This post really shows how much an painting can change from beginning to end. I was inspired to paint a portrait of Tom Petty after learning of his death this past week. I wanted to paint on a large piece of cardboard, 22 x 28. I like the cardboard for several reasons. The texture is different and the color is a beautiful mid-tone brown that looks great with the darks and lights. I started with a very basic outline and then filled in the darkest values. I also used a wallpaper scrap for the vest, as it was a brocade pattern. You can see the reference image that I used was a Rolling Stone cover from 1991. The other thing that I wanted to emphasize was the negative space around the hair. I used titanium white in the background to play against the texture of the hair. I also mixed transparent yellow oxide for the additional skin tones.
So at this point there is not really a lot of detail on the face.
Here you can see the photo reference. I love how the face is really starting to glow. Quite a bit of the cardboard is still showing through, but being enhanced by the beautiful yellow tones. At this point the only colors I have used are Mars black, Titanium white, and the Transparent yellow oxide. The green vest is wallpaper, glued on.
The finished painting. I have added Dioxozine Purple and Phthalo Green.
Glorious Ford, Acrylic on Canvas, 20 x 20.
I am so very pleased to be the Guest Artist at Gallery 195 in Boerne this month! Boerne is a wonderful arts community with plenty to see and do along the Hill Country Mile. I was also very excited to have my painting featured in the Boerne Star and on SA Living on WOAI San Antonio!
The Hill Country Council for the Arts Boerne Bierfest www.hccarts.org/boerne-bierfest
is taking place on April 1st. As part of the festival, they are having an art competition and auction. The entry must include a beer stein. I was inspired by the old Blatz beer truck. The first step was to put a bright yellow on the canvas. I chose yellow because I knew the beer stein would be yellow. The photo reference was black and white, so I had to imagine the color. This painting will be for sale at the Boerne Bierfest on April 1st! See photos for progress.
Christmas in Comfort is a wonderful street art festival with music, food, and a parade. I had the opportunity to set up and paint during the day at the 8th Street Market. When I saw the reflections of the palm trees in this sweet 1953 MG, I just knew I had to paint it. I prepared the canvas and the initial drawing at home and then set up and finished the rest of the painting live in Comfort.
A selection of my painting are currently for sale at the POP UP GALLERY in the 8th Street Market in Comfort, TX, until January 1st, 2016.
My son recently moved into a new apartment and asked me if I would do a painting for him. This is a painting of his car. It is acrylic on Canvas, 24 x 36.
I was asked to do a painting for my principal, who is going on to a new job. I was so excited to do it, because I honestly had already decided to before I was asked! He has been a wonderful leader. I wanted to do a collaborative art piece. This painting was done in several steps. I first toned the canvas with Red Iron Oxide. I loved the effect from the Boba Fett painting and wanted to use it again. Then I created acrylic transfers from some prints of our school mascot and a photograph of the school. If you have never done acrylic transfer, it is a really neat process. Basically, you paint the top of the image with a really thick layer of acrylic medium. Let it dry overnight, and then soak in warm water until the paper softens up. Then you gently peel off the paper backing. The image has transferred in to the acrylic itself. Any areas that were white become transparent. I laid those onto the canvas and attached them with more acrylic medium. They become a part of the painting. Over the top, I painted our school mascot. I left plenty of negative space, because I had a plan for the final touch. I asked all faculty and staff to sign the painting in either black or silver paint pens. I was surprised by the response, at first some of them were too nervous to write on it! But the signatures look great and became a really important part of the piece. I think it captures the energy and spirit of our school.
I have some really cool neighbors. He loves Star Wars. She commissioned a painting for his birthday of his favorite Star Wars Character. I have never painted anything like this before but I was excited to try it. See the step by step in the slide show.
Very exciting thing happened, one of my paintings was used in the September Issue of Plumage-TX magazine as part of an article for the Hill Country Invitational Art Show happening in Boerne, TX on Oct. 16-18. I had no idea and I was thrilled when I saw it! The painting is a large 20 x 30 Acrylic on Canvas and will be for sale at the show.
I have been working on a portrait of an artist friend of mine, Carl W. Block. I thought it would be interesting to take pictures of the different stages to see the progression. The portrait is
I live with my husband, daughter, and dog in San Antonio, Texas. I love to paint live.