Personal Best 3, Painting of a Marathon Runner, is Done, for Real This Time

I declared this one done yesterday. Then I worked on it again last night. Then I tossed and turned all night thinking about how I was going to repaint it. This morning I got up early and with  just a few final touches, really finished it. Somehow the picture I had of it in my head was very skewed. It didn’t require a complete repaint, just a few well positioned highlights and a clear head. I think I need a nap now!

"Personal Best 3" Acrylic on canvas, 24" x 30", 2014, $700

“Personal Best 3″ Acrylic on canvas, 24″ x 30”, 2014, $700


Personal Best Series: My New Runner is Female!

personalbest2The Personal Best series celebrates the movement, energy and tenacity of the runner. It also recognizes that everyone’s personal best is, well, personal!

I may never finish a marathon, or even a half, but for me, the triumph is in getting out and doing it. That’s the passion and energy I want to capture in this series.

All of the paintings are based on photos that I take at various races that I attend…sometimes as a runner, sometimes just to watch. None of them is any person in particular, but an essence of the runner. Someone in which we can all see ourselves.

For the most part, the form of the runner is fairly accurate, but what I really want to capture is the energy…that dynamic place where will meets ability and becomes something amazing!


How About a Little Art in the Morning?

"Sunday Morning," Acrylic on paper, 12 x 18, 2012, $200

“Sunday Morning,” Acrylic on paper, 12 x 18, 2012, $200

I’ve been trying to figure out how to work painting back into my schedule. I have a part time job, a freelance career as a print/web designer, and a family to take care of. Lately, I’ve been reading a lot of articles on how successful people spend their mornings. The common theme seems to be that they get out of bed and get going instead of lying around lamenting the fact that they must soon leave the comfort of their nighttime cocoon.

This morning I tried it. Of course it helped that the dog needed to go out! But normally, I would let him out and back in again, and then slip back between the sheets. Not this morning. At 6 a.m. I got up and stayed up. I unloaded and loaded the dishwasher, got the clean clothes out of the dryer, and did 120 jumping jacks…all before my first cup of coffee.

While nothing I did was life-changing, it did give me a sense of accomplishment, It also got me thinking. Why couldn’t I head for the easel after I let the dogs back in each morning? I could easily get in 30 minutes of painting. Before I head for bed tonight, I’ll set out everything I will need for a morning painting session. Stay tuned for the results!

More Paintings of Athletes

My IronMan paintings were delivered yesterday. I really enjoyed working on them! In fact, I will be starting a new runner soon. I took lots of photos at the Runner’s World Half Marathon and Festival this weekend. I’m going through them today looking for my next inspiration.


My Final Iron Man Painting: The Swimmer

After several false declarations of “I’m done!” I think I am finally actually done! My last painting of the Iron Man series, The Swimmer, has been signed and sealed! This one feels a bit different, but I think swimming feels a bit different too. I think I still captured the energy of the Iron Man, but there is a little more coolness in this painting.

Iron Man 3: The Swimmer Acrylic on canvas 24" x 30" 2013

Iron Man 3: The Swimmer
Acrylic on canvas
24″ x 30″

Another Acrylic Painting of a Runnner

Sometimes I am a runner. Sometimes I am a painter. Until recently, I used a wait-for-inspiration approach to both. I have, however, discovered that it is a lot more rewarding to create your own inspiration. Now I regularly try to exercise both my body and my mind. Hard work is the key to stirring creativity and energy.

This week, I gave my painting muscles a bit of a workout…

Ironman1:R2 Acrylic on canvas 24" x 30" 2013

Acrylic on canvas
24″ x 30″

Acrylic painting of a cyclist: number two in my IronMan series

I finally started and finished the second painting in my ironman series. I think I will do another runner next. I haven’t quite worked out the composition for the swimmer yet.

Acrylic painting of a cyclist

IronMan 2: The Cyclist
Acrylic on canvas
24″ x 30″