Category Archives: Paintings

Paintings done in oils or acrylics.

Bison Acrylic Painting

I recently had one of those rare urges to do some painting, which was inspired by a photo I came across recently.  Granted, I did have fun painting this, and I don’t mind how it turned out.  There’s something funny about painting though…every time I end up painting, even if I thoroughly enjoyed the process, I walk away from the finished painting feeling as if I just had to get that out of my system.  My passion lies in drawing more than in painting by far.  In fact, my hand is so much more comfortable with a pen than with a brush that I found myself using a bit of stipple technique with the paint.  Sometimes, I think my hand will never relearn how to draw without the dot-dot-dotting action. 😉

Anyway, I thought I’d share this painting, nonetheless.  I did enjoy it, and I do think that it turned out nicely.  A good change of pace for a bit.

And now, back to drawing! 🙂


– Measures 5×7 inches.  Painted on a canvas board.

– Painted with acrylics, with a somewhat limited palette.


Thank you for looking, and happy spring!


Posted by on March 24, 2015 in All Artwork, Paintings


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Norman on Red

Some of you may remember my new house cat, Norman.  He’s been in the house for just over a year now, and is a wonderful – if sometimes naughty! – cat.  I adore this guy, and he’s such a charmer.  He’s got the wimpiest, squeakiest little voice of any cat I know, and he loves to play and roughhouse with my other wonderful cat, Oliver.  Oliver is over ten years old now, and he and Norman are…for the most part…great buddies.  They play and tumble and wrestle every day, and even are willing to share toys and blankets and beds.

So since I’m currently working on a scratchboard of Oliver, I got the bug to do an art piece inspired by Norman.  For as regal and stately as Oliver is, Norman is the clown with his antics and his silly little face.

I don’t often paint…almost never, really.  Maybe once or twice per year.  But that once or twice a year, I simply must paint.  Acrylics are my usual choice in painting mediums, so this is an acrylic painting.  I mixed gel into the paints for some whimsical textures.  Norman is whimsical, after all!

Norman on Red

– 8×10 inch stretched canvas.

– Painted with acrylic paints mixed with gel to add gloss and texture.

– Paint was applied mostly with knives, although I used brushes for some details such as the eyes, nose, and whiskers.

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This was a fun change from my usual detailed stuff.  I hope you like it too.  Thanks for looking! 🙂

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Posted by on October 8, 2014 in All Artwork, Paintings


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Josephine’s Shoe in Acrylics

You may remember the adorable little shoes I purchased earlier this year.  They reminded me of one of my characters in a book-in-the-works.  Her name is Josephine, and I imagine she wore shoes like these.

Painting is always difficult for me.  It just doesn’t come to me as naturally as drawing, so I tend to put it aside easily.  Still, the bug to paint comes every so often, and then I’ll take out my brushes and give it a go.  I’ve found that painting from life is much more educational than using a photograph, so I usually try to use a real object.  I ended up using one of these fabulous old shoes as a subject, and started in on the painting.

I used three basic colors for this, with the addition of white and black for values.  It is much less complicated to use a limited palette, and it really helps me to learn more about color mixing.

Josephine’s Shoe

– Painted with Liquitex Acrylic paints.  Colors used were Cadmium Yellow Medium Hue, Ultramarine Blue, Naphthol Crimson, Mars Black, and Titanium White.

– Brushes used were mostly coarse flat, bright, and round brushes.

– 5×7 inches in size, painted on a canvas panel.

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Thank you for looking!


Posted by on October 26, 2013 in All Artwork, Paintings


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Faucet Man

Here’s something a little different than my usual stuff.  First, it’s an acrylic painting, and if you’ve been watching my blog for long, you know I don’t paint too often.  Also, this is a different sort of subject for me.  I wanted to try something sort of industrial, sort of vintage…and just a touch Steampunk.  So this is what I came up with.

Up in my studio, I have a collection of metal scraps and pieces of junk which I’ve accumulated over time for sculpture and mixed media projects.  One of my very favorite pieces in that collection is a part of a faucet that looks just like a man with pipe legs and faucet handle arms.  That is a great item, and while I haven’t decided what to sculpt with it yet, I thought it would be a fun challenge to try and capture it on canvas.  The metallic finish was a really interesting challenge as it reflects the colors around it so much.  The top/front half of the faucet part (the part that would stick out of the wall) is a shiny chrome color, but it is a bit grimy and tired from its years of setting in a shed.

Acrylics are traditionally matte in finish and since this is such a metallic piece, I used metallic acrylics to make this painting shine.  The background consists of a number of layers.  Originally, it was black with some red thrown in, but I didn’t especially care for that.  So I threw on a quick splash of metallic gold and loved it, so it’s mostly a gold background with touches of black and sort of a rust red peeking through here and there.  I also used some alternative methods.  I was inspired by a great artist who calls himself Zorgor.  You can check out his wonderful and cheerful blog here.  He does some very interesting things with paint, and I thought it might be fun to try something different too.  So for the flecks of black, mustard yellow, gold and silver, I diluted the paint and spattered it on the background to give it a greasy, oily, sort of roughed up look.  Then I took a couple of found objects and covered them generously with paint and pressed them to the canvas to leave unique marks (you can see a round shape in the upper right side of the canvas which was made by pressing a round necklace pendant to the canvas).  I also coated a chain with black paint and dragged it over the canvas in one or two places.  It was interesting to get a couple of unique textures in this painting.

The faucet man himself was painted mostly with brights and flats paintbrushes.  Once I had painted this piece, I knew I’d need to add something for a head.  What better than to take some found objects and attach them for some dimension?  The light bulb head was actually a plastic earring in the shape of a Christmas light bulb.  I sawed the earring in half so there would be a flat side to attach to the painting.  I glued it on with acrylic gel, and then I painted the light bulb and spattered it some so it didn’t stick out too much from the painting.  Finally, I decided my faucet man should have a nose, so I looked through my collection of junk and found this piece that was part of a clip-on earring once.  I bent it with pliers so it would rest easily over the curved light bulb and glued that into place with gel too.  As you may imagine, this piece was tremendous fun and a good way to think outside the box for a change!

Faucet Man

– 6 x 8 inch canvas board

– Acrylic paints applied with flats and brights brushes, some fan brushes for the threads of the pipe, and found objects dipped in paint for some of the background

– Plastic Christmas light earring for the head, and a metal part of a clip-on earring for the nose

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my Faucet Man.  Thanks for looking!


Posted by on February 25, 2013 in All Artwork, Paintings, Sculpture & Mixed Media


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Painting Again

Dry media is my favorite thing to do…but sometimes, the bold, colorful, messy and fun world of paint calls me back to give it another try.  This was the case with this painting.  For two days last week, my internet and cable tv were not working, and it sort of forced me to think outside the box as far as something to do with free time.

Hm, maybe the cable and internet should kick out more often? 🙂

I’m not sure if you are familiar with Breyer horses, but I collected them as a kid and they are such beautiful horse figurines.  Since I didn’t have internet to search for an image to paint, I set out one of my old Breyers and decided to try to paint it.  I do find painting from life easier than from a photo – it seems much easier to get accurate colors that way.  So I sat down in my studio and put on some fun music – it’s much easier to create with music.  Music is the most amazing thing, isn’t it?  It makes everything better.  Tapping my toes to music, I set out this horse figurine and pulled out my acrylic paints.  The palette consists mostly of buttery yellows, cool gray, black for the background and just a dot of white for the catchlight in the eye.

White Horse on Black (I’m no good at titles!)

– 6 x 8 inches in size

– Basics brand acrylic paints

– Painted on a canvas board

– Mostly painted with flats and brights, as well as a fabulous dagger paintbrush for the mane

– This took an hour and forty minutes to complete

Thank you for looking!


Posted by on February 16, 2013 in All Artwork, Paintings


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Inspired by Frederic Remington

For years, one of my favorite artists has been the great Western artist, Frederic Remington.  The sense of harshness and excitement that he put into his artwork has always been inspiring to me.  The expressions, the action, and the beauty of his work really captures the feel of the Old West.  He drew, etched and painted horses beautifully, as well as Native Americans, cowboys, and soldiers.  His works tell stories, and his night scenes really captured the feel of darkness and moonlight.

In trying to continue practicing my painting, I decided to try and copy one of my favorites of his work, titled “The End of the Day”.  His beautiful original can be seen here.  I love the snow, the bitter cold look of the blizzard, but most of all, I love that yellow glow coming from the house.  I love how there’s the promise of a cozy cabin after the horses have been tended to.  Isn’t it lovely?

So here is what I came up with in my version.  The angles are a little different, and the horses are a little on the small side, but I enjoyed trying to capture the bitter cold and that wonderful glow from the cabin.  This was an interesting challenge.

Since this is a copy of another artist’s work, I will not title it differently.  It is still Remington’s composition, and I painted it strictly as a practice piece.

– 8×10 inch mounted canvas

– Basics brand acrylic paint

– I used various brushes for this, flats, brights, and round brushes.  For the snow, I used a Chinese Paint Brush, frayed and dry, dipped in diluted white paint to get the snowy look.

Thank you for looking. 🙂


Posted by on October 23, 2012 in All Artwork, Paintings


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I’m still trying to improve in oil painting, and that has meant practicing still life with anything I happen to have on hand.  In this case, I used a couple of old wrenches that I keep in my junk sculpture supply box.  I actually did this painting some time ago, back before my Civil War Soldier.

This painting was fun…I enjoyed trying to get the feel of the metal and the rust.  Each oil painting is a learning lesson, and I enjoyed this piece a lot.


-Painted with oil paints.  Indian Yellow, Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue and White.

-Painted on a 6×8 inch canvas board

Here is a photo of the wrenches I used for my still life.

And the actual painting.

Close ups.  Sorry for the glare, the paint was wet when I took the photos below.

Thanks for looking! 🙂


Posted by on September 16, 2012 in All Artwork, Paintings