Thursday, March 27, 2008


Work continues on the painting of Ashley. I've added a heavy, red drapery behind her and detail in the area of the torso,hands and the upper part of the skirt. Click on image to see a larger version.

Thursday, March 20, 2008


Beginning stages of a painting of local model Ashley V. 32X32. The pose is from my local drawing class...I really liked the pose as well as the colors and patterns of the costume. I don't know where I'm going with it but something will come to me for the background/setting. As with most paintings, at this stage, I'm pretty sure it will be the greatest thing I've ever done but I know, in the end, it will fall short of that lofty goal and I'll try again the next time. Later, I'll post the final...unless it falls really short!!

Monday, March 10, 2008

The Degas Girl

Dancers are a natural subject matter for figurative artist...well, at least for me they are. The master, of course, has to be Degas. One of my favorite works of art of all time is his young dancer bronze with the real tutu attached. I had the privilege of seeing it in Atlanta a few years back. This study is from the bronze...still a little unfinished but I'm liking it. This work is all about the posture...the stance...perfectly balanced. Degas' closest rival, in my opinion is the late Robert Heindel. Google this guy and look at some of his work. Beautiful!! This study is done in conte and oil on bristol board.

Sunday, March 2, 2008


A closer view of the final.

Final touches??

I'm at a point where I'll look at the painting for a while. It very well may be finished. I've worked on the foreground and added a few little highlights here and there. The painting has been stretched and is drying. If I make any drastic changes I'll repost it here. Keep looking for other projects here as I like to post 2 or 3 per month. "The View From Oak Hill" and it's smaller study will be for sale if anyone is interested...e-mail me and let me know.( They will both be visible within a day or two on my website under "Original Art"/"Landscape" paintings.