Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Oh baby...

I have just one thing to say: Babies are hard! Do you know how much difference there is between a happy face and an angry one? A fraction of a millimeter in any number of places.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Monday, August 27, 2018

This one is special.

One by one, our incredible kids are setting out into the world. I've watched this amazing girl grow right along with my own daughter. It's hard to let them go, but I'm excited to see what comes next for them. (And also glad we managed to fit the portrait in before she left!) 

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Larger portraits, continued...

You know how there are some people you can tell at first glance will be gorgeous forever? It's something more than what's on the surface. I just love it when I get to paint a face that's both interesting and beautiful. 

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Working a little bit larger...

I'll post a few larger portraits this week. First up: if this cutie pie looks familiar, it's because I posted half-hour portraits of him and his brother last year. Shortly after, their mother commissioned larger paintings, which were so satisfying to work on.

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.