Teaching Sketching

Posted on October 18, 2018

No school the other day

, so Nico and I went to the art supply store and we bought him a fancy hard cover sketch book. I’m teaching him how to draw by really examining what he sees and copying it on the paper. He’s 6 yrs old.

Feminist Eyes

Posted on October 18, 2018

Gloria Steinem, Bell Hooks, Virginia Woolf, Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie, Simone de Beauvoir, and Betty Friedan. I’m going to make some 3×3″ fridge magnet paintings.

Quick Study

Posted on October 4, 2018

Study, 2018, oil on canvas board, 12×16″
I knocked this out really quickly this morning. I started with a canvas painted brown with a mix of old acrylics, drew the form with a white charcoal pencil, then painted in just black and white oil paint. I just wanted to see if a flat acrylic background would somehow be different from starting with an oil background. The jury is still out.

Grisaille

Posted on September 25, 2018

I have done a grisaille today on this commissioned portrait with just black paint – well, it’s not so much a proper grisaille because that would also include white to give more of a grey scale. I find that adding white makes the skin look too grey and I prefer to have more warmth in skin tones, so I make the white of the canvas be my light.

Underpainting Done

Posted on September 23, 2018

The underpainting for this commission is done!

New Commission

Posted on September 19, 2018

Underpainting done.

Model Friend

Posted on September 17, 2018

Crop from ‘The Tragically Hip,’ 56×60,” oil on canvas, 2018
My friend Nish is an excellent model – I should really use him in more paintings!

Nearly Done

Posted on September 17, 2018

Model Tom

Posted on September 12, 2018

My brother-in-law Tom is an excellent model.

The Sub

Posted on September 11, 2018

Here’s a crop from ‘The Allegory of Climate Change.’ My husband served as a model for this one – it’s a running joke between our friends that Matt is in all my paintings because someone always calls in sick on photo shoot day, and he is the sub!