Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Mushroom, 10x10 oil

Today's painting is of the rabbit Mushroom. This is a commission on a 10x10 birch cradle board, may favorite painting surface. Here is the start; as usual I started with the eye. This is the most important part because it draws the viewer in. I will post more pics as the painting progresses.
As you can see I always tone my canvas before painting. I normally use a burnt sienna wash just enough to get rid of the white. If you draw an imaginary line from corner to corner diagonally you will see that Mushroom's eye is dead center of the canvas. Here is the progression of Mushroom's painting.
And the finished painting

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Best in Show!

The Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts is this weekend. June 20, 21, 22, 2014. I won two ribbons in the show - Best in Show for my painting "Silver and Red Strips" and Honorable Mention for "Moo-na-Lisa I". Over 500 artists showing and over 1000 paintings. Wow, am I a happy camper!!! Many thanks to the Juror, Mark Woolley. (Sorry these photos aren't very good.)

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Desert Cottontail, oil, 12x12

This guy has notched ears from his rough and tumble life in the California desert country. He is a native desert cottontail. Many thanks to David Gray for the photo this painting was taken from.

Snowflake + Apple is the Gold Medal winner

Snowflake + Apple was the Gold Medal winner in the 2014 Emerald Art Center's National Juried Show.