Sunday, January 12, 2014


    I did a painting of this young lady earlier, which was titled "Erin", mostly because I didn't know the model's name then.  I am proud to say that my first portrait of her got accepted into the Best and Brightest Show at the Scottsdale Artists School for this year, which is showing right now.  It is a huge honor to be included in their show and I am truly humbled to be there.

     Last Friday was our weekly portrait group and lo and behold there was this beautiful model again.  I am trying some new solvents and mediums because Gamosol is giving me a headache.  This time I used linseed oil with a small bit of oil of spike lavender for my thinner.  I am still getting used to it but I liked this almost transparent wash with build up just for the look of it.  It has a softness that reminds me of Susan Lyons work that I am so fond of.


Sunday, January 5, 2014

Trade Wind Clouds

     I am always captivated by clouds and with them hanging over the mountains it was too much to resist.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Sunrise Palette

     This is another plein air from my trip.  Almost every morning, right at sunrise, there are these beautifully colored clouds and they only last a few minutes.  I could do this almost every day they are so varied and beautiful.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Beach Shade

     After a very busy time between Thanksgiving and Christmas it was time for a very much needed break!  It is always a challenge and exciting to paint where the color palette is a huge change.  I have worked hard at paring down my equipment so that I can travel with them.  I will go over that in the next few posts.  This was the first painting at Poipu Beach.  I am still at a loss for how to deal with sand!