Wednesday, July 17, 2013


I found a terrific lichen-covered branch to paint, continuing my series of bark paintings. These paintings look abstract, but they're not; they're a representation of abstract-looking natural textures. I don't do pure abstract paintings. I've found that if I stand in front of a canvas and try to paint out of my head, nothing much happens.

Here's the branch:

and here's the painting so far:

The canvas is 18" by 36", which is about 6 times life size. I might have bitten off more than I can chew ...

Sunday, March 17, 2013

A Video

I just finished my first-ever video, showing the process of my latest painting! Take a look!
The music is by Nino Rota, from the movie "Roma", by Federico Fellini.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Really Done

Okay, I tweaked the top section a little more and I'm now officially done.  I couldn't tweak it any more if I wanted to -- the painting has to be dry to submit to the upcoming PAFA show.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Done (I Think!)

Whew!  After a marathon painting session, I believe the painting is finished.  Fortunately, I can still take a couple of hours tomorrow morning to tweak it if I need to, and it'll be dry in time. 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Nearly Done

I'm planning to finish this painting tomorrow.  That way it will be dry in time for the PAFA show!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Lion, or Christopher Plummer?

Part of my still life is a little reproduction of one of the lions outside of the Art Institute of Chicago.  The more I work on the lion's head, the more it reminds me of Christopher Plummer.  What do you think?