Tootsie Pop Oil Painting

Every once in a while I want to paint something fun. This small painting was done last year right after Halloween. I bought some candy just in case trick-or-treaters came to my door. This was one of the left over treats. I decided I wanted to paint it as I love painting big things smallContinue reading “Tootsie Pop Oil Painting”

Elizabeth Taylor

When I decided to paint this portrait of Elizabeth Taylor I tried to think of a woman who made an impact on Hollywood and whose career was extraordinary. Elizabeth Taylor came to mind. She was talented, elegant and full of controversy. She began acting as a young woman and continued for most of her life.Continue reading “Elizabeth Taylor”

Clint Eastwood Original Oil Painting

I am into all things retro. I think it comes from my love of history. Last week I decided I wanted to do a portrait and I wanted to embrace the colors of the 1970’s. The only thing missing from this portrait is the avocado green. Clint Eastwood his Dirty Harry character are symbolic ofContinue reading “Clint Eastwood Original Oil Painting”

Summer Peaches

Last week I began a small painting series that celebrates summer. It started off with flip flops and this week summer peaches. I love doing small paintings. It gives me a chance to complete a painting in a few hours and hones in on needed skill sets for doing larger ones. Peaches always remind meContinue reading “Summer Peaches”

Flip Flops

I am originally from the Seattle area and because it was rainy most of the year I never wore flip flops. In 2017 I moved to California and ended up in Los Angeles selling my art at the beach. In LA I wore flip flops all summer. They are the easiest shoe to wear whenContinue reading “Flip Flops”

The Painting Process

A few weeks ago I finished a painting of an intersection on Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California. The painting was done from a photograph I took on one of my trips to Hollywood. I enjoy painting the unexpected or the mundane over the “touristy” spots. In my mind this painting represents the “real” Hollywood overContinue reading “The Painting Process”

Product Review: Gamsol

Gamsol is an odorless mineral spirit used in oil painting much like turpentine. Traditionally turpentine was used in oil painting but posed problems due to the toxic odor. It is why I put off painting with oils for years. It seemed like such a hassle and strong odors bother me and make me nauseous. WhenContinue reading “Product Review: Gamsol”