Category Archives: Portraits

Eyes That Have Seen Too Much

I don’t usually do political art, but this watercolor portrait showed up on my easel as I was working on World Watercolor Month. Later, you’ll see more of the images I’ve been putting together in a collection titled “Faces of

Eyes That Have Seen Too Much

I don’t usually do political art, but this watercolor portrait showed up on my easel as I was working on World Watercolor Month. Later, you’ll see more of the images I’ve been putting together in a collection titled “Faces of

Expect Failure

Failure is not a pleasant topic to write about, nor is it a pleasant experience in our lives. Yet we all must deal with failure. It is inevitable. Many oft-quoted remarks are about failure. It’s been said that we really

Expect Failure

Failure is not a pleasant topic to write about, nor is it a pleasant experience in our lives. Yet we all must deal with failure. It is inevitable. Many oft-quoted remarks are about failure. It’s been said that we really

Making Faces

I’ve been spending a lot of time with watercolor lately. Each day I do a “watercolor warm-up”, which is mostly playing with colorful abstractions, letting the paint swirl around on the page, watching it form images almost on its own.

Making Faces

I’ve been spending a lot of time with watercolor lately. Each day I do a “watercolor warm-up”, which is mostly playing with colorful abstractions, letting the paint swirl around on the page, watching it form images almost on its own.

I Painted This

I’m sitting here looking at a watercolor painting I completed a few minutes ago. It’s not even dry yet, but I’m absolutely amazed at what I’m seeing. I painted this, and it’s beautiful. I don’t know how I did it,

I Painted This

I’m sitting here looking at a watercolor painting I completed a few minutes ago. It’s not even dry yet, but I’m absolutely amazed at what I’m seeing. I painted this, and it’s beautiful. I don’t know how I did it,

Don’t Think — Just Draw

Every day when I check my email I have newsletters from artists and art businesses throughout the world. Most are trying to sell me something. In hopes of doing that, many of these emails have something free to offer —

Don’t Think — Just Draw

Every day when I check my email I have newsletters from artists and art businesses throughout the world. Most are trying to sell me something. In hopes of doing that, many of these emails have something free to offer —

A Sorry Sight

Sometimes it’s best to leave well enough alone. Unfortunately for me and my art, that often means leaving something half-finished, if even that, and that, my friends, is something I’m working diligently to avoid. It’s easy to make a start

A Sorry Sight

Sometimes it’s best to leave well enough alone. Unfortunately for me and my art, that often means leaving something half-finished, if even that, and that, my friends, is something I’m working diligently to avoid. It’s easy to make a start

A Study in Light and Shadow

I’m sitting here in my new littleĀ art studio — or actually, I’m sitting here at my computer desk, a short distance away from my studio area. It’s a good place to sit and get a bit of perspective on my

A Study in Light and Shadow

I’m sitting here in my new littleĀ art studio — or actually, I’m sitting here at my computer desk, a short distance away from my studio area. It’s a good place to sit and get a bit of perspective on my

It Really Is a Face

After finishing up my still life, I had a little time left for painting, so I turned again to Frans Hal and portrait painting. My first sorry-looking attempt at copying a Dutch master was done on a 5 x 7

It Really Is a Face

After finishing up my still life, I had a little time left for painting, so I turned again to Frans Hal and portrait painting. My first sorry-looking attempt at copying a Dutch master was done on a 5 x 7

With Apologies to Frans Hals

Among the many artists whose works I’ve studied recently as I’ve explored my Dutch heritage is Frans Hals, also known as Frans Hals the Elder. He was a painter of the Dutch Golden Age who lived and worked in the

With Apologies to Frans Hals

Among the many artists whose works I’ve studied recently as I’ve explored my Dutch heritage is Frans Hals, also known as Frans Hals the Elder. He was a painter of the Dutch Golden Age who lived and worked in the

Getting Adventurous

I’ve already declared that 2020 — the Chinese year of the Rat — will be a year of imagination for me. As each day goes by, I find myself building onto that single word and watching it grow and blossom.

Getting Adventurous

I’ve already declared that 2020 — the Chinese year of the Rat — will be a year of imagination for me. As each day goes by, I find myself building onto that single word and watching it grow and blossom.