Headstudies and a Cutie

I have been doing head studies the last few days.  I’m trying to learn how to properly get skin tones correct and well, painting a face is tough. So practice, practice, practice right.  The first one is of a cute little kid I took pictures of about a week ago. I did this one on a 8×8 deep stretched canvas.  It was a quick and fun one to do.

Alla Prima, 8 x 8 oil on Canvas. “Morgan” 

The second one I just finished today, well, I haven’t completely decided if i am finished.  I put 3hrs into it and this was a great one for me to learn with.  It came with its challenges for sure.

“Just a Girl” 8 x 10 oil on canvas panel


So proud of myself….

Look I’m a baby artist when it comes to painting.  I’m learning everyday on what is working for me and what isn’t.  I decided to use one of my buddies and photographer Lauren Shipman’s photo as inspiration to tackle a new challenge for me.  I have to say I’m pretty proud of myself for giving it a go.  Here are some progress photos so far.  We shall see where it lands when it is finished.  I’m not in a rush though, I want to take my time.

My First Ever Commissioned Portrait

I was totally scared and excited to take on this portrait.  I have never done a portrait before, well, I never done one like this, actually trying to make it look like the person.  I was given this photo to go off of…

Here is the progress as I was painting.

I’m pleased on how it came out and I learned a lot along the way.  I used canvas panel for this, which I won’t do again.  It is just to rough of a surface for a portrait.  This has started an obsession with paint portraits.  I’m on my second as we speak.

Here is the final piece, it will be shipping out to its new home with in the next 2 weeks.



The Surrender

Finally finished…..

I worked on this piece for about a week which is a lot of attention for someone like me.  I get bored very easily.

Here are a few detail shots.

This painting is close to my heart because it represents a time of my life of deep emotional pain and anxiety.  The painting represents surrendering to the anxiety and fully trusting the creator to take care. Anxiety is like a deep ocean that you feel you are sinking into, we fight so hard to keep our heads above the water.  But I believe true healing comes when we finally stop fighting and just let go.