Sunglasses

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPeople scurry to work.  The lady puts on her sunglasses.  One man carries yogurt and a banana.  The others are carrying bags or carry-on luggage.  They don’t look at each other, they’re just trying to get where they’re going.

The woman has back-lit hair.  The others have highlights on the edge of their heads and clothes.  With those effects and the direction of the shadows it is apparent where the sunlight is coming from.

Purple Iris

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI love flowers.  No mortal could create their beautiful gestures, their gorgeous colors and their shapes.  I’m really lucky because I have a lot of flowers in my yard.  I enjoy laying on the ground and staring at them.

Ryan and Kenzie

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARyan Victory’s parents contacted me to see if I’d do a painting of him and Kenzie,his wife-to-be. They wanted to give it to them for a wedding present.  It was exciting for me to portray their emotions as they were about to begin their life together.

Ashton Wolf

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAshton Wolf graduated from the American Academy of  Dramatic Arts in NYC and has been very active in the entertainment industry in both television and film.  He’s the artistic director and co-founder of the Nickel Plate Players.  He’s provided music services as a pianist, vocalist, music director, composer and/or arranger for Ray Charles, Van Dells, Disneyland, The Hilton Corporation, Toyota, Derby Dinner Playhouse, Frontier Hotel Las Vegas, the Queen Mary  in Long Beach CA, Casino Magic-Bay St Louis, and Tropicana Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City.  He is the winner of many  awards.

I wanted to paint him because he has had a dream and has given his all to achieve it. I’m so impressed.

 

Friday Still Life

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is a still-life demo for one of the classes I teach.  I’m always looking for shapes and values — for example, the grapes have a shape that is very dark, another shape that is a medium value, and there is a highlight shape done with white paint.  Each item has shapes on it and I  think about painting individual shapes rather than thinking I’m painting “an apple.”

Condiments

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMost people think of a “still-life” painting as something that has flowers in it.  To me, anything that is sitting motionless can be one.  For example, the salt, pepper, catsup, etc. at a restaurant.  What brings a painting to life is the separation of individual shapes and then painting them in their proper color or value.

Bradford Pear Blossoms

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI have a Bradford Pear Tree in my front yard.  Each spring it is covered with little white blossoms.  I really hadn’t looked closely at them until this year.  I was surprised at how complex and beautiful they were.  I also was intrigued by the colors of the shadows and light on them so I decided to try to paint them.