Sunday, September 22, 2013

My Flesh Palette

These are the colors I use for painting human skin. It can be tedious to mix up a palette this complex everyday, but I've found that the more thought out my working space is, the more likely I will get what I want in the painting. First I lay out colors from the tube across the top. Next I mix fairly large amounts of the hues in the bottom row. Finally I mix the tints in the second row. I intermix them all as needed when painting. Mars black is cool enough to serve as a blue in almost all cases. I'm posting this so my students can print it out and bring it to class, but anyone is welcome to make use of it. Use matte photo paper for best results.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

New Portrait Commission

I am currently painting the portrait of Allan Gilmour, who recently retired as president of Wayne State University. Before that, Mr. Gilmour was an executive with Ford Motor Company. I'm very happy to have been chosen for this commission and I am enjoying working with Allan, about whom you can read more here...

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Going Forward

This painting is from 2008 and is called "Going Forward". It was a phrase heard often in the media about that time. It is available through the David Klein Gallery in Birmingham, MI. It is beautifully framed by the John Rowland Workshop in Ferndale, MI. John does most of my framing.

You can order a fine art print of this painting here.

Oil on linen panel, 18 x 24 inches, 2008

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Blue Mirror

This is another in my short series of paintings by artificial light. The furniture and the room itself are doll house miniatures. The figure was a real model. I composed the piece in Photoshop. The original is available from the David Klein Gallery in Birmingham, MI. 

To order a fine art print of this painting, click here.

Oil on panel, 18 x 17 inches, 2007