Friday, August 9, 2013

Evening Harbor

I tried to capture the feeling of solitude with the beautiful sunset and the boats coming and going in the harbor. The boat on sure seemed to evoke a feeling of rest which I felt added to the feeling of solitude.

The Road Home

The reference photo reminded me of a road we may have taken home when I was growing up in West Virginia. Many of these beautiful roads are now off the main super highways and one now has to seek them out to enjoy the lovely fields and meadows.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Here's a commission just finished for a dear friend of her grand-son. I initially began in acrylics but decided to go with prismatic colored pencils. I wanted to use the chair in the reference photo to frame the face and form and used cool colors to draw attention to the face and hair which I wanted to keep warm and delicate.
Great fun !

Thursday, March 22, 2012

"Thinking" 9" X 12" graphite
Continuing to work on capturing expression with eyes. Here's a  study from a reference photo. It is incredibly difficult to pull an expression from a photograph. It is difficult enough with a live model. It's just difficult to get a model in the right lighting to pose for the time it takes me to capture the expression until I get more practice.  I'm working on speed at this point so I can work from natural light when I'm out and about.

Monday, March 12, 2012

I've been working on capturing personality with my portraits. Here is a graphite study I call "Donna". I want to practice with several small sketches in graphite before returning
to the pastels.Now that the weather is getting nice in WV I hope to venture outside more and work on this with some life studies in oil.That's the plan if I can manage the time.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

"Aggie" 11" X 14" Pastels
I completed this in January after the passing of my
dear Aunt. I'm still trying become accustom to pastel
pencils. I was intrigued by her smile in a picture of her
prior to her getting married. Such a beautiful smile that
I'm afraid I couldn't capture but could only approximate.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

"Loyal Friend" 11" X 14" oil

This was done for our dear cousin, Mary Katherine who wanted it as a gift for her son who graduated from East Carolina Univerity. It helped enormously to have little Capone with me as I painted. I was able to work from life as well as a series of photographs I took of different poses. I began a 14 x 26 and after roughing it in decided to start over using both a different pose and blend of colors. The smaller format worked much better. I enjoyed having Capone wandering around my studio looking up at me from time to time with those worried eyes as if to say "I hope you're getting it right." Capone returned home to North Carolina just about the time it was finished. I sat it down on the steps that Capone and I traversed many mornings and evenings with Capone during his visit. I still miss the little fella.