Monday, July 23, 2012


After completing my traditional paintings I like to emerge myself into the world of abstract. I call it mindless painting because I let my mind wonder as I capture what comes to mind! For this painting it is body parts called "Fetishism"

Self-Portrait. 17th Century Style

Beginning of glazing application

Beginning of self-portrait

"Mt Palisades" Completed

This painting has undergone several transformations and for the time being it's complete!
My perspective was off due to combining the two photos together. The lighting, shadows, and placement of foliage causing the many changing transformations!

Above painting before painting over the foliage on the left side. I thought it was too busy. Afterwards, I wished I'd left alone. There was so much added texture to the leaves when I applied more paint it did not look right.
Gotta love the learning curve!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Saturday, January 21, 2012

New Addition "Mt Palisades"

Here's a look at my newest painting which was inspired by a photo I had taken while hiking at Palisades Park. The photo was missing something so I decided to add mountains inspired by another photo from one of my favorite photographers Thomas Mangelsen. This is my first landscape mountain theme. It's also the first time using a palette knife which I used on the mountains, the water, and the lower right side of the canvas. It was awkard at first since I'm use to a brush.  

Photograph by Diana Van Baale
at Palisades Park

Photograph by Thomas Mangelsen

Monday, January 9, 2012

"Emalee" Oil Portrait Complete

After six long months...I finally called it quits on this painting. I had so many issues with this painting that I must say I am relieved to move on to my next project. When learning how to's....on a painting that means so much can cause much unwanted stress. This portrait was not a commissioned piece but one I am planning on giving my daughter for a graduation gift. My goal was realism but as you can see it is far from that. I need to get real and realize, realism is not my thing.

Sunday, November 13, 2011


After a couple weeks, I put this back on my easel to try and create a more realistic piece. I used several glazing applications. I am afraid I have much to learn with this technique.

I believe it helped and I will continue putting several more glazes on hoping it will accomplish what I want!