Just juried in.

“I like it. There’s someone in there.” That’s what a legendary artist told me when I shared this painting.”

“Matriarch,” 14×18, oil on canvas.

Honestly, that alone was enough validation for me. But I went ahead and entered “Matriarch” into the second annual online exhibition of The American Impressionist Society. This weekend, I got notification that it was juried in. I’ve been in a funk in recent months, which has affected my painting. Hard to believe we’re going into a second winter of the pandemic; Delta is currently surging in my state. This acceptance lifted my spirits and got me back in the studio.

This is the toughest show I’ve been juried into yet … about a 25% acceptance rate, and the base level of talent is much higher than most shows. It is humbling to see my name listed alongside so many wonderful artists. Here’s a link to the the online catalog.

This painting is of my often-quirky and usually sweet mother. I recently gifted it to a niece (Mom’s granddaughter) who’s always been loving and respectful to Mom. The niece recently married and bought her first home, so it seemed like the perfect time for an heirloom gift.

As always, thanks for your interest in my work.

WIP. Value challenge. 

img_4705-2Struggled with this session. Model’s skin, her dress, and the cover on her chair were all similar tones and values. Plus she was sick and kept saying she might hurl, which was distracting to the big sister side of me, as I ran round trying to get her mints, Coke and a bucket in case she lost her cookies. Other challenges:  room was hotter than hell and glare on my palette made it hard to tell what I was mixing. The beauty of painting live, I guess. First world problems. Still, one of my favorite models and the painting does look better than the photo was able to capture. This model reminds me of Ophelia, an idea which I tried to incorporate into the painting conceptually. Looking forward to refining this study further. 11×14, oil on linen. Painted at the Scarab Club of Detroit. 2 hours. 

Yesterday’s output

Trying to share the journey as honestly as possible. That includes paintings that are not always the best I can do. Yesterday, we had two models who moved a lot. I don’t quite have the skill level to compensate for that. Yet. Something to work on. Still, I think the costumed one (14×11) is a decent start and I rather like the nude (12×9). Both oil on linen.