Friday, January 25, 2013

Friday painting

Today, at the Gertrude Schoolhouse ... YWA Friday Painting Group, Kori posed for us ~ one of my favorite models.
Seems like time really accelerates when I'm concentrating so much.  Wish I could keep that level of concentration at the studio. 

Thursday, January 24, 2013


I should consult with my cats, I suppose, when it comes to doing still life paintings. They seem to know better than I what compositions are best.  Pfeffer was always rearranging things for me and inserting herself into paintings in ways that I hadn't imagined.  Kiah has taken over for Pfeffer (who is no longer with us - and so it goes), and is the subject of many of my sketches and paintings. 
Today while I was setting up a simple still life, Kiah hopped up onto the platform and put herself into the composition as if to say "what this picture really needs is a cat!"  And she was right.  She posed perfectly for about ten or fifteen minutes, letting me get a good gesture of her before putting her head down and going to sleep with her very loud purrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Oil on canvas, mounted on illustration board - 6" x 11"

I was going to put some dried and dead sunflowers in the vase, but Kiah thought that they would be excellent to play with and wouldn't leave them alone ~ so, I left them out ... at least for now.  Maybe when she's not around I'll put them in.  Or was she trying to tell me to leave them out?  Wish I spoke cat a little better.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013


Last Saturday I gave a demonstration at the YWA (Yosemite Western Artists) monthly meeting.  Mostly it was a motivational speech with a painting demonstration.  I talked a lot about painting daily ... not just working on commissions and whatever work was going on in the studio, but a daily exercise of 20 minutes to an hour.  I used my "green" paintings as an example ... several of which are represented here.

The presentation went very well.  I'm always surprised when I can get past that first few minutes of absolute terror, to a point where I'm completely at eas speaking to a crowded room.