Saturday, February 28, 2015

"Sanctuary" Contemporary Abstract Landscape/Bird Painting

Here we are at the end of February.  I got lambasted this month with a speeding ticket, a flat tire and then my battery died.  The annoying person that you are following going the exact speed limit is now me.  All I can say is I can no longer afford the luxury of a lead foot!  I'd rather be spending my cash on canvas & paint than fines.  

2015 is the year I was going to stay focused and find my "direction" in art.  Why does my direction constantly turn left when I am going right?  I was strolling happily along the landscape path when BAM!  There are now 2 abstract portraits hanging on my wall and I am ready to begin the third.  I guess that I do see a pattern in my style emerging so does it matter what the subject is?  I think part of the human condition is a struggle with our realities.  One minute we're enjoying a sunset and the next we're self absorbed into our own personal worlds.  So I say that's life.  Have fun creating where you are in the moment.  Take a deep breath and paint!

I hope that you have a wonderful weekend!

Peace to you!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

"Tin Soldiers" Abstract Painting

This painting was created using acrylic and collage.  I used foil as a collage and as the painting progressed the tin soldiers made an appearance.  Freedom is a gift.  Treasure it my friends!  I will let this painting speak for itself.  Until the next time.....

"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other."

Peace to you!

Friday, February 13, 2015

"Rain Rain" Contemporary Landscape Painting

Here in Ohio "ice ice" is more like it.  It is freezing here today!  I completed this painting a couple weeks ago.  I tried to create a rainy atmosphere while keeping it loose.  I was not quite sure this one was finished.  Once in a while this happens to me.  Usually you just know when a painting is done.  With this one I was about 95% sure but that 5 % kept nagging at me.  I decided to live with it for a while and I do think it is done.  I do love the red of the trees.  I used a more neutral palette otherwise and mixed in metallics for shimmer.  24 x 30 x 1.5 gallery wrap canvas.  I hope everyone has a great weekend and a Happy Valentines Day.  Stay warm!

"The rain ceases, and a bird's clear song suddenly announces the difference between Heaven and hell."
Thomas Merton 
(No Man Is An Island)

Peace to you!

Friday, February 6, 2015

"Moonglow" Contemporary Landscape Painting

"I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." 

This quote by Michelangelo hit home with me.  So many times I feel this way when I paint.  Although I try to decide on a color palette and composition before I paint, many times I have no preconceived idea of where my painting is actually going to go.  It's like the canvas is the marble and I paint until the painting is set free.   
     "Moonglow" was painted on a 24 x 30 x 1.5 gallery wrap canvas.  A fleeting memory of my garden many years ago.  I have a soft spot for Japanese gardens and have always found them so serene.  They hold an air of understated beauty that appeals to me.  I even love moss!  Maybe Spring fever is kicking in more than I thought!  Until the next time.......

Thursday, January 29, 2015

"North Light" Landscape Painting

Here we are, January almost over and February about to set in.  In this part of the country it is easy to get Spring fever about now.  Although I am happy that the days are getting longer and a little warmth would be welcome, I find that as I am getting older, I am learning to appreciate Winter more.  The weather makes me more of a shut in than usual and my studio time is increased. That is a positive point for me.  My studio is my creative haven.   I treasure my time there.  Winter seems to free me up for just a bit more painting time and that is definitely a plus!

Here is another landscape painting done in acrylic.  I used newspaper collage for the trees and gold metallic paint for the foliage.  17x17x1.5 canvas.  I have been reading so much about focus in art and creating a series.  I have a very hard time with this.  I am very disciplined and look at painting as my work.  I dedicate lots of time to creating art.  It is the subject matter of the work where I have a hard time.  This is something that I need to work on.  I have just painted by sixth landscape yet I feel an abstract lurking beneath the surface that has to be painted!   Artists A.D.D. I think!

Until the next time....

"Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it."
C. S. Lewis

Peace to you!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

"Eclipse" Acrylic Painting On Canvas

Here is the second in a small series of landscapes that I have been working on.   I am happy with the warm colors and the feeling of quiet tranquility.  It is 30 x 24 x 1.5  and available on my website.    

"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” 
― T.S. Eliot

Peace to you!

Friday, January 16, 2015

"Rain Forest" Contemporary Landscape / "Dreamscape"Painting

This is the first of a body of works that I have been working on this year.  I wanted to add a few more landscapes to my work but I am striving to keep them ethereal and dreamlike.  I love abstract painting and want to cross the line into my landscapes.  At least I've given myself permission to do so if I want to.  This painting is 24 x 30 x 1.5.  I have been working in the studio nearly every day.  I have also been juggling my website format again.  Blog time has been scarce!  But studio time has been wonderful and productive.  Until the next time then......

Saturday, January 10, 2015

"Three Birch Trees", "The Satin Dress" and Negative Painting

I have been working on a few larger landscape pieces this week.  One is finished but I have not been able to photograph it.  The temps here are frigid.  I live very near Lake Erie (which is partially frozen) and it is like a wind tunnel at times.  I like to take my photos outside because the resolution is better but I'm afraid my paintings will end up in the lake.  I hope to post new pics soon.  In the mean time, here are a few more studies in negative painting. I am working over some old unsuccessful works for my studies and warm up paintings.  Here is "Three Birch Trees" done in acrylic over a gessoed  11x14 canvas.

Here is "The Satin Dress".  I like this one the best out of the studies.
The dress has a nice shimmer but it doesn't show up on the photo.  Acrylic on 16x20 canvas.  Anyway, these studies helped push me  a little out of my comfort zone.  I have incorporated a bit of this into my new works and I think they add another dimension of depth.  
Here is a video by artist Linda Kemp on negative painting.  If you have not seen this yet I advise you to watch this interesting technique.  Linda Kemp Video   Thanks for visiting my blog!

Until the next time,