Friday, August 15, 2014

"Morning Light" Contemporary Landscape Painting

I was in the mood for a landscape.  I created this painting with acrylic paints.  There are subtle areas of beautiful golden shimmer.  I did the painting on a 16 x 20 traditional canvas so that it can be easily put into an open back frame.  Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!  Thanks for visiting my blog!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

"Nothing Ventured"

I am still enjoying my abstract paintings.  More wonderful layers of acrylic applied both spontaneously and with controlled glazes.  The best of both worlds.  The final result is very minimalist but the focal area is totally energized.  Lots of glimmer and shimmer which I think I have become addicted to;).  This one I tried to achieve contrast with a higher key.

I cannot believe August is almost half over.  School starts next week already.  I must be having fun because time sure is flying by!  I have been doing lots of experimental work in my studio. I did it all over an old canvas that in the end got tossed.  I got brave and unwrapped a 24 x 24 gallery wrap but so far it remains white.  I'm sort of at the staring at the blank canvas phase on that one.  On one hand I am a little intimidated by the size.  24 x 24 is larger for me.  On the other hand, I cannot wait to get started.  It is exciting to see what will emerge.

Until the next time...........

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

"Three Blind Mice" (Again!!!)

Well, I did it again!  I re-did my "first real diptych" from a few posts back.  I liked the original but as I lived with it for a while I was less happy than I was before.  It almost seemed too red!  There was not enough contrast for me.  I made a few minor changes in color.  I also added more composition gold leaf to glam it up.  I like the updated version much better.  It stands out way better than it did before.  Gloss finish and beautiful shimmer. Available on my website.
Horizontal presentation.
 Vertical presentation

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

"Transient State" Mixed Media Abstract Painting

This painting is actually a re-do of an older piece.  It looks completely different.  It seems that my work is ever changing and evolving.  I have been working on this one for a couple of weeks.  I have another transitional piece that I am also working on that is about half way done I think.  I will post it when it is finished unless it turns into a fiasco.  This is done in acrylic over the textures of the previous work.  Lots of luminosity from the composition gold leaf.  Multiple acrylic glazes and washes were applied for depth.  The red part reminds me of an obi made of silk.  The stretched canvas measures 20 x 24 x .5.  Gloss finish. Available for purchase on my website.  Hope you enjoy what remains of the weekend.  Thanks for visiting my blog!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

"Serendipity" Abstract Painting

We've all had to photograph difficult paintings before.  This one was a bugger!  I took pics of this piece all over the place!  My usual spot is the sun porch but I was determined to try to get a photo that showed off all the shimmer and glow.  I took multiple images on the sun porch and in various locations all around the yard! I took photos on different days and I took photos at different times. I did everything except stand on my head on this one!   I end up liking some things on each photo but not others.  Either the color is off or there is too much glare or the beautiful shimmer gets lost.  Anyway, after going around and around I finally decided on this one.  My second diptych.  Each canvas measures 12 x 25 x 1.5  I think they make a pretty pair:)   I used acrylic paints and mediums.  I still need to paint the sides black.  Still dwelling in the abstract zone! Not much else new going on.  Hope the rest of your weekend is wonderful.  Thanks for visiting my blog.


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

"Light-Years To Epsilon" Abstract Expressionism Painting

A light-year is actually a unit of distance.  It is the distance that light can travel in 1 year.  Sometimes we feel like our goals seem to be light-years away.  Epsilon Eridani is the closest star known to have a planet.  Each goal, each milestone can become our own personal Epsilon.  Science lesson aside, always remember that the light eventually reaches its destination.  It's just having the patience to get there!  Enjoy that journey!

This piece is done on 12x12x1 cradled wood panel.  Acrylic paints and mediums embellished with collage elements.  This was a commission piece for one of my daughters and is therefore sold.  Thank you for visiting my blog!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

"Three Blind Mice" Abstract Expressionism Painting

This is the first real diptych that I have ever done.  I used lots of acrylic paints, mediums and glazes to achieve depth and rich color.  Red can be a bit out of my comfort zone.  For some reason I am more comfortable in the blue zone but I have been really enjoying mixing it up a bit.  I am absolutely falling in love with abstract painting.  For me it almost becomes an expression conjured up from somewhere deep inside that just transforms onto the canvas.  I still keep the rules of painting in mind but man do I bend them!  You can push it to the limit, then knock it back, then push it again!  It can be deep sometimes, light and spontaneous at other.  All I know is I find it very freeing.  It has put some fun back into my work. And I think that is what painting is all about.  This one is 34 x 17 x 1.5.  I meant for the piece to be hung vertically but it could actually be hung any way. I pushed the pieces together but they also look great with a space between them.

 I am re-doing my website right now.  It is taking some time, but I think I like the new format much better.  I will hopefully have it back up and running soon.  Until the next time...