The two on the right were obviously roommates. I’d been following them around the local farmer’s market with my camera, amused by the big dog/small dog combo, when the third dog was introduced to them. Much sniffing ensued, numbers were exchanged, and everyone went home satisfied.
This little cutie comes from the Daily Paintworks Whole Cat & Kaboodle challenge presented by artist Dreama Tolle Perry. I’ve had the urge to paint a cat lately (that’s one thing I don’t see at the State Fair), so I had fun with it. I like how the cat in Dreama’s reference photo was sitting […]
This is the newly built Palladium, a 1600 seat concert hall in Carmel-by-the-Interstate, Indiana. Those of you who remember your art history might notice its resemblance to Andrea Palladio’s (1508-1580) La Rotunda. Palladio was also influential in the field of theater design as the architect of the Olympic Theater, which still stands in Vicenza. The […]
After spending so much time painting the carousel horses, I thought it would be fun to find a real horse in a similar pose and paint it. Scrolling through my State Fair photo archives, I found a shot of this giant fellow. Ah, yes, I remember him. He was magnificent, prancing, straining against the bit, […]
I began this painting on Kentucky Derby day in honor of all horses who run in circles. I didn’t expect it to be a three-day painting! The details really grabbed me. (This painting is SOLD but I have a new carousel painting in progress.) Here are some images taken along the way: […]
When my husband saw this painting in the studio last night, he asked, “Why do you always look so serious in your self portraits?” Thinking about my last post – “I always look a little POed in self portraits” – I replied with another question: “Did you read that in my blog?” “No, I just […]
Other than my hair being a mess, today seemed like a good day for a self portrait. My new Alzo Digital color corrected studio bulbs arrived, and I was eager to try them on painting from life. I haven’t been using daylight bulbs, and I really should, especially when I’m color correcting images for print […]
There’s a little game I like to play to challenge myself when painting people. As I work on the initial composition, I ask myself “How much information can I eliminate, and still tell this person’s story?” This forces me to narrow my focus, and hone in on what drew me to the scene in the […]
One of my favorite times to wander the fairgrounds is early morning, before the crowds arrive. Just after sunrise, the world is a painter’s delight, all pink and yellow with delicate lavender shadows. Most of the activity is in the barn area. Stalls are cleaned, their occupants taken out for exercise, and feed tubs are […]
Watching harness racing at the state fair is like stepping back in time one hundred years. Makes me feel like I should be wearing a long dress and corset and singing Camptown Races. The Indiana Pacers basketball team is named after these horses. In the early days of the team, they played in the arena […]
Found this pretty lady in the dairy barn at the Indiana State Fair. The barn has huge (frosted? dirty?) windows all along the western exposure, which let in a soft, filtered light when the sun is low in the sky. The light produced has a peaceful, ethereal quality which is nice for shooting photographic references […]
Soon, our tulips will be gone, so it was time to paint them. When the light shines through them, they look like glowing lanterns. I tried a couple of new things this time: One, a cradled wood panel by American Easel. They’re very well made, and don’t need to be framed. I used GAC 100 […]
This dashing young fellow looked like he was posing for a formal portrait, so I ignored his striking tail feathers and zoomed in on his face. I’d never painted chickens before this week, but now I wonder what took me so long. They are noble creatures. I feel a little guilty that we’re having chicken […]
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