Wednesday, May 19, 2010


These were just some quick sketches of my adorable cousin Gracy. She is a lot of fun to sketch... I love all of her flowing hair! I think sketching is important. It helps me to visualize a possible painting and keep up my drawing skills. As a painter, I think understanding value and being able to translate it onto the canvas is key. Sketching always helps me to focus more on value. These sketches were quickly done, not really studies in value but they still are a good exercise even if you only have 5 minutes!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Our Sweet Riley

We lost our sweet Riley this week to cancer. He was nearly perfect in every way. He was always happy and was eager to please us. He gave us a lot of love over the past 10 years and we couldn't have asked for a better dog. As you can see, he also was a great model. We love you Riley.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Recent Portrait


18 x 24
Oil on Canvas

This is one of my recent commissioned portraits. I had a lot of fun playing with skin tones and lighter hair colors. They are really cute kids! Who wouldn't want to paint those faces? It was challenging to have to paint black clothing from a photograph, but I tried to make it interesting by mixing my own blacks and making sure it was a rich black with some blueish highlights.