Monday, August 31, 2009

Crouching Erin, Hidden Dragon

Erin, in a crouching pose, was an 8 minute study that went fast...the clock breathing down my neck was the hidden dragon. There are things I would have liked more time to improve, depth and form in the hips and legs but despite that, this has a look I like. I like that the main focus is in the head and shoulder area even though that area is only slightly more finished than the rest.

Friday, August 21, 2009


This painting has yet to release it's name to me but I've moved away from Yin Yin. Painting is still unfinished. I've painted the area outside the circle as sort of a loosely rendered, tromp l'oeil Victorian gold frame. I've been looking at it for a while and it's growing on me. Comments?? Approx 30x30 oil.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


Still not sure about the title..."Dove" is a possiblity. Painting is finished...just need to sign and stretch. 24''x30" oil.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Monday Night Life Drawing

A couple of 15 minute drawings of Becca from last nights class. Conte/pastel.
Reclining pose...$225.

Friday, August 14, 2009

The Unbearable Whiteness of Being

Here's a new work...currently unfinished. It's very close to what I envisioned in the unusual phenomena. Details yet to add in the hair, hands and pointe shoes. An earlier blog showed a drawing in a similar pose. Same model, Chelsea...same photo shoot. The white tutu and leotard are what appear in my reference photos. The teal in the drawing was added. This oil on canvas is 24x30 and may be entered in an upcoming show in Florida. I'm still waiting for the painting to tell me what it's title should be. I'll show a better photo upon completion.

Red Head Final

I didn't do much more to this one. Some detail in hair highlights, some finish in the lower right. The painting is small at 16x20 but the head is larger than life size...something I rarely do. I think it works here...maybe because the actual area showing the face is fairly small. Current title..."Red Head". This painting will be in the next Espresso Lane show for those in the Newnan area.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Drama Queen

Young dance model, Madeleine posed for the class tonight. This was the last pose of the night...10 minutes or maybe 12. Her friend convinced her to throw her arm over her forehead with sort of a "silent film" drama. The short time pushed me to leave some areas unfinished...the right arm, left hand. In this situation, the unfinished quality enhances the drawing. Conte and pastel.

Sunday, August 9, 2009


This painting came about as an attempt to paint my daughter's beautiful red hair. It's always been a difficult color for me to capture. My mind always says "Orange!" but its much more complex than that. I doubt the photo here will do it justice but the original has some exciting things happening. I'll continue to fine tune this one. The slight sense of scariness was not in the initial plan but it adds an unsettling element that I like. 16X20 oil.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Yin and Yin 3

Figures are mostly finished. Details in the hands and shoes are looking good. I still have more finish work on this part of the painting but that will come after the outer area is underway...I guess it's time to decide what to do there.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Red Robin

I love this challenging as it is to draw it has great lines and movement. Foreshortening of the trunk and left leg add to the difficulty. There are things that are not perfect but overall I like the drawing. 15 minutes from life and 10 minutes or so in the studio on this conte and pastel. Model, Robin.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Gone Hollywood

I have a poster that I did the art work for that will be appearing in the upcoming movie, Julie and Julia. (Opens this Friday, Aug 7) It's a small role but everybody's got to start somewhere! Eric, husband to Julie (who the movie is about) works for Archeology Magazine and in his real office, has my Yuchi-town poster hanging. They wanted to recreate his office as close as possible so they asked my permission to include the poster in the movie. Keep your eyes peeled!! Shown here is the poster. The original painting is large, around 42X50" or so and hangs at Fort Benning Georgia, where the historic site is. The site is a large creek Indian site shown ca. 1776 and was written about in the journals of naturalist William Bartram.