Recent Portraits

February 10, 2018

Mollie, below, was the last portrait I painted in 2017. I’ve been experimenting with an imprimatura but I didn’t have a toned canvas ready so this is painted on a white background. Just as well, as the model was so pale I would have done the entire piece in pale tints of white.


That is precisely what happened with this portrait, the first oil painting of 2018. The tone is way too dark and as a result this is a chalky, unsuccessful painting.


This last painting was done on a much more delicate background, and is perhaps the most successful of the three.


All from Kate Huntington’s Tuesday portrait session.


Old Painting

December 18, 2017

Going through my garage looking for Halloween-appropriate art, I came across this rather large (for me) oil on linen.

They are, clockwise, starting from the horse, a horse (maybe a mule–no way to tell without the lower jaw), a gorilla (sadly, plaster, the only fake item in my collection; I woud kill for a real gorilla skull), human (I have the rest of the skeleton in the garage), baboon, cheetah (I’m definitely not supposed to have that; I could tell you how I got it, but then I’d have to kill you), klipspringer (a small antelope), and a daffodil to take the edge off.

Recent Stuff

December 18, 2017

I always forget to update this blog. Here’s some new stuff since October:

The “Tomatoes” watercolor is a replacement for another painting of the same subject I sold. Dauna, Hatch, and Peter are from Kate Huntington’s portrait painting session. I’m experimenting with imprimaturas again (every 40 years, need it or not). I can’t help but feel it’s cheating.


October 25, 2017

Coupla New Watercolors

October 25, 2017

Painted and sold all within three days. Thanks to my very good friend Caterina.


October 17, 2017


Oil on canvas

That is, I believe, a viceroy butterfly, not a monarch. Smaller, and monarchs only eat milkweed.

Some Watercolors

October 17, 2017

I sold a watercolor of my goat skull, so I did a replacement. The other piece is entitled “Ancestors,” because reasons. That is a vervet monkey and a hyrax skull.