Monday, August 8, 2016

When I retiring from teaching, in my last year, I began to tribute to my students with a series of 12 x 12 oil portraits of some of them.  They were painted from photos that I took in my classroom.  My goal was to produce 100 paintings.   I reached 75, and had a show of the portraits at the Monday Club in Webster Groves, as a teaching 'send-off'.
     Most of the paintings have either been sold, or given to the parents of the students.  (I did several teachers as well).

  -The Webster-Kirkwood Times did an article on me, and it included pictures of me painting in my studio, working on a portrait of my then 18 month old granddaughter.

  - I took part in a show at Norton Gallery on Big Bend called, "size matters", and my painting was included in the ad for the show.

  - I was pictured plein air painting during the Webster Days event in 2014, in the Webster-Kirkwood Times, as well.

  - In the 2014 plein air event, 'Paint Out' in Lebanon, Illinois, my painting  Early Morning Lebanon took first place in the judging, and was included in their town paper.

  - Somerset Studios included my artwork in several of their magazines, including an article that I wrote about my process.   Somerset Memories had four pages on a collection of vintage cards I made, and Somerset Journaling included a page of a journal I made on a trip to Spain.
    









I've always loved doing portraits, so dogs are kinda similar to that.   Each dog has his or her own personality, which has to be captured to get the likeness of that particular animal.  

     The personality, for me, comes through in the eyes. 

 Norman
Bullmastiff commission
from clients photo
 16 x 20
 2016

Norman
Bullmastiff commission
from client's photo
20x28
2016

Saturday, August 6, 2016

A collection of my paintings, including architectural pieces, plein air and commissioned works. 

Commission
Steinberg skating rink
16 x 20
2015
 Grand Basin Forest Park
 from smaller plein air painting
 24x30
 2016


 Forest Park by the old horse bridge.
 plein air
 8x10
 2016
Webster Groves home on Marshall
from my photo
16x20
2015
 Webster Groves home on Marshall
  from my photo
  14x18
  2015
                                Farm in Labadie Missouri                                     
                                from my photo
                                18x24
                                2016

 Commission house in Colorado
  from client's photo
  16x20
  2015
 Commission house in Indiana
  from client's photo
  16x20
  2015
 Commission house in Chicago
  from client's photo
  16x20
  2015
 Pub Granville, Ohio
  plein air
  11x14
  2015
Palm Beach Florida
from my photo
16x20
2016
 Palm Beach Florida
 plein air
 9x12
 2016
 Kirkwood Park
 plein air
 9x12
 2016
 Bridge by Muny Opera
 plein air
 8x10
 2016
 Lebanon paint-out event
 Lebanon, Illinois
 plein air
 8x10
 2015
 Lebanon paint-out event
 Lebanon, Illinois
 11x14
 2015


Oil painting collections

A collection of paintings, including still life, some portraits, animals, architecture, and recent plein air.  I've included some recent commissioned work.

     This, I realize shows a lot of diversity, but these are some of my favorite pieces, so I wanted to include them.

painted from life
6x6
2013
painted from life
8x8
2014
painted from life
8x8
2016
painted from life
6x6
2010
painted from life
6x8
2010
painted from life
6x8
2009
painted from life
8x8
2013
painted from life
8x8
2010
still life painted from life
8x10
2016
painted from photo
9x12
2010
                                              Commission of portrait with Wainwright bldg.
                                                     from two photos provided by client
                                                                             20x24
                                                                              2015


Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Behind Main Street

I found this alleyway very interesting as a subject for my second of 3 paintings while at a plein air 'paint out' over the weekend.  It was hot, but I managed to squeeze myself into a seated position (which I usually don't like, and don't do) behind a shed, of sorts in this alley...
     I was so HOT, that I decided to sit, thinking that I'd stand a better chance of actually finishing the painting, and not giving up, because I was dripping wet... ha !  Well, I had fun painting, and then noticed a distinct odor of sort of rotten garbage, only to then recognize the dumpster directly behind me... well, I had to finish, anyway, and I really was pleased with the results....  Perseverance ! 
 

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Vivian's day



  I painted this one, my FIRST zinnia picture, actually, while my darling granddaughter was napping one Wednesday.  

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Zinnia heaven

     I am enjoying this... I will be sad when the zinnias are over.  I planted some different varieties in another part of the yard ( my berm in the front yard), and the guy who cuts our lawn got out his weed whip and took them all out, thinking they were weeds..... had to start over, so I am starting with different seeds and seeing what I get. !
     LIFE IS GRAND 



Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Deep Vista

Another study, 8 x 8 oil to play with composition and color.... Wide deep vista...


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Colorful skies at sunset

     A sketch for a larger painting... experimentation with color.... These are ALMOST complements, but not quite.... the light in the sky is always a warmer hue near sunrise and sunset.
     I admire this combination in artwork I've seen and would love to incorporate this color palette into my arsenal of techniques. 


Monday, July 13, 2015

More colorful zinnias


     Here is a bouquet I painted, changed the background to a darker neutral, and I was pretty pleased with the way it turned out..... Sure am enjoying all those zinnia colors !

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Zinnias are wonderful

     I love growing zinnias, and bringing them inside.... I just recently started painting them, too.... a triple header... ha !
     This is only my second year growing them, from seed.   I can't stand to leave them outside, and constantly cut them and put them in vases everywhere in my house.  Fun !

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Jason's home in Chicago

     Here is a commission for a painting I did of a former students home in Chicago.   His mother wanted to surprise him with the painting.  I also completed a painting of his residence in Indiana, which was a challenge of angles and shadows, and I had lots of fun with that one, too.  
    

Jason's home in Chicago

 
    

Friday, May 1, 2015

I'm back... Here's Steinberg......

Sorry, folks, it's been a long while since I've posted..... I wasn't able to figure out how to get the photos off my iphone and onto the blog.....         Oh, Whoa is me.....

     I've been busy with commissions, and having a great time in my studio, when I can get the chance... (the garden is looking a little forlorn with a new, terrible weed this year)  Anyhoo, I think that by emailing my photos from phone to email I can then retrieve them to the blog...YAY !

     Here is one of the newest paintings I've worked on, and the picture of the new plein air setup I was able to purchase because of the commissions I've been doing.... YAY, again !
    This is a commission of the Steinberg Skating Rink in St. Louis' Forest Park.  It is one of 2 that were commissioned of the facility by the manager of the rink.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Steinberg skating rink- update

     The person commissioning the painting asked for a few more skaters.  Here's the final draft for the painting, which will be quite a bit larger.  This one is only 11 x 14...

     More skaters, a good idea, I think..