Tuesday, February 26, 2008


I am right in the middle of a new piece. It is reminiscent of Catherine but it is, but of course, King Henry. I don't know why I am stuck in this era but for now I am. I promise I wont be here forever. There are plenty of other eras that are very cool. Such as the "Roaring 20's". Now that is a vibrant era! Click on the blue text to find out more about that fun era.

On that note, I'll take you back to the 1600's. Let me know your thoughts.
Remember, this is still a work in progress. What I have found is that from this point on it really starts to become more of a piece of art. Once I work on the faces and details everything starts to work together. I really love this part of the process.

Friday, February 15, 2008


Congrats to Richard Yipp! He knows his Richmond geography. The place was indeed the Patterson Ave. Golf Park AND PutPut (for those of us with kids). Fun for all. Maybe it is worth a visit to Patterson Golf Park. Pretty cheap entertainment, Richmond style.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Inspiring Photos of the Day
Richmond, VA in a really dense fog. 2-13-08. I am digging the muted out grays. You will, and have, seen this in my work. You can be sure you will see more of it. A special shout out to the person who can guess the location.

Friday, February 08, 2008


Here a a couple shots of how I have started pumping up color. This brings her face to life, makes it more intriguing and separates her a bit from the background. Next step, fix stitching!
Let me know your honest thoughts on how the work is progressing?

So this is a new piece. I am building and developing some new techniques starting from the Catherine piece done a few months ago. I wanted to explore color. I liked the gray values in the Catherine piece and I wanted to keep with a values scheme that did not have to great contrast, meaning - I wanted to keep the colors light to medium, not too much dark except for the stitching and to add a little depth. This work is based on the original painting created by Han Holbein. Beautiful, I might add.
My image is a digital print from a portrait of young Catherine of Aragon, done by Hans Holbein, before she became Queen of England. I will be pumping up the color in some features and adding some additional stitching.Here are two shots of the work.

After looking at these pieces together I am realizing that I really like the way textures in the Catherine piece play off each other. Even though there is not much contrast with darks and lights the texture makes it interesting. For this new work of young Catherine I will have to balance the amount of color and get the texture to a satisfying place. At this point I think the stitching is not enough. It needs to be enhanced. We whall see.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Dropped It

Wow I picked up speed but then drooped the ball didn't I. I am trying to figure out how to make blogging work for me at this time? I am so busy with art and raising my girls that I don't have much time. I am also not very happy with my format. I want to post less often but more substance. Any thoughts? I am thinking posting my methods in more detail bi-monthly and then every so often a 'whats what in the art/entertainment' scene in Richmond. Thoughts?

Well, I browsed my photos and as luck would have it I have not even down loaded my new art photos from my camera. I guess I know where I need to start today!

Adios for now.