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.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Caught, Finished

All finished, "Caught," 8" x 12", acrylics on copper panel, portrait of a Golden Retriever complete with ball, $849 to the first asking nicely. As always, inquiries may come to me

I've been thinking a lot about Daily Painting, the habits it has instilled in me, and how they might - or might not - serve the final painting. 

One of my takeaways from my nearly 10 years of daily painting is that, originally, my goal was to complete a painting in a day. In the beginning, painting a 4"x5" portrait in one day was a big challenge, and as I became more comfortable with that, I expanded my focus to include larger and then more complex paintings.

However, I have realized that limiting myself to one day just isn't the best approach for the sort of artwork I now want to create. I need to simmer with the paintings, consider and try out various solutions to my intended end. And that can't be boiled down into a specific length of time. So, it's time to break an old habit.

So, with that in mind, you will be seeing more in process posts on this blog. And you will definitely see paintings spending more than one day on my easel. All for the greater good of making better art.

Because that's my ultimate goal, to continue to make stronger paintings.

Also, I would be remiss to not give a nod to the first artist who showed me it was ok to be different - David Bowie, thank you for embracing originality and authenticity even when it bucked the norms. You bravely ventured into unchartered lands and never compromised who you were or what you made. I aspire to continue to live your example.

Thanks for your interest in my artwork,

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