Monday, December 15, 2014

Dance Floor Frenzy!

The holidays can certainly cut into studio time, 
so today I purposefully carved out a few hours. 
I thought about doing this all weekend 
so it was a relief to finally try it out!  

"Dance Floor Frenzy"
12 x 12 

I felt like I was at a party the whole time!  
Nothing like a good dancing frenzy! 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Bride's Circle

To push myself further, 
I chose a busy and complicated subject,
gave myself one hour to cover the canvas, and
outlined the shapes in black acrylic.
Then thought about color. 

Bride's Circle
12 x 12 

The absence of value, or light and shadow,
 is so foreign to me! 
However, I find this way of interpreting a scene 
very freeing.  

Here's some of the images I've been exploring! 

Mid 20th C oil 
signed "Ruilla" available at 

Wedding Dance in the Open Air 
Pieter Bruegel the Elder 

Who doesn't love a wedding?

Wednesday, December 10, 2014


Bear with me as I keep experimenting!
I did this Pattern Painting in order to make myself
focus more on design and composition.

This exercise helps me simplify by
breaking everything down into shapes.

I also find that doing blind contour sketches 
helps loosen things up..... 

In January the Copley Society is hosting a
Juried exhibition entitled
They are looking for
"works of art that push your artistic boundaries and
express your individual voice to the fullest".

 I'm trying to shake things up,
dig down and do something different.
Never easy, but certainly exhilarating! 

Sunday, December 7, 2014

New Subject Matter

First Dance
12 x 12 

I'm experimenting with some new subject matter: 
I became somewhat of a  
wedding-photographer-blog junkie 
while planning our kids' weddings this year.
Great visuals of people having fun! 

I've been doing some sketches from 
black and white images! 

I found that when painting from my own images, 
I couldn't let go of intimate details and 
focus on the design and shapes. 

This was a great start that got overworked
and uptight very quickly. 
It was a wiper.

Not knowing the "players" makes it more about 
design and composition. 
And much more fun. 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Animal Planet

 This month the North River Arts Society 
is hosting a holiday show called
"Animal Planet"
Dec. 8- Jan 2.
What a fun subject! 
There will be something for everyone
 to be sure! 

My entries: 
"Because I'm Happy" 
6 x 8 

"Sleep Tight" 
8 x 10 

"Welcome Mat"
8 x 10 

In order to encourage holiday sales, 
buyers will be able to take purchased art with them.
I've got some back-ups just in case! 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Lab Love

I'm channelling Cello these days 
because she is going in for the second ACL surgery this week. 
Yeah, I know. Unbelievable. 
Apparently once a large breed dog tears an ACL on the back knee, 
there is a 75% chance of it happening to the other leg. 
It's "genetics".

"Lab Love" 
12 x 12 

Fortunately, the knee she had repaired in October is fully repaired.
And she only has two back legs. 
So we'll be done! 

Friday, November 28, 2014


I had fun doing this for a friend
who saw a painting I recently gave his Mom.  
He sent me an image of his Dad 
and two sons 
taken many years ago. 

Chuck with Grandsons
8 x 10 

I had a nice chat with him about when it was taken, 
and the circumstances.  
That really helped me focus on telling the story,
not just copying the image.