Saturday, October 24, 2015

"Artful Dodger"

Amid the work on my Sputnik collages I have had the urge to paint a portrait.  I like to use 16x20x1.5 canvas for my portrait work and have had two in my studio for a while.   I think after my 13th sputnik collage I have taught myself a much needed lesson on staying focused.  I felt that I earned the right to stray from my series & get started on a portrait.  This piece is done in acrylic, collage and gold leaf.  I started him with the Mad Hatter in mind but as the painting progressed the artful dodger emerged.  I was pleasantly surprised that he made an appearance.  He is more youthful than I imagine the Mad Hatter to be.  This means I get to paint another Mad Hatter!  The excitement never ends!  :)  Have a wonderful weekend.

Until the next time......

Thursday, October 8, 2015

"Visual Exodus" Newest Sputnik Collage Painting

This is my latest completed collage painting of my Sputnik series.  I worked this piece over an old failed painting.  It is 17 x 17 x 1.5.  I love to bring old canvases to life again not to mention it's great on the budget!   It was done using layers of inks and acrylic paint, paper, rolled paintings, wire, fabric, mica flakes, and a few secret ingredients (ooooohhhh!!!!!!)  I am much happier with this painting now!  I love the sculptural feeling of this series and have really enjoyed working on it.

I recently had 2 pieces in Hidden Truths The Mind Unraveled 2015 Exhibit at the Grey Matter Museum Of Art in Costa Mesa, CA.  I am happy to say that I sold one of my works.  This always puts a smile on my face.  I think I would do a cartwheel if I still could!  
I am a bit slow on the blogging these days.  Thanks for visiting!

Peace to you!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

What I've Been Up To And My New "Sputnik Series" Of Collage Paintings

Hello!   Just a quick post to let everyone know that I have not fallen off of the face of the Earth.  I have not posted in quite a while but I have been busy creating away in my studio.  I have been working on a new series of abstract collage paintings and I am really excited about them. They are collage but a bit more sculptural.  I try to create most of the elements myself.  This really keeps the left brain working!  This is the first piece that I created.  It is "Industrial Chic." It contains metal elements, faux metal elements, wire, copper brads, painted paper, acrylic paints and glazes, texture compound etc.  I can tell you that heavy gloss gel has become my new best friend!  This piece is 20 x 24 x 1.5.  I have just added this series to my website and still need to add link pages and prices.  It is a wonderful series and I am really enjoying this new direction!

As far as my other work goes, Fiyero found a new home.  I sold him to a collector through Saatchi Art Gallery.  I also just shipped 2 pieces to The Gray Matter Museum Of Art in  Costa Mesa, CA. for "Hidden Truths, the Mind Unraveled 2015 Exhibit.  It takes place in October and my works were accepted so I am happy:)  I think that about wraps up the art news from here.  Stay creative!  It feeds the spirit!  Until the next time...Peace to you!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th Of July And "Hookers Well"

I hear the sound of an occasional firework as I am sitting here writing at my desk.  I had a wonderful 4th of July and am waiting for it to get dark.  We will be catching the fireworks from the park at the end of the street.  I guess you can see them from out over the lake which would be great because we can just walk there.

I have been still working on my big painting project.  My house is nearly scraped now and we are hoping to start the painting soon.  In the meantime, here is another contemporary landscape that I have finally finished.  It is done using acrylic paints and mediums and collage.  I like the metal sculptural elements.  Inside each one is a "gem" that I created using acrylic and foils.  They have a nice glow that is hard to capture on camera.  Hookers Well was a wooded place we would go as teenagers.  We'd drive there to catch a glimpse of "Doc Crow and the Melon Heads."  We never did see them (surprise surprise!) but it was fun to be scared about what would happen if we did:)  The painting is 20 x 20 x 1.5 and available on my website.  I have also listed a few pieces with Saatchi Art.  These pieces are all on my website but I figured a little more exposure could not hurt!

Enjoy the rest of your 4th Of July!!!!!!

                                                                     Peace to you!


Friday, June 19, 2015

"Champagne On Ice", "The Other One" And Feeling Pink I Guess!

It has been a few weeks since my last post but I have been working.  I have quite a few new works all in various stages of completion.  The first one I feel says all that it is going to say so today I called it finished.  This piece was created with the woods in mind, where I have spent time on and off throughout my life in both Ohio and PA.  Both states have beautiful woodlands.  We would camp in the Allegheny National Forest in my younger days.  We slept in tents, cooked on the open fire, rode quads and dirt bikes on the dirt roads, and just spent time in the revelry of youth with our friends and families.  I have not been camping in many years but the beauty of nature stays with me always.

I painted Champagne On Ice using acrylic paints and mediums. I sculpted the "ice" with a gel medium /acrylic/glass shard mixture I concocted and it is Sophie's favorite part. They are a very subtle part of the piece but add to the whole I think.  Here is the painting completed.

I also finished a portrait in oil and never posted it.  It is the reverse of my painting "The Watcher" So I named it "The Other One"  This is done in oil on canvas and is another Alex Johnson inspired work.
I used impasto gel to sculpt the bracelet and also added glass shards to the gem but it does not show up on the photo.

The color pink is the color of universal love of oneself and of others. Pink represents friendship, affection, harmony, inner peace, and approachability.

I guess that's good because pink obviously crept in to these two pieces!

I hope that you have a wonderful weekend!  Until the next time...

Peace to you!

Friday, May 29, 2015

"The Heist" Oil And Cold Wax Abstract Painting

I have become side-tracked once again.  Since pulling out my oils for my last portrait, I have continued to work in them.  I have another portrait drying and two more oil abstracts at early stages.  This is my latest finished piece.  I have been wanting to try cold wax so I finally broke down and bought some Dorlands and a cradled wood panel to try it out.  All I can say is that I love the cold wax medium and can totally understand why people use it.  This was a new experience for me.  I love the creamy texture and the matte finish.  It also helps the oil paint dry quicker which it a bonus for an acrylic painter at heart.  I also love scratching into it two days later and still having a workable surface.  Plus there's no fat over lean rules to worry about.  Check out the wonderful waxy textures. I will definitely use it again at some point!  For now though I am going to go back to my acrylics.  I am just more in my comfort zone with them.  Oil is great for portrait work but for me I know more acrylic techniques and I miss using them.  I'm sure there will be more oil and wax in the future and I want to do another encaustic as well.  Right now though I will finish the works I have started but otherwise I will continue the acrylic path.

This piece is done on a 16x20x1.5 cradled wood panel and is available on my website.

At the home front, lots and lots of yard work going on.  Plus I have an enormous painting project to start.  I have to paint my house this Summer and have been scraping and washing and getting it ready for its makeover.  Thank goodness I live in a small ranch!  It doesn't seem so small when I'm working on it though! I will post a pic when I get it finished.

Until the next time.....Have a wonderful weekend!


Friday, May 22, 2015

"Watcher" Oil Portrait On Canvas

Here is what I have been working on lately.  Another painting from Alex Lee Johnson's photo "Sally".  Thank you Alex!  I guess this painting belongs in my dark series of faces and figures.  The difference is that I painted this one with my water mixable oils.  Even though I have used them off and on, it is still a newer medium for me and I am still learning.  I do love the work time of these paints and also the pigments seem more vivid.  In the early stages of the painting I use quick drying medium and then work my way through the fat over lean rule ending with a mix of paint and walnut oil.  No fumes and cleanup is relatively easy.  I even bought some cold wax medium to play with.  Not really sure how I am going to use it so far but it intrigues me for some reason.  I welcome any tips on using cold wax from any artists out there who have used it.  In the meantime, have a great Memorial Day Weekend!  Until the next time......

Peace to you!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Sketchbook And Dealing With Rejection

I recently entered two juried art exhibits .  I have entered many juried exhibits in the past and have always had good luck getting in.  I have also sold many paintings this way and snagged a few awards along the way.  This was my first attempt at getting back into the local art scene.  I have not exhibited any work since my move almost 2 years ago.  I was a little nervous but excited at the same time.  I could not wait to win another award and had my prize money spent a hundred different ways.  I could not have been more WRONG!!!!!!  I did not make it into either show and man I did not see that coming!  At first I was devastated.  Acting like a big baby I did not feel like painting or drawing or anything.  Surprisingly enough though the devastation soon passed, the sun and moon continued to rise and life went on.  Nobody likes rejection but for lack of a better way of putting it it's just part of life.  This setback made me remember why I started painting in the first place.  I love to paint. I love to create.  Weather it be a drawing, a painting or even coloring with my granddaughter, there is so much joy in the process that it makes my journey through life that much sweeter.  The rejection is part of showing your work and we all go through it at one time or another.  It does not define who we are as a person or as an artist.  It just did not work for that particular person or show.  Don't abandon your joy for fear of rejection.  Don't give fear that much power!

This is "A Gathering Of Angels"  It is one of the rejected works but I loved painting this and it has spiritual significance for me.  The angels were painted from old cemetary statues that I found online.

I have worked on a couple of sketches lately too.  I have often started carrying my sketchbook to doctors appointment, my daughters music lessons etc. and work in it as I wait.  It makes the time fly.
These sketches were started in graphite but I later worked in charcoal and pastel.  Here is "Vintage Woman"

And here is "Mikael"  Thank you Aud Rye for the use of your photo.  It was a challenging one!
Until we meet again, enjoy your artistic journeys!

Peace to you!