October 20, 2014

Washing Hair

Filed under: PAINTINGS,Portraits — Colby @ 10:57 am

An oldie. Trying to paint simply and simply paint with limited colors.

Washing Hair

Acrylic on canvas, 24″ X 36″

October 6, 2014


Filed under: PAINTINGS,Portraits — Colby @ 12:06 am


Water soluble color pencil and wash on paper, 9″ X 8″

September 7, 2014

Fair Share

Filed under: PAINTINGS,Portraits — Colby @ 10:43 pm

There’s always enough cotton candy at the State Fair for two little girls to share.

Fair Share

Acrylic on canvas, 16″ X 20″

May 8, 2014


Filed under: DRAWINGS,PAINTINGS,Portraits — Colby @ 10:23 am

This is my rendition of Brandy Herbert, a friend of mine from high school.  She’s a music guru,  producing sessions for other songwriters/singers or playing on recording sessions for others  as a guest artist or “hired-gun.” She still does a couple of guest-concerts a year and is playing with about 4 different bands and projects in various jazz-venues around Colorado.

She toured with the original Platters, was lead guitarist for the Bobbie Gentry Show tour and has played alongside a bunch of our musical heroes including Jimmy Reed, Chuck Berry, Jimmy Clanton, the Shangri-La’s, Teresa Brewer, Lionel Hampton, Burl Ives, Nancy Wilson and many, many more.

But, more important, she’s my friend.


Water soluble pencil and wash on paper, 7 ½” X 10″

July 4, 2013

Girl in Color

Filed under: PAINTINGS,Portraits — Colby @ 5:15 pm

Experimenting with color.

Amelie In Color

Acrylic on canvas, 16″ X 20″

June 10, 2013


Filed under: PAINTINGS — Colby @ 8:11 am

Brazilian model Roberta Murgo

Roberta Murgo

Watercolor pencil and wash on charcoal paper, 11″ X 11″

May 30, 2013

That Trestle Painting

Filed under: PAINTINGS — Colby @ 10:42 pm

I hope this doesn’t upset any of you but the painting doesn’t look exactly like the photo that inspired me. I took a bit of “artistic license.”

On the top is the original photograph. I took four or five photos and picked this one to go by. The others were handy for reference. Next is the blank canvas with my charcoal sketch of where I wanted things to be. I envisioned a few minor changes; for example, I replaced the brown egret with the white one from the shore.

Then we have the initial stage of the painting. Obviously, I enhanced the color. Acrylic paints dry fast so I generally work top left to bottom right just like I would in a drawing. I go back later after it’s dry to add detail or touch up.

And finally, on the bottom, the finished painting.

Trestle progression

May 23, 2013


Filed under: PAINTINGS — Colby @ 2:22 pm

Each time I make the drive to Houston to visit my grandkids, a few miles south of Corsicana I get a quick glimpse of an interesting view of a swampy stream running under an old wooden railroad trestle. I kept thinking I’d like to take a picture of that. Finally, on one return trip I took the time to stop. This is a painting based on one of my photos.


Acrylic on canvas, 20″ X 24″

April 3, 2013


Filed under: PAINTINGS — Colby @ 10:21 am

I intended to do this study on canvas but changed my mind to use Bristol board. While I was digging through my flat file for the board I saw a book of watercolor paper and decided to try that instead.


Acrylic on watercolor paper, 11″ X 14″

January 17, 2013


Filed under: PAINTINGS,Portraits — Colby @ 12:24 pm

She said she likes a certain style of painting/drawing that I occasionally do (see below) and wanted a portrait painting of her done in that same style. I always get nervous in these situations. First, the art has to stand on its own. Secondly, the image has to capture the person the way others see them. And, most importantly, the image has to capture the person the way they see themselves.

Acrylics on bristol board, 11″ X 14″

Other examples in this style can be seen in these two links: