Monday, February 21, 2011


Here are small practice paintings that I worked on yesterday. Each is about an inch or so big. I was trying to focus on having a strong contrast between the lights and darks. It is something that I struggle with and am trying to improve on. I think that the stronger the contrast between values, the better it looks. The top two are copies of Gil Elvgren and the catwoman is my own. I can see that mine lacks the strong contrast and I need to push this further in my work.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


A valentine painting for my little girl. She likes elephants.

Monday, February 7, 2011

rainy day girls

Finally a new illustration. I've been in a creative dry spell lately which is mostly due to a very demanding toddler. Free time to myself is long ago a thing of the past. However she was in a quiet mood today and I was able to get this painting done which I've had in my head for a while now. It feels so good to paint again! I also joined a weekly life drawing class starting tomorrow which I hope will continue to get the creative juices flowing. This was painted with my new acryla gouaches which once dry are like acrylic in that they can't be reworked but unlike acrylic (which I find can look plasticy), these have a nice matte finish. I give them two big thumbs up!