I’ll be demonstrating how I take my bird photos and then doctor them up using Photoshop all day this coming Saturday as part of the Northern Neck Artisan Trail’s Second Saturday Program. Professional artists who work from photos use photos they have taken themselves. Sometimes those photos need a little help with cropping, fixing camera… Continue reading Second Saturday Demonstration: Reference Photos
I changed the display at the RAL Art Center on Main Street in Kilmarnock for my little space yesterday evening. I hope you can stop by and see it in person. I’m always amazed at what a difference a frame and good lighting and a new location does for a painting. It just seems to… Continue reading New Display
Yesterday was the Northern Neck Artisan Trail Second Saturday on-going event in which, as a member of the Artisan Trail I agree to be home and have my doors open for visitors. This year I’m going to try and have some sort of planned activity or lesson going on while I’m open. Next month I… Continue reading Visitors, Cats and Snow
My husband and I visited with his brother, Bob, at Rockaway Beach in Oregon last year and every morning and evening I took a short walk to the beach where I took a bunch of photos. While looking back through all my painting reference photos the other day, I realized that an Oregon sunset at… Continue reading A Beach Visit
I have decided that the female cardinal is finished. It is a companion piece to the male cardinal head and shoulders piece I completed about a week ago.
One of my painting goals for 2019 is to work on a larger format. While I’m planning on continuing the bird series, I also want to go back and see if I can improve my landscape painting. Plein air work is important for me to do as a type of study, but not necessarily as… Continue reading Tackling a Resolution Early
There are several kinds of woodpeckers who reside in our neck of the woods and we have learned that two are very similar. In fact, it seems the main difference is in the length of their beak and their willingness to visit feeders provided by humans. The Downy woodpecker is small (about 6 inches) and… Continue reading A Downy
As part of the Second Saturday monthly events for the Northern Neck Artisan Trail, I’ve decided to do some sort of demonstration or mini-class each month from 10 am until 4 pm. On January 12, 2019, I will offer a bird painting demonstration. Starting with discussing how I prepare my panels and set up my… Continue reading A Demonstration on Second Saturday
I did a couple of minor touch ups and defined the leaves of the closest tree just a tad. Now, it’s finished.
Here is the Northern Cardinal painting completed. This one is on one of the new panels my husband helped me make in which we purchased a 4 x8 foot tempered Masonite board. The good fellow at Lowes in Gloucester, VA cut it down to 4×4 so we could get it in the car. I put… Continue reading Peanut Eater