Archive for the ‘Paintings’ Category

“Hannah, CA”

June 28, 2010

Meet “Hannah, CA” the third painting in my three painting personal challenge.  Her father pointed out that the series includes a baby, a teenager and a more mature man.  He asked if I intentionally chose three different ages.  I reminded him I chose nothing.  It was the decision of each of the three people who submitted photographs to me as to whom they would submit.  The result was just one more unexpected result.    I hope Hannah likes “Hannah, CA”; I know I do.


June 27, 2010

Today I got into the swing of painting. Started off the morning by finishing “Hannah, CA”, a 10″ x 10″ portrait. Then I got into painting cows. I have a one-man show in October entitled “The Herd” and have been using Charolais as my models. So today I worked on four different canvases, three were Charolais. The fourth was another portrait. Starting one of a couple; never painted a couple before. Also did prep work on a couple more canvas. Everything in the work area is wet. A good day.

Now for number three

May 2, 2010

The third painting in my personal three portrait challenge is going to be the hardest of the three.  I have started but have yet to fully capture the spirit and look of the model.  All three of the subjects in this exercise are different and present challenges of their own.  I am enjoying working on this one, like I have the other two.  I can’t wait to see what happens with the painting.  Thanks, Mike.

“Jim, NY”

May 2, 2010

The painting "Jim, NY"

The second painting of my personal three portrait challenge is finished. The painting is based on a photograph submitted by my friend Ken in New York. He chose a photograph of his friend Jim who it turns out is Jim Brochu performing as Zero Mostell in the play “Zero Hour” also written by Mr. Brochu.  It is my understanding Jim Brochu has seen the painting and is pleased.

This was a fun painting to create.  The eyes were very much the focal point and I painted them first.  Since the first day I had those eyes looking at me.

Third photograph received

April 15, 2010

I have now received the third of three photographs in my personal portrait challenge. A couple of weeks ago I asked three friends, one each in CA, TX, and NY, to send me a photograph of someone I have never seen. My only stipulation was to send a photograph with no eyeglasses.

The resulting photographs are each unique and more than I ever expected. Mason from Texas, photo of an one-hour baby screaming his head off, was the first sent. I stated in an earlier blog post that I would post a photo of his painting when I received the third and final photograph. I did not want to way the selection of third subject.  As I am posting this, I find myself without access to a photograph of the painting.  I will post a photo when I have access to other of my computer files.

This is a personal challenge that is turning out to be more fun than anticipated. I am about half way finished with the second painting and cannot wait until I begin the third.  Thank you to my three friends, who all happen to be in the arts field, for their help in this personal project and challenge.


April 13, 2010

I am still unsure about portraits. To challenge myself in regards to painting portraits I asked three friends in different parts of the country to send me a photograph of someone I do not know. So far the portraits I have undertaken are of people I have seen or that I know. My only stipulation was the person could not be wearing glasses. The last couple of people I have painted have been wearing glasses and I want to get away from that for a bit.

My friend Nancy in Texas was the first to answer my request. She sent me a photograph of Mason, a one-hour old baby screaming his head off. This was not what I was envisioning and it is so like her. I loved it.

Mason is finished. I have sent a photograph of the painting to Nancy and she liked it. My wife likes it. I like it.

But I am not ready to show it. I am waiting for the third response. The New York friend has sent me a great photograph but my third person, the one in California, has not sent one yet. When I receive the third, I will show the first.

Painting until the cows come home

March 31, 2010

This year’s one-man show will be in Meridian,MS, this October. The opening reception is scheduled for Thursday, October 14. This will be a fun show with paintings all around one theme, a first for me. It is a challenge as of right now I only have six paintings that fit the idea of the show. Put it in high gear and paint, paint, paint. This will be fun. Hope you will be there and see approximately 25 new paintings.

Hot Sounds

September 12, 2009

This week I finished a painting entitled “Hot Sounds” inspired by my daughter Sarah who plays clarinet in the Troy University marching band.  Today she is in Florida attending her first game as a member of the band.  We are proud of her and all she is doing as a student at Troy University.  The painting features a somewhat abstract clarinet and the feel of a passionate, strong sound.

A painting for a friend

September 3, 2009

I have a friend who asked me to do a painting representing the mascot of his favorite college and favorite college team.  It’s not the type of painting I would normally do, but he asked.  The painting is close to finished; close enough to finished that I took it to the framing shop where the most complementary frame was selected.  The friend has, until now, not seen the painting nor has he had any input into the size, composition or colors.  He left that all up to me.  But now that we are getting close and talking about the costs associated with the work, he got a bit anxious so I sent him a photo of the close-to-finished work.  He appears to like it and I am glad to hear it.  Now to get it finished.