Tuesday, August 30, 2011

FACE No. 35

12x6 Oil on Panel
Well, I have to say that when I saw this mugshot I wondered what he was looking at. Was it a bug on the ceiling? An interesting light fixture? Or maybe something imaginary? He made an interesting painting and one that I may re-visit sometime.
Virginia Floyd asked me what I have learned while painting these faces. Thank you, Virginia, for your question, it made me think and attempt to put into words those specific elements. First, and I think foremost, I have gained another level of confidence. Many artists suggest painting the same subject over and over and I am learning the truth to this. I don't think it matters what subject is chosen, just something that inspires you. As I became familiar with my subject I realized that I want to be looser and freer with my brush strokes. I have learned more about the importance of temperature changes in skin tones and I have a more acute appreciation of the planes of the face which are crucial to those changes in temperature, values, color, edges and brush strokes. I could go on and on about all the elements that we encounter and discover with each painting. Bottom line is that learning continues every day and if we're lucky we have someone like Virginia to encourage those of us (like me!) who aren't adept with words and writing. So, thanks again for your question, Virginia, which helped me to think and grasp the basic components of my learning experience!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


Ira Glass on Storytelling from David Shiyang Liu on Vimeo.

I found this little video on FB by Lisa Daria. You MUST listen to it as I think it speaks to all creative people. I really needed this today, so Lisa a big thank you for sharing this link! Enjoy and have a creative day!

Saturday, August 20, 2011


6x6 Oil on Ampersand Gessobord

This is a week late for the Happy Birthday to Carol challenge on the Daily Paintworks. I say "better late than never." So a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CAROL!!! You are one of my favorite artists, a fabulous teacher, and just a fantastic person!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

FACE No. 33

12x6 Oil on Gessoed Panel

This was fun to paint with the blue scarf on her head. You know how some paintings just paint themselves? This was one of those. The time went too fast. Of course, I have to admit that when painting, time just seems to rocket!

Saturday, August 6, 2011


When I was a kid and really through adulthood,too, I watched the "I Love Lucy" show. Even if I had seen the same program many times I would laugh and laugh! It was and still is one of my favorites. Lucille Ball would be 100 today ~ thank you, Lucy for all the belly laughs you shared with me and your audience!!!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

FACE No. 31

12x8 Oil on Panel

I decided to work on a larger support. This man seemed to need it with his bluesy look and sunglasses.
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