Inspired

This 100 day challenge has been such a learning experience. Honestly there are days when I think, “What in the world am I going to paint?” I sit down at the drafting table and look at the dreaded white paper. Sometimes I flip through books for ideas.

My mother had a series of books called Great Museums of the World published by Newsweek in the 1960s. When she begged me to take some of her books I took these. I peruse one at a time for inspiration. The first one is the Tokyo Museum.

Day 105: watercolor, ink, pastel $15. 9" x 12"
Day 105: watercolor, ink, pastel $45.
9″ x 12″

Now I am perusing the book on the Pinakothek in Munich. This is a museum I have actually been to. It was about 40 years ago and had become the old and new Pinakothek.

Ever notice how many of my paintings have women with tilted heads? Well, there are a lot of Madonnas in my art history books from college. That seemed to be the pose of the day in the Renaissance. So the secret has been revealed, I don’t tilt my head and look in the mirror for inspiration.

I am presently on day 156 so will catch you up on the last few week’s work. Prices are now $45 for matted and archival wrapped paintings. Framed work is $100. Shipping is not included.

Day 126 9" x 12" watercolor $15.
Day 126 Home Sweet Home 9″ x 12″ watercolor
$45.

 

Day 127 9" x 12" watercolor $15.
Day 127 Skate Left 9″ x 12″ watercolor
$45.

 

Day 128 9" x 12" watercolor $15.
Day 128 Skate Right 9″ x 12″ watercolor
$45.

 

Day 129 9" x 12" watercolor $15.
Day 129 No Skates 9″ x 12″ watercolor
$45.

 

Day 130 9" x 12" watercolor $15.
Day 130 Turkish Cat Lady 9″ x 12″ watercolor
$45.

 

Day 131 9" x 12" watercolor $15.
Day 131 Shadow 12″ x 9″ watercolor
$45.

 

Day 132 9" x 12" watercolor $15.
Day 132 Santa Rosa Beach, FL 9″ x 12″ watercolor
$45.

 

Day 133 9" x 12" watercolor $45.
Day 133 There He Sails Again 9″ x 12″ watercolor
$45.

 

Day 134 9" x 12" watercolor $45.
Day 134 Solitude 9″ x 12″ watercolor
$45.

 

Day 133 9" x 12" watercolor $100. framed
Day 135 Bad Hair Day 9″ x 12″ watercolor
$100. framed, presently in exhibit

 

Day 136 9" x 12" watercolor sold
Day 136 9″ x 12″ watercolor
sold

 

Day 138 9" x 12" watercolor sold
Day 138 9″ x 12″ watercolor
sold

 

Day 139 9" x 12" watercolor $45.
Day 139 Montana Flowers 9″ x 12″ watercolor
$45.

 

Day 140 9" x 12" watercolor $45.
Day 140 Evergreen View Montana 9″ x 12″ watercolor
$45.

 

Day 141 9" x 12" watercolor $45.
Day 141 Wild Turkeys Montana 9″ x 12″ watercolor
$45.

 

Day 142 9" x 12" watercolor $45.
Day 142 Smoky Montana Evening 9″ x 12″ watercolor
$45.

 

Day 145 12"x9" watercolor $45.
Day 145 My Catch of the Day Montana 12″x9″ watercolor
$45.

 

Day 146 4.5"x6" watercolor $45.
Day 146 Smoky Sunset Montana 4.5″x6″ watercolor
$45.

 

Day 148 9" x 12" watercolor $45.
Day 148 Still Life Fruit 9″ x 12″ watercolor
$45.

 

Day 149 9" x 12" watercolor $45.
Day 149 Still Life Tulips 9″ x 12″ watercolor
$45.

 

Day 150 9" x 12" watercolor $45.
Day 150 Still Life Chicken and Poppies 9″ x 12″ watercolor
$45.

So there you have another 25 days of watercolors, some days mixed media, but always with watercolor included. All paintings are $45, matted and sealed. $100. for framed art. I am happy to send a higher resolution photo to you if you would like to see a better image.

It is absolutely the right time to be thinking about commissions for gifts. Portraits of people, places or pets are all popular items. To see more you can click here.

Thank you to those of you who write and/or purchase artwork and to those who quietly enjoy.

 

 

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.