Fair Violets: Painting a Still Life

Fair Violets

Painting still lifes is very enjoyable for me. I like the more compact, concise subject matter. I also like the play of highlights and shadows. Here is one I am particularly fond of, shown above, called “Fair Violets.” I don’t usually paint flowers and not only did I enjoy paintings them, I am very happy with the way the painting came out.

The title is “fair” violets since I went to the North Florida Fair in Tallahassee last November and ended up finding quite a few things I took photos of that could serve as subjects for my paintings. Shown below is the photo I took as reference as well as a painting study on a mixed media pad. I have been doing studies lately that help greatly with my new expressionistic style. Since some of the works are “alla prima” or translated, done in one sitting, it helps to flesh it out on paper first. I think I’ll be painting more flowers!

Fair Violets Study


Working on Mini Custom Pet Portraits

Mini Molly in Progress

Very busy doing custom pet portraits! Trying to fit in my larger expressionistic paintings in between as well. I just finished this portrait of a long-haired dachshund commissioned by a woman for her friend. I also did a mini portrait of a black and white tuxedo cat for a woman to give to her brother. As you can see, these paintings make great gifts! I’m going to be doing some Boston Terriers soon, so I’ll keep you posted.

Tallahassee’s Capitol Building

Capitol Building No. 3

This is my latest painting. Not only my latest, but the latest one of the capitol I have done. I have painted this famous Tallahassee landmark at the intersection of Monroe Street and Apalachee Parkway three times. I think I like the way it has progressed into my new style. This, as you blog followers know, is my new expressionistic style pictured above in “Capitol Building No. 3.” I had done it two years ago while experimenting and learning in a painting class I took in Railroad Square Art Park. The previous version was well received and was sold to a woman who proudly displays it in her downtown office. I’ve included these two versions of the capitol to compare and contrast. Going to do more Tallahassee landmarks in the future!

Capitol and Trees Reference Photo

Enjoying the New Expressionistic Style

High Tops

Here’s one of my “fan favorites!” This painting was complimented by all that have seen it, friends and family alike. I haven’t shown it to the general public yet, since it is one of the paintings I am preparing for a big group show at LeMoyne Arts in 2020. This exhibit is not the first time I’ve shown at a gallery, but it is the biggest gallery in town and I’ll need between 25 and 30 paintings to show. I feel I’m on the right track with this painting and my new style because of the reaction. A friend was interested in the painting and decided to buy ten greeting cards with this image on it which I custom made for her. I do custom paintings, mini portraits and greeting cards and ship in the continental U.S. I hope you are enjoying my new style and I’ll keep you posted on the preparation for the group show!

High Tops Ten Cards with Env SoldHigh Tops Reference Photo

Holiday Mini Custom Pet Portraits

Five Mini Cats in Progress Christina

Hey folks! I’ve been away for awhile for the holidays but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been painting. I got an order from New York City for TEN custom mini pet portraits for Christmas presents! I did four dogs and six cats and of course, they were all unique. The dogs were challenging to do because they’re all different as opposed to cats which are the same shape and just vary in color and patterns.

Then, the woman loved them so much, she ordered four more dogs for friends that she was going to see after Christmas! I’ve included the pictures of some of the paintings and the appropriate reference photos. Anyone interested in a mini pet portrait, they’re 2-1/2″ square and come with an attached wooden easel. Got two more to do right now for different people!

Dolly Doll Painting aka Self Portrait

Dolly Doll Painting

Here is another expressionistic painting I have done recently. Some people I have shown it to say it’s a self portrait. That’s not too far off I guess since my friend that gave the doll to me said it reminded her of me. I call it the Dolly Doll Painting which is one of my nicknames. Here’s a photo of the doll in my living room. Stay posted for more paintings in my new style after the holidays!

Doll on chair for blog

Expressionistic “Donny’s Guitar”

Donny's Guitar

I am really enjoying doing paintings in this new expressionistic style! I have done approximately fifteen pieces in this style since last summer. I am happy to say, as soon as I posted this guitar painting on Facebook, I had one of my FB friends buy it. She wanted it for a Christmas present for her husband who is a musician. I will happily do commissions of another if anyone’s interested. Here’s Stripedie helping me ship it off!

Guitar w wrapping and Stripes