Monday, October 29, 2012

The Amulet at White Dog Gallery

The Amulet, oil on linen, 36 x 36

I'm pleased to announce that I have joined White Dog Gallery
They are a new gallery located at:
 50A Weant Blvd.
 Carbondale, Colorado 81623

They will have their opening on Nov. 02, 2012

My painting The Amulet will be one of 6 of my paintings that will be featured


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Cowgirl Demonstration day 3

Day 3 Demo

Layer and Blend, Layer and blend

I'm still concentrating on the face but slowly expanding to the rest of the painting. I've worked on the hat, hair and shirt.

See Day 4 Demo

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Spirit of the Wind

Spirit of the Wind, oil on linen, 20 x 30

This mysterious looking Plains Indian has his face painted white with a red stripe. The Black Hand print indicates that he performed an act of bravery. He wears eagle feathers in his hair.


Saturday, October 20, 2012

Cowgirl Demonstration day 2

Day 2 demo

I'm just going to show the work I've done on the face because it's easier for you to see and because that's what I concentrate on most.After all, if the face isn't 'right' there's no point in going on with the the painting.

I paint in thin layers, building up the lights and darks. I'm also trying to get each shape correct at this point.

 I'm also blending the edges as I go along so there are no harsh changes between the shadow and light. That was one of the challenges of this painting because she has a definite shadow from her hat falling on the light side of her face plus some reflected lights in the shadow area.

I let this dry and do another layer on Day 3

See Day 3 Demo

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Cowgirl Demonstration Day one

Day one Demo

This is how the painting looks at the end of the first day. Not much to look at.

I start by doing my drawing on tracing paper the same size as the canvas. When I'm happy with the drawing I transfer the major details to the canvas with carbon paper or transfer paper. I spray the canvas with a  fixative.

I then block in the masses of color and let the painting dry. Since I paint in thin layers, this usually dries overnight.

See Day 2 of Demo

See Preview

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Bear Talisman

Bear Talisman, oil on canvas, 40" x 30"

This painting is a Plains Indian wearing eagle feathers and a beaded shirt He holds a shield on which is painted a bear. There is also a beaded talisman with a bear claw. The talisman is said to give the shield bearer the attributes of The Bear: Strength and Courage


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Silver Screen Cowgirl Demonstration

I've had several folks ask about my technique in painting my sepia Silver Screen Cowgirls so I promised to post a demo.

First, let me apologize for the photos. They aren't great. I photographed the painting at the end of each day. I paint under Daylight florescent bulbs which makes the image a bit yellow. Some of the images were taken with natural light. Anyway, I think you'll still get the idea.

This is my palette. The top left is Permalba white, the bottom right is Winton Raw Umber. I've mixed the two together to get seven more values. There's nothing exact about this, I just want a range of values.

Next: day one - blocking in the values

See Day One of Demo

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Never Shall the Land Forget

Never Shall the Land Forget, 20 x 30, oil on linen

This Plains Indian wears a eagle feathers and his face is painted white and red with a black Coup Mark (hand).


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Angel of the Prairie

Angel of the Prairie, oil on linen, 36 x 30

This is my latest Silver Screen Cowgirl. Like the others in the series, this oil painting is in sepia tones to take us back in time to the Saturday Matinee.

The Cowgirl wears a beaded buckskin jacket and a cowboy hat. She holds her six shooter as she rests against a rail fence.