Was commissioned to paint a memorial portrait of a gorgeous horse - by a friend of the owner - and while it was fun, it was also challenging and a lesson as to why we need to ask for several reference photos as the photo of choice may be deceiving. Here's an example:
Photo of desired pose for the painting:
Beautiful brownish/gray horse, right?
Here's a photo whose colors are not blown out:
He's actually more black/brown than brown/gray.
But I was happy with the final outcome and hope the owner is pleased. (I added his gorgeous white tail that was in yet another photo).
4/3/18 Update: The owner wrote to me after receiving the painting and it makes me so happy:
I am shedding tears of "thanks and joy" to you. And I know Sherman approves as well. He was so very special and we knew each other so well. You got his "eye" right -- it shows his intelligence and kindness.
All of these paintings were based on the amazing photography of Sei Nakatugawa, who kindly offers them to artists as copyright free reference subjects. There are many more to come. Please visit my Gallery to see if they are available.
I can't believe it's been since November last year that I posted here. Shame on me. I find keeping up with my Daily Paintworks Gallery and posting to my Facebook page are time consuming and need to get better about posting here more often.
The holidays were busy and I have been painting but not quite as much, sadly. I'll be taking a four day painting workshop in early April that will get me going again. Meanwhile time has been spent framing and shipping paintings to shows, etc.
These two sold at the Seaside Gallery in NC outer banks in February:
and many more have sold from my Daily Paintworks Gallery so I'm happy that people like my work! I am working on two pieces to send to Seaside Gallery for their May Miniatures Show and have to have them there by April 22 (dried, varnished and framed!) so only have a couple of weeks.
My last art workshop with Cindy Procious was fabulous in August, and after Christmas finally put the finishing touches on the painting I started in that class. It's getting framed and will be off to the Art at the Mill Show shortly (along with 3 others that were juried in):
Have added three new paintings this week to my Daily Paintworks Gallery and hope you check it out. Here's one I particularly love:
So I've become enamored of miniature painting - which differs from just painting small. Miniature painting can have an image no larger than 25 square inches, and the objects portrayed no larger than 1/6 life size. In addition, if one looks at these painting under a magnifying glass, you should be able to see as much detail as a 'regular' sized painting.
Keeping Ships Safe
Acrylic on Sintra Panel
Another miniature that really tested my eyes. The difficulty of painting with a magnifying glass is getting used to judging distance. I'd find myself making strokes, but no paint going on - then realized the brush wasn't touching the painting. Have to learn how to see through a magnifying glass.
Acrylic on Sintra Panel
Now this one is small at only 16 square inches, but would not actually qualify in a Miniature Painting Show because the squirrel in the painting is at least 2 inches. Are real squirrels bigger than 12 inches sitting up? No, so I would have had to paint the squirrel much smalle. And I didn't want to because I like how he was framed in the branches.
Seaside Art Gallery in Nags Head has an annual miniature art show. Unfortunately for me, none of mine sold. Fortunately for YOU, they are now available 'Direct From Artist' so no gallery commission built into the pricing.