Saturday, October 31, 2009

Pearl Earring

9" x 12"
Oil on canvas panel

I have been thinking about doing this for quite a while now. Love the original, of course and Vermeer, what a talent! And if you haven't seen the movie, I highly suggest seeing it - the whole movie is like a painting.

Here is some information on Vermeer and the original painting, if you are interested.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Monday, October 26, 2009

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Sleepy Dog II

7" x 5"
Acrylic on panel

Really enjoying the acrylics for the last two paintings for some strange reason. It's making "daily painting" much easier because it dries so fast, which has been a big problem for me in the past. Maybe I just need more practice.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Sleepy Dog

7" x 5"
Acrylic on panel


8" x 8"
Oil on panel

This is a portrait that I did a few weeks ago, but couldn't post it because it was a gift. His name is Keeper, which I thought was a really good name for a dog. I liked the pose because it's not straight on and I think it looks very classic, but in a modern way.

Lately I have been working on the puzzle and two big commissions. When I get the commissions to a good point I'll send some photos. Right now they are at the beginning stages and I'm still figuring out elements and colors and it just looks weird.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Cut Papaya

15" x 12"
Oil on gessoed fabric

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Pooch Puzzle

Here is what I have been working on for the past few weeks. It will be showing at the Cameron Art Museum for a few months as part of their "Artists  Made Toys" show. I'm really excited about being in a museum of this caliber. I   hope  that it the first in a long line of opportunities.

If you get a chance come see the show - it's Nov. 13 - March 7th

I showed at the Farmer's Market Saturday and nearly froze until  the  sun came out. It turned into a really beautiful day. I'm scheduled to show at   a few more, but not sure how much of the cold weather I can tolerate!

I will be at "Art for the Masses" November 21st - it's a really an impressive   show - thousands of people come, hundreds of artists. It's quite an event.  For those who have never been, everything is priced $250 and under. It's   a really opportunity for artists to showcase their work,  and for the public   to   show their support for local artists ( and get an early start on some holiday   shopping!).

Speaking of the arts community, please keep in mind how profoundly local ]artists have been affected by the state of the economy.  Your show of support for the arts with a purchase no matter how large or small  is greatly appreciated,  and helps to keep Wilmington a more vibrant, creative and inspiring place to live.

I buy art from other artists and have started a very small  collection... the phrase "You don't have to be a Rockefeller to collect art"  is from a documentary movie called "Herb and Dorothy" about a postal work  and a librarian that built a world class collection just by buying what they  loved a little at a time. I haven't seen it, but I hear it's really good and   very   inspirational.

Here is a site you can go to:

Also here is a site of daily painters that sell  great work for very little, daily:

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Parsley Flower & Experiment

7" x 5"
Oil on panel

I didn't even know that parsley had flowers, but it makes sense it does and they are like little bundles of lace. Very pretty and tiny.

Here is my on-going experiment. I took some satin and stretched it, then gessoed it with the clear gesso, but it didn't take well. It just wrinkled and dried milky.

It did take well to the gloss medium test piece shown, although it lost it's sheen with both. I think I will use the gloss on this type of synthetic material and stay with the gesso for cotton surfaces.

Monday, October 12, 2009


10.5" x 9.5"
oil on stretched, gessoed fabric

This painting is an experiment. I love the look of paintings on patterned backgrounds and I found clear gesso at the store the other day, which is what you use to prime surfaces (usually it's white or a color). I have wanted to try this for awhile and I really like the way it looks.

Oh, the potential!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Pet Portraits

I just finished setting up my Pet Portraits Page on my website.
Here is the link:

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Caffe Phoenix Show

Well, the show went great - I got a lot of positive response on the paintings, chatted, ate a great meal and Joel sent us home with probably the best chocolate cake I have ever had... Thick chocolate, caramel sauce... Well, you get the idea... I think I have a chocolate cake hangover.

Here are some photos from last night.
Show Photos

Thanks to everyone who came!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The Red Jacket

8" x 8"
Oil on panel

I found this photo and had to paint it - in the photo she has a gray pullover with zippers, layered with a flannel shirt and pink hooded sweatshirt. Her face captured me and took me back to the story of Red Riding Hood - I was intrigued with the slight smile as if she knows she can handle whatever happens to her - this bad wolf doesn't scare her!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Update on De La Luna & Show

I'm working on a few new paintings - two commissions and one for fun.

Here is "De La Luna" framed. I found this frame awhile ago for $5 bucks and the painting fit the frame perfect, I had to repair some of the ornate work, but it works great.

I hung my paintings up at Caffe Phoenix for Wednesday show. It really looks fantastic!! The blend of my work, with Michelle's and Amelia's works really well. You'll have to come see it - Wednesday at 5 - 9pm

Hopefully things will slow down a bit now - going to clean up this place - it's a mess!!