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Rest in Peace, Joyce

joyce 20 x 16

Joyce Simmons-Crable

joyce 16 x 12 b

joyce 16 x 12 a

Joyce Simmons-Crable, one of the models at Crealde School of Art, passed away recently. A beautiful person, on the inside and out, she’ll be deeply missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing her, painting her and drawing her. Our sympathies go out to her family in this time of grief.

Latest painting

Missed Opportunity by Gayle Bell 14" x 11" oil on canvas

Missed Opportunity by Gayle Bell
14″ x 11″ oil on canvas

Painted my cat, Grady, into a Martin Johnson Heade background of passionflowers and hummingbirds. A fun exercise.

New painting–gargoyle and butterfly

gargoyle with butterfly painting

Gargoyle with butterfly by Gayle Bell
10″ x 8″ oil on masonite

Tomorrow I’ll be among a group of artists painting during the Eola Heights Historic Garden tour.  The sixth bi-annual tour of gardens at historic homes in downtown Orlando is designed to inspire visitors with urban gardening ideas as well as showcase local artists’ creative response to the landscape.  Several of us have painted at some of the venues prior to the event.  This is a painting done at one of the houses with a large collection of statuary and gargoyles.

Marilyn Monroe Painting

marilyn monroe framed copy

Marilyn Monroe
16″ x 12″ oil on canvas

I did this a while ago but haven’t had a chance to post it.  The framing adds a nice touch.

Robert Crumb, underground cartoonist/artist

We recently watched the movie “Crumb”, a documentary about the underground cartoonist, Robert Crumb.  It was deeply disturbing on so many levels, I don’t know where to begin.  In searching for info about “asemic writing” from an unrelated post I received today by email, I recalled how Robert’s brother, Charles,  drew strange cartoons that seemed to devolve into this type of writing.  Now I know it has a name.  Here’s a good analysis and write up about the movie.

Latest painting

otis and spaulding

11 x 14″ acrylic painting on stretched canvas


Getting in the holiday mood–Gangnam Style

John William Godward

Great post on the “Underpaintings blog” about Victorian artist, John William Godward, with some beautiful pictures and some info on his painting technique.  According to references in the post, Godward “would first paint the figure unclothed.  After this would dry, Godward would lay in a thick glaze the color of the fabric.  He would then paint, in a squeegee manner undoubtedly learned from his knowledge of graining, the drapery on the figure.  This allowed some places to receive thicker opaque pigmentation and other places a thinner more transparent layer.  His brush was ‘pinked’ or combed to allow for various amounts of pigmentation.  The result was marvellously (sic.) fresh, with delicate and detailed rendering of drapery ingeniously all Godward.”

Pure fun with Psy

Happy Easter/Passover

Easter Bunnies,
9" x 12" acrylic on canvas

My entry into the DPW painting challenge this week.