Friday, October 27, 2006

A Post A Day

An artist I know has committed herself to completing a painting each day, and she has accomplished that for the past year. What great discipline and resolve she must have. While a loosely painted, simple and small painting would not be that time-consuming, and would certainly get the motor running in the right direction, I don't believe I can make that promise to myself at this time. I would like to do that, and possibly I need to "just do it", as Nike says, but at this point I will only commit to trying to post to my blog each day! My first step.
Right now I have on my schedule four commissioned portraits, an almost-complete 15' x 6' oil mural painted directly on the wall, a landscape drawing, and one hundred (100) unique Christmas balls (that's right - each different from the others), all of which must be completed by mid-December at the latest. As I write I am waiting for my printer to cough up the images I need as references for one of the commissions. I am thrilled to have all this work. (But I do long to paint a still life - any takers? Just not for Christmas!)
Painting portraits, figures, and still life subjects is really my passion, though landscapes do often inspire me. They also sell best off the gallery walls, so I do my share of them as well. Whatever I paint, though, I am passionate about painting from life, whether I set up objects for a still life, pose a model, or paint en plein aire (on location). Photos lie, flatten forms, diminish value contrasts, and are generally just not as inspirational as the real thing.
I teach drawing and painting and that, too, takes up a lot of my time. Next week, in fact, I am conducting a 5 day watercolor workshop for intermedaite to advanced students. My weekly painting classes, one for children and one for adults, will end soon and that will finish up my class and workshop schedule for this year. My 2007 schedule will come out soon and be posted on my website (
The printer is completing its directed tasks, so I will turn my attention to a portrait. Until tomorrow...

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Also accepted into the PSA Fall 2006 Exhibition is Ben, oil on linen, 24 x 30, shown at right. The third painting, K.J., oil on canvas, is not shown.

The Portrait Society of Atlanta opened its Fall 2006 Members Juried Exhibition on Saturday evening, August 19, 2006 at the Mable House Cultural Arts Center in Mableton, GA. All three of my were entries accepted by juror Bart Lindstrom. At left, Juel & Juanita, Oil on Linen, 20 x 24. The others were Ben and K.J., both in oil.

Artists and Self Portraits

The last person I thought I'd ever paint was myself, but the desire to be a part of a self-portrait exhibition exceeded my lack of self-esteem in the looks department, and, voila, here I am, looking just like me!
Oil on Canvas, 24 x 30, Self-Portrait

New to the Blogging World

I have created this blog on the advice of a learned friend, who suggested that I can exhibit myself and my art here in much the same way as I do on my website, but with an easier to update format.
I am a visual artist. I draw, I paint, I teach. My genres include landcapes, still lifes, figuratives, and, especially, portraits. My passion is to draw or paint from a live model, with a likeness very much a part of what I strive to accomplish.
I also like to write, and I do so both professionally and for my own edification.
More to come...