Saturday, March 18, 2017

Over 100

"Freedom"  24 x 18 inches Acrylic on wood panel.  Available at
I made it past 100 figures!!!   The practice of of doing all the figures was so worth it.  If you want to get comfortable with a process...practice, my advice for the day.

   The last photo collage of the 100 figure, 75 to 100.


Sunday, March 12, 2017

Figures and faces

Finishing up by series of 100 figures.  Thought I would share another collage photo of some of them.  

Working on the the last of the 100, and will post another group photo soon, but here is a peek at something I finished today..

10 by 8 inches, "Rewired" Acrylic on wood panel. Available at MarySchiros.artspan
Art tip:  Ever have a painting not turn out like you really wanted it?  Don't get discouraged by that happening, use it as a jumping point to try something new out.  This painting started out as a bit more typical face....
It was fun but just not what I wanted, so I decided to see where I could go using it as a starting point.  Wanted the face to say something more than here I am.  Started thinking where do I see people, what are they usually doing?  If you look around when you are out and about, most people are staring in to phones now a days.  I thought about the phones, thought about the face and put the two together.  Hope you like it.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Staying busy

Feeling a bit Surreal today, can you tell?
14 x 11 inches, Acrylic on panel, "Illusion"
Still working on completing my one hundred figure paintings, and just started the January 30 paintings in 30 days challenge.  This is day 4.

Also thought I would collage a photo together of the last bunch of figure paintings.

So I can safely say, I am staying busy this month :)

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Pick up that brush

A collage of my latest group of figure paintings
I have been having fun lately, just working on figures. 
I found a group on face book call One Hundred Figures,  a group sharing various styles of figure painting.  A wonderful artist Tina Naya'li Berendsohn share demos and everybody gives them a try.
When you find a site like this just have to "pick up that brush" and join in.


Sunday, October 23, 2016

Ink Base

Ready for Rain, 16 x 12 inches
Acrylic inks are a great way to start a painting.  There is a loose freedom in working with ink. Thought I would share s few of the steps in creating this painting.

    First step a very quick sketch to work from using acrylic inks (magenta and yellow)

Next start an underpainting with acrylics:

When this layer is dry, start in on the details:

Letting each layer dry, it is just a bit more refining and the painting is done.
Hope you enjoyed see the steps
Thanks Mary

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Process, paint and thought

14 x 11 inches Acrylic on wood panel

Day 8 of the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge.  A good friend of mine makes wine and uses photos of her pup for the label.  She was kind enough to give me a bottle of her latest batch.  So thought it would be nice to give her something back.  This painting is for her. Thanks Deb.
But thought I would share the painting process of this one with you.  I started out just planning to paint the bottle, roughed in the form and built up the layers with acrylic paint on a wood panel.  But as I went along it need something to add some more interest and balance the composition a bit.  Thought adding the pup peeking over the table was just the ticket.