle value and lighter. Then I added the darks to really draw the eye. 

Below is the same image changed to b/w so you can really see how the values have merged. I am very happy with this one and am in the process of trying to do this in oil. It's so much harder I think. Learning a lot. 


One Color Dominant

This was what I painted last week for my "Simple Isn't Easy" class with Mark Daniel Nelson. The assignment was to pick a color and paint a painting in that color. So I was pretty excited about this. I've been wanting to experiment with this technique for a long time. Especially with some of my jumping figures. So I ended up painting two versions! It was fun to see the same painting twice in different colors. The first is "red-violet", and the second "colbalt-teal". 

I prefer the first one but mainly I think because I like the value pattern more. Mark did a poll in class and it was almost 50/50 on which painting people preferred. Which one do you like better? Is it just because you lean more toward warm vs cool colors? I paint a lot of cool temp paintings, so I know that wasn't why I preferred the warmer version. 

Party Smurf

4x4 oil on cradled board

I'm not sure which Smurf this is, but he is ready for the party!! So fun to paint this guy. I got to use all my favorite colors!

I'm headed out of town tomorrow. First stop will be the Florida panhandle, to help celebrate my mother-in-laws 90th birthday!! Such a milestone. We didn't want to miss it. Then I will be in Birmingham for a few days while Joe attends meetings. I need to find a good gallery or museum to spend some time at!! I've never been to Birmingham. Anyone have any suggestions?

So since I'll be gone a week, I won't be able to ship any paintings until I return March 5. Thank you for your understanding.

Workshop Studies

Light dominant

Dark dominant (Juice Box)

These are a couple studies I've done for my "Simple Isn't Easy" workshop. I'm learning more about how to think about composing a composition. Merging lights with lights, and darks with darks. These two were my attempt at painting a 'light dominant' & 'dark dominant' paintings. They are fun exercises. I'm still tweaking "Juice Box". I might paint this one a few more times.

Below are two studies massing darks.


6x8 oil on panel

I wish I was in on the secret! 
This will be dry by mid-March. 


I think he's trying to tell me something!

RIP Velasa (1994-2018)
I took a few days off from the studio last week as I tried to get used to not having this furball around anymore. She will be missed. 


8'x6" oil on panel
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I enjoyed the colors in this painting. This reminds me of when my little girl did ballet.


6x8 oil on cradled board
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My grandma had a dachshund named Cindy. She had the silkiest ears!

Good Morning - SOLD

6x6 oil on panel

I'd love to wake up to this smile every day!


6x6 oil on cradled board

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I've been feeding the cardinals outside lately. I'm looking forward to Spring.
Will be dry and ready to ship by Feb. 12.

Bat Boy

6x6 oil on panel

I painted this for an assignment in my "Simple isn't Easy" online workshop with Mark Daniel Nelson. I'm loving the class so far, and even though I haven't had much time to work on the assignments, I'm learning a lot. I was thinking I was going to do still lives for the lessons. And I might still do that later. But so far I've been trying to simplify some kid paintings that I've been wanting to do.
This assignment was all about moving the eye through the painting. Mark called this a 3 zone painting. The shoes, head, then ball. Which are the zones the eye travels.

Here is another, but not as successful I don't think.
Bam Bam
6x6 oil on panel

The eye travels up the bat to the head, then the balls. 


4x4 oil on cradled board

First painting of the new year. I'm getting ready to start a commission, so I'm painting a few small pieces first.

Happy New Year!

Cardinal 6x6 oil on cradled board.

Wow, what a year! It did seem to fly by. But it's a new year now, and time for setting new goals. I'm ready for something new. I've just finished a boat load of beach themed paintings. Large & small. Now I'm looking ahead to art festivals and new & old ideas have me excited. I will continue my dogs, birds & cocktail themed paintings. I want to expand on the cocktails because that can be fun,  and spend some time on more still life paintings.

I've signed up for an on-line Master Class with Mark Daniel Nelson, "Simple Is Not Easy". (my Thursday class is full, but he's just added a Friday class.) I'm sure I will learn a TON about ways to simplify my compositions for a more abstract looser look. My plan is to post my results, but that will depend on how busy things get around here.

I'm really looking at still life paintings right now and dreaming of painting them in a way I love. I've been looking at Stanley Bielen and Susan Nally, and loving their work. I've bought some pears found some simple bowls. I'll work up to flowers because I think if I purchased any flowers right now they would die as soon as I went outside to bring them home. (it's -15 today) I'm planning on doing a small still life, from life, most days before I start my other work. That's the goal!!