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.

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

Friday, June 03, 2011

For Me, From Karen

"For Me From Karen" 8" square, a study done in Golden Open and Heavy Body Acrylics on a canvasboard, demonstrating the depth of color in light and dark values. Original painting not for sale.
Tomorrow I kick off my first ever day long painting workshop. I'll take 14 students from the Anchor Bay Artists Guild on an all-day painting marathon! I am really looking forward to this - hope everyone eats their Wheaties!!

I'll introduce basic color theory, demonstrate techniques for mixing lively and harmonious color, and show them how to paint with loose, dynamic brush-strokes. I plan on lots of laughter mixed in with the content.

One of the exercises we'll do involves learning to see nuanced color in light and dark objects - and this little study I completed is the perfect example of whites not being white and blacks not being black.

Wanna join us? Tomorrow's class is full, but I'm teachingthe same material next Saturday at the Orion Art Center (Lake Orion, Michigan). Call them - 248-693-4986 - to complete your registration and get a supplies list.

And, yes, I WILL be taking this show on the road. Details are getting worked out, but if you are interested, pleaseshoot me a note so that I can keep you informed!

Thanks for sharing my artwork with your friends and family.

And enjoy the weekend!

Karen Appleton

Karen Appleton is one of my all-time favoritest artists. I love the symbolism, her paint application (it's like soft butter), and the quiet sense of humor her work conveys. Her paintings make me happy to the core every time I see them.

If you want to smile inside, too, click here and take a peek at her work - I asked permission to include an image in this note/on my blog, but she's most likely engrossed at her own easel. I don't blame her!

Clearly Karen's influenced this painting of mine - but what you might not know is that the gift I painted came to me directly from her. I kid you not.

It's part of her project "Present and Accounted For," where she has sent out extravagantly wrapped gifts, asking the recipient to pass them on. You can read more about the idea and how it all started here.

My gift from Karen is coming to my next couple workshops, where students will have the opportunity to use it as a prop in their own still life paintings.

Afterwards, I'll send it on it's merry way.

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