A Good Read

I have shared my progress on this painting with you.  The painting is done.  I am still inspired when I look at it.  What will become of it – that is the question on my mind now.  Will it hang in my studio for the duration of my life?  Is it meant for someone?  Will […]

Illustrated Poem

Poet, Brenda Elmore, has graciously granted me permission to show her poem here with my painting.  Thank you, Brenda. Untitled by Brenda Elmore Did you never hear my stories as I whispered in your ears As I laid you down and held you close and loved you oh, my dears? As I smoothed your blankets […]

Did You Never

At last the painting is finished.  I think everyone gave up on me and believed I never would finish it.  I surprised them and finished it in about ten days.  The first half took almost two years.  Not bad. The thing that spurred me on to finish it was a poem by Brenda Elmore.  April […]


Moments ago, the dog chased the cat through my studio and they managed to knock over my easel with the painting on it that I’ve been working on for months.  Then they knocked the lamp off of the bookcase and it sliced through the canvas.  I’m too numb to feel the impact of this, but […]

Steps 7 and 8

Step seven has been to paint the fourth child (the one on the far right side of the painting) and step eight has been to start adding a little color and texture to the background and to work on the hand. Here is the setup I’m using for this painting.  I have a metal easel […]

Step 4, 5 and 6

Yesterday I worked on this young lady.  She’s one of the two children that are on the right side of the painting. In step 4, I laid in the major blocks of color.  Even though I’ve painted studies of this girl, this time I struggled a little.  Maybe I was making it harder than I needed […]

Step Three

I’m focusing on the right hand character right now.  I think I’ve struggled with her more than any of the children in the painting.  Her face is very pale and there are dark shadows beneath her eyes.  I struggled with her hand as well. To recap, the colors I’m using are Raw Umber for the […]

Step Two

At this point, I’ve jumped the gun a little.  The proper procedure would be to work all over the painting, going from general to specific.  I did an underpainting of the entire painting, but I’ve done this painting several times (covered it up or threw it away) and have struggled the most with the two […]

I Painted!

It’s kind of like exercise – if you miss a few visits to the gym it gets hard to go back.  Once you’re going there regularly, it’s easy to keep going.  Oh, in the past few months I’ve done a little colored pencil, some sketching, and a bit of watercolor (a TINY bit).  Yesterday, though, […]

Daily Prompt: I Got Skills

If you could choose to be a master (or mistress) of any skill in the world, which skill would you pick? I would chose to be a master at Oil Painting.  Until now I’ve been limiting myself to watercolor, but there’s something about oil painting that lures me.  My hero is  Rembrandt and I love […]