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Monday, April 30, 2012


9x14" oil on linen
© Vicki Ross

Mission Accomplished!  Still struggling with slideshows and iPhoto...the infamous flash workaround so these will show up on iPads. This is also the last portrait I did before figuring out how much fiddling I was doing to get the drawing right. Hate to be adjusting the tilt of an eye when you are almost ready to declare victory!

For me, the grisaille underpainting gives me a much better foundation for color. Now to figure out a way to nail the facial tones sooner :)

See Slideshow below:

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Mom's Lilies

"Mom's Lilies"
18x20" Oil on Panel
© Vicki Ross

Prime example of what NOT to do...sweet yellow lilies...halfway through, a painting session after a stressful meeting. The painting turned from sweet to something of the devil!

Since I believe there are lessons to be learned with every painting, I kept stubbornly working until I felt I had said all I wanted to say. Slideshow below:

Sunday, April 15, 2012

"Shopping" April '12 MB challenge!

"Petco with Poppy"
8x11" oil on canvas

Once again, my challenge group amazes me! Who'd a thunk it...a one word concept interpreted in wild directions...Thanks Becky Joy for this one... In the buggy (from left) Annie, Frankie (visiting for the weekend), Beemer (daddy of Frankie and BJ), and Beemer, Jr. (BJ). Randy carries a special pad with him to put in the bottom of the buggy so their tender feetsies are comfortable. Beemer used to be as black as BJ until he had 'babies'.

"Laissez les bons temps rouler"
Oil on panel 8" x 10"
©2012 Mark Adams

"Shop 'til You Drop"
Oil on hardboard 4"x6"

"Shopping Without A List"
8"x 8" oil