Friday, August 11, 2017

Emma's Roses



I am showing the sequence of stages that this painting took as it developed.  After drawing the main layout from a photo, I masked some highlights in the hair and the main flower.

I applied a very watery golden wash to the entire paper and let it dry.  Then I added some more masking to save some of the yellow background color in her hair.

I began to lay in the main skin tones.







                                                                                                       



The second photo shows laying in  ore mid tones for the dress, hair and flowers.


I was able to remove the masking after this stage as I was finished with large areas and ready to focus on only the details.
















Finally I added the necessary darks to her hair, flowers and foliage and some shadows.

Thursday, March 9, 2017


Painted this a while ago, but have been slow posting.  It won "best of show" at the Mayflower senior show this fall.  It was inspired by one of the posters at my favorite Sweet Tomatoes buffet,

Friday, October 23, 2015



I wanted to show photos of the beginning, middle and end stages of a similar painting.  I painted on them each while doing a demonstration for the Sanford Seminole Art Association recently.  Still need to finish two, but think the third is complete.

Sunday, March 1, 2015




Just finished this. It's my first painting using a photo from a site called "Paint My Photo" which I've been interested in recently.  The photo is owned by Ainslie G and I wish to credit her here as well as on that site.  What first interested me in her photo was the strong shadows and dark/light contrasts.  I printed her photo in black and white before using it as a source.  As you can see I became more interested in the background textures than contrast and shading.  I do like the result though.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Two recent paintings, the brighter one, "Tomorrow's Bouquet" was chosen for the 2015 Central Florida Watercolor Show at Lew Gardens.

This painting, "Yesterday's Bouquet"  has collage elements.  Both paintings have some experimental spraying of paint over stencil shapes.



Wednesday, September 17, 2014


I was so excited to have this painting chosen for the Casselberry Rotary Club Calendar for next year.  The inspiration for the painting was a photo of my brother from his fishing trip in Alaska a few months ago.  Actually sold him the original, but had a number of giclee copies made first.

Friday, May 9, 2014

I started this painting by drawing in pen and ink followed with a wash of blues and reds to establish shadowed areas in the scene.

Next I added the local color, enhanced areas of interest and developed paths of lights and darks for the eye to follow through the painting.  The photograph I used for reference was taken at the Cherry Pockets restaurant and fish camp near Lake Wales, Florida.  I had a number of giclee prints made of this painting that I can sell for less than what I charge for an original.