Sunday, November 09, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
I started these paintings a year ago, along with several other paintings, and promptly discovered that my reach exceeded my grasp, to be frank. I kept hitting roadblock after roadblock. Finally, I'm getting back to them. I needed to branch out of beige (though I still love beige), delve deeply into edge control, and refine my form modeling so that I could control those things better.
I hope you enjoy this painting. It means a lot to me.
Monday, October 20, 2008
This painting is for available directly from the studio for $200 + shipping, please email me at email@example.com if you are interested thanks.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Chicken #4 (Leghorn Hen) 9 x 12, oil on canvas. This painting is available for $200 from the studio, plus shipping. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested, thanks.
My 8-year-old really likes these paintings, especially the brushy backgrounds. She says it's like they're saying, "POW! I'm a chicken!"
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Monday, September 08, 2008
Here it is being made...
Sunday, September 07, 2008
Monday, September 01, 2008
Sunday, August 31, 2008
New workshops are registering now. I'm teaching Drawing hands and feet, 5 weeks starting 9-13 (Saturday), 12-2pm. Also Drawing Portraits, 5 weeks starting 9-13, 9:30-12pm. Registration is through the Naperville Park district. Workshops are held at the Naperville Art League building, 508 N Center Street in Naperville.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
I learned some time ago that I must do studies for commissions. It's so easy to think I have it all worked out in my mind, but inevitably there are small things that I need to alter. It's much better to solve problems on a small canvas than try to solve them - and then hide them - on a large one. Winnie the Pooh has changed colors twice. He's much cooler now.
I have several portraits I'm working on now. Victor Envelope just commissioned three portraits of their founders for their 50th anniversary next spring.
If you would like to commission a portrait for your family or business, please contact me.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Available now for $125. Postage is $10 in the US, $25 worldwide. Paypal is preferred.
Every method has a reason. In an alla prima sketch from life, certain things have to be planned for, and then executed differently than if one were painting over several sessions, or if one were painting from a photo. Flowers move... not as fast as children, but they do move. So you have to establish your sketch and run with it even if the flowers gradually turn their faces away from you. Sketches from life ONLY work if the value drawing works. This is the primary function and full values are hard to get in one sitting, so go for it. But you won't be able, so exaggerrate your temperature shifts and tiny flashes of color to get the most effect from a one-sitting still life session.
Here is how the painting was made:
Saturday, August 16, 2008
On the easel today.... A bouquet with Queen Anne's Lace and a morning glory blossom in an Eva Zeisel vase. When I was a girl, both of these were weeds that took over our yard and fence. I think they're so pretty and serene.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Friday, August 08, 2008
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Sunday, August 03, 2008
I've abandoned alla prima painting for the moment, as these flowers present special challenges that layered painting is better equipped to handle. The shape of the petals, reflected light, and translucent areas were an exciting challenge.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
After a long time planning, I've decided to make the shift to full-time painting. I'll still be teaching of course, but producing far more small studies, as well as larger, gallery-ready works. I've begun learning video techniques and should have a demo to upload to YouTube soon, and thereafter, who knows!
So if you've been considering commissioning a portrait, or buying a study, or offering me a gallery show, now is a good time. :-)
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
DRAWING PORTRAITS I
Description: Learn to draw faces and heads with confidence! We'll explore proportion and measuring, using shading and line in charcoal to create a likeness. Anyone can learn to draw a portrait that will have people saying, 'Hey! That's me'! Some drawing experience is helpful. The instructor is Lisa Gloria. There will be a live model and supplies are included. http://www.napervilleparks.org/recenroll/Activities/ActivitiesDetails.asp?ProcessWait=N&aid=4775
DRAWING PORTRAITS II
Description: Expand your knowledge of portrait drawing with this class, designed for people who have taken the Drawing Portraits 1 class, or who have outside experience. We will explore refining and improving basic skills, refining detail, and creating memorable, personal compositions. The instructor is Lisa Gloria. There will be a live model and all supplies included. Students may wish to bring additional supplies for instruction. http://www.napervilleparks.org/recenroll/Activities/ActivitiesDetails.asp?ProcessWait=N&aid=4947
PAINTING PORTRAITS WORKSHOP
Description: Learn to paint realistic portraits in this intensive three-day oil painting workshop. Featuring demonstrations and one-on-one instruction, this course will help you explore traditional methods and practices for creating great likeness and composition. Students will investigate using value and color to create form, and using proportion to create likeness. Tools and materials will be explained. Paint will be provided. Model is also provided. Please bring a lunch each day. The instructor is Lisa Gloria. A supply list is available at the Naperville Art League or at www.napervilleartleague.com. http://www.napervilleparks.org/recenroll/Activities/ActivitiesDetails.asp?ProcessWait=N&aid=4946