Monday, April 27, 2009

Portrait for the Mabopane Foundation

oil 16x20
This painting was done for the Foundation. It will be sent to the orphanage in South Africa.
I really had fun with this painting. I hope the kids like it!

The Mabopane Foundation, Inc. is a

Raleigh based non-profit organization that provides life assistance to the underprivileged children of Mabopane, South Africa. Due to the prevalent disease and poverty of this area, most of these children were left to fend for themselves in the dumps and landfills around Mabopane, until rescued by a local charity, which we support.

Monday, April 13, 2009

The Orton Effect

Vase of Lillies and A Day at the Beach 
photography using the Orton Effect.

I love this effect on photos it adds a dreamy quality to a photo and it really inspires me to want to paint the subject. Give it a try below are the directions.

1. Open your image
2. Duplicate the background layer right click on the background layer and choose duplicate and name that layer sharp.
3. Create another duplicate of the background layer
4. Change the Blending mode of the sharp copy to screen
5. With the sharp copy layer selected right click and choose merge down image 2
6. Right click on the sharp layer choose duplicate and name this layer out of focus
7. On the filter menue choose blur - gaussian blur image 3
8. Change the blending mode of the out of focus layer to multiply image 4

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Stormy Sky

oil 2.5 x 3.5 ACEO $12.00 avaiable in my e bay store
I was particularly happy with this one.

Changing Skys I II III

Changing Skies oil 3 @ 2.5x3.5 avaiable in my E Bay Store

Here is a series I did of changing skys from the same location.  These are oils called ACEO's which stands for ( art card editions and originals) they are each the standard 2.5 x 3.5 in size.
I sell them on e bay. I like doing them as warm ups or I can paint them when I don't have a lot of time.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Thank You Olga Wagner for passing on the Passion for Painting blog award. I was stunned to see this award! Olga you made my day. Recipients are asked to list seven things they love, then tag seven more painters which I admire.

The seven things I love.
1. My Family all of them, this includes pets
2. Painting of course
3. The Ocean
4. The Moutains
5. The  Forests
6. Children
7. Gardening

The Seven Artists I Admire

Artists If you choose to accept this award please list seven things You love. and list seven artists you admire. Thanks and  Happy Blogging!