Barry Larkin – Freestyle

With no formal training, my usual style of painting has been to use hand-cut stencils taken from photographs and spray paint the canvas.  For this painting, I thought I would go freestyle and try to paint without the use of a stencil.  I did, however, use a basic outline of a photograph of Barry Larkin in portrait and action to get the correct proportions.  One photograph was a close-up of his face and the other was an action shot of him in the infield.  After setting up the placement for the portrait and the action shot and with the use of the computer adding coloring for the shadows, mid-tones and highlights I began painting.  The canvas size is 12 x 24 and for most of the painting I used acrylic paints.  For the lettering and star I used my tried and true method of hand-cut stencils and spray paint.

Here is the end result.

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I like to think, when viewed from afar, the painting is a pretty good likeness of the Hall of Fame short stop.  Enjoy!


Ditto Cats had it’s first sale!

On June 22, 2013 I opened an Etsy shop to sell my photographs, stencil art, tee shirts and recently added digital Pop Art downloads. On August 31, 2013 Ditto Cats had its first sale! Very exciting!

A lovely couple from Australia purchased one digital Pop Art download.  The process went very smoothly and the couple has agreed to become a part of my storefront. Their fab photo is now being used as one of the example templates for the Pop Art downloads. I couldn’t be more thrilled!

Here is the before and after photo that is now part of my Ditto Cats site.

Thanks again to this lovely couple!

Stencil Art – Things you can do with photographs

I have seen many pieces of artwork completed using the stencil process, but had never tried it myself and had no idea where to begin. So to the internet I went and found many informative tutorials on the process. Recently I completed these two pieces and am working on a third piece for a friend of mine.

boy pic before and after

Wedding picture before and after


Each piece took me about 3 hours not including the drying time between layers, but the time spent was very enjoyable.  I had a few minor glitches but overall I thought the finished pieces turned out pretty well.  This will definitely be added to my list of hobbies and hopefully will become a source of income as I am currently selling on

Please feel free to comment on each, I would love to have your feedback and any suggestions you may have, thanks!

Weekend Doodling = TAG

I was doing a little doodling this weekend and came up with TAG.  TAG is the name of a cat that seeks new adventures; bicycling, skydiving…coming soon surfing.  TAG is the design, but his message is that every day is a gift so do something with it.

I’ve created a few different designs and have put each on t-shirt’s at my Ditto Cats site.  What began as a simple doodle while I was watching t.v. quickly turned into TAG the adventurous cat.

TAG - first draft

TAG – first draft

Please check out my design at Ditto Cats and let me know what you think, thanks!