Category Archives: pets

Layers and Layers

Since I last wrote my studio has become a laboratory of experimentation.

My treasure trove of collage pieces has found its way to new canvas and wood panels. Maps, wrapping paper, ticket stubs, tissue dress patterns, string, architecture text books, all torn and carefully glued.

mixed media, home, mountains, Beth Rommel, family, love, joy, friends

Home is Where affection Calls, 20″ x 16″, High Country Art Gallery – Blue Ridge, GA

Extra house paint, latex, is painted and rubbed on top of the texture.

Step back.

Think.

Change the music.

Think.

Look some more.

Acrylics, pastels, charcoal over it all.

These new pieces can all be see at High Country Art Gallery in Blue Ridge, GA. More experiments are stirring in the studio with subject matter such as whales, turtles, horses, and insect life. Stay tuned.

Step by Step, Building a Poodle

Last weekend I was in Florida visiting with friends and family. Two of my most trusted voices said they enjoyed when I posted the step by step building of a painting.

So here are the steps to the completion of a portrait I did for a wedding gift.

Underpainting

Under painting

I sketched with blue pastel pencil. Then a more detailed drawing is done with blue acrylic paint on a canvas painted red. The white paint in the corner begins to tone down the red.

More detail in acrylic paint.

More detail in acrylic paint.

I have painted shadows on the poodle with different shades of blue. The background has its first layer of paint over the red.

Final.

Final.

Eyes, collar and gold background are complete. My signature is the last detail. Seeing this painting in the young couple’s dining room last fall was like a big hug.

Massey

I was fortunate to receive a request for a commission before Christmas. The lovely Kathleen asked if I could paint a portrait of her boyfriend’s dog Massey.

Absolutely!

She sent me photos of man’s best friend and I began. The blue adds to the depth in the color of her coat.

Blue Massey

Blue Massey

Those red eyes are scaring me Massey.

Those red eyes are scaring me Massey.

Much better.

Much better.

Hmmm, a dog and a car?

Hmmm, a dog and a car?

The eyes on a portrait, whether a pet or person are key to the success of the piece. The car and boat in the background are favorite things for Massey’s owner.

Beef up the colors and add a name.

Beef up the colors and add a name.

Putting her name on the canvas anchors the image and makes it more personal, no mistaking this is Massey if her name is there.

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I added some complementary colors around the subject to add some pizzazz to the background.

Chewy Spree.

Chewy Spree.

Massey had a nice drive in the car while being fed some Chewy Spree so I thought, why not? They are part of her story and they add some movement and color to the painting. The car and canoe are also getting more attention as I model their shapes with shadow.

Good dog Massey.

Good dog Massey.

The car is now in a picture frame portraying a photo of a favorite vehicle and handy dandy canoe, adventure around the corner with that.

Kathleen, Hank and Beth with painting of Massey.

Kathleen, Hank and Beth with painting of Massey.

The delightful couple with the Christmas gift in hand. Watching Hank realize this was his dog and his present was a wonderful gift to me.

Thank you Kathleen!

 

 

Big Cats

For Christmas I wanted to give my daughter a painting of her cats, her big cats. She had wanted one for several years. The time was finally right. So I began with a large canvas, 30″ x 40″.

Step 1 for Big Cats

Step 1 for Big Cats

I painted the background with a yellow gold acrylic, just to get started. I sketched the cats in with a pencil then started using my oil paints.

Big Cats Step 2

Big Cats Step 2

The cats are the way I want them so it must be time to begin the background.

Big Cats Step 3

Big Cats Step 3

I began to tear paper and form what would represent an Oriental rug and feline pillows. This is a meditative process for me. Tearing and fitting and gluing. The piece presents itself and unfolds as I go.

Big Cats Step 4

Big Cats Step 4

The paper is on.

Mia and her Big Cats. copyright 2013

Mia and her Big Cats.
copyright 2013

The background colors have changed. The cats are touched up and given extra texture and color with a fan brush. A few toy mice and a piece of string are added to the composition.