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Monday, December 3, 2012

Frances and Dylan, a brother and sister portrait in progress

             "Frances and Dylan", and brother and sister portrait in progress, 8" x 10", egg tempera on panel

While I'm finishing up Peggy and Marcelo's couples portrait, here is another portrait commission currently in progress, of brother and sister, Frances and Dylan.  I've known their extended family all my life, and it has been such a special pleasure for me to be working on this portrait of Andrea Littell and Daniel Stephens' daughter and son.  Thank you Andrea and Dan!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Kat and Dick's completed portrait

19" x 26", pastel and carbon pencil on Pastelmat

And here is the final version of the portrait of one of my favorite couples, Kat and Dick.  I'm tickled with how it came out.  
This a lamp-lit camera shot, so if I get a better record of it in daylight, I'll replace it here.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

An Award for Portraiture

"Self Portrait at 34", 3 3/4" x 3", egg tempera miniature portrait on Kelmscott vellum

the framed portrait

I'm delighted to learn today that I have won a portrait award for my self portrait in miniature!  It's an Honorable Mention in Portraiture from the Miniature Painters, Sculptors, and Gravers Society of Washington D.C. in their annual international miniature competition.  I hope to be able to attend the opening weekend of this great show on Nov. 17 - 18, and the first public showing will be on Sunday, Nov. 18, from 2PM to 4PM at the beautiful venue of Strathmore Mansion in North Bethesda, MD.  This show, which is the 2nd largest miniature painting show in the U.S., continues through Dec. 29, 2012, and my portrait along with two other miniature paintings of mine will be for sale at the show.  

To read more on the development of this painting which was done from photos I took with the self-timer of my camera at a younger age, please visit my earlier post:  

And for details on attending the show in person, please visit this link:

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Dick Emerges

A detail of Dick, in progress.
                                                           Portrait of Kat and Dick in progress, with ground being laid for a basket of wood to the left of Dick on the fireplace.

My portrait of Kat and Dick is nearing completion, with some pinstripes and background details still to establish.  Looking at my progress on the computer is a big help sometimes, making it obvious what needs to be done next.  After taking an update photo, I subdued the light on Dick's head a bit more before making a scanned detail.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Peggy and Marcelo, nearing completion

"Peggy and Marcelo" in progress, 19" x 27", pastel on Pastelmat
                   An update on Peggy and Marcelo's portrait commission, now nearing completion.  

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Progress on part of a couple's commission

Still a few more refinements to come on Kat, but here is a detail in progress from Kat and Dick
Kat and Dick's portrait in progress

Here is a progress update on my commission of Kat and Dick.  Dick is next!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Further Progress on Peggy and Marcelo in Color

Further progress on the color pastel of Peggy and Marcelo

The color pastel of Peggy and Marcelo is moving along.  There is still work to do in many areas
such as the turquoise pillow, the hands, etc., but I want to get everything blocked in and then I will pull together
 the details and nuance the values a bit more.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Peggy and Marcelo, a color pastel

Peggy and Marcelo in progress, 19" x 27", pastel on Pastelmat
Here is my start on the color pastel commission for Peggy and Marcelo.  Some of you may recall the black and white version:

"Peggy and Marcelo, Study #1", 21" x 25 1/2", charcoal and pastel on acid-free gray board

I'll be overlapping my work on Peggy and Marcelo with the start of another couple's commission,a black and white portrait of Kat and Dick.   Kat and Dick chose this concept drawing for their portrait, which will be rendered similarly in charcoal and pastel, and more soon on this one too:


"JOE",  15" x 18", black and white charcoal on Mi Teintes paper

A portrait study drawn from life of model, Joe, that I did at one of our last SVA Alumni drawing sessions this Spring.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

"Eric", a portrait of my nephew

A scanned detail from the pastel of Eric

"Eric", 19" x 23", pastel on Pastelmat

Coming up is a couples portrait I have in progress, but first this portrait of my nephew Eric.  It was started from a live sitting and completed with the help of a few supplemental photos we took during our time together.  It provided me some needed practice in working in full color directly from life.  Live sittings in full color are not easy, especially at this size, and I only succeeded in developing a rough version in the time we had, but through this process with Eric, who sat very patiently, I noticed a few things I might have otherwise missed ~ about slight camera lens distortions and skin tones.
The rest I pulled together from the supplemental photos.  Above, I've added a scanned detail from the portrait, and this one goes to the Mendoza Conner family.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

"Amelia's Starry Night"

"Amelia's Starry Night", 3" x 2 1/2" (6 1/2" x 4" framed), egg tempera miniature portrait on Kelmscott vellum

(shown slightly larger for detail)

And here is a picture of little Amelia in April with her first ponytail!  Is this  little girl cute or what?!!

This is a portrait of Amelia, daughter of Erika and Brian Boccia.  Amelia's mom, Erika, is my sister-in-law's niece.  As with the portrait "Carol By Moonlight", I used a new gemstone pigment in my pigment collection made from  lapis lazuli along with the other blues in the sky of this painting.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

"Carol By Moonlight"

"Carol By Moonlight",  a miniature portrait of Carol Curtiss,  in it's silver oval frame
"Carol By Moonlight", 3 3/4" x 3", (shown enlarged for detail), egg tempera on Kelmscott vellum
This portrait is for a remarkable friend of mine, Carol Curtiss, who has done so much for the Miniature Art Society of Florida.  ---- 
P.S., as I forgot to mention this earlier in my post, Carol's portrait was the first where I included with my egg tempera a pigment powder that I bought this year which is made from real lapis lazuli (ground from the actual gemstone).  It is mixed in with the other blues in the sky and water, and it's subtle, but the pigment seems to have a slight shimmer to it.  It was fun to try it out in a painting with lots of blue.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Portrait Drawings From Recent Wed. Evening Sessions

"JOHN, Study #1",  15" x 17", carbon pencil and pastel on Mi Teintes paper
"JOHN, Study #2",  19" x 16", carbon pencil on paper
"SELENA" (detail), 17 1/2" x 14 1/2", carbon pencil on paper
"CHARLIE" (detail), 22 1/2" x 19", pastel pencil and pastel on Mi Teintes paper

This week I'm beginning a color pastel of Peggy and Marcelo, and Kat and Dick have chosen sketch #2 (see below), so I am really looking forward to starting their portrait soon too!

Two miniature portraits will post later this week, but here is a selection of some of my favorite drawings from recent Wed. Eve. Alumni Drawing sessions.  Several of these are scanned details for now until I have a more satisfying shot of the whole image .

Our models continue to be so wonderful! --- a different person each week, alternating men and women.  In Study #1 of John, I tried to convey his gentle side, and in Study #2, his strength.  With these qualities, I can envision him as John the Baptist.  Third is my favorite pose by Selena.  And Charlie held this truly challenging pose with raised arms for 40 minutes and only one break in the middle - Whew!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Kat and Dick

Here are three sketch options I've offered to Kat and Dick for their portrait commission.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


"Roman", detail from a 40 minute pose, carbon pencil, white charcoal and white pastel on  Canson Mi-Teintes paper

I'll be posting two new portraits soon which I've been working on over the last month, but meanwhile, Wednesday evening SVA Alumni drawing sessions have happily resumed after the holiday break, and will continue through mid-April.  Here is my effort to capture Roman.