Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Half-Hour Portrait

This little girl made my day yesterday. Sitting still was hard for her, but she did it, more or less. Once she was finally released, she popped around the easel to look at the painting. Her eyes got big, she stood very still, and then started clapping her little hands slowly and quietly. Melted my heart.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Half-Hour Portrait

It's been a crazy couple of months, but I think I'm getting my feet under me again. I've got a little backlog of paintings to post; here's the first. This little guy did an amazing job sitting for his portrait, despite being a bit worried about the whole thing.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Half-Hour Portrait

There are several paintings from the last couple months that I still need to post (and I’ve been lame about getting them online), but I just want to put this one of a few I painted today up, because painting this beauty, along with her brother, reminded me how much I loooove painting faces.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Marsh Study No. 2

Same view, different orientation, a little more detail. Off to the right, just out of the frame, is the site of the ongoing War With Beavers. (They want to plug up the culvert; we don't want them to--very complicated. I admit to a disloyal fondness for the opposing team.)
I can't stand the thought that if Michigan Potash gets its way, an enormous potash-mining operation may loom on the horizon of this pristine spot.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Marsh Study No. 1

This month I’ve been sort of fixated on this view of my beloved marsh. And I experimented a little. This first, quick little study is my dad’s birthday card. The experimental part is that, unlike my other landscapes, it’s acrylic. Hmm.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018


Look at this sooo adorable boy. His portrait, along with his little sister’s were commissioned as a Christmas gift for their mom. Two of the best things about our painting session: 1) seeing a great dad at work, and 2) watching the little sister make a beeline for the compost pile (!) after being released from the incredibly boring business of sitting still. (It was not as messy as it could have been.)

And now look at the frames! This is one of my favorite treatments yet.