Monday, November 30, 2009

Milkweed Pods, part 3

The latest version of this picture. I haven't compared it to the others as I am writing this, and to my eye, I might have gone too floofie with the milkweed fluff. When I post I'll be able to tell. Maybe I'll back it off a bit./// Now that I saw it, I am thinking just a little adjusting here and there and it'll be done. I like the floofie.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Milkweed, part two

This is the second stage this painting, and its coming along pretty well. Its all earth color, if I remember correctly. There is raw sienna, raw umber, trans. red oxide and white, and thats it. Its only about half done, and the challenge will be to get the fluffy milkweed seed painted fluffily enough.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Milkweed Ectoplasm

A start on a still life. Looks sorta like ectoplasm, not that I have ever seen ectoplasm, but if I did see it, I am sure it would look like this. Hope I can make it look like fluffy milkweed parachutes.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Snow (Fameuse) apple

A quick sketch of a Snow apple done this afternoon. I was working with edges, trying to get the illusion of depth. It's 4 x 5 inches and I like that size. Its easy to finish in a day.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Waterfall... better colors

OK, I have a newly calibrated monitor, new settings on Photoshop, and better results on my end. Still paler than it should be but better. Monitors are variable in their pictures so I am hoping for a happy averaged outcome.


The finished waterfall that I started earlier this week. But the question is : Why are these photos showing up with such bad color? Why? I am a good person and this shouldn't be happening to me. I assign the correct {as far as I know} color profile, I tweak the color so it will be more rich, and it still washes out. GAAaaaaahhhhh.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

From the Civil War, too

One of the family that fought for the Union in the Civil War. I don't know who it is, but he is rather elegant. His uniform fits so well, it looks tailored. I *think* the rifle is a Springfield 1861.

Veterans Day

Veterans Day. They could do anything, including the impossible. In the United States, they were often first generation Americans, survivors of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl, sons of immigrants and grandsons of pioneers. All were patriots. They confronted Evil, they overcame it. Now that they are almost all gone, we are so much the poorer for it. I miss them.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Pastel Pear

A pear done with pastels, which are colored chalk. I did it really quickly, but it came out looking OK.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009


I heard something the other day on the radio... a man said something about portraying the real world that was created by God within the walls of Eden as opposed to the illusion of the real world created by people outside those walls. A poetic thought, but also one not so far away from some of the theories in quantum physics.

Monday, November 02, 2009

Apple and Squash Part2... almost finished

Almost done, this started as the painting below. After 354 revisions, painting the background

37 times and replacing the apple twice, it might, maybe kinda be almost done. I have to fiddle with a few edges and it'll be done.

No models were harmed in the production of this painting except for the squash that I am going to cook for dinner. And, ummm, the apples.

Its Spring!

I found these in a garden center, nestled in the Astilbe.