Monday, December 23, 2013

Bruce - The man, the myth, the legend..

Bruce - The Man The Myth The Legend
30 x 40
Oil on Canvas


I love painting portraits and I love painting members of my family!  This is my loving husband who reluctantly offered to sit for me.  He is very patient…but I hate to take advantage of his good nature to much!  He is pleased with the portrait, I am very happy to say.  

Besides finishing up some paintings cleaning my studio I have been planning, preparing and  readying myself for the new year.  I want to concentrate on improving my work with color studies and sketching.  I have a long list of things I want to accomplish…so much to do so little time! 

I hope everyone enjoys their holiday no matter how you celebrate or what you believe.  Be kind, practice random acts of kindness…pass it on!  

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Let the Drums Roll Out!

"Let the Drums Roll Out"
6 x 6
Oil on Raymar Panel


While walking around downtown my husband and I always see interesting sights.  One day I spotted this little guy playing the drums…have a ball!  I snapped a few quick photos for my file.  Today after hearing "Pa Rum Pa Pum Pum" for the third time I decided it was time to share this painting!  So I will leave you with the Little Drummer's song floating through your brain!  

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Masked Ball at the Opera - National Gallery of Art Copyist Program

Masked Ball in progress
16 x 20
Oil on Panel

This is the latest progress on the Masked Ball piece at the National Gallery of Art.  It has been a couple of weeks since I last posted about it.  I just felt like I was working hard with not much progress to really show.  Today my goal was to finish the first layer of the faces and start on the balcony.  I was able to achieve that and am pleased with my progress.   The canvas is covered with paint and now I have to go back and put more paint on, detail, adjust and play.  It will be a fun next visit!  

My husband always comes to visit me at the gallery when I paint…he works two short block away so is easy for him to stop by and I love having the support.  Here is the obligatory action shot.  That is me using my new telescoping mahl stick.   He told me I put my easel in the wrong spot and he couldn't get a good picture.  Oh well…

The National Gallery had all their Holiday decorations up…it looks so festive!  AND It was very crowded!  Who'd a thought this would be a prime time to visit the gallery???  People are always very respectful and always very complimentary.    

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Strike up the Band!

Strike up the band!
6 x 6
Oil on Raymar Panel


Hear the cymbals ring…strike up the band.  After watching the Macy's Christmas parade and seeing all the wonderful bands at half time during football games I was in the mood to catch that excitement and action!  What fun!  It is an exciting time of year.  

In other news I am having an open studio this Saturday the 7th of December.  It should be fun.  This week I will spend cleaning up my studio and finishing up a few paintings.  My son Michael is quite a good cook and he will be catering the affair.  So nice to have help!  He also writes a blog,…just in case you feel like reading some witty prose.