I thought I would end the 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge with this study of a Buddha. While I don’t consider this my best painting of the last 30 days, the calmness of the Buddha and this quote in particular speaks to me during these days of being bombarded by blatant and shameless lies by […]Read more "Day 30, Last Day of Challenge: three things"
I ended up catching up on some sleep on Day 26 and taking off for a ski day on Day 27. So I’m back just in time for the lunar year beginning with our rooster here. I debated on whether to add a colored background. I didn’t and instead played around with salt to create […]Read more "Day 28: Year of the Rooster – Rising Up"
Yeah, I skipped a day yesterday. And tonight, I just wasn’t feelin’ a chicken painting. But to keep my practice going, I decided a bee would be fine subject for a quick, 30-minute study. That’s about all the energy I have for tonight. This 30-day painting gig has me not getting enough sleep. I captured […]Read more "Day 25: Sleepy Bee"
Shifting gears now to get ready for the lunar new year this Friday, The Year of the Rooster. People loves them chickens. Who knew?? For being a not very smart animal, they do have quite a bit of personality. So I’ll do poultry for a while to soothe my troubled mind. In this painting, I’m […]Read more "Day 23: Gettin’ Woke"
Of all the portraits I’ve done so far, I think this is one of my better and favorite ones. Except for the lace collar, I really worked to keep things flowing, not get bogged down in details, and to not overwork the paint. Working on the collar turned out not to be too bad; it was […]Read more "Day 22: I Dissent"
Building on the wonderful sense of solidarity with my BFFs at the Women’s March on Sacramento this morning, I started on this latest portrait of one of my heroes. I was really torn between painting “Resistance Auntie” and SCOTUS Ruth. But I’ve been thinking about Ruth for a couple of months now, so she won […]Read more "Day 21: Work in Progress"
And so a new era begins. So why not show a little appreciation to the man who helped usher it in? Check out those sparkling, mischievous eyes! Always up to something, that guy. This portrait study is BIG at 15″x22″. I painted this on large paper because my original intent was to make this part […]Read more "Day 20: You’re Welcome, America"