Category: Painting

  • Advanced Painting Atelier Week 10 & 11 Split-Complimentary Color Figure Painting

    Advanced Painting Atelier Week 10 & 11 Split-Complimentary Color Figure Painting

    “Two Weeks.” I have visions of the huge and tall person in the movie Total Recall when the head explodes while going through customs. I decided to do a portrait, of course, I wanted to challenge myself because I thought I needed the practice. Finishing it in two weeks was a joke! For what it…

  • Advanced Painting Atelier Weeks 8 & 9 Trompe l’Oeil

    Advanced Painting Atelier Weeks 8 & 9 Trompe l’Oeil

    This time, we had two weeks to complete a painting. Rose wanted us to do a Trompe l’Oeil, which is a painting that gives the illusion of reality, such as a painting of a window onto a lush tropical landscape that is painted directly on a wall. In this case, I painted a tree frog…

  • Advanced Painting Atelier Weeks 5 – 7 Master Copy

    Advanced Painting Atelier Weeks 5 – 7 Master Copy

    The next thing we had to do for our Advanced painting class was to do a copy of a Master Painting. I chose Miranda from “The Tempest” painted by John William Waterhouse. I chose this painting because I thought I needed to practice putting my subjects firmly in a background. Most of my paintings are…

  • Weeks 10 – 12 Portraits Week 2

    Weeks 10 – 12 Portraits Week 2

    July 2019 – (In the interest of transparency, I didn’t want to post this. I wasn’t happy with how my portrait was turning out! Doesn’t matter, it is part of the process and I want you to see the good with the bad!) Working on portraits was a continuation of us working on our warm…

  • Advanced Painting Atelier Week 3 – 4

    Advanced Painting Atelier Week 3 – 4

    Weeks 3 and 4 were all about Analogous, value-based still-life painting. We also discussed other compositional options such as the Fibonacci sequence and deciding whether the subject requires a low, mid, or high-key composition. Here was my analogous painting. Almost all of the colors of the garlic fall in the yellow to light grey range.…

  • Advanced Painting Atelier – Week 1 -2

    I was so excited for this class to begin, in fact, I think I was jumping up and down in my seat. The whole atelier experience has been a huge roller coaster for me by expanding my abilities and making me confront many of my own limitations. This class hasn’t been just about art for…

  • A Werewolf’s Prophylactic

    For the technical types, this is called an analogous painting. All the colors used to create the garlic are lumped together in the same part of the color wheel. Because it’s October, and because I like to think I have a sense of humor, I titled this painting A Werewolf’s Prophylactic. Pieces and parts of…

  • 2019 Holiday Painting Finished

    October 9, 2019 It’s been a busy week/month/season!  Jan, the maker of our lovely gift baskets that are sold through Hawaii’s Local Buzz, reminded me that she needed this year’s holiday painting prints for her Christmas with Buzz giftbasket event by Friday, September 6, 2019 at our showroom in Honolulu, HI on Mokauea St.  There’s…

  • Don’t do It!

    If you’re an artist, you probably have a large stack of paintings that don’t measure up to your standards.  The longer you paint, the more this becomes a difficult thing to deal with.  I learn something from every painting I do and my skills continue to grow accordingly.  As artists, we are the keepers of…

  • Self-Portrait Complete

    August 24, 2019 As always, the caveat is, it’s done for now.  I’m happy with it, in fact, I’m so happy with it I want it in MY ROOM.  I seem to have this belief that I can’t really paint people well, and then I’m surprised when I do.  Hell, I’m surprised when they are…