From Fam Mems


Cody / 5×7 acrylic
Cameron / 5×7 acrylic











Cody at 20, and Cameron at 18, my sister’s kids. I shot the photos in 2012 at my daughter’s wedding. I painted Cameron as a 30-in-30 exercise in Jan’16. My sister saw it and I wanted to give it to her, but I didn’t want to give her only one son.

I started Cody a year later in Jan’17 and finished him Jan’18, plinking away at him here and there. I found it tough to want to work on him–I was a bit afraid that the two paintings would fail to “hang together” since I was supposedly an older and wiser painter. I did get a better likeness and some softer edges on Cody than I did on Cameron, but I’m probably the only person who can tell a difference.

These days, Cameron is 23 and has filled out. With a similar beard, he looks A LOT more like his brother. I saw a more recent picture and they almost look like twins.

February Check-in

It’s the day before leap day, and it occurs to me I could check-in with ye-olde blog and let the world know that I’m still around. My time at the pantry went from 3 hours (one day/wk) to 8-10 (two days). I’ve only made time to make a couple more passes at Grandma this past month. I haven’t been able to walk as much, either. The pantry database thing is going okay, though.

Grandma still looks like the block-in, except that she has gone from too warm to too cool. I did soften the background so I won’t have to worry about backlighting. Mostly I need to work on my paint application.

6-in-30 Challenge: Two behind

Super Grandma Comics! (Will finish eventually)
Super Grandma Comics! (Will finish eventually)

Well, not totally two paintings behind–yet–more like 1-1/2 as of today. I have a solid one-half painting of Grandma, but she’s extremely flat right now and looks like a comic book character. I trailed off to do some pattern and website work, and since then I’ve been helping with the new database for a local food pantry. We’ve been working on it for a year and half now, and I started training others to use it today. It will be 3-4 weeks more, a couple times a week, I think.

I’ll get back to grandma when I feel less pressure elsewhere. I don’t feel guilty about it, ’tis just the way it is.

6-in-30 Challenge: Gma 1.0


I did this scary underpainting on purpose. Don’t worry, most of it will be covered over. It is meant to remind me to do two things: Use more color in general, and to inject some shadow. Unfortunately not all photos are taken in natural light, and I am learning to create, or hint at, what should be there. There is some photo distortion also, making everything nearer the camera larger, but I’m going with it anyway because I prefer it over something more formal.

Been looking at my last two sketches of Chris and nephew. They both need more color, and more depth; that is, more values, from light to dark, to make them less flat. I’m accepting that what I can do in 3-5 days is only a sketch. Finishing, and satisfaction (hopefully), come later 🙂 .

6-in-30 Challenge: Nephew in a Tie

Nephew in a Tie, 6x6, Acrylic
Nephew in a Tie, 5×7, Acrylic

Well, here we are, the last day for this one. I only made time to paint three of the five days, and it looks like that’s the way it will probably go for the remainder. Steve doesn’t think I need to work this month, but I beg to differ.

Still, got it most of the way there.

The tie gave me the most grief. I did it twi… thr… four times. I scrubbed it off after #2 and waited a couple hours before I did it again. I’m trying to paint more broadly, but I think I was in too big a hurry by that point. Not enthralled.

I’m finishing in the evening, and correcting and posting photos at night is not ideal. I apologize for the fuzzy.