I did this painting for Christy on her birthday in 1990. She loved her Ellie who would let her dress her, stuff her in baskets, get transported in baby carriages and strollers and generally be a sweet type “B” kitty that didn’t have a mean bone in her body!
How many times have you wanted to capture that piece of art you created but it’s under glass and the reflections make it impossible?Or you want to catalog a bunch of images in your scrapbooks or art journals? Or perhaps you have some older drawings and paintings that you can’t seem to get cropped properly. Watch my tutorial on how to use your cellphone and Photoshop to capture, color correct and reframe your images so they are suitable for submission to shows, posting on your website or Facebook pages or send to clients for approval. Here’s a YouTube video I created with tips on how to showcase your work in all these situations.
I’m finding some interesting archives in my retirement! A friend asked me some years ago to paint oil reproductions of two paintings he had of his relatives from the 1800’s. He wanted to give them as gifts to his brother and sister. I said OK and studied the originals and how they were originally painted. It took quite a while, but when I finished the paintings, he walked in the room to see them and from a few feet away, he still couldn’t pick out the originals (I took the original frames off when I showed them)! It took a look at the aged canvas to give away the copies. Quite a fun and challenging project…and please no comments about the skinny legs! : )
I painted this acrylic on plywood about 40 years ago (1972) of a friend of mine named Henry who sold Hoky Sweepers ( a great product by the way!) I did it from memory and took some liberties with his white beard and hair! My brother had this painting for about 20 years and for some reason decided to give it back! I guess having a guy with a face like this looking at you from a painting 30″x40″ could get kinda a bit intimidating – and can scare small kids! So Henry is biding his time in my basement awaiting his next venue. “Papa George, who IS that man? He’s kinda scaaawwyyy!!” Ava said when she saw him.
9/21 Update: Josiah and all the family were here this week. Josiah and I were in the basement and he said pointing at “Henry,” – “Papa George, the painting of that man is, well, kinda creepy! It scares me. Do you think when I come over you could take it down!!!” “Sure Josiah, I’ll make sure I put Henry away next time you’re here.” “Good.” he said. “Thank you Papa George.” Josiah – always polite!
Now that I think about it I hung around some pretty “Scaaawwwwy” people back then! And I was one of them!
This is a portrait I did of my lovely wife Carol a few years back. It is done in oils on canvas. I used an under – painting in Mars Violet (as was Norman Rockwell’s habit) and built up from drawing in layers of color. I used oils and alkyds with Liquin. We went to Dahlonega to one of those “dress up in old clothes booths.” It was a black and white photo, so I had to fill in the colors. The digital photo shown here loses a bit of the color. She likes blue…
>I did this little oil painting of a little girl at our my wife’s family reunion. She was standing next to a swing. I used Norman Rockwell’s technique. Underpainting with Mars Violet and layering with medium. I used a very simple pallet with Ultramarine blue, Burnt Umber, Yellow ochre and Vermillion to mix all the colors (plus a couple touches of others to darken or lighten). Home made frame with hanger.
Size: 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ painting (5 1/4″ x 6 1/2 ” with frame)