Monday, August 31, 2015


"Daisy"  (pastel, 7x5 inches)  click here to bid

Well, got ALL my summer commissions done, yay! But the past few days I've been working on 2 new Renaissance portraits for some competition deadlines fast approaching. One is done and just entered today. I won't post it until it gets in.. ;) The other one's almost halfway done and not sure yet if it will be ready for the next deadline... but then there's always a different deadline in a week or two...

Meanwhile, I had to loosen myself up with this little deer today in the midst of several edits to the Ren port. This was from of a bunch of underpaintings that I still have left since July, before my two out of state workshops! I'm looking forward to getting more of them done this weekend!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Skimming the Surface

"Skimming the Surface"  (oil, 6x6 inches)  click here to bid

My last remaining gull oil from 2012. Thought I'd go ahead and give it another shot on auction after all this time, since I managed to part with two other gulls recently that way! ;) We'll see...

This one's also unframed.

Friday, August 28, 2015

BlueEyes (and New Life By Cropping)

"BlueEyes"  (pastel, 6x8 inches)  click here to bid

Here's another older piece I found in my studio, that I've given a new life by cropping! This (originally 10x8) painting had languished in a gallery years ago because (I believe now) of an ambiguous front leg which was hugging the tree in the bottom part of the painting. I knew the leg might have looked a little big because, well, it's a big cat, and the camera had foreshortened the angle a bit and since the leg was closer... Well, combined with some oddness with how the shoulder joint was bent, it garnered some confused comments. So I pulled it out and it ended up in the stack of 'old' stuff after reusing the frame for something else.

But I always loved these eyes! And the back-light across the top of this fluff-ball, and the languorous pose. So today when a friend saw it in my studio stack of 'olds' and I was explaining to her the story of the odd leg, I said "I should just chop it off." ... Hey!

And so I did! It's a much a better painting now. It even improved the composition.. Just goes to show that sometimes amputation is what a painting needs.

(You can see the past life of this painting "Up the Tree Again" on this blog post from 2012.)

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


"Pimento"  (pastel, 7x5 inches)  click here to bid

Almost done with ALL my summer commissions, but I just HAD to take a side-trip today and whip this little one out. Back to my 'roots' of the little cow portrait and it was pure, mindless joy!


AND... Progress shots! :)

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Wave Tripping

"Wave Tripping"  (oil, 6x6 inches)  click here to bid

Yay! Two major commissions are done :) but I can't show them off until Christmas :( So I'm on to the other two slightly easier commissions, and meanwhile, here's one more of the gulls I have left from the 2012 series.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Knee Deep

"Knee Deep"  (oil, 6x6 inches)  click here to bid

Since the recent gull painting got a good share of attention, I thought I'd take the opportunity to re-post this one from my original mini-series of gulls in 2012. This one and a couple others are all that's left, and they get tricky to sell at art fairs because they're so different from the rest of my current work (and they're not pastel...)

This one fell out of it's floater frame and I haven't had the time to stick it back, so I've letting it have another shot in the auctions, unframed. :)