Thursday, December 18, 2014

GRANDMOTHER AND CHILD (getting closer)

I worked again today on the painting of a friend with her latest granddaughter.  I've always enjoyed painting babies but not so much hands.  So, today, I worked on the baby as well as Grandma's hands.  I had a balance there.  I think I'm getting closer to being finished.  Hope she likes it.

Saturday, December 13, 2014


This is a commissioned painting which  is now finished.  It will make its trip to Sioux Falls sometime next week.  This one is painted from a picture of a storm cloud I took two summers ago.  It looked really wicked, but nothing came of it.  It stuck around long enough to give me plenty of time to take a lot of really colorful sunset pictures.  I had painted from this cloud previously and sold it.  Another person wanted it, so I painted it of the same cloud but earlier than the last one.  It is also larger and a different format.

16 z 20 oil on canvas

I started another today that someone had wanted to buy, but it had been sold about two hours earlier.  I will do this on occasion, but do not copy the first painting, so each one is an original.  Just a difference in a few months to a year from the first painting will make it much different.  My style is constantly changing as I learn from each painting that I do.  That's what's so exciting about painting.  One never knows what new idea will be planted in the brain during the process.

I don't have prints made of my paintings, so you can count on there not being several of the same painting out there somewhere.  I don't buy prints - and I do collect other artists' work - so I really don't feel I should sell them.  I did two in the last several years:  one is a family painting, so I made it available to relatives by having prints made.  The other one I had five made, and only sold one. 

Thursday, December 11, 2014


Today I was able to spend a little time on the hands, face and background.  Sometimes it is just best to let it nearly dry before working in any details.  I'm thinking I like what I did with the background.  The painting was just too small to have the line separating the background like I had it.  After all, the main subject is Grandmother and child.  I think this was the right choice.

It's strange when I see this on a smaller scale, I can see what has to be done next.  Just a little piqueing in a few places.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014


A few days ago I started a commissioned piece of a friend of mine with her newest granddaughter.  The photo she had expressed such love between the two, it has been a joy to work on.

The first day I pretty much just sketched it in with a little color.  The second day I was able to spend time making corrections to the drawing and working on the skin colors.  Today was a fun day - making decisions about the background and working on Marion's face as well as the clothing.  I'm not sure yet what I want to do with the light source.  There are several possibilities running through my head, so I'll just have to spend a little more time thinking it through.  The third picture came out a little blurry, but you can see the color changes.

This is just a small - 12" x 12" - painting on a gallery wrapped canvas.  I prefer the gallery wraps because they have a finished look without having to frame them.  Whomever buys the painting can then leave it unframed or pick out a frame of their choice.

Day 1
Day 2

Day 3

Tomorrow night is Northern Prairie Arts "An Evening with Dickens" which replaces our usual "Arts Night @ the Pub" which is held every second Thursday evening at Dempsey's Brew Pub in Watertown.  The first event was in April, so we nearly have a year under our belt.  We're very happy with the turnout at every event so far, so are looking forward to taking it into a new year.  This is every second Thursday at 5:00 at Dempsey's Brew Pub in Watertown, SD.  If you're in the area at that time, please come up and introduce yourself to us.  It's a fun time.