Saturday, August 18, 2012

Beach Boys Commission

A recent commission painted in oil pastels from a client's photo...

Beach Boys
9" x 12"
oil pastel on paper

progress picture sent to client

reference photo from client

For information and more examples of the types of commissions I paint, see the Custom Portrait and Custom Landscape sections of my Etsy shop.

Thanks for reading!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Just off the Easel: Chapel Hill Creamery Barn

"Chapel Hill Creamery Barn"
11" x 14"
oil pastel on board
Available in my Shop

I worked on this painting a few months ago and didn't get to finish it.  I have been working on cleaning up my pile of unfinished works and finally got it done!  I love the colors in the shadow of the barn and the light hitting the tractor.  

The Chapel Hill Creamery hosted a tour last fall for members of The Produce Box.  We got to meet cows, pigs, and horses, not to mention sample some delicious cheeses!  You can find their cheeses locally at the Durham,  Carrboro, and Western Wake Farmer's Markets.

Stay tuned for more new paintings. Thank you for reading!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Just off the Easel: Beach Babe

"Beach Babe"
5" x 7"
oil pastel on Pastelbord
available in my Shop

"Beach Babe" has been waiting to be finished for a month or two.  Lots of UFOs(unfinished objects) hanging around the studio right now, so I'm trying to tackle those in between other projects!

It is a cropped, more vibrant version of this painting:

"Walking with Daddy"
8" x 10"
oil pastel on board
available in my Shop

Thank you for reading!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Just off the Easel: Bonnie the Cow

oil pastel on board
8" x 10"
contact for purchase info

Here's a nice young lady I met in Vermont during our vacation.  My first painting of a Holstein cow.  I have more than 100 pictures of Jersey and Holstein cows to use as reference photos!  

Stay tuned for more, and thank you for reading!


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Commission progress and decisions

Quick post with an update on the commission study. Still deciding on colors for grasses!  This study doesn't have to be perfect, just a roadmap for the larger 24" x 30" painting. The study is 16" x 20" acrylic on canvas.

current snapshot
reworked grasses, background, upper right

 Here are some of the stages of the painting so far:
getting paint onto canvas
deciding on colors

lay out image in vine charcoal
starting with red canvas

Monday, August 6, 2012

WIP: Commission using black and white photo

This is a study for a 24" x 30" commission.  We only have a black and white photo as reference.  It is liberating to choose any colors, but at the same time challenging!

commission study
16" x 20"
acrylic on canvas
reference  photo

I have to resolve a few areas before we proceed with the larger painting.  I have to change some colors and define the upper right area above the fence.  I need to go back in all over and refine a little bit, add a little more detail to the faces, horse, and the fence.  

Stay tuned for more progress on this piece! Thanks for reading.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Just off the Easel: Bouncing Baby Boy

Here's a recent commission.  This is the second grandchild of hers that I have been fortunate enough to paint!    

"Baby Nathanael"
oil pastel on paper
8" x 10"

I have another recent commission to share soon, and I am busy working on a larger acrylic commission painting.

For more information on having a custom painting done, see the Commissions tab of this site and my Custom Landscapes and Custom Portraits sections on Etsy.  Now is the time to get on my schedule for the holidays!

Stay tuned and thanks for reading,

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