Paintings With Soul

Since October 2006 I've been a daily painter, creating a new pet portrait at least 5 times per week. Over the years I've expanded my offerings to include a variety of animals, pets, race horses, children and other treasured heirlooms. In addition, I accept a limited number of commissions each year.

In 2015 I am honored to be the Kentucky Derby Artist.

You may use the links below right to receive my daily paintings via email or to follow my blog with a feed. I post additional info, including in-process jpgs and other related information, on the studio Facebook page as well.

Meanwhile, thanks
so much for your continued support of my artwork.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Princess and the Pea

(Working Title) "The Princess and the Pea," 12" x 14", yet another painting inspired by Mona Lisa, very much in process, and from last night's live demonstration at the Anchor Bay Artist's Guild. My reference photo is included at the left.

I brought my panel (a Raymar one, in case anyone's interested) already primed a saturated and lilting Manganese Blue, and began laying this composition down as I shared some ideas about painting.

As you can see, my mouth did more work than my brushes, but that's the beauty of watching an artist work. You can pick their brains and share their processes while the piece is coming to life.

So what did we talk about? all sorts of things!

  • the difference between what a photograph will tell you and what your eyes really see
  • how to work with a color wheel to choose colors best suited to your subject/composition
  • the benefits of working with a limited palette
  • particulars about the types of tools I use (panels, paints, palette, computer) and how/why they work
  • value vs local color
  • layering marks to achieve impressionistic design

And it was decided that I will be returning to New Baltimore and leading an evening painting workshop on January 15th. Take a peek at the sidebar if you are interested, and let me know because the class is nearly full already.

It was a great time - many thanks go out to the members of the Anchor Bay Artist Guild! I appreciate your time and energy and am really looking forward to working with you again!

Oh - and please stay warm and safe if you are in the path of this nasty weather!

Thanks, as always, for supporting my artwork!

PS You haven't forgotten about the 10% off newly booked commissions, have you ?? the project has to be booked during this January, but can happen any time during 2011. Shoot me an email if you are interested!

Painting Santini-Style, Mixing Color, NOT Mud!

Monday, January 31st, 6:45-9:45
Lighthouse Elementary School
New Baltimore, MI

Come spend an evening learning how to paint colorful, personality packed animal portraits in acrylics, with moi and some other uber fun and talented artists.

This class will focus on:
  • selecting photo references, using the camera as a tool vs a crutch
  • determining the best color for your underpainting and color scheme
  • loose, carefree brushwork that sculpts form

I will bring selected titles from my personal library for attendee's perusal during class. Students will also receive a packet of materials to further encourage exploration and experimentation with the techniques covered.

This workshop is graciously hosted by the Anchor Bay Artists Guild. Many, many thanks to them for making it possible!

Any questions? By all means, let me know!

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