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But, Mom....

An in process detail of my newest painting, "But, Mom....", 12" x 16", acrylic on panel.


I chose an ambitious composition for my next piece, a larger painting created specifically for The Art Show at the Dog Show, an annual juried exhibition in Kansas that focuses exclusively on canine artwork.

It's always fun to work up more complex concepts than a traditional portrait approach would not necessarily embrace. And after the holidays, when I've done primarily portraits for the prior 3 months, it's especially fun to lose myself in a storytelling piece.

As with most of my work, you can see multiple views of this painting (above is just a detail) on the studio Facebook page.

I regularly get emails asking about my processes and it often takes me days to respond personally - you are welcome to comment on the FB images if you have particular questions, and then I can answer them more quickly and in a public forum where they could potentially help/answer anothers' concerns.

Here's to a fabulously colorful New Year,


Special Thanks

Special thanks to photographer and artist Judy Wood for taking the photographs that inspired this painting.

Judy's ace at capturing moments like this and then "teasing" me with the photos. With her permission, I have built many a painting using her imagery. It's invaluable having another set of eyes that "sees" compositions in everyday settings the same way I do.

If you are an artist who works from photographs, I recommend you read this article about copyright lawwritten by Robert Vavra.

And then I'll keep my fingers crossed that you can find a partner like Judy to supplement/capture your own inspiration!!


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