Category Archives: alla prima

90 Minute Painting:Karla Pfennig

My good friend Karla came over this weekend. I decided to paint her while she watched one of her favorite movies, “Hopscotch”.  It was the perfect opportunity to add to my new series of paintings: Now I am asking people to pose “live” at my studio, and trying to get a likeness in 90 minutes […]

I Painted the Retired Military Man at Epoch Coffee

I thought that I was going to have a nice, long time to paint this man, but he got a phone call, and left shortly afterwards. He was dressed in civilian clothes with a cowboy belt, but the look was definitely influenced by many years in miitary. He had on chinos, khaki double flap pocket […]

I Painted Two Men in Deep Conversation at Epoch

The tattooed man was there earlier, sitting outside. He had a brief conversation with the baristra, Ben.  The man on the right showed up about fifteen minutes later, and they came inside and sat opposite each other. I could only hear “she blah-blah-blah” running through their conversastion. It is difficult to capture two people who […]

Detail of the Girl with the French Haircut at Flightpath Coffee

Would you like to hear a little about technique and decisions that I made as I did this painting? The walls at Flighpath Coffee are sunflower yellow. Why did I not portray this? Well, when I painted the man with dreadlocks the day before, I added in a subdued yellow background, and just hated the […]

I Painted the Girl with the French Haircut at FlightPath Coffee

Whew! This is really hard. She was sitting at the opposite end of the coffee house, at a direct right angle from me. I am shocked that I didn’t get caught painting her, because I was craning my neck to capture her.

I Painted the Man with Dreads at FlightPath Coffee

This is the first time that I have painted at FlightPath Coffee. I’ve been in there several times, and always wanted to paint at Flight Path, but empty tables are hard to come by. This morning, I stopped in and asked the owner if I could paint there. This is also the first time that […]

I Painted the Sad MiddleEasterner in San Raphael,Ca.

I’m not even going to pretend to know what was going through his mind. If he were native born, I could probably conjure up some explanations such as: poor screwed up SOB, had a fight with his wife on a beautiful afternoon, and had no where to go so he ended up here. Who knows […]

I Painted Her at Royal Ground Coffee in San Raphael, Ca.

This is one of the only 2 paintings that I was able to do while I was on vacation out in Marin County recently. My sister-in-law dropped me off at this coffee house in San Raphael. I was really nervous, since it was my first attempt outside of Austin. I just loved her pink ruffly […]

I Painted Katelyn at the Barking Dog

I just got back from delivering some paintings down to AMSET, the Art Museum of Southeast Texas. It’s located in Beaumont. I had never been to AMSET before – it is a very nice museum. Sarah Hamilton, the curator, was very nice and friendly. She even helped me carry the paintings into the museum. Inside, […]

I Painted The Girl in the Bolshevik Cap

Some people just look great in hats, and this girl was one of them. She had on a Bolshevik cap, with silver tab button on the side. Her hair was blonde, and had a mind of its own. I decided to change color palettes to compliment the Ruskie look, sort of influenced by Malevich and […]