In this third gouache painting, I finally understood what I was doing. Unlike the first two, I was able to control the blending of the paint much better, so the lights and darks became more subtle. I hoped to do that so they’d truly lend to the intrigue of this little portrait of a mysterious girl.

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Who is she? Does she seem shy? What are her interests? Would she rather be riding a horse through the pastoral, English countryside than posing pretty for a photo?

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Here are all 3 of the gouache painting studies. You know I’ll be practicing more. Hopefully, my next paintings will turn out as good as these ones. Seeing them side by side, it almost seems like they’re having a conversation. What do you think they’re chatting about? Can you hear their whispers? Will you let us in on the secret too?


I didn’t realize how much I’d been struggling with that first gouache painting until I did this second one. This time I decided to apply the paint thinner and let it flow a little more. The results are much better. I love her feathered hat and that mysterious smile on her lips. What is she thinking? Is she planning some mischief? What do you think? Don’t you love her?

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You'll Love These Mysterious, Little Portrait Paintings In Gouache (Part 1)

I’d been wanting to try out some gouache paint for a while—-I mean the high quality Holbein kind that stick it to you with the price but give you that lovely velvety mat finish that only a good-quality gouache paint can. Someone had been hearing me say this over and over. Someone must have been sick of me repeating it because I received a set of Holbein gouache for Christmas.

Oh my! Finally! I could try them out! Thank you!

What should I do? How did I want to practice with them? I decided to do a series of little, mysterious portraits. You’ll see my gouache studies in the weeks to come. I didn’t have much time to do them, but it’s sure been fun doing these little studies. Here is the first one; a mysterious little man painting. What do you think? Don’t you love him?

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First of All, I Apologize For Lack of Faith As I Traverse The Dangerous, Internet Forest

It’s been a long time since I sent out a message into the vacuous, internet abyss. I mean that’s how it feels when you put words and art into the electronic space and nothing happens….nothing….happpens….no replies….no response…..nothing….Have you experienced that? It makes me feel more awkward and strange than I already feel. It makes me want to withdraw and be swallowed up in the shadows and never come out again. I guess that’s officially why I create strange art and why there is a Secret Society of Magical Creatures. So for the lag in time and the lack of faith…that someone is out there….that someone cares….that someone is listening…..that I’m not completely alone in the dangerous and indifferent internet forest….let me apologize. I’m sorry.

A commissioned portrait painting for a family in Portland, OR.

A commissioned portrait painting for a family in Portland, OR.

Win A Custom Retro Portrait (by me) at NW Dance Project's Silent Auction

If you love amazing dance performances and winning luxurious prizes, you won't want to miss the NW Dance Project's Silent Auction and Golden Gala, this Saturday, May 12th, 2018.  I mention it because...well, I love this dance troupe...and I'm supporting them by donating a custom retro portrait for their silent auction.  During this deliciously decadent event, one lucky winner will get a beautiful portrait by me.  Read more about it below.


How to Get Your Vintage Fantasy Portrait Painted Here (My Donation to NW Dance Project)

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to time travel back a 150 years or more?  Have you ever fantasized about wearing top hats or corsets and frilly dresses?  Well, you don't have to wonder about it anymore.  You can get your fantasy self portrait painted here!  I'll make you look dapper and comely in all the clothing and accoutrements of the Victorian and Edwardian era. 

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I take your stories; like the moments you're most proud of, or the trips you've taken, or your favorite pet and combine them into a special painting that celebrates your life and your accomplishments. 

I do this for anyone, but right now, I'm donating one custom portrait to the NW Dance Project for their silent auction.  They are one of my favorite dance troupes so I am happy to help them raise money to keep up their amazing performance art.  If you win this portrait painting, here's what you'll get:

  1. You or up 2 people of your choice painted on an oval 16x20" canvas.

  2. Your stories, accomplishments and/or dreams illustrated in this portrait.

  3. A favorite animal or pet in this portrait with you.

  4. An in-depth interview so I can get to know who you are and what you want in this custom portrait.

  5. You painted in subdued vintage colors and clothing.

  6. A one-of-a-kind piece of artwork, valued at $650.00.

Below are a couple examples of portraits I've been commissioned to paint before.  Make sure you go to the NW Dance Project's Golden Gala and put in your bid to win this luxurious fantasy portrait.  It's May 12th, 2018!

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