Monday, September 26, 2011

Karen Models

Women with Book  acrylic on canvas, 24 by 30
Karen modeled in the evening group last month. I worked again with very large shapes and brush strokes.  KZS

Cynthia and Spunky

Cynthia and Spunky  acrylic on canvas, 24 by 30
I am way behind in taking pictures to post. Got very frustrated with the bad photos I got and now my decent camera can't focus so I am using my point and shoot.  I had a good time with this painting of  Cynthia and Spunkiyusing large strokes and minimal definition. Sorry about the date stamp across Spunky.  Karen

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Using the Space

Recently I've challenged myself to just paint what's in the room. These two acrylics were almost finished at the Firehouse, then I worked on them from memory in my studio. The top painting (the one with just Nathan) only has two figures and was done on a larger (24 x 36") canvas. The bottom painting shows a crowded night. There were two other painters in the room, so people were standing closer together. Months ago I was painting more views of the door and windows. I found views of either side of the room too difficult to paint. They still are! I did not take a break during the painting of either one of these two.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


Today I had zero energy and almost didn't come to paint, but I'm glad I forced myself. This portrait of Tyler is in acrylics on paper.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Louise and Iris, Painters of the Night

This is one of my most favorite acrylics of late, of the ones I've done at the Firehouse. I believe the size was 24 x 24". I love the palette: burnt sienna, yellow ochre, dioaxine violet, thalo blue, and alizarin crimson. Iris was painting with a wrist brace. I wanted Iris to be a silouette, but I was never able to control the urge to depict all of those rich and darker shades my eyes were still able to discern even in the darkness. With Louise, I just wanted to do justice to her million dollar hair color. The easels were a pain, but I finished at home from memory.


This was an acrylic painting, 20 x 16", done with a lot of gel and in semi-darkness. I discovered the perspective was askew and corrected some of it at home. A sedate palette: titanium white, yellow ochre, burnt sienna, alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue and thalo blue.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


I did three drawings and one (unfinished) collage of

Cynthia. This drawing here is the only one that

turned out sort of okay. It's in pastel on paper

treated with sauce and gold powder.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Painting Prudence

Prudence in acrylic
JoAnn McMahon sent this recent painting done in the evening session to post.  

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Stripes and Sparky

Stripes & Sparky (detail) acrylic on canvas panel
Painted from life... a mature blonde bombshell in a 'fruit stripe gum' dress, with her dog (Spunky? Sparky?). I was pleased when she said I had captured the gestalt of the pose.