Ready For My Closeup

I have a good friend who has had a good friend for many years who is nuts for spoonbills. I don’t think she gets to see too many in the flesh, since she lives in California, and roseate spoonbills are the only spoonbill species found in the Americas, mostly in Florida and parts of Louisiana and Texas. After seeing In the Pink, my friend commissioned a small canvas portrait of a spoonbill for her friend, and Ready for My Closeup is what I came up with. Hope she likes it…

Paint By Numbers

Paint By NumbersThere’s something to be learned every time you pick up a paintbrush, no matter how long you’ve been painting…no matter what your subject is. A couple of months ago, a young woman I know asked me to do a painting with a pool theme for her basement. She and her husband had just gotten a handsome pool table with gray felt instead of the traditional green, and she wanted to liven up the setting with a painting on the large, blank, paneled wall behind the table.

I’m not going to lie to you–I don’t think cues and racked pool balls are very exciting subjects–but they do provide enough material for a still life and enough of a change from what I ordinarily paint to make the process enjoyable. My very first paintings were still lifes, mostlly because you can learn so much about proportion, placement, color, value, light…everything you need to paint anything…so why not a pool table?