Tuesday, December 25, 2012


This is a charcoal drawing of my niece, Elizabeth, given to her by her mother-in-law (my sister) as a gift.  The drawing was matted to the cropped photo shown on the right, above.  Elizabeth loved it, thankfully.

I want to take this opportunity to wish you the best of Christmas throughout the coming year, full of love, joy, peace, and prosperity.  Thanks for visiting the blog.  You all have been great!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Winnie & Wallie

Winnie & Wallie
11" x 14"
Acrylic on Board

I've found it hard to get a good photo but this is basically finished.  I've signed it and will get it varnished so it is ready for its trip to California.  Thanks for looking!

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Winnie & Wallie Part 4

Have made progress but much, much more to do.  Have to shape the top of Wallie's head a bit more and work on the ears.  Darken some lights that shine too bright - you get the general idea.

I'm using a mixture of acrylic paint brands this time which include Golden and Golden Open plus Chroma Interactive.  I took part in a test of the Chroma paints and they very nicely sent me some tubes as a thank you, so thought this would be a further opportunity to play with them. 

Friday, December 07, 2012

Winnie & Wallie WIP, Next Part

It looks pretty rough doesn't it but it is colorful.   I'm waiting on daylight to begin today's session.  Hope to begin tying the palette together and making more sense out of the dogs' features.  Have to get this done so my niece can hand deliver it to California, so the pressure is on.  

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Christmas Poinsetta

 Christmas Poinsetta

First, thanks to lisilk for use of her reference photo from the Wet Canvas Reference Image Library. 

This poinsetta was painted for the Christmas card exchange at paintingfriends.com and went to Deb in South Carolina.  I am so glad it arrived safely and that she liked it.  The painting is on a quarter sheet of Fabriano Aristico soft press paper. 

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Winnie & Wallie WIP 2

A quick update to show where the painting is currently.  Painting in shapes and some tones on Winnie's face/head.

Winnie & Wallie WIP

I've been asked to do a double dog portrait for my niece to give to her boyfriend's family.  So I'll begin by posting the reference photo and showing the subsequent changes to the photo fo create a usable reference. 

The Original:

A lightened version:

An equalized version:

Then a version showing the poster edges so that general shapes can be seen:

I then toned an 11" x 14" gessoed Ampersand board using Golden Fluid Acrylics, Quin. Burnt Orange and blocking in the general position of the two dogs. 

I have a small easel sitting on my desk so I can paint from the computer screen and be close to eye level.  Hope you stay tuned and offer any advice you wish as painting dogs isn't something I do very often. 

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Practicing Facial Features

I decided I need more practice before starting the actual drawing so did these charcoal sketches.  I still need to do many more as I'm not getting the look I want.  If I slowed down and planned each stroke perhaps that would work better. 

At Painting Friends, we exchange original Christmas cards and I'm waiting to hear from my recipient that she has received her card.  I hope it doesn't get lost in the mail as it has been almost a week.  Every day, I check the mail with anticipation as I eagerly await the card being sent to me.  Once, the cards arrive, I'll post the one I painted here.  It's like Christmas every day, seeing the cards as they are posted at paintingfriends.com