Sunday, March 31, 2013

"Aunt Tip in Pink"

8"x 10"
acrylic on hardboard
I found an old photo of my Aunt Tip that I had never seen before.  I can't really explain it, but for me it's like finding a piece of gold. I guess it's because I know that in some ways old photographs are in limited supply. I've painted an image of Aunt Tip before. Those who follow my blog will remember her in pearls, well I guess this time it's Aunt Tip in pink. Pulling this painting off was a little hit and miss at first. I even thought about, dear I say giving up on it or at least putting it down for time. I trudged on and about twelve in the morning all of my work finally paid off and develop into this lovely painting.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

"Portrait in Red and Black"

12"x 16"
acrylic on hardboard

I am always excited when I get to use red in a painting, which is one of my favorite colors. I spent a lot of time on the background on this one.  I know your probably thinking, "what 
background?"  Well I had a background of thin transparent red fabric with light shining 
threw it. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out how I was going to pull it off.  Then I 
painted over it and everything finally felt right. The background and foreground weren't 
fighting with each other anymore.  I guess I should write about what is actually in the 
painting since I just explained what isn't.  I enjoyed working with this one, it had everything I like, from the rich red and black colors to the mask itself.  I love masks and can't wait to 
paint my next masked figure. Their will always be a next masked figure.

Thursday, March 14, 2013


5"x 7"
acrylic on hardboard
Sarah was my sweet mate in college. She was the first New Yorker I had the pleasure of meeting.  She was from Queens, New York and though she was just over five feet tall.  She was one tough cookie.  Sarah was the cool kid that knew her way around, needles to say we hung in different crowds most of the time.  We remained friends the entire four years of school.  This was a portrait I took of her our last year.  I was in a photography class and had to finish a roll of film, so I asked her and several other friends to pose for me.  I'm glad I did because these were some of the only images that I have of a couple of friends.  
This painting was supposed to be easy, but like I tell my students, "Just because it looks easy doesn't mean it will be." I relearn this lesson from time to time. I began this painting a little over a year ago and got everything painted in, but I wasn't pleased with the face.  Never being one to give up on anything, I picked the painting up late one night at the end of a great night of painting and was able to easily work out the problems.