Sunday, January 22, 2017

Ami looks angry.

This is model Ami, from a 3-hour session at (the aforementioned Joanne Mehl's) Brush & Palette. We will have Ami back next week, and hopefully won't be snowed out for it. She is a gorgeous woman of Ukranian descent, dressed as a gypsy. You may not get any of that out of the painting, I'm never trying to do a portrait, although I am happy if there is some likeness. What I see here, after a few days of not looking, (and then looking again), is an expression of irritation and distrust. I think I'll leave off with her looking just that way. I painted her on "inauguration day." (Of what needs not be spoken here, I have other venues for that.)

January 20, 2017


Joanne Mehl orchestrates model sessions at the Brush & Palette, and has begun again in the new year with model Jorge. We got snowed out of the 2nd session, but with this one, I wouldn't have carried the painting much further, anyway. I would have liked to do another painting still, tho'.... to do a full figure pose. It may still happen.

January 6, 2017
(whoops, out of chronological order)

Jesus of Cuba

Ha! I like that riff on Lawrence of Arabia! This is Jesus of Cuba, our wonderful, knowledgeable and compassionate tour guide for the November 2016 trip to Cuba. I was a bit too exacting in the underpainting, and now I don't want to go into it with color. I'm not sure I'd have much to add to the image in terms of portraying the essence of him. I quite like this stage. We'll see as time goes on.

January 13, 2017

Life's Illusions

I did a lot of little paintings at the beginning of January (1-10), some successful, some not. The Strada Easel company was the impetus for them, but I knew I couldn't stick to it and do some of my other actual work. Be that as it may, here is my favorite of the ten, and perhaps I will post some others later. A place saver, so to speak.

Jan. 1-10, 2017

Saturday, December 31, 2016


I forgot to post the Cuba paintings. Several not finished, and this isn't either but it's closer than the others. So this post is a place saver. Squeeking it in so it's posted in this year which is almost over.
Happy New Year!

November 9, 2016

Another Tony

Painting Joanne's son Tony again, this on his birthday. In progress. 9"x12", oil on linen.

December 30, 2016

Christmas Angel

An angel to watch over us. 9"x 12", oil on canvas.

December 23, 2016