Anne of Green Gables illustrations

I introduced my daughter to Anne Shirley this weekend and it inspired a few illustrations. I have to stop myself, or I would illustrate every scene. I adore Anne, but my daughter says “She talks too much. Not exactly a kindred spirit! Still, she’s enjoying […]

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Self Portrait with Mask

I finished my self portrait today, wearing a mask from the Halloween box (almost time to break those decorations out for real!) It’s an oil painting on wood panel, 9’x12′. Still using Liquin instead of Galkyd, and I really miss the Galkyd! My Liquin is […]

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Portrait of Sigourney

I recently finished a pet portrait for my co-worker, in memory of her dog Sigourney: My palette for this painting was titanium white, ivory black, raw umber, raw sienna, cadmium yellow pale, cadmium red light, ultramarine blue, and sap green.

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Portrait of My Nephew

Here’s the finished portrait of my nephew in oils! I slowly glazed colors over the grisaille, building up layer by layer. My palette for this one was ivory black, titanium white, cadmium red light, alizarin crimson, raw umber, naples yellow, yellow ochre, cadmium yellow, and […]

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Grisaille of my nephew

I painted a grisaille portrait of my nephew this weekend, which will be the underpainting for the finished color portrait. I plan on glazing the colors for this one and the one of my husband Mike, in the coming weeks.  

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The Texture Alphabet

I have been making a texture alphabet! I finished it up yesterday. Here are all the letters, done in watercolor: This project was inspired by my daughter’s love of big, fancy words.

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Grisaille of Mike

I’ve been slowly working on an oil portrait of my husband, Mike. Here’s the grisaille underpainting. When this is dry, I’ll start apply color, using the Zorn limited palette (ivory black, titanium white, yellow ochre, and cadmium red light).

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More watercolors

Here are a few recent watercolor sketches… These two are the result of one of my painted garbage experiments. Here, I primed some paperboard from food packaging with white latex gesso, then painted with watercolor once it had dried: I like the effect. I love […]

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Oil Portraiture, Part 2

Time to paint up from the grisaille! (see Oil Portraiture, Part 1). Thin layers of oil mixed with medium (I used Galkyd to speed up drying) were glazed on, color by color. If you were following along on my instagram or twitter, you know this […]

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Oil Portraiture, Part 1

I learned to paint from impressionists, alla prima style (wet on wet), but I have always longed to capture the luminous look of classical portraits you see in the art museum. I started researching that older style of painting, working up slowly with glazes, and […]

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More waterdoodles

More waterdoodles

I generally have 10-20 minutes to spare in the mornings before I dash off to work, and lately I’ve been spending those minutes doing sketches in watercolor to make my daughter laugh. Here are a few!

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Waterdoodles

Waterdoodles

  Two quickly painted watercolors where I allowed myself minimal drying time and painted with one oversized brush to get a very loose, painterly feel. The top one is a doodle of my daughter and her puppy-love, and the bottom one is a doodle of […]

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