She Stands Alone
A small color study begins for my Pilate's wife. She is only 22" tall here, but she will be lifesize when I have solved all my challenges of composition and color. April 2011
Mona Lisa after Leonardo
Mona Lisa in Progress
Arrowood after Leonardo Da Vinci
Progress from 11-12-2010 to March 2011
I am working on several projects
Slowly the form emerges from the surface of my labor.
Will it be Mona Lisa?
A long way to go... A lot of detail to decipher beneath the darkened varnish. I couldn't resist "smudging" in some values on the face even though I will clean away the excess grids and smudges before I begin the underpainting
My panel is heavy and cumbersome. I am going to delay trimming the sides until the underpainting is underway to protect the corners for as long as possible.
Les Papin de Vallet 2010
(A Petite Story Portrait)
I will include the story when this is finished
and moved to the Portrait Gallery
Sunrise Solitude 2010
12 x 12
From a photo taken in New England
Little Grady 2010
Saint Michael the Archangel
Arrowood after Reni
Progress as of June 09, 2009
I am indebted to the Museum and Gallery at BJU for allowing me to use their Sirani as a color Guide
Boeckhorst Wall Project
Museum and Gallery at Heritage Green
Visit the M & G at Heritage Green by August 2009 to see this exhibit. Displayed April 2008 thru August 2009
Autumn at Giverny
Poppe and Little Jake
Work in progress July 2008
The Day Dreamer
"Lost in Thought"
2nd day's progress
I am attempting to capture some of my ideas in small studies before ti
10" oval Oil on Canvas
Underpainting of Livia
(A few hours of "just for fun" painting on a
When Livia's portrait is finished,
I think I will call it "Reflections in Flower Light"
"Bud Trunick "
February 11, 2007
Still in the planning stage ... I love paintings with stories. I suppose it must be the child in me. The painting keeps evolving in my mind as I learn more about my client.
Originally, I had planned to include one of the machines that he had designed. I may still do so, but not in the desert....wait and see.
I chose this location for the painting's background because my client and his family greatly enjoyed their two year stay in Arizona. From what I understand, it was also a project for which he is still remembered in the engineering field...Have you noticed the magazine in his hand?
"Bud" March 30, 2007 Detail from portrait of Bud Trunick
Desert Drama Remembered
Copper by Belt at Twin Buttes
Bud Trunick, Civil Engineer:
Mr. Trunick's specialty was and is "bulk material handling"...what an understatement!!! In material handled, the volume at Twin Buttes was nearly twice that of the Oroville Dam project in California and ranked alongside the famous Aswan High Dam in Egypt. Bud Trunick is remembered for his participation in both the Oroville Dam project with Mcdowell Wellman and the Twin Buttes project with Hewitt-Robins. Out in the Arizona Desert, a handshake between Trunick and Anaconda Company president, Jack Knaebel, sealed Hewitt Robbins $10,000,000.00 participation in the Twin Buttes project. In 1966 and 67, Trunick was Hewitt-Robins' estimator, salesman, engineer and site project manager.
The Hewitt-Robins complex at the south end of the Anaconda copper mining pit was engineered to move both overburden and ore, either separately or simultaneously. It was composed of two side-by-side, sixty inch conveyors that sloped to the bottom of the pit... At a little more than halfway down into the pit, two other sixty-inch conveyors split off obliquely from either side of the main conveyors. In all more than 50,000 feet of Hewitt-Robins steel cable reinforced rubber belt were employed on the mining project at Twin Buttes...Thus "Copper by Belt" as indicated on the magazine cover in Mr. Trunick's hands.
At the top of the magazine, I have dated and aged the magazine to further reference this special time period in Mr. Trunick's past. When the portrait is signed and dated 2007, it will establish that this is Mr. Trunick - forty years after Twin Buttes...As Mr. Trunick approaches his eightieth year, he continues to solve engineering problems across the country. Armed only with a calculator, graph paper, and a pencil, he and his creative mind are still in demand by others with computers and a lot more letters after their name. Note: I may expand on this as I continue to work on the portrait and learn more about Mr. Trunick.
Artist Note: After struggling for thirty minutes trying to write Desert Drama on the magazine cover, I realized, I had written "Dessert Drama" and had to start over....That not quite as bad as the six toes that I painted on a goddess in a Botticelli Reproduction ...not once but twice.
May 5 th, 2007 AM
Mr. Trunick is a patient client, and I'm back to working on his portrait. He was away for a month and I needed the time to touch up a painting that was being displayed at the Miracle Hill Annual Banquet ...Click on
For the past week, I have been working on his face and the foreground. Believe it or not, I really do want to finish this portrait. There are so many other paintings waiting in the gallery of my imagination...two of them involve Mr. Trunick. He is a terrific character study...I plan to use him as a model for a couple of portfolio paintings...He can add "professional model" to his exceptional resume'.
May 5th PM
Fine tuning the details
Mr. Trunick looks like he could get a job modeling for Levi
July 5th, 2007
I've simplified and lightened the folds on the shirt and added lighter
values near the face. Contrasting values draw attention and I want the viewer to "read" the face first and then to examine the painting more closely for clues that tell you about the man in the desert.
I plan to sign the painting next week...It's almost time to let it go.
Grannie Holliday and the Last Quilt
In Progress Oil on canvas 12 x16
Quilting Toward the Light
(Formerly called "Grannie Holliday and the Last Quilt")
Progress as of February, 2008Grannie has been gone a long time now... She always smelled like homemade biscuits and her "cushiony" lap felt like love...
Sit down at the Rocky Creek Cafe
This "petite" character study is 11x14
(Do you recognize the Model)
Progress thru Septempber 8
Artistic license and a woman's prerogative to change her mind, there will be more changes. I am trying out a commercially prepared surface. So far it has stood up rather well to the chan
Sit Down at the Rocky Creek Cafe
Are you looking at him ...or is he looking at you?
11 x14 Oil on Panel
Work in Progress thru September 16, 2007
When I have time, I will tell you the painting's story. I think you will find it interesting. My subject, a retired museum guard, was living in the left wing of the Accademia Carrara Museum in Bergamo, Italy, when I met him in 2005
Thoughts Beyond the Window
I may have to start this one over...The board is smoother than I like.
There's a story here.