Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Mike B.

This is a commission piece that a friend had me paint of her fiance. Working from a photo. I researched tattoo paintings and found some inspiration from an artist named Shawn Barber who paints portraits of tattoo artists. Over all I think she was very happy with the painting. It was a challenge, I treated it as a regular portrait, painting his torso and then layering the tattoo on top. My photo is a little blurry. This is a large piece on stretched canvas. 24x30 oil c 2008. NFS

Monday, December 8, 2008

Remember Us

When I was in high school I won a contest sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary. It was called a poppy poster contest because the auxiliary sells little paper poppies to raise funds every year around memorial day for vets in their local communities. I painted a pair of boots very much like these, The title was Remember Us. I was presented with a beautiful silver charm bracelet with a poppy charm on it which I still have, 39 years later. When I saw the photo from Karin Jurick 's Different Strokes From Different Strokes Blog I decided to paint the boots as a memorial tribute to our troops to remind us of the sacrifices made and the sacrifices our young men and women are still making today. Take a moment to remember them. Please Support Our Troops. 9x12 oil on board c.2008 Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, December 2, 2008


My entry for the Different Strokes challenge. I really enjoyed the process on this piece. I like the light effect. oil on linen 9x12.