Wednesday, March 25, 2015
avoiding the trap of overworking a composition, a trap that frequently takes hold of me. I advocated stopping early in your work before mucking it up. However, I'm going to eat my words and advocate the opposite today. This painting is one that I mucked up early on in its creation. It began with a layer of red paint that I let dry, adding a layer of white, and then scratching back some of the white to reveal the red paint underneath. It looked horrible. There was no clear design to my scratching and the red poked out as pink. It was an ugly mess. I let it sit for several days, hating to toss it only because I didn't want to waste the acrylic paper on which it was created. Eventually I went back to it and pushed on. There was nothing to lose. I pulled out every green tube of paint, every green pen, every green pencil and paint marker and began working the four corners of the paper. I left a white band to divide the surface. I scribbled and layered, and kept turning those four corners. Then, all of a sudden I began to like the results. Finally, I stopped, splattered on a few finishing touches and decided maybe it was premature to advocate stopping early. Maybe that mucky mess just means it is time to press on and get over it.The painting is available for purchase as a fine art reproduction print in a variety of sizes and formats from my website. Hope you can stop by.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
here in my portfolio. It also makes a really cool throw pillow.
Thursday, March 12, 2015
available for purchase from my portfolio. The image makes a pretty cool pillow, too! See the pillow here.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Paint and paper are still finding their way into my artwork. A little bit of everything went into this painted collage. Magazine pages provide beautiful, bold color. Paint provides the background, circular stamps and ink add to the surface. The round shapes provided movement. When I was finished it felt like I had travelled across town, thus I named the piece, Cross Town Bus. It was just plain old fun to create. The original was created on paper and is not for sale, but reproductions on paper or canvas are available here. If you are interested in some of my other painted collages, you can view them in the Mixed Media Gallery of my portfolio, here.
Sunday, March 1, 2015
here in a variety of sizes and surfaces. I hope you will stop by and visit my portfolio to see some of my other mixed media creations. You can even purchase this design on a throw pillow.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
my last post, I discussed the practice of using the rules of color and light to paint little still life paintings. I did not have a reference for my example, but used what I knew about the subject to create the painting of an orange bell pepper. Painting glass is different. Light spews in so many directions. Reflections on glass depend on so many variables, that I find it difficult to create the sensation without an actual reference. The color of the glass, the thickness of the glass, and the direction of the light are trickier when it comes to painting glass. This original 6x8 inch oil painting is for sale in my Etsy Shop along with some of my other original still life paintings. At this point, it is not available as a reproduction. I hope you will stop by and view some of my other small format paintings. This painting can be viewed here.
Sunday, February 22, 2015
Etsy shop. It was created with professional grade oil paints on a stretched canvas. You can view it here. It is also available in larger sizes as a reproduction on archival paper or canvas from my website here. Click here for sizes and prices. You can also make it into a fun little throw pillow. Follow this link for sizes and prices of throw pillows.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Etsy shop in the Birds and Animals gallery. Most are 4x5 an 4x6 inches in size, created on canvas panels with professional grade oil paints. If I can get decent photographs, I will also sell them as reproductions here. It is a challenge to photograph small paintings and have them suitable as reproductions, so many of them may exist in original form only. When they are gone, they're gone, original one of a kind small format art. How cool is that? If you'd like to see all of the work I have available for reproduction, please stop by my gallery and shop here.
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Sunday is a pastel day, easy, comfortable, devoid of stress, a sleep in, read the paper kind of day. This mixed media contemporary abstract design is my Sunday morning. The stress of the weekdays has broken away revealing a soft inner core, pastels, tints, not the grating of the day to day grind. That's what inspired this original collage work that was developed on 12x12 inch watercolor paper using acrylic paints, ink, and torn paper. Reproductions of the image are available in the abstract gallery of my website. To add to the fun, I discovered it looks great as a pillow, too. Click here for prints and here for pillows. How fun is that?
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
purchased here. Visit the tropical fruit section of my Etsy shop to view more. These little jewels are not available as reproductions, but I hope they will brighten your day as they have mine.
Saturday, February 7, 2015
my website here. The square format painting can be ordered in a variety of square format sizes, on paper, or on stretched canvas, one of my favorites when 1.5 inch stretcher bars are used. Very cool for the kitchen.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
my website. Click here for details about this work.
Saturday, January 31, 2015
Part of creating abstraction is playing with some of the basic elements of art, lines, shapes, colors, and balance. Today's abstract work was an exercise that dealt with all of these elements. It began as a collage that combined some handmade and found papers. Dark lines and dots were the first inspiration. I added some complimentary colors, red and green, but was not pleased. A dash of purple didn't help. As layers began to build, the work wasn't coming together for me. I added some stenciling, then some paint markers, then some more paint. I let it sit for several days. The balance was off. I had lines dissecting the paper in ways that didn't work. I added some black paint. It was too dark. Still I was not happy. It sat for a few more days and I worked on other compositions. Finally in a fury I painted the three white circles. Suddenly it seemed to work. A balance of light and dark, rectangular and circular forms, and textures came together in a cohesive abstraction that I call Leaving the Dark. The title is both figurative and literal. Literally I moved from black to white and figuratively I felt an accomplishment the took me from a cranky, dark place to a light hearted mood. It was all about the balance. I am happy. Reproductions of this abstract collage painting are available from my website. Details are here. You might also like some of my other abstract work. Check out my abstract gallery here.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Painting little creatures with a limited palette and few brush strokes was part of the inspiration for this little bird, the first painting of the day. Ultramarine Blue, Alizarin Crimson, and Titanium White were the three colors I used in its creation. He was painted on a 6x8 inch stretched canvas with oil paints. A wash of crimson started the process. The original painting is for sale in my Etsy Shop in the Birds and Animals section. Details about this little guy are here. Reproduction prints are also available on paper, canvas, acrylic, and metal at my website in the Birds Gallery. Also, just for fun, he is also available on note cards, phone cases, and throw pillows in a variety of sizes. I hope you will visit.
Saturday, January 24, 2015
This little 6x8 inch painting has gone home, sold to a buyer from Bend, Oregon, one of my favorite towns on earth. It was inspired by the high desert and Cascade Mountains that are so visible from the plains of Central Oregon, so I am pleased that it can make its home in the landscape that inspired it. The original painting was created with professional grade oil paints. Reproduction fine art prints and posters are still available from my website in the landscape gallery. I hope you will stop by and see some of my other landscape paintings, too.