Surprise and dread, more floating heads

The newest floating heads painting. I built this panel from salvaged wood because I sometimes like to paint on textured surfaces. I'm starting to build the color up, but this painting still has a ways to go. The cat is filled with dread and the pig looks surprised. It must be something the chicken said. Also some smaller canvases in progress. I'm getting ready to stretch a HUGE canvas this week...... details to come.

Animal heads of summer

A sketch can happen anywhere, in my sketchbook or sometimes on a random scrap of paper. It's a great way to loosen up and get some ideas down quickly.
This is a painting I'm working on now. After playing with my images in my sketchbook and drawing a few different compositions, I can decide on what will make a good painting. I had a lot of fun this past week teaching my big animal sculpture class at Artspace. The kids I was working with were very creative and stayed focused. The results were astounding! Thanks to my helpers, Rebecca and Beth.
I made this elephant several years ago as a demo for the big animal sculpture class. This year he got a makeover.
This is the bunny head that was my demo for the class this year.