Friday, December 13, 2013

6" Squared Show at Randy Higbee Gallery

So honored to not only have these five pieces accepted, but to also have received a Gallery Award in the Randy Higbee Gallery incredible 6"Squared Show. The show is on view until December 20th, 2013 in Costa Mesa, CA.

Chicken Scratch, 6 x 6 inch oil on panel
© 2013 Kathleen Coy

Crosswalk, 6 x 6 inch oil on panel
© 2013 Kathleen Coy

Lion Cub, 6 x 6 inch oil on panel
© 2013 Kathleen Coy

Yellow Jacket, 6 x 6 inch oil on panel
© 2013 Kathleen Coy

Marshland, 6 x 6 inch oil on panel
© 2012 Kathleen Coy

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

This Way, and a sketch

This Way, 6 x 6 inch oil on panel
© 2013 Kathleen Coy
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"This way." "No, THIS way.""But this way looks more interesting. I smell something good over here, too..." Just another scene from the farmer's market. I love the triangle shape the girl and dog make, as well as the tension created from leaning in two different directions. 

And here we have a quick 10 minute sketch of my new greyhound napping. 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

My new Greyhound

Sephiroth, 6 x 6 inch oil on panel
© 2013 Kathleen Coy

We adopted a retired greyhound last weekend. I'd like to introduce you to Sephiroth, a three and a half year old, 75 lb amber-eyed boy who looks like some sort of mythical tiger/antelope/dog creature. Despite his exotic good looks, he's just a big goofball of a dog, and we adore him already.  Most importantly, unlike the fictional Sephiroth and Cloud, my Sephiroth and Cloud are getting along fine.

This painting is I'm sure the first of many. Brindle coats are a challenge to paint, so I'll be getting lots of practice. Here's a picture of Seph in the yard. Love this yellow-eyed boy.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Bison Study

Bison Study, 5 x 7 inch oil on panel
© 2013 Kathleen Coy

One of the many bison we saw at Custer State Park. 

Friday, November 1, 2013

Chicken Scratch

Chicken Scratch, 6 x 6 inch oil on panel
© 2013 Kathleen Coy

No, I'm not talking about my handwriting, although chicken scratch is a pretty accurate description. I found this free range hen during a visit to a local dairy goat farm. I like the boldness of the knife work in the background against the realistic hen.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Marley and Gracie

Marley, 4 x 4 inch oil on panel
© 2013 Kathleen Coy

I took a week long workshop with Karin Jurick last year, and one of the days she had us painting mugshots on small 4 x 4 inch panels. I enjoyed painting faces that size so much that I've done a few pets, (you can find them here and here.) Marley and Gracie are the latest, both commissions.

Gracie, 4 x 4 inch oil on panel
© 2013 Kathleen Coy

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Turkey Skull Study, and a trip to South Dakota

Turkey Skull Study, 6 x 6 inch oil on panel.
© 2013 Kathleen Coy

Painted from life. I find skulls to be beautiful - a reminder that we are more than what we see as our physical bodies, and that our time in these bodies is limited. They are a great study tool as well, if you have an interest in anatomy. 

We took our first trip to South Dakota last month, visiting the Badlands and staying in Custer State Park. I fell in love with the landscape, and all the critters. Took lots of photos of bison, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, and elk. Can't wait to paint them! Here are a few photos from the trip:

Monday, August 19, 2013

Plein air festival

Widener Building, 9 x 12 inch oil on linen
© 2013 Kathleen Coy

Queen Anne's Lace and Summer Sky
8 x 8 inch oil on linen
© 2013 Kathleen Coy

I painted these two pieces on location last month during Corning, Iowa's plein air festival. It was a "bluebird day" - 75 degrees and sunny with gorgeous clouds... couldn't have asked for better weather during a July weekend. The Widener Building, with it's patina'd copper turret, is one of Corning's landmarks. The field of Queen Ann'e Lace was painted outside of town along a gravel road in the countryside.

Thursday, August 8, 2013


Honey, 6 x 6 inch oil on panel
© 2013 Kathleen Coy

This is the first Yorkie I've painted. Being used to short-haired dogs, I had a lot of fun painting her long hair and adding areas of texture to her fur with thick paint. 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Black Lab Commission

River, 12 x 16 inch, oil on linen
© 2013 Kathleen Coy

This was a really fun commissioned painting of a female black lab named River, from the client's reference photo taken in Colorado. I loved the colors of the landscape, and wanted to use them in the painting because they set off the dog so nicely. Here are some work-in-progress shots:

Monday, May 20, 2013

New Commission - Buster, an Australian Kelpie

Buster, 16 x 16 inch oil on linen.
© 2013 Kathleen Coy

Fresh off the easel is a commissioned painting of an Australian Kelpie named Buster. Would you look at that face! I fell in love with this pose, and those gorgeous eyes that stare right into your soul. It felt great to be painting large after a year of small paintings. (By the way, the year long project is over, so I'll be updating this blog much more frequently now.) I've included some photos of the process below. 

First I did a small value study, then I sketched Buster with vine charcoal on the 16 x 16" oil-primed linen panel. I like vine or willow charcoal because it erases off the canvas with the touch of your finger, so you can fiddle with the drawing until it's right. 

After I'm satisfied with the charcoal drawing, I go over it with a sanguine Faber-Castell Pitt artist pen (a little trick I learned from Terry Moore Strickland's blog), otherwise it will dissolve when I start laying in the first washes of thin paint:

Now to start on those eyes...

More progress:

And once again, the finished painting:

Next up is a portrait of Buster's black lab sister, River. Stay tuned...