I never met Duncan, but his charm came through in the photos and videos I watched to prepare for this painting. He was obviously a delightful boy. 

I knew exactly what I wanted the end product to look like right away and it gave me the confidence to experiment with surface texture which I have never really done before.  Painting this portrait was a wonderful experience and I’m happy with the way it turned out.

I’m also very pleased with the rubber bands Eric and I rigged up to transport it in while the face was still wet.

Some Daniel

Family members are my favorite subjects, I’m considering branching out to extended family soon (and don’t say I didn’t warn you since I expect you all to be following this blog much more religiously than I update it 😛 )  Here are 5 Daniels I’ve done recently.

First: Daniel and the Styracosaurus it started out as a study of James Gurney’s picture on page 68 of Dinotopia: The World Beneath, but I took it a little farther than I intended.  The likeness is vague at best and looks different from every angle, but I learned my lesson and won’t be attempting a half inch tall face on a ridiculously bumpy re-used canvas again.  Oh well, he loves it and that’s what matters 🙂


And some sketches, steampunk, stylized, “paleontologist,” and Robin Hood.

  DanielSteam ZobbitDinoDan    DanielRobinHood


You will be pleased to know it’s official!  We have formalized Rebecca’s membership in our family with a 5-month portrait which will take it’s place on our wall as soon as the oils are dry.  There’s no getting rid of her now!


Unfinished Owl and a Sneak Peek

Back in October Daniel would go around the house saying “I love owls, and owls love me.”  I thought it was really cute and decided to paint an owl for him.  I got this far:


Then made the mistake of asking Daniel if he liked it.  He said, “No.  It’s too scary.”  So I never finished it.  Still, I thought it was kind of fun so I decided to post it anyway.  My poor little unfinished owl with no feet 🙂

Here’s a sneak peek of a new project I’m working on that Daniel DOES like (although he has recently decided the dragon ought to be blue):


The photo of Daniel is just a placeholder, I’ll use it as reference to paint him in later, once everything else is right.