Saturday, February 27, 2010


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Happy Birthday Casey! He is my brother's first and only son and was photographed by my brother Larry on their vacation. This is the second painting of him, I also painted him as a toddler a few years ago using a heart brush that I created. You can view that in my website gallery.  I couldn't wait to paint this one as I especially loved the reflection that he captured. I painted this in really warm, bright and rich colors for the summer and enhanced Casey's sun-kissed complexion. It makes me anxious to skip these cooler month's of winter and go directly to my favorite time of year, summer! I'm sure they will be feeling the same way after enduring the extreme winter conditions in the northeast. I used alot of my favorite brushes including the palette knife and created a watercolor style border in Adobe CS4 then added a paper texture in Corel 11. This will print nicely on water color paper and then I plan on mailing it to them in West Virginia to celebrate his 5th birthday. Please feel free to leave your comments, reading them always feels like a ray of sunshine!

Saturday, February 20, 2010


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This posting is of a friend and wonderful young lady, Janae.  I was so pleased to be invited to share in the experience of her wedding day. Seeing the warm colors of the setting sun glowing off her olive complexion and the beading throughout her gown and headpiece, I couldn't  resist stealing her away from the wedding photograher for just a quick moment to pose for me.  Prior to painting I adjusted the color tone and contrast of the photograph and then painted with many brushes in Corel 11 which includes Marilyn Sholin's portrait brushes, a mixture of Jeremy Sutton's brushes, Acrylics and Den's Oil Brushes. In my final touches I created a warm light off to the right side to give it more depth and drama.  A very special thank you to Jill Garl and her portrait painting techniques and excellent suggestions. Mary Lou, I hope you  enjoy my creative expression of this very memorable day for you and your daughter. From this day forward and til death do us part, I promise to be grateful to hear your comments.

Saturday, February 13, 2010


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HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY! My art posted today originated with a photo I took of a gift bag. Don't these little candy hearts just make you happy when you see them? The pink little boxes they come in with the plastic heart window is a happy memory for me.  If you click on the image you will see more detail that I added. I used a mixtured of Jeremy Sutton and Marilyn Sholin brushes in different opacities and mixed up the "jitter" option in Corel 11 to get the end result I was hoping for. I then added a paper texture in Adobe CS4 which I thought added a "wet" look or somewhat water color technique. I like the simplicity and the fact that the peace sign just so happens to be right in the middle of the bunch. Peace and Love truly are a great blend! Wishing you a happy heart day and don't forget to "share the love" and leave your comments.