Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Punch Bowl Falls and Oregon Inspiration

The last few weeks I've been visiting Oregon and have found the landscape inspiring once again. This painting is of Punch Bowl Falls in the Columbia Gorge.  I have added it to my portfolio at Ugallery along with several other recent landscape paintings. This one was created with oil paints on an 18x24 inch stretched canvas. Prints are also available from my print shop. I hope you will stop by and take a look.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Playing in the High Desert

Inspired by high desert landscapes of the Western United States, this contemporary landscape painting emerged. It was created with layers of acrylic paint intended to replicate the atmosphere of open land, endless grass, and fresh air. The original painting was created on a 24x30 inch stretched canvas and has already been sold.  Reproduction prints are available from my print shop.  Click here for reproduction print options.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Jazz on First Avenue

Creating this painting was nothing but fun. I had the radio turned to jazz and the design seemed to create itself. Layers of acrylic paint brushed, splashed, and dribbled in hues of magenta, cyan, and yellow melded themselves into purples and greens. I haven't yet decided where the original painting will be displayed, but reproduction prints on canvas, paper, and other surfaces are available from my print shop. Shipping is free worldwide on CyberMonday. The original painting was created on an 18x24 inch stretched canvas. The sides are painted black and it is ready to hang.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Radish Still Life Painting

The paint is finally dry on the series of miniature still life paintings I created about ten days ago. You can view my original post about this series here. This little radish painting is one of my favorites. It was created with oil paints on a 5x7 inch flat canvas panel and is available here, in my Etsy Shop. When it has sold, reproductions will also be available. Visit the Still Life Gallery at my print shop for more information about sizes and other options.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Study in Red -- Abstract Painting Hot Box

This painting is about the color of emotion. It was created with layers of transparent color, crimson, red, and magenta. Yellow and orange are bundled together in geometric shapes. This painting is on a 20x24 gallery wrapped canvas with finished edges. Contact me at for purchase information.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Red is the Color of Rain--Miniature Still Life Oil Paintings

Fall is here. The weather is cool and the rain showers of the Pacific Northwest have begun. It was the gloomy weather of mid October that prompted me to paint this series of colorful little still life paintings. It has been a long time since I focused on small still life oil paintings, so I thoroughly enjoyed painting these little ones. All included some bright red to chase away the gloom. They range in size from 4x5 inches to 5x7 inches. They are painted with oils on canvas panels. As soon as they are dry, I will be selling them in my Etsy shop. Hope you will stop by.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Northwest Travel Series

Inspired by the autumn season, this 11x14 inch acrylic painting has been added to my Northwest travel series inspired by my recent road trip. There are several in the series that have been added to my Etsy shop where I sell my small format original paintings. Hope you will stop by and check out my paintings of fields and trees. You can view a larger version of this painting here.

Monday, September 28, 2015

No Water, Dry Creek

Still working off the inspiration of my recent road trip, I created this 11x14 inch landscape painting that depicts one of many dried up creeks and rivers that I crossed on my journey. Before the rains begin again, the scene of a rocky shoreline and an absence of water is common. I enjoyed using paint to create the contrast between the sparse greenery of the land and the dusty ground. Right now this painting is available as a reproduction here. When I finally get myself organized, the original will be offered for sale in my Etsy shop, Small Impressions, along with many of my other small format originals.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Road Trip Inspiration

After spending almost three weeks on the road, I have finally made it home and am back in my studio painting. It was a wonderful trip, but I missed creating art with a brush and paint. This painting was inspired by the beauty of open spaces found across the North American continent. Changing light, huge open spaces, and agriculture that feeds the world were a part of the drive and a big part of my most recent inspiration. The original painting was created on an 18x24 inch stretched canvas with professional grade acrylic paints. Right now it is only available as a reproduction. I want to hold on to the original for a while. I may eventually offer it for sale, but for now it will hang on my wall at home and remind me of my most recent adventures.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Last of the Sunsets

After a glorious summer, the rains have returned to the Pacific Northwest. A severe windstorm that toppled trees, days of dark gloomy skies, and lots of shower activity mark the return to the usual weather pattern. It makes me glad that I painted some summer sunsets because they remind me that the weather won't always be gray. Today's painting is the last of a trio of 11x14 inch oil painting on stretched canvas. The paint is almost dry, so the original will be available in my Etsy Shop soon along with some miniature sunsets in smaller sizes. Reproductions are available from my print shop. Check out my Sea Gallery for more West Coast Seascapes, boats, and ocean creatures.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Blue Skies at Night

This painting was conceived a last week while visiting the Pacific coast. As I watched the sun go down, the clouds turned rose and deep purple. The wonderful colors inspired the painting in this season of beautiful sunsets. The original oil painting was developed on an 11x14 inch stretched canvas with professional grade oil paints. Reproductions are available here in my print shop. The original will be for sale in my Etsy Shop as soon as the paint is dry.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Beach Time

Just got back from a week at the beach where I spent a lot of time studying the sky and the clouds and the local way of life. The result is a series of paintings featuring clouds, sky, and sea. It was a wonderful experience and I was able to participate in what the locals call, "Beach Time." From what I've discerned "Beach Time" is a relaxed attitude that isn't overly concerned about time. Things get done when they get done. Usually there is no rush. Hurry is a foreign thought. Thus, lots of time observing the environment. This painting was created in oils on an 11x14 inch stretched canvas. When the paint is dry, the original will be available in my Etsy Shop, where I sell my small format originals. If you are in a hurry, reproductions on paper or canvas are available from my print shop, here.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Kitchen Market Adventures

Everytime I go to the grocery store, my eyes are enamoured with the produce section. Stacks of fresh fruits and vegetables are colorful and full of unique shapes. Sometimes I buy fresh items just because they are beautiful, even when I have no idea how to prepare them. After I get them home, the first thing I do is create a still life painting, sometimes an entire series of paintings. When the fresh items have done their duty, they head to the kitchen. This time I brought home Anaheim peppers. I didn't know if they were hot or mild, all I knew was I loved their color, that mellow green, and their long, robust shape. After I painted them, I did some research and they ended up as Chile Rellenos. So good. The original 6x6 inch oil painting is available for purchase here. Larger reproductions are also available at this address.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Bicycle Art

This past week I had some fun combining traditional and digital art. The background for this piece is a design created with acrylic paints on paper. I like the combination of red orange and turquoise, but it really didn't have a focus as a finished piece of art, so I decided to use it as a background. I added a digital silhouette of a bicycle and liked the results. I did a series of images that combined original work and digital overlay. Since my family and I are big bicycle fans, the designs were cheered by all. Prints of the composition can be purchased here on either paper, canvas, or acrylic. You can also view the other designs in the bicycle art series at this link. And if you want it on a pillow or a phone case, those are options, too.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Another Dose of Floral

Beautiful yellow roses and red day lilies were the attraction when I created this little still life painting. I'm gorging on their beauty before the fall when they all disappear. This painting was created on a 6x8 inch stretched canvas with professional grade oil paints. It is a available as a reproduction on paper or canvas here. Eventually the original will be listed in my Etsy Shop with the rest of my flower indulgences from the summer bounty.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Summer Flower Attraction

Although I spent much of the summer working on larger works, I had to take a break every now and then to revel in the blooms of summer. The color of the flowers in my backyard was irresistible. Every few days I had to pick a bouquet and mix up some paint. This is one of a series of backyard color that slipped off my paintbrush in the warmth of summer. This painting is 6x8 inches on stretched canvas with professional grade oil paints. The original is for sale in my Etsy shop.  If I decide to have some reproductions printed, they will be available here, along with other floral paintings that are now available as reproductions.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A Glowing Summer of Art

The summer has passed quickly and by the look of my postings, it seems I have not been working very hard. This is only an illusion. I've worked hard and played hard. This 18x24 inch abstract mixed-media painting is one of a pair in a series I call my Glow Series that was created this summer. I call it glow because there is a reflective sheen in the design. Photography doesn't show it off well, but a layer of foil creates a surface that bounces light in a delightful manner. Reproductions of this work are available here. Please contact me at if you are interested in purchasing the original or check out my "available" tab at the top of the page. I will post more of the work I have developed this summer, so please stay tuned.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Rust in the Ocean

Thinking about the sea, ships, and the nature of the two prompted the color scheme of this abstract painting. The orange and red of rusty metal peeks through a tropical sea of turquoise and blue. The combination of warm and cool provides balance. The original painting was created with acrylic paints on a 20x24 inch stretched canvas. The 1.75 inch sides are painted black so it can be hung with or without a frame. Visit this link for purchase information. Reproduction fine art prints are also available here.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Working in a Series

When I purchase stretched canvas, I always order in bulk because of the quantity discounts. Keeping canvases on hand in a variety of sizes serves my impulses since there is almost always a canvas handy to accommodate my inspirations. But, the side effect is that boxes of blank canvases take up a lot of storage space and they serve no purpose sitting in the closet with nothing on them. So, instead of beginning with an idea and then finding a canvas that matches my intuition, I decided to start with the canvas and find inspiration to fill it. I began by counting blank canvases and inventorying the sizes. To my surprise, I had a dozen unused canvases in sizes 18x24, 20x24, and 24x30. So, the first in a series I call Distractions was created. The abstract design in this post was developed on an 18x24 inch stretched canvas with acrylic paints and mediums. It will not be available for purchase until the series is finished. I plan to create five or six more paintings in this series that consists of warm colors, geometric shapes, and texture. When the series is complete, I will post information about availability. Until then, you can still purchase original small format paintings from my Etsy Shop or reproductions of my other work from my print shop.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Paint Addiction

The past six weeks I have been travelled from the Pacific Coast in Washington State to Central Oregon and back again. It was a lovely trip, but I missed my daily stints in the studio. My oils were with me, but I longed for the freedom of expression that acrylic paint provides for me. One afternoon, when I couldn't stand it any longer, I found my way to an art store and bought a tube of black paint, a couple of large brushes, and some mixed media paper.  I spent the afternoon playing. I used the new brushes, some found objects, and my imagination. When the entire pad of paper was almost gone, I felt better.  This painting is one of my favorite of the group. I like the boldness of the black and white and the freedom of large brush strokes. Reproductions of this work and some of my other black and white experiments are available in the painted abstract gallery of my website. I hope you will visit.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Winter Sunset Discovery

Several years ago I won a basic set of Winsor Newton Griffin Alkyd Oil Paints in an art competition, but I never used them. They sat in the closet forgotten until this past week when I was  packing for a trip to the coast. On the spur of the moment, I threw them in my suitcase along with a few canvases. The box was small and didn't take up much room unlike my collection of acrylics and regular oil paints. Later in the week, I pulled them out. With only three primary colors and white, I began to paint. The paint was smooth and creamy and had a consistency just like my regular oils. It was fun and I enjoyed it, but the best part was that the paint was dry by the next morning. I couldn't believe it. I have painted with regular oils for years, waiting days, even weeks for the paint to dry. It was always a challenge to paint when travelling. Many times I just left my paints at home rather than lug wet panel carriers and all my usual paraphernalia. From now on, when I travel, these will be my paints of choice. The above painting was created on a 9x12 inch stretched canvas using my favorite new paints. Reproductions are available here on paper or canvas. For now I am going to hold on to the original, but I may eventually sell it in my Etsy Shop along with some of my other small format paintings.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Orange Splatter

Four scraps of paper is how the work in this series began. I selected a total of four scraps of paper from my collection for each of four collage paintings and attached them to 8x10 hardboard panels. Then, working intuitively, I embellished the surface with pencils, paint, and paint pens. I stamped, scribbled, and brushed. It was fun to see designs emerge and blend. This is one of the four designs that resulted from the experiment. Fine art reproduction prints of this abstract series are available from my website in a variety of sizes.  You can view paper and canvas options here. The other three designs in the series can be viewed here, here, and here. I hope you like my Orange Splatter Series and will stop by my website to view all four designs.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Green Light -- Keep on Going

Earlier in the month I wrote a post about 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

Playtime Art

My studio is a playroom in which I can spend hours messing with colors and designs. It is hard to keep it clean when inspiration is flowing. Paper and paint are lined up on the floor and I only take a break when I run out of space and have to wait for some paint to dry. Recently I have enjoyed creating painted designs on tissue paper and the incorporating them into collage paintings. This composition includes two such tissue paper designs. Can you tell which designs were created on tissue paper first? Reproduction prints of this work is available for purchase on paper, canvas, acrylic, and metal here in my portfolio. It also makes a really cool throw pillow.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Stop Early: Don't Overwork

Stop early and don't overwork your art. I need to keep telling myself that because I tend toward overworking. The process feels so good that I want to keep on adding colors and lines and textures and layers and more layers until I have a mess. Then I paint over everything and begin again. It is a terrible waste of time and materials. Luckily, I stopped early on this one. Some handmade papers, found papers, and a little bit of paint is how this design began. I let it sit for a few days and then declared it finished, no overworking, no paint over. I liked the colors, the lines and the balance. It felt good.  Reproduction fine art prints on paper, canvas, and metal are available for purchase from my portfolio. The image makes a pretty cool pillow, too! See the pillow here.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Cross Town Bus

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

Making Marks

Making marks with paper and paint was my preoccupation this week. I created several painted collages by layering shapes and colors. This image is one of my favorites. It is entitled "Circus" because of the bright colors and busy movement. I used handmade papers, found papers, paint, and a little ink. The work is intuitive. I only have a vague idea of what the results will be when I start. I add, subtract, multiply, and divide and eventually arrive at something that pleases me. Then I declare it is finished. This creation was developed on paper. The original is not for sale, but high quality reproductions are available 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

Reflecting Light

A collection of glass bottles is the focus of this still life oil painting. It was painted from life. It helps to see how the light reflects as the glass is recreated on canvas. In 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

Always Looking

When painting still life, I've always felt it was necessary to have a reference. The best references are those that I buy at the grocery store or farmer's market and bring home. Or are they?  Recently I've been giving myself a little test. I've worked on a series of fruit and vegetable paintings. Some I have painted from a live reference and some from my mind's eye using the rules of light, shadow, and color. The question is whether or not there is truly a difference.  What do you think?  Was this orange pepper painted from reference or memory?  I'll let you ponder that and will give the answer in my next blog update, so stay tuned. The original 6x8 inch oil painting is for sale in my 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

It's in the Eyes

Recently I've been working on a series of small bird portraits. I always start with painting the eyes. If I can get the eyes right, the rest of the creature seems to come together much easier. This guy is strong and determined. He's in charge and wants everyone to know it. As I get the paintings in this series photographed and uploaded, the originals will be listed in my 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 Morning

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

Sunshine and Rain

The weather in February has been awful. Snow in the East and rain in the West. In the Pacific Northwest where I live it has been day after day of drizzling liquid.  To combat the dreariness of it, I have been painting oranges. They are bright and sunny and I get to eat them when the day is done. This 6x6 inch still life of sliced oranges is one of the recent series of tropical fruit paintings that has served me well during the gray gloom of the month.  The original can be 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

Old and New

Combining some contemporary techniques with a traditional still life is what today's posting is all about. I began this acrylic painting with layers of paint and pattern, using stencils, stamps, and a paintbrush, I created a textured underpainting. Working intuitively the design took on a life of its own. When I reached the point where it felt like it was finished, I created the silhouette of a simple pear still life over the underlying design.  It turned out to be a fun combination of old and new, abstract and representational, and my love of both was satisfied by the completion of the painting. The original was created on a 12x12 inch sheet of watercolor paper with acrylic paints. Giclee reproductions are available from 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

Converging Ideas

Playing with texture and color was the order of today's effort.  I used acrylic mediums, foil, and paint as my playground. It was a fun experiment that achieved a design worth keeping. The original work was created on 11x14 inch paper. Reproductions are available in a variety of sizes from my website. Click here for details about this work.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Balancing Act

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

Good Morning Bird

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

Another Road

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.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Back to the Road

Recently I have moved back to painting roads.  The demands are diverse and give me an opportunity to work on a number of skills, all about perspective.  The ability to paint proper aerial perspective is the first requirement that comes to mind.  As subjects move into the distance, the colors required to paint a realistic depiction changes as blue moves into the paint and yellow moves out.  Secondly, I have to focus on the geometry of the road and how it decreases in shape and size as it moves into the distance.  If I don't get it right, it doesn't look like a road.  Moving away from objects in the painting is also a consideration.  I have to ask myself a series of questions.  Do they overlap?  What is the relationship in size and how do I depict that? And lastly, I have to consider edges.  The closer objects have sharper edges than the objects in the distance. So, you can see why I like to paint road scenes. So many challenges keep me thinking and on my toes.  The original painting displayed above was created with professional grade oil paints on a stretched 8x10 inch canvas.  It is available in my Etsy Shop of small format original paintings in the landscape section.  Prints and reproductions are available in a variety of sizes and surfaces from my website in the landscape gallery.  I have several additional road paintings I've been working on, but the paint isn't dry yet.  I'll let you see them when they are finished if you check back again soon.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Back to Tradition

This week I was inspired to move back to some traditional work. Using a dark background to contrast with the bright orange of a tangerine trio, I worked in oils on canvas.  The painting is a small 6x6 inch square format that was an absolute delight to paint, but so difficult to photograph.  My son, who is a cinematographer, gave me some great suggestions and I want to publicly thank him for his help. My photographs don't compare to the wonderful work he does with a camera, but I do appreciate his tutoring. The original is for sale here. Reproduction fine art prints are available from my website.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Front Page News

My new years resolution was to update my blog twice a week rather than the once a week I have been plodding along with for the past couple of years.  That would mean that later this week I would be doing the updating rather than today, but I received some good news that couldn't wait, so I am updating a few days early.  This morning I received a notification that this piece in my Spotted Fever Series had been selected for placement on the front page of Crated, a site where visitors can "buy, sell, and discover amazing art."  It was very exciting news.  If you scroll down, it is in the third row of images.  I'm not sure how long it will be there, maybe just today, so I had to share.  If you missed it on the front page, it is a part of my collage gallery and can be viewed here. I still have one more composition from this series on my work table and am not sure what surprises it will bring when it is completed.  It will join this one and the rest of my Crated art when it is finished.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Spotted Sunset

Today I am including another of  the Spotted Fever series in my post.  I have used almost all of that luscious dotted paper in this series.  This design is one of my favorites because of the warmth of the color.  It reminds me of a sunset. The horizontal lines remind me of a landscape and how the land and sky seem to spread out in strips of color and design as they recede into the distance. The square format would look great on a stretched canvas with the sides painted black. Although it was created on a sheet of paper, it can be ordered as a reproduction on canvas from my website.  You can view the entire series of Spotted Fever collages at my website or by clicking on the prints tab at the top of the page and selecting the abstract gallery.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Spotted Fever

Back home with my paper, paint, and ink, inspiration arose from a sheet of paper I found on a clearance rack at the local craft shop.  The bold polka dots spoke to me and encouraged a series of abstract collages with the spots as a focus.  Torn paper, acrylic paints, pigment ink, and jazz radio in the background helped the design come to life.  I have completed a second in this series and a third is still on my work table.  When the lovely spotted paper is all gone, I will have to look elsewhere for inspiration or go on a hunt for more spots.  You can view the first two in the series in the abstract gallery of my website.  The third will appear as soon as it feels finished.  Fine art prints and posters are available for purchase.  Click on this link or choose the prints or abstract tabs at the top of the page.  To see the entire collection of my abstract work, visit here.