Saturday, September 25, 2010

" the road ahead " Dominique Eichi

                                                   7  x 9  Acrylics

This is for Angela's moleskins it seems that I reverted to what I like to paint, roads, trees and such with shadows. ( I guess it's my theme in your book Angela) Sorry !
May the road ahead for you be always filled with laughter, mercy, grace, but especially love dear Angela. Hope you like it.
It's coming your way Michelle

Friday, September 24, 2010

"End Of The Day" For Camille

I had 3 books this month. All 3 are going out to Dana....sorry!
 This one is for Camille.
"End of the day" a face without details but the body language say it all.
I hope you like it Camille.
Please visit her blog : Camille

"Domestic Geese" For James

I had 3 books this month. This painting is for James.
To you James, the animal lover with love.
I hope you like it.
Please visit James blog here: James Parker

Monday, September 20, 2010

To Dean: The Promise of a New Day

The Promise of A New Day

My favorite time of the day is sunrise. There is this quiet, yet powerful and glorious beauty to greet you and start your day. The world is still and the hustle has not started yet. It's a wonderful time to reflect on what the day has in store.

I took the reference photo from my cell phone one morning last year and have always wanted to paint it.  It's a little sketchy (must paint more often!) but it felt nice to get back into the swing of things. My apologies to Dean and thanks to all of you for your patience!  (It's headed your way Camille!)

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Is This Your Dog

I finally finished this painting for Dominque. It really doesn't fall into the guidelines that she set out for her moleskin theme, but encouraged by her reaction to my latest figure pieces, I thought I would do this one anyway. I know she loves dogs, and street scenes, so here it is my friend, an urban landscape complete with animal, vegetable and mineral. oil on paper 11 1/2" x 8"

Ed, I'll mail this to you next week after it dries. Sorry that I'm holding up the show here everyone.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

HENRY...for Vern Schwarz

8x10 oil on watercolor paper

Actually this painting is incorrectly titled, it should read: Henry, My Nemesis! I met Henry while painting plein air a while ago. He walked up to me wearing a blue on blue polka dot choker collar, he had a sleek short hair cut, and the wildest pompadour, complete with a topknot. His owners graciously allowed me to photograph him; Henry was obviously comfortable in front of the camera as every shot of him was perfect, all ready for a painting.

Now, for the nemesis part. Henry has been the most difficult dog I have ever painted, I should know, this is my 4th painting of him. My other 3 Henry paintings...ready for a bonfire come winter...include his full body. Something about that wild hair-do with the sleek body did not make a lovely painting, too much of a textural weird contrast or at least that's how I've justified those 3 bonfire failures. My husband (thanks, honey) has assured me "not all dogs are supposed to be painted and this one is just ugly".

I still don't know why I selected Henry for Vern's book, I just felt compelled to paint this dog and succeed for once. Cropping that wild pompadour with the topknot and focusing on Henry's face was a huge help, I am pleased with my 4th and I guess final painting of Henry.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Tracy Grant

First of all, I need to apologize to everyone for being so tardy with painting these days. And I won't get a lot of opportunity in the next couple of weeks...WORK...UGH! Hopefully, this will be dry enough to send along to Ed at the end of the week. With that out of the way, this is a portrait of Tracy Grant, one of Michelle's painting buddies who just happened to be attending Doug's workshop with me in Helper. She was a lot of fun to hang with, and graciously allowed me to snap off a few photos to aid in surprising Michelle.
oil on paper 16" x 8"

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Outside My Window--From Dean For Irit

Close up
This is acrylic in Irit's moleskin. I also tossed in a little line work in ink.

Irit chose local places as her theme. I must confess my favorite local places are my back yard and my house. There I feel most comfortable and connected to art work.
This spring I bought a camera with a great zoom capability. Birds , unsuspecting people and their pets are all fair game to the lens. This fella was walking his mini pinscher across the street outside my kitchen window.

I hope you like it, Irit!

Get ready for some moleskins, Vern, my friend.