When I study the examples in painting books, I often find that I like an intermediate stage better than the finished painting.
I really enjoyed Karen Cooper's acrylic paintings at the Stone Arch Festival of the Arts. She has a simple colorful style that I find more interesting than detailed realistically colored paintings. Karen Cooper has an excellent website, Karen Cooper Paintings. The portfolio section of the website is divided into still life and figurative paintings. Her recent paintings are mainly figurative, which she describes as "people in places you want to be." Her people are usually very simplified and are not meant to be portraits.
In addition to showing many paintings in her portfolio, there are two blogs. Cooper, about painting, blog is a journal blog. Cooper, daily work blog is a "project blog" where she writes about and shows various stages in a painting's progress.
Note for dedicated web surfers: I couldn't resist clicking on the link at the bottom for Artist websites by FineArtStudioOnline.com. There you can find many artist websites--go to the page that has a list of all the artists.
6 months ago