Wednesday, December 5, 2007

The Process of Thought

The preliminary painting was guache. It ended as an oil painting so far.

Formal Pose

Extreme values in this piece. Notice the lack of midtones?

Not Defiant

This model was young and innocent in appearance. I think this is her 15 years from now.

Lay of Light

I did two paintings for this pose. Finally got around to rendering it. I still like the lines right at her midsection.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Butoh Collage

This is a photograph that includes four exposures of butoh paintings.
This was the very first butoh painting. Im trying to avoid changing it. This was the first impression.

Butoh Four

Butoh Three

Butoh Two

The key to getting anything down when they were dancing was to take a mental snapshot get it down and move on to the next painting.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

The group painted butoh dancers.
I call this self appreciation

This was Levi.

This was an underpainting for an oil painting I just recently finished. Maybe I should have left it alone. The oil painting has a different feel.

Monday, November 5, 2007

9 7 07

I worked on this piece many days after painting it. It was worth playing with again. Its rather fluid.


This is one of my Butoh dance paintings. The models moved for the most part. So a lot of these pieces arent defined. Maybe that was the point of it.
I used sketches of this model to complete this piece. I like the unease and tension in the background.

Last Pose and Roz rather Blue

This painting was done from a 2 minute sketch I was able to complete at the very end.
The model was tired and so was I. This pose was fun for both model and artists.

Monday, October 29, 2007


October 15 07 3

Narrow I Know

This is a painting done from a sketch. I know the waist is too narrow but for some reason it works for me. The artist lurking behind the easel was added to keep back and forth action going in the piece. The blue and orange compliments add energy.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007


I will be painting on this more.

Approaching Light

I used the minimum brushstrokes with this piece. I had to finish in 3 minutes. I like the value scale and theme. You can guess the theme.

Thinking Man

I was asked to add an anchor to this painting. My initial thougt was to leave the white background. I added the line near the wrist after. Im still tempted to work on it but I should probably step away from it and leave it fresh.

Sorrow is Full

I liked the concept "sorrow is full". This model always adds a dramatic aspect to the pose...something thoughtful.

In Pink

I continued to work on this piece after the group met. This model had very nice elegant features. When she took her hair down, a completly new concept flew into my mind about how to paint her.

Friday, October 12, 2007


It was a struggle for the model to hold this pose and for me to paint.

Deep Thought

I like the value scale in this painting. The darks and the lights work well.

Stern Look

This was done from one of the paintings done with the group. I always struggle to get the entire body onto the paper.

From The Back

This model loves to challenge us. His poses are always interesting. He also has good lines. One of my favorites.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Complex Lines

On this night the models were vicious with their poses. They were not easy.

Resting Place

This model always challenges you. His poses are complex and the lines always flow with him. I first noticed a lot of my linear work with him. The line describes him well.


This model had complex hair and body markings. I focused on the lines of her body and not the lines added after birth. Not from America so she had a great sense of womanhood.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Wide Open Hands

The hands were difficult. I can't seem to place the entire body on a piece of paper. That's my next goal head to toe in each painting.


I have worked with this model before with photography. It was fun getting to paint her. Good soul.

Red Head

The hair was a definte challenge for me. Plus she was small in stature.


My first painting of the session is usually the some circles. This painting was taken away from me by the group leader. As if to say: step away from the painting. It was fun to paint.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

I did some work on this piece after the group met. I added the artist in the background as an afterthought.

This model has amazing hair and beard. I got caught up on painting it many times during our session with him.

This painting tugs at me. Part of me wants to "finish it" and the other appreciates its delicacy.
I liked the line of this painting. This was done during one of my first painting sessions with the group.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Strong model
Lots of conflict in this piece.
A nice sense of calm.

Lee is a favorite with the group. He has a sense of calm and poise. This pose was all about lines and light for me.
This model had the same last name as me. She seemed to be uncomfortable with posing that night. It was a challenge to paint her.