Thursday, June 24, 2021

Karin Jurick


In the early 2000's my wife Karen and I were just beginning our art carriers auctioning our paintings on eBay. Part of that experience was searching eBay for other artists. It was a productive exercise that turned us on to a wealth of new talent. One day I came across the painting above and asked (practically begged) Karen to split the cost of it if we were to have the winning bid. We won the auction and when we contacted the artist discovered she lived just across town. She said she was a huge fan of our work and would love to deliver the painting herself. A week or so later Karin Jurick showed up at our door and twenty years later was still one of our closest and dearest friends. Tragically, a few days ago she suddenly passed away.

Karin was a remarkable woman to say the least. She was tough but had a huge heart. She was funny, smart witty and a true genius at painting. Karin was a virtuoso with a paint brush. Karen and I would watch her paint on occasion and we would just sit there with our mouths open in awe. Karin was also one of Karen's most trusted advisors. If Karen had a question, about practically anything, Karin would always give her her honest opinion on that subject. Karin had a way of cutting through the BS, so you knew when she spoke it was the laser focused truth. 

We shared numerous shows with her and took quite a few trips to the beach with her and Brett her partner of thirty years. Karen and I would frequently meet on their side of town for lunch at their (and our) favorite Mexican restaurant. I can't tell you how much I looked forward to those visits, or describe the size of the hole her passing has left in my heart. I love you Karin.

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Detail of Current Work in Progress

Detail of GE WIP  |  16 x 16  |  Oil on panel


I've been out of the world for a while, but I'm close to finishing up the underpainting of my current piece. This is a cropped image showing a detail. It's pretty rough, but it's a start. There have been rumors of a possible corporate commission, but as yet it has not materialized. If it does get the go I'll need to put this painting aside until until I can complete the commission. My next post should show which direction this story takes. 

Monday, March 01, 2021

Ryan PT-16 Complete

Ryan PT-16  |  24 x 24  |  Oil on panel

It's been two months, and it's finally complete. I say "finally" like I'm glad it's over, but not so much. I loved working on this painting. I just hope someone will want to buy it. Now comes one of the hardest parts of this "job", figuring out what to paint next. 

Friday, January 22, 2021

Ryan PT-16 Underpainting In Progress No. 3

Ryan PT-16  |  24 x 24  |  Underpainting In Progress No. 3

With the addition of the remainder of the engine cowling, exhaust ports, wings and the Ryan logo the underpainting is done. Now it's back to the beginning, starting with the prop. This will be the final WIP image. The colors area little whacky with each of these posts. Shot with different camera's under different lighting conditions.The next post will be the completed painting with an image taken with the "good" camera. Really hoping I don't screw it up!

Friday, January 08, 2021

Ryan PT-16 Underpainting In Progress No. 2

Ryan PT-16  |  24 x 24  |  Underpainting In Progress No. 2


Progressing apace as it were. Engine cowling with inlet ports and more rivets. The color of the background in this image is closer to the actual color than that in the first WIP image.