Archive for February, 2009

Oil Painters of America

February 26, 2009


Yippee!! I got a painting excepted into the Oil Painters Of America Natioanl exhibit. There are over 2,400 entries in this show and only 200 are accepted!

I entered my painting ‘Jack in the Box‘ . The image above is a detail.

The exhibit this year will be in Santa Fe with the opening on May 1. I’ll have more details later.

Homestead – oil painting

February 25, 2009


Homestead is 20″ x 16″, oil on canvas. It shows a cowgirl dresssed in black and white with a yellow checked scarf standing in front of a rustic wooden building. She has a hat and a sunflower grows by her side

Cowboy Girl – Oil Painting

February 20, 2009


This is my favorite of all the Cowgirl paintings I’ve done. “Cowboy Girl” is 20″ x 16″ oil on canvas. Back when cowgirls first started appearing they were called Cowboy Girls. It shows a cowgirl standing casually. she is dressed in chinks , boots with spurs, leather wrist cuffs, a bib shirt, a hat and a red scarf. She carries a pair of .45’s in her holsters. She stands in a timeless background. This painting is available at Spirits in the Wind Gallery

More details- final oil painting demo tutorial

February 18, 2009


And here’s a part of the painting that I haven’t been showing. You can see the differnet textures in the pants, the boots and the wood.

You can see a larger version of this painting  here

Final – oil painting demo

February 18, 2009


Today I painted the final details. The details of the paper, the strings for the puppet. I added color to the face, details to the scarf and Howdy’s shirt

Day 4 – Oil Painting Demo Tutorial

February 17, 2009


RED! I love the color red. I continued glazing the red scarf and the yellow ribbon. I painted a thin layer of white on the paper, covering the details on the paper. I will bring them out again later.

I added a purple glaze to Howdy’s scarf, a red glaze to his shirt and a bluish glaze to the pants. His hands and feet are also glazed.

My glazing is done by adding Liquin to my paint. You just need a small amount if you are using transparent colors and a bit more liquin with the semi transparant colors. Opaque colors can not be used as a true glaze.

Tomorrow I will add the finishing touches.

Day 3 Oil Painting Tutorial Demo

February 16, 2009


Ok. The painting is starting to come together. I put in the details of the wood background. The underpainting is complete and now I’m just glazing.  I started my first red glaze on the scarf and the yellow glaze on the ribbon. I’ve started adding detail to the paper.

As you can see, I jump around a bit. I get so excited about wanting to  see what the painting is going to look like that I paint a little bit of every object.

Tomorrow: More glazing

PS The Art show in Santa Fe was a HUGE success!

Oil Painting Demo Tutorial day2

February 14, 2009


Today I put a neutral gray layer on the background. The Raw sienna still shows through. I also refined the badge, brightened the lower left corner of the paper (this is a copy of Howdy Doody’s patent), started defining the printing on the paper, added shadows and just started adding more details.

I won’t have my Demo tomorrow because I’m off to an art sow in Santa Fe at Gallery 822. Check back on Sunday. I’ll contiune adding detail and I’ll be adding more color

Oil Painting Demo tutorial

February 13, 2009


I’ve had many people ask me how I create my paintings. I’ve decided its time to do a Show and Tell. This is my painting The Making of a Cowboy. I start by setting  up a still life and photographing it. I use the photographs as well as the actual still life object to create my painting. You can see my marionette  hanging from my easel.

I start by toning my background. In this painting I used a raw sienna.  I then draw my still life on tracing paper and then transfer the drawing to my canvas when the toning layer has dried.

This image is Day 2 of my painting. I’ve done an underpainting of the puppet using white and raw umber. I’ve started the underpainting on the other objects

Questions? Feel free to contact me

Tomorrow: I’ll continue the underpainting , adding more details. Check back then

I’ve got the Blues- oil Painting

February 12, 2009

ive-got-the-bluesI’ve Got the Blues is an oil painting on canvas, 20″ x 18″. It is another in my series of black and white striped paintings. It shows three wine glasses against the striped background.  I love the way the stripes show through the transparent glass.

Please contact me if you are interested in purchasing this painting