Archive For: Oils

Rosa Leigh

Oil on Canvas Panel

Rosa Leigh in Oil Rosa Leigh
This sweet oil portrait of my Rosa Leigh is 11×14 on canvas board. In the original photograph, she’s wearing hot-pink plaid PJs, but I decided to dress her in a mix of ultra marine and cerulean blues because, well, the girl just looks amazing in blue.

The tilt of her head and angle of her face were super challenging, but the positioning really captures that “Rosa Leigh look”, ya know?

This painting was the beginning of my recent playfulness with the juxtaposition of blurred and sharp lines. I like the fading of her chin and hair into the background, and I’m actually taking that even farther in my more-recent work. You’ll see soon.

Thanks for taking a look. Have a colorful day!

Detail Shot:
Rosa Leigh Detail Rosa Leigh

My Van Gogh

Oil on Canvas Panel

I read somewhere that in his earlier years, Vincent Van Gogh vowed to never be photographed again – that he would only paint self portraits. I have no idea if that’s true, but it sounds like something he would do. I recently stumbled upon this WAY cool “photo” that Lithuanian photographer Tadao Cern somehow electronically morphed from one of Vincent’s famous self portraits. How amazingly cool is this?!

van gogh tadao cern 1 My Van Gogh

I thought it would be cool to paint my own Van Gogh from this “photo”. Although (like most of us) I do somewhat remember the original self portrait, I didn’t refer to it before beginning because I wanted to pretend I was painting him from life – then compare mine to his.

So this is my Van Gogh…

Van Gogh My Van Gogh

And here is Van Gogh’s Van Gogh…

van gogh tadao cern 2 My Van Gogh

Of course, there’s no comparison, but this was such a fun experiment, and I think I’ll be framing this one for my own wall.

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