Tuesday, September 29, 2009

SILLY ON THE BEACH

SillyGurl will not participate in the morning dog walk unless she gets a treat. This is her classic pose; sits there and waits until she gets her own way. I'm trying to move fast through some candid dog paintings but I'm experimenting with the techniques to capture very curly-haired coats. I overworked this a bit again.jb

Monday, September 28, 2009

LATTE GETS A TRIM

We have seen this girl before, my sister's dog, LATTE. She needed a clean-up of eye hairs as per Mrs. Waller! I always dread going back in to touch up. I have that habit of painting way too much and overdoing it. I have six thousand brush strokes in this painting, so many overlayers. I went back to look at the blog of a painter I'm knocked out by, Carol Marine, and counted her brushstrokes on her latest work....25 maybe. I must get back to her basics. jb

RASCAL ON THE RUG

I have never seen or met this pup in person; painted from a photo, so I hope I've done this pooch justice. Another 6x6 for the Open Studio Tour in Los Osos, San Luis Obispo County, October 17 & 18.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

I WANT TO EAT THIS SOOOO BAD

This little cupcake is my entry into Different Strokes From Different Folks blog by Karin Jurick (Check side links) but I didnt finish it in time to meet the deadline, so I posted it unfinished, in my eyes anyway. I'm in slow motion lately; everything is a long labor. Look for a re-post down the line. jb

Monday, September 14, 2009

HAVAH THINKING

Hi, Havah! Finally finished your painting. We are all so lonesome for you to come back. Pup goes,"Where is that kid?..where's the kid?...where's the kid? love, GeGe.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

LULU EVERY MORNING

I always meet this dog on the beach every morning, She loves a head rubbing and puppy-kisses. So sweet and gentle. Part of my Los Osos collection of dogs I'm painting to include in the open Studio Tour October 17 & 18. 6x6 small format animal portraits in oil, $100. jb

Friday, September 11, 2009

A MORNING CHILL

I actually can feel the cold, damp under this eroded cliff. I used my paint very thin on clay board and then worked with dry-brush and glazing. believe it, there are a hundred layers on this. Sometimes I daydream and then find I've glazed the thing into oblivion. Love the way the clayboard sucks the oil mediums up. jb

Thursday, September 10, 2009

MUSEUM COVE LAUNCH


I have been painting on both smooth gesso panels and canvas panels. Somehow I have a shipment of clayboard meant for water mediums and I guess oil pastels, but someone in the art supply store said just paint on whatever you want with oils. Paint with oils on heavy watercolor paper, etc.
So the clay board soaks up paint immediately. I was playing with thinning paint, also using glazing and dry brush techniques with the oil pigments. I'm much pleased with the first few results. It's like painting a fresco and I'm crazy about dry-brush strokes. Took the picture while out kayaking. This is our launch spot in Morro bay. jb

Sunday, September 6, 2009

UP BROADERSON HILLS

Three and a half months off. Had a wonderfully fine summer playing with grandchildren; very difficult getting back to any work at all and any great artistic jag I might have been on... well, I just have to start over again. Open Studio Tour is the weekend of October 17 & 18 this year. I'm working on a variety of pieces, but here is a good start. jb