Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Pewter & Glass Still Life

08-30-06 I finished the overpainting of this still life today. I hope you enjoy it. This photo was taken under natural light inside the studio.

If you want more information about this painting, such as pricing, it can be found on this page of my website

Monday, August 28, 2006

Pewter & Glass Still Life Overpainting

08-28-06 Click the image to see a larger view of this oil painting.

This photo shows the second layer of overpainting. There are areas that still need to be adjusted such as the pot spout and the core of the apple. The camera leached the color from the white areas of the cloth. There is actually a hint of blue, red and yellows in the white.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Pewter Still Life Grisaille (Grays)

I began a grid drawing of the copyright free reference photo (from Wet Canvas Reference Image Library) which took me a couple of days. Then Sunday I began painting the grays (grisaille) to establish the values of each of the objects. This acrylic underpainting is now ready for color.

The color portion of this painting will be done with oils. Hopefully I will be able to achieve the rich blues of the glass ware, the pewter grays of the pot and plate and, the yellows and oranges of the apple and orange. The main thrust of this painting is the contrast between the light filtering through the glass and peaking the tips of the pot, plate and fruit, and the darks of the shadowy areas.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Artwork Accepted

I am very pleased to share the news that three of my acrylic paintings have been accepted into the 11th Annual Cherokee Homecoming Art Show & Sale. The art show will run from August 26, through October 29, 2006 at the Cherokee Heritage Center, Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

The paintings accepted into the show are Cherokee Rose, Day's End, and Truckee River. I hope you take the opportunity to attend the art show as there are many nationally known Cherokee artists that will be showing their beautiful work.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Cherokee Rose

08-11-06 I finished the painting and submitted it for The Homecoming Art Show at the Cherokee Heritage Center. I will know the 21st of August whether the painting was accepted into the show.

08-09-06 This was painted from a photo I took of my neighbor in March of this year. The Cherokee rose reference photos are copyrighted and permission has been received from the sources, Trinity Farms of New Zealand, and the University of Florida, to use the photos. Also, I used a copyright free photo posted by the US government.

The Cherokee rose is a China rose that was brought to the U.S. around 1789. If my understanding is correct, it is symbolic of tears shed on the Trail of Tears. This painting will be entered in The Homecoming art show at the Cherokee Heritage Center in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Stroke Checklist

I received this information in an e-mail about how to determine whether a person is having a stroke. There are three things to check and they are easy to remember by thinking STR.

S = Smile, have the person smile and notice if it is hard for the person to smile or if it is more lopsided than usual

T = Talk, Ask the person to say a simple sentence such as "Is It raining today?"

R = Raise Arms, Ask the person to raise one arm, than the other arm.

A fourth tip is to ask the person to stick out their tongue. If the person's tongue is crooked rather straight out, that can indicate a stroke.

If you believe that a person has had a stroke, call an ambulance. It has been said that strokes can be reversed if seen by a doctor within a three hour time frame.