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December 13, 2017





I seem to be spending less time writing these days with most of my creative energy going to painting and drawing.


Before closing my studio space in our cold garage and moving indoors to pursue charcoal drawing, I painted a portrait of our local mayor, just for fun, and an oil sketch of a young man I found on the Internet.


This portrait is of Mayor Denny Doyle. I was prompted to paint him after studying John Singer Sargent’s portrait of Henry James, in particular the challenge of portraying a hair-challenged person against a dark background. The head needs to recede into the background at the top to prevent a cutout effect. I presented this painting to the mayor at a city council meeting and it was well received.






A quick oil sketch. I was intrigued by the side lighting.






Here are two charcoal portraits I recently completed. This bad boy caught my eye because of the sultry shadows.





When we were in Palm Springs I snapped a picture of this street vendor. He had a great smile and an incredible mustache.




I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season and not getting too stressed out. Take care, everyone.




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That portrait of the mayor is tremendous. You probably still couldn't make me look good though.
By: PT Dilloway on December 13, 2017
You are one busy beaver! Given your extraordinary talents employing your brush collection. It comes as no surprise that the Mayor was tickled pink with your generous gift. I'm always impressed with your artistic talents be they painting, sketches and story telling. Peace
By: Daniel LaFrance on December 13, 2017
all of your portraits are fabulous- my favorite is the oil sketch of the young man. Have a lovely day!
By: Kathe W. on December 13, 2017
I became a tag along only recently, and don't know how you make a living. It seems to be art. Well, it obviously should be art, and I hope you do well. I never rose above artisan, but loved twenty years of work and comradship. Your fine art is easy to look at, and the mayor must be a happy person. Thank you for sharing.
By: Joanne Noragon on December 13, 2017
All your portraits are so great. You make them live.
By: Arkansas Patti on December 13, 2017
I find myself scrolling back to look at each of them again and again. You are definitely making good use of your time. I hope a trip to Goodwill is in your future. You're going to need more frames.
By: Val on December 13, 2017
As always, I LOVE your work!!
By: fishducky on December 13, 2017
I guest the mayor and council would be pleased with the painting. It's awesome.
By: Keith Kline on December 13, 2017
Are those flames creeping up around the mayor's chest? Actually he looks a little like the minister of my church. Love the quick oil sketch of the young man.
By: LL Cool Joe on December 13, 2017
What Fishducky said. Enjoy your drawing, and come back to show us more soon.
By: messymimi on December 13, 2017
The mayor must be thrilled. That is a wonderful portrait. Your charcoal work is excellent and the vendor piece is spot on!
By: Tom Cochrun on December 13, 2017
I've never attempted portraits.
By: Ellen Abbott on December 14, 2017
Great art! So glad to see you being so actively creative.
By: Mitchell is Moving on December 14, 2017
Stephen, I am more and more impressed by your talent every time I view your work, a painting of yours would be an honor to have, I know the mayor was pleased.
By: Jimmy on December 15, 2017
Great portraits! And that is some mustache!
By: Pixel Peeper on December 24, 2017
I had to look at your artwork which is fantastic! Itâs so hard to do faces correctly and you do it so well...especially the noses. Iâm glad they liked the painting of the mayor
By: Birgit on December 27, 2017

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