I can only speak for me. For some artists, the secrets come faster. For me it was an endless struggle.
Portraits are the hardest. So many layers of light and shade in a face. It took me about 30 years to knock down this wall, and start painting
portraits, like this one of my daughter. Time to complete [About 70 hours]
People have called my work "Nostalgic Realism"
I like that! I think it's a very fitting name for what I do.
I also have a great love of wood working
I can make anything out of a tree! lol
One day, years ago I had a thought. Could I mate the two? Art should be everywhere, right?
My "Hall Tree bench". They use to make these chairs about 100 years ago except they had a mirror where I layed the artwork.
The handy storage box under the seat would have gloves and scarfs, if these were in the downstairs hall. Spare blankets, if they were in the upstairs
hall. A staple in every old farmhouse once upon a time.
The gold line on the wood, surrounding the painting acts as a straight barrier. That way the wood stain can't bleed into the painting on the wood,
where it shouldn't. [Jeez, I'm giving away secrets here] lol.
This method also works great if you want to 2-tone a beautiful wooden floor in your home. Say,.. clear coat in the center with a 24 inch dark stain at
the perimeter of the room.
Also I added a carving [far right pic] over the painting on the bench. You can't really see it well here, but it's a circle with a cross and the
I wish more artists knew that they really never compete, because each person does something different.
I can't do what they do, and they can't do what I do.