Tuesday, April 24, 2012


6" x 6"
oil on hardboard

Pronounced Eye-gore.

DPW's recent challenge "Up Close Animal" was really fortuitous timing. I've been wanting to paint Igor for a while, especially after seeing so many beautiful pet portraits on DPW. But I didn't really know how to approach it; I don't think I've ever painted an animal before - at least not since I was 11 and drew endless sketches of horses.

Cropping the image very closely made it seem less intimidating - there was so much less of him to deal with :)

I'm pretty happy with the way it came out. It's not as painterly as I'd like, but I think I caught his expression perfectly. At one glance he looks serene; the next time you look you can see the crazy. Depends how the light hits him. That's pretty much how he is in real life. Psychotic, possibly sociopathic.

Typical cat.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Springtime Hill

6" x 6" oil on hardboard

I think my excursion into the pastels helped my oil painting skills.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Waterfront Park

Waterfront Park
8" x 10" oil pastel on 10" x 12" paper

I don't know if I love this one as much as the Beehives but I'm really digging these oil pastels. They're coming out so much closer to what I visualize in my mind when I start the painting - which lends credence to my theory that the problem is in the paint, not me :D When possible, always blame the tool, not the wielder of the tool.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Beehives at the Arboretum

8" x 10", oil pastel on paper

This is my first time trying pastels, and I think it came out really well. I've had a box of oil pastels lying around for... five years? Ten years? and finally decided to try them. One of the mailing lists I subscribe to mentioned pastels, and it planted the idea in my mind.

I've got a really limited palette, there's maybe 12 or 14 colors in the box, but it wasn't too much of a handicap.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Wake Up

6" x 8" oil on hardboard

Early morning at Southport marina - time to get fishing!

This was my second attempt at this scene. The Cape Cod style underpainting was gorgeous both times, but the first version got awfully mucked up when I started laying in color.

My favorite part is the little sparkles on the water.
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