another copy

i love copying old master paintings. it's a great way to experience the work and to just learn. plus it's something to do when i'm not exactly sure what i want to paint. this one is from gainsborough; a detail from the painter's daughters chasing a butterfly.

fröhliche weihnachten!

...or whichever holiday you celebrate. here are some little paintings i gave this year for christmas; a copy of a detail from the rokeby venus by velázquez, and a copy of rembradt's titus van rijn in a monk's habit. :)



this little man is a subalpine warbler. i've been continuing to paint lots of birds, but i'm going to try and keep the birdy related posts to the finch blog. i'll highlight some faves here once in a while, for example this guy who i particularly liked. he is currently hanging at the academy, getting ready to be bought up by a lucky bird-loving holiday shopper at this year's annual holiday party fundraiser.


royal ancestors

here's a commission i did a while back, for a gentleman who wanted some tiny family portraits done. when he gave me the details, i learned i would be painting none other than king henry II and his famous wife eleanor of aquitaine!

he has since commissioned me to do a couple more family portraits, this time of charlemagne and william the conqueror!