Wednesday, April 15, 2009
This is a sample portrait I just completed for Portraits Inc. (my art rep). The model is a little girl named Reagan and she was a doll. I saw a photo of her and did some investigating to find out who she was because she was so cute. As luck would have it, I had a friend that knew her family and so I was able to go and make my own photos of her. I believe she is 4 years old this month but she acted like she was a professional model. I painted this in oil on masonite 20"x30". It was great practice because I had never painted an African American before. It was a great challenge but I think well worth my efforts.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
This is an oil portrait I just completed for a client in Atlanta. The dog's name was Max. He was a beautiful dog and very well mannered. He would sit and pose for me while I took tons of photos of him. It was almost like he knew what I was doing so he was on his best behavior. The only negative I had to say about him was that he shed like no other. I left there looking like a Yetti!
24x36 oil on masonite panel.
Friday, March 20, 2009
I just asked all my friends from FaceBook to come see my blog. Here on my blog I plan on showing what I am up to with my art. I will try and post something new at least every few days of some of my most recent work as well as some things I did in the past. I have been an artist since I was 5 and never wanted to be anything else. I love what I do and can't wait to start on my next painting. As you can see, I do a little bit of everything including children illustration to realistic oils. I love doing it all. Thanks for taking a look.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
This is the second painting of Emily. I wanted her in a hat so I found one on the internet and painted it on her. The image I found was a white hat but I wanted it to be much darker so I married the 2 images in Photoshop and fooled with the lighting and colors until I found what I wanted. This is oil on masonite 11x14
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
I am working currently on a Children's Sunday School publication. This is a illus. I did of Goliath in full fighting gear for that piece. I am also doing David and the 2 opposing armies. I will try and post them as I finish them. I start off by scanning in my drawing /sketch into Photoshop. I then render it using various layers of transparent and opaque colors much like when I render an illustration using traditional paints like oil and watercolor. The cool thing about Photoshop is that you can undo and fix any problems.
Friday, January 16, 2009
This a small portrait I just completed of a beautiful girl I work with. I wanted to paint her because she has a timeless quality to her. I was going for a Rembrandt/Mona Lisa feel on this one. I love to do moody paintings like this with a strong light source for a dramatic feel. I am planning on using Emily as a model a lot more in the future. I will post paintings of her a they are finished.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
This is a painting I did a couple of years ago just to sell at an art show. It is still one of my favorite paintings I have done. I like the mood of it. I should have just kept it for myself but I ended up donating it to an auction to raise money for college scholorships. When I saw what it brought at the auction I was sick because I felt like I had just given it away. If you are like me, you always say "Oh well, I'll just paint another one to keep for myself" but that never happens.
24x24" oil on masonite.
Friday, November 21, 2008
I did this portrait recently at the request from my church First Baptist Church of Hendersonville, TN. It is a portrait of my pastor Brother Glenn Weekly who passed away last year. I felt very honored to be asked to do it. He was a great man of God and is greatly missed by all that knew him. 30x40 oil on panel.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
I have done a lot of art shows in the past and sold a lot of paintings and this one was one I hated to let go of. I always enjoy painting horses and this one was no exception. I found this image on the internet and just had to paint it. This is a 24x24" oil on masonite. I actually did another one just like it but slightly larger for another client that saw this one and was too late to buy it. I normally don't like to do the same painting twice but I actually enjoyed doing this one twice just to see if I could improve on the first one.
I have done hundreds of illustrations for childrens products but this is one of my first attempts at doing one in Photoshop. I did a pencil sketch, scanned it, and then colored it in Photshop. Fun, fun, fun. I will be posting more like this in the future.
I did this 11x14 oil painting a few years ago just because I wanted to. I sold it to a guy at an art show who commissioned me to to do 2 horse head portraits to go on either side of it above his couch. He thought that it would be funny to have 2 beautiful horses and one ugly camel. He had a great sense of humor and a big wallet to go with it! Yeah