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This challenge from Leslie Saeta  was to post the my process of painting.  I never sketch my images I basically start to paint.

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1.  I start out just blocking in the whole shape of whatever I am painting using the middle tone but in this case just painted in some white to fill in the shape

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2. next I start to fill in the areas with various tones.  Since this is a black and white I use Mars Black, Titanium White.

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3.  Finally I start to soften all the tones and added a dew drop.  Probably blend a bit more but for now this is it.

 

 

This is a cute little boy I did a portrait of called curious I did this one to enter into the Women’s Art League 80th competition in April.  I very much enjoyed doing this one.

Older people sit down and ask, ‘What is it?’ but the boy asks, ‘What can I do with it?’. Steve Jobs

A boy’s story is the best that is ever told.  Charles Dickens

Reworked the hand on this young fellow.

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Curious

I worked on this to show my class some shading and drawing techniques had no intention to finish it but worked on it this morning.  I used 2b and ebony pencil on this drawing.

Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.    John W. Gardner

cloth on shelf

Cloth on Shelf – 11 x 14

I painted this for a show called Rites of Spring 2013  at the Dutch Art Gallery in Dallas, Texas during the month of April.  I am so excited I got juried into the show. There were 250 entries and 47 juried in the show.  Winners were Judy Crowe, Cheng Lian, and Suzie Baker

 This is a painting of a girl picking flowers she seems very into her task.

Dutch Art Gallery

10233 East Northwest Highway Suite 420 Dallas, Texas 75238

Easter Sunday

Acrylic on Canvas – 20 x 24

4/06/13 11 am – 4 pm Artist Reception open to the public. Awards presented.

4/06-5/11/13 Exhibit open to the general public during gallery hours

 

Cold, Rainy, icy, and snowy day.  Pick one.  Thought i should post the underpainting of this before I start to add color.  I think this might be the last small one I do for a while.  I will move up to some larger sizes.  The braids were a bit tricky still don’t like them but maybe if I go down a shade darker.   Underpainting is using Mars Black and Titanium White.  Ready to Glaze
Musica

9 x 12

This little boy I painted the other day.  I think small children playing or doing what they do are the cutest.  This is day 29 or the 30 day challenge.  I didn’t quite make the 30 painting.  This is done in acrylics I used Ultramarine Blue, Grumbacher Red, Cad Yellow Medium, Titanium White, Hooker’s green  and Mars Black

“I think that the best thing we can do for our children is to allow them to do things for themselves, allow them to be strong, allow them to experience life on their own terms, allow them to take the subway…let them be better people, let them believe more in themselves.”
― C. JoyBell C

 

Boy and Truck

Acrylic on Canvas Panel – 9 x 12

$75

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Finally finished the Kitten.  Changed a lot on it.  I used titanium white, Mars Black, cerulean blue, and Grumbacher Red.

Acrylic on Canvas

12 x 24

I wouldn’t call this a finish piece of work but you get the idea of my steps.  i have 2 commissions I am working on and don’t have time to finish but didn’t want to keep my readers hanging.  I Think the only painting I need to finish is the wall not sure about the crack may change that to something else.  Also trying to get use to my new computer.  I have gone over to a Mac and really don’t know a thing about them.  Also Got Photoshop CS6 a lot of things to learn.

Acrylic on Canvas

9 x 12

 

Ok ran home from out doing basically nothing to work on this painting for you.  Still needs work  but this is the next installment on the painting of Puddles 2.   Adding some color but still need to blend.  colors used:  Titanium White, Mars Black, Grumbacher Red, Ultramarine Blue.  Still not sure about the boots I may go with a different design on it. I also did some editing on the right leg.

 

 

Christmas in the post-War United States

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Happy Holidays!

New work  coming soon!!!!!

Be the change you wish to see in the world…”
—  Gandhi\

Christmas is not a date. It is a state of mind.”
Mary Ellen Chase

“A snowflake is one of the most fragile creations, but look what they can do when they stick together!”
–Unknown

“At Christmas play and make good cheer. For Christmas comes but once a year!”
Thomas Tusser

“This is my wish for you: peace of mind, prosperity through the year, happiness that multiplies, health for you and yours, fun around every corner, energy to chase your dreams, joy to fill your holidays!”
–D.M. Dellinger

This is a challenge at Daily Paintworks (DPW) I supplied the challenge then finally painted the shoes.  Been very busy and so my painting is slowing down a bit but will get back to it when the holidays are over.   These were my son’s Buster Brown loafers.  Since he out grew shoes faster then you can imagine I started to wear them and loved them.  He asked about the slot in the shoes and I told how they were called penny loafers, then I added the pennies to the slots.  I think it embarrassed him when I wore them but hey what else are we here for.

Acrylic on Canvas - 12 x 9

I like Cinderella, I really do. She has a good work ethic. I appreciate a good, hard-working gal. And she likes shoes. The fairy tale is all about the shoe at the end, and I’m a big shoe girl.~ Amy Adams

Today I am posting a work-in-progress (WIP).  I am painting an abstract of an old car image provided by Darrin O. Swait.  I decided to do WIP because I am painting images larger than the usual 9 x 12 or 6 x6.  My process is to do an under painting in black, middle gray and white, then I gaze over it in color.  There are a lot of rust spots on this car so I am using a sponge to paint the rust. There is still a lot of the area that is not done in the under painting.  But that is my next update.

Car Abstract

Not sure what I am calling this yet.  I just like the look of it. Colors Purple, white, magenta, black, Ultramarine Blue, Cad Yellow Medium, Hooker’s Green, Cad Orange and Titanium White.  The first quote is how I am feeling today.  Like a bubble getting ready to burst.

Untitled- 12 x 36 x 1.5

Acrylic on Canvas

Untitled abstract

But all bubbles have a way of bursting or being deflated in the end. ~Barry Gibb

Derive happiness in oneself from a good day’s work, from illuminating the fog that surrounds us.
~Henri Matisse

Projects at school are keeping me busy.  Most of them are 18 x 24 and taking a lot longer to paint than the 6 x 6.  The Recent painting is called Medusa’s Curse.

The colors used in this one are Magenta, Hooker‘s Green,Burnt Umber, Titanium White and Mars Black.  The Figure is done using modeling paste and  sgraffito to carve in the basket and the other shapes the within paste.

“The television, that insidious beast, that Medusa which freezes a billion people to stone every night, staring fixedly, that Siren which called and sang and promised so much and gave, after all, so little.” ~ Ray Bradbury

Medusa's Curse

18 x 24 x 1.5 – $1000

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