Category: Painting

I need a keeper

There is a meme of which I am particularly fond. I have it on a notebook as well as hung in my studio. Today was all about the frustration, errors, and experimentation. Mistake #1 I am on day three of a 4-day-weekend, and today my goal was to paint. But, well, I was a little …

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The right collector comes along…

As an artist, sometimes you do a painting and you know it’s not perfect, but you like it. This painting of Taylor Said and Winning Machine in the 2012 Longacres Mile is a painting that I have liked for a long time, but I’ve also had some concerns about. In fact, it’s gone through a …

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Checklists and near misses

Happy Thanksgiving to all I have not wished these sentiments to in person. I hope your holiday was as enjoyable as mine. I went to visit my mom, and though I didn’t stay for as long as I originally planned, I had a very good time. Unfortunately, bad planning caught up with me and I …

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Bev Jozwiak Workshop – Day 2

Today was the second day of the Bev Jozwiak workshop. As promised, we started with a step-by-step exercise using Chumlee. For comparision, here is Bev’s version of the same reference photo. And here’s a photo of the whole class with their versions. Between working on Chumlee, I attempted to work on two pieces I had …

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Bev Jozwiak Workshop – Day 1

Today I traveled up to Portland to take a two-day workshop from Bev Jozwiak (pronounced Jaws-wick) at the Oregon Society of Artists. I got into this workshop due to a last-minute cancellation and it worked beautifully into my schedule. I have wanted to take a class from her for quite a while. She paints relatable …

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No more challenges, please!

This week, a Facebook friend nominated me for the “Post seven black and white photos about your life” challenge. Christine, I’m sorry to turn you now, but I’m afraid I’m at max right now! Stealth projects continue apace. I spent my painting time this weekend prepping for next weekend’s seminar by the estimable Bev Jozwiak. …

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Something I CAN post

I am still working on stealth projects. Earnestly… never-ending-ly… working on stealth projects. However, this week I finished this year’s 6×6 painting for the Audubon Society of Portland’s Wild Art Festival. For a recap of past projects, go to last year’s post. A few months ago I found that cute little feather and it’s been …

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When you are unprepared for your dream to come true

Artistically, I’m still on stealth projects. I hope to have something to show you soon, but I won’t know if it turns out until a little later in the game. The big excitement this week was my own stupidity. Back in September I got word that my painting, “The Turn”, had been accepted into the …

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Stepping back

Wow, I’ve painted two days in a row. And blogged both days. Someone mark the calendar. Unfortunately, I’m still on “stealth projects” so I don’t have much to show. Instead, I will explain a decision I’ve been coming to for a while as I show you random pictures from my cell phone that I claim …

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The extra bedroom

I grew up in a three-bedroom/1-bath house. We always had an extra bedroom that I was relegated to whenever my grandparents came over. As a teenager I remember being fascinated by that room and it’s haphazard contents: sewing items, old textbooks, photographs, old computers. I remember wondering why my mom (sorry, Mom) didn’t DO something …

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