This portrait is on display at the Nampa Civic Center through June 25, 2018. I had successfully avoided making portrait paintings since college, but had a blast doing one after all these years. So now I'm planning a series!
This is my adopted German grandmother, Bertha. My abstract paintings called The Bertha Series, were inspired by my childhood memories of her home.
I was challenged to make a portrait for a local exhibition. Haven't made one since an intimidating assignment in college, but now I'm raring to do more. Instead of a drawn grid underneath the paintings, I'm using metallic gold checkerboard grids. It's a fun way to begin.
This is Bertha, Betty Mallorca, acrylic, 36" x 36"
In case you can't visit in person, here is my exhibition currently hanging at St. Luke's Medical Center in Boise. It will be on view 24/7 from now until the end of November. I kinda like that! In December, a portion of this work will move to St. Luke's in Meridian. Included are fifteen new Idaho landscapes.
While testing out a new mic for an iPhone today, I ended up with a short before-and-after video that discusses acrylic glazing.
Years ago at my favorite paint store, when asking about different options, Gonzalo told me, "This [matte medium] will change your life!"
I use it the way I would glaze a watercolor painting, using very thin, very translucent washes of transparent primary (unmixed) colors. You could probably add them indefinitely! Glazing adds a luminosity and depth that can't be achieved any other way.
Shot on an iPhone7, edited in iMovie
PM #2, Acrylic on paper, 43"w x 24"h
This video shows me, painting in a hurry before I lose the light, at the top of the hills above San Luis Obispo, California. Lawrence was experimenting with a new camera; this was the first video made with it. It took me so long to find the right spot that it was already getting dark.
I cut a piece off the roll of paper I had with me, taped it to the handy gate, and knocked out a quick one. It's not perfect, but it sure was fun!
Shot on a Canon 1DS Mark III, edited in iMovie. Soundtrack found on a great site: Free Music Archive.org
Hills Above SLO, acrylic on paper, 92"w x 36" h