Tuesday, April 9, 2013

"Altar Boy" oil on canvas 16"x20"

My friend Dottie and I decided to paint this boy from a newspaper clipping that she had cut out years and years ago. . It is a black and white photo. (Colored print in the Times Picayune were rare in those days.) This boy is no doubt married with 10 kids by now. Anyway, she is working on the watercolor version and I am anxious to see her results.

Friday, April 5, 2013

New Orleans French Quarter Festival April 13th and 14th.

It is that time of the year again. I have been accepted into the Pirates Alley Art Show that takes place in conjunction with the New Orleans French Quarter Festival. Please come visit me and view my latest work. My spot is actually on Pirate Alley which is on the left side of the St. Louis Cathedral. There will be different bands and great food throughout the area. Hope you can make it!

"King of the Road" 16" x 20" oil on canvas

Never miss a photo opportunity. I was buying some eclairs at this local bakery and this man with his dog entered the shop.The dog was wearing, what looked to me like, swimming goggles. Found out the two are biker buddies and they travel everywhere together on their Harley. This was the first motorcycle that I have painted. Hope there are no missing parts! I think the title of the painting is perfect. The shop was selling king cakes and had that sign on the railing. And his last name was King!

Julie and Manny 16" x 20" oil on canvas

These are my fellow classmates. We get together once a week to improve our painting skills with Roy and catch up on the latest gossip, listen to awesome music and basically inspire and encourage one another. This painting is the second in a series of three. I will have painted almost 360 degrees of the room when I am finished the third.
Everything was first sketched in loosely with soft charcoal, followed by yellow ochre to make the lines more permanent so that I could block in the shapes. Same procedure as the smaller paintings.