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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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Gettin' Jiggy, In Process


IN PROCESS:  "Gettin' Jiggy"," 11" x 16", portrait of a mixed breed dog playing in shallow waters, done in acrylic on museum quality panel, $609 (when finished, which should be tomorrow). Is this one yours? I can make it happen - just let me know!

I went to a painting demonstration last nite , and as a consequence spent today working more slowly, carefully considering each brushmark and analyzing color decisions. 

The dog's local color (orange-yellow) + reflected color (yellow) + light temperature (yellow) = lots of yellow, and yet I want to add pinks and oranges and buffs in there too. But yellow is good, especially Indian Yellow, which I've used about a half tube of in this painting so far.

And then if the light is warm, like the noon sun, shadows are cooler. Which means more blue in the shadows, but only a cooler blue - none of those cyans and turquoise's I've been loving lately. But my water's yellow, and in theory that's my local color and then the dog's reflected color (orange yellow) gets factored in, so do two warmer yellows overrule that cool shadow rule? I'm auditioning that splash of phtalo blue there under her paw..... I think it does need to be cooler, like a prussian blue perhaps.....

I feel as though I know nothing about painting.

Which is good. Because that's when the breakthroughs happen!

Kim, who is pretty confused right now but still thinks playing artist is far better than a desk job

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