Happy to hear of the sale of my painting "Vivien" at Paul Scott Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ. I shared with the collector that this painting in a way is like my Mona Lisa, Is was inspired by a Sorolla painting I saw but the intriguing expression on my models face reminded be of the mystical smile of the Mona Lisa. I've worked with this young model a few times and she has this wonderful old world feel about her. Its a joy when you find a model who can express so much in a gaze, and a joy to try to capture it in paint.
I'm so thankful to once again be a part of Waterhouse Gallery's Small Gems Show. I was in California last year around this time and so wish I could be there this year to help celebrate the opening. This is a great chance to purchase some beautiful little gems from some wonderful artists. Below are three of my small paintings that will be a part of this years show.
1114 South State St. Ste 9
Santa Barbara, CA
Opening reception Saturday March 3rd.
I'm thrilled to announce that my painting "In The Beginning" has become a finalist in this prestigious competition. Out of 3,750 entries it is quite an honor. Its incredible to be among so many talented artists to have made it this far. Congrats to every one of them. A big thank you to my sweet model Kasia, who was eager to pose for me for this painting.
Many people have ask me what colors I use on a specific painting or area of a painting. Its often hard to remember an exact mixture I may have used in a specific area of a painting so I thought I would post the colors that are always laid out on my palette. I've used different brands of paint throughout the years and i've enjoyed all of them. The only color paint that requires a specific brand for my use is the Transparent Oxide Red and I've found it must be the Rembrandt brand of paint. I also really enjoy Cobalt Blue Light in the Windsor Newton brand. All of the other colors I've used in varying brands and have found them each wonderful in their own way.
As far as specific color mixtures go, that is a difficult question to ask because so much depends on what it is you are seeing, what temperature is the light and what is surrounding the object being painted. Everything that is painted needs to be in correct relationship to what is around it. In terms of color, value, temperature, etc. I've found when I'm having trouble in a certain area of a painting I often stop painting it and paint what is around it. I then go back to the trouble area and find it much easier to paint because I've painted the shapes, color, value, etc that is around it and can now have something more accurate to relate it to.
I had a fun time working on these commissions over the spring and summer. These two sweet girls are cousins. I had the honor of painting their older cousin two years ago when their grandpa contacted me wanting a commission of their first grand baby. How exciting to be contacted again when two more grandchildren came into the world. We wanted the paintings and drawings to be the same size as the first commission but unique to the individual child. I had a blast traveling to Michigan to do a photo shoot of these girls and decided on gestures that captured their character and personalities. These sets of commissions were unique in that the paintings were to belong to the grandparents but they also wanted to give a special gift to their own children, so they commissioned a small drawing to give to the parents of these cute little ones.
Below was the first commission of my client's first grandchild. It was an honor to be commissioned again when the next two grandchildren came into their family.
For one reason or another a painting sometimes makes its way back to my studio and thats perfectly ok with me. This is one of my favorite little paintings of my niece when she was a little girl. I loved painting this little one, capturing the effect of light with abstract shapes. This one might stay in my collection for a while. It inspires me and keeps me happy.