Wednesday, November 30, 2011



One order of distraction....

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Tomorrow is another day...

Missed portrait class tonight...painting will have to wait until next week. A good reason to finally break out the sketchbook instead. And I had a great excuse to watch this fascinating documentary about art and Russia.

There are three parts (3 hours) and I could only watch 15 minutes (or less!) at a time, so it took all day. Thanks to James Gurney at for the link. He is always on the move, it seems, and he takes us with him on his blog journey.

Tomorrow, trying to quote Livingston Taylor in a favorite song, on the subject of
"building character, thank you please, no more character.
It's our turn to dance, our turn to sing...."  ....I love that line! Enough with the character building already...Aloha!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Next up, Ashanti

Starting a new portrait session in Tom Edgerton's class. Arrived late and left early but was pleased with this as a start. So nice that our model is very patient and managed to keep a slightly amused look...lovely to paint. Til next, Aloha!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Signs of November

I'm down a computer and a camera right now, as you can tell by recent pictures. Will replace them when I'm tech-sufficient again. So happy to paint tonight that I had to share. My good friend Karen was able to join me and the fun of friendship spilled right into the painting. Dried flowers, a favorite scarf and pine cones that the little one has been collecting...enjoying the autumn. Aloha!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Final session with Jean

Thought it would be fun to share some of the group's work and our lovely model. One very fine painting slipped out before I got this picture. Carol's painting on the middle left was done in this one session only and she made an outstanding portrait. Everyone got a lot out of these sessions, and thanks, as always to Tom.

On a personal note, have been feeling much better lately and hope to have more paintings up here in the future. The world has such beautiful colors in it this time of year and my heart's just singing. Here's to being...aloha!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Time for Turquoise

Session Two with Jean...everyone is so inspired by this model. I'm really looking forward to seeing the final paintings next week. With permission, I may try to post some some photos of the class. Jean was the first model I painted in Tom Edgerton's class, and the first painting I did with oils. Never made it past a very rudimentary sketch that go round. Feels like I've made some real progress since last spring, which is very motivating.

We were talking about turquoise a bit in class. There are some colors that are extremely difficult to mix from other colors, such that they still have intensity, and aren't dulled or gray. In my experience, purple can be one example, and turquoise is another. Sometimes it's better to have something that can be used straight out of the tube. So, glad I picked up some turquoise to try, recently, so I can play with it and try to understand how it mixes with other pigments.Love it. Aloha!