Saturday, September 09, 2006

I really haven't dropped off the face of the planet...

I'm still here, or at least I'm here again. I've been away and busy, yada yada yada. But let me tell you, it's great being back. It's great living a normal, boring, ordinary life.

This is what I've been working on of late...very bad picture, though you might not know it. It's probably nearly complete, but I'm not sure yet. 16x20, untitled for the moment...

Sunday, July 02, 2006

"Dogtags/Boots Study No. 1", 5x7, oil on board

This is a study for a part of a potential larger painting.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

"Puddinface Study No. 1" 5x7, oil on board

This is my cat, Hobbes, in a very Hobbes pose.

He unfortunately passed away almost two weeks was extremely sad and I will miss him. (As will my other cat.)

This is a study in preparation for a larger painting starring my little Hobbsie.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

"Dude" about 3 x about 5, oil on board

This is a little painting that I've had in mind for quite a long time and had the sudden inspiration to do it today. Legos are, have always been, and always will be one of my favorite toys!

Detail of Self-Portrait

Someone asked me for a detail shot, so here it is!

Friday, June 09, 2006

Thursday, May 25, 2006

"Lilacs!" 5x7, oil on board

In all the years that I have painted, I have always--always!--wanted to paint lilacs. This is the first time I have succeeded, I have no idea why.

This was done at the end of my day, after I'd struggled and struggled to paint a larger version of another lilac arrangement. I sat down and painted this one in fifteen minutes. Go figure.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

"My Green Thumb (Gardenia)" 8x10, oil on canvas

It's been a while since I've posted. I've recently moved into an apartment--and as such, that has taken up much of my time, energy, and creativity (in trying to organize everything--if that's not creativity, I don't know what is). But I have finally gotten back into some painting. Thank goodness.

This is my potted gardenia that has recently bloomed this week! I'm so pleased. The other two buds dropped, but this one managed to survive and is doing well.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

"A Beary Good Book" 5x7, oil on board

This is Blackjack. He is reading Forever Odd by Dean Koontz, an author I'd recommend to anyone, including any and all teddy bears...they eat this stuff up!

Sunday, April 30, 2006

"April Showers..." 5x7, oil on board

My last painting for April!

"Can't Top No. 2" 5x7, oil on board

I've been in a bit of a painting funk of late. I can't figure it out. It's not lack of creative drive, because I've had an urge to sketch up the wazoo.

So here's my pencil. Nevermind the fact that it's not actually the one I use...I had to scour the whole house just to find a single yellow pencil.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

"Jennifer J" 5x7, oil on board

My most recent session with a model this afternoon. Today my goal was to concentrate on color and composition.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

"Luck in All the Right Places" 5x7, oil on board

I wasn't thinking of luck when I bought these horseshoes. I wasn't thinking of painting them, either, but I suppose that was inevitable. I must be buying my horse piecemeal from the ground up.

Friday, April 21, 2006

ERAG Spring Show 2006

The Eagle Rock Art Guild kicked off their spring show tonight with an artists' reception, which was great fun and everyone except Amber and John missed out on some good food. (Thanks for coming Amber!)

These are the three paintings I entered, from top to bottom:
"Call Me Itchy"
18x24, oil on canvas
"The Deployment Bear"
16x20, oil on canvas
"In My Arms Again"
18x24, oil on canvas

The exhibit will be up til May 14, 2006, so if you're in the area, stop by and a have a look! There is a lot of wonderful work on display.
The address of the Eagle Rock Art Museum is 300 S. Capital, downtown Idaho Falls. They are open Wednesday through Saturday 10-4.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

"Waiting Her Turn", 11x14, oil on board

Last week, our figure/portrait group had a cute ballerina pose for us. She was great fun to paint, though perhaps she thought modeling was more tiring than dancing!

Thursday, April 13, 2006

"Dreams Do Come True", 5x7, oil on board

Yup, that's me riding my new buddy, Preston! I am now taking riding lessons and loving every possible second of it. I do not think that anyone in the world could be more thrilled than me to be taking riding lessons.

After this lesson on Monday, I took great pleasure in brushing Preston and making him all kinds of pretty. I led him back out to the pasture to eat with his buddy Andrew...and the instant he stepped through the gate and I let him go, he laid down on his back and rolled around in the dirt happily. I think it was his way of showing his appreciation for me. I'm sure of it.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Crayolas, 5x7, oil on board

When was the last time you used these...

No, I mean *really*...

I was at the store today, buying paper. Paper is in the crayon aisle, did you know that?

An inexplicable urge to take a box home possessed me, and what can you do when that happens? I gave in. I've been coloring in one form or another all day...oddly enough, crayons are easier--and funner--to use than oil pastels are...whoever says they're just for children?

The above image is Mr. Bowling Ball in crayon...(the image above that is an oil painting)...the possibilities are endless...

Saturday, April 08, 2006

"Our Abiding Hope" 5x7, oil on board

I felt kind of sad this was my attempt to remind myself just why we're here and why we have to go through the things we do... We are not alone...

"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain..."
Revelation 21:4

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

"Yellow Ochre", 5x7, oil on board

An empty, well-loved tube of Yellow Ochre--now it lives on forever, bless its little heart... This was painted last week.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Palette Knife, 5x7, oil on board

I painted my palette knife after I came in from doing some plein air (on location) painting south of town. The plein air failed miserably, but I had experimented with using my palette knife for the entire painting...interesting way to practice and learn a few things.