Welcome to my blog! I am a Daily Artist. Primarily I paint, but I work in other media from time to time. This is where I post images of my creative work with comments about my process, and how faith, art, and life converge. It's also a place that I get to meet and dialog with viewers. I'm glad you've stopped by! I hope you enjoy your visit, leave a comment, and come back soon!
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Almost a year ago, I had the opportunity to visit Descanso Gardens near Los Angeles. I found these three lilies and their beautiful foliage. What a delightful visit! This little watercolor is done on Yupo paper, which is a smooth synthetic paper that does not absorb any water. The interesting patterns of paint that you see are what happens as the paint pools and puddles before it dries. It all happens in somewhat random patterns, and are beautiful in and of themselves.
This lovely painting is matted and ready to frame in an 11 x 14" frame. It needs a permanent home!
I put this one aside for a few weeks while working on other paintings - and now have picked this up to move forward with it again. I've been working with the panel to the left --- and decided to paint in dried twigs and leaves, as one would find fallen on the ground. That idea began to speak to me as I thought of a metaphor in my own life --- out of what is dried and dead spring new life and color and beauty. More is still needed on this - its not finished. I hope to continue moving it along and will post its final rendition soon!
Matted in white and ready to frame in 11 x 14" frame
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A couple lines from a Pablo Neruda poem, Lost in the Forest, caught my attention:
"... Something from far off it seemed deep and secret to me, hidden by the earth..."
you ever felt the secrets of the forest press in as you've journeyed
through? Mysterious, lovely ... yet, the unknown awaits. This can be
true literally or figuratively. It seems that I'm ever on that journey,
finding my way through - captured by the beauty, and yet also
containing that measure of uncertainty for all it holds.
And so I remember this: "Don't
fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray! Let requests and praises
shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before
you know it, a sense of God's wholeness, everything coming together for
good, will come and settle you down." Philippians 4:6-7 From The Message
This is still a work in progress. I am working on how to portray a dramatic sky, just as night is falling - without it being too garish and yet trying to depict the colors and value changes authentically.
I took this photo during the summer as I watched night descend over the water on the eastern coast of Georgia. The colors were just spectacular - unreal!
The foreground hasn't been painted yet - the values are very dark with sea grasses in clumps. I hope to post the final painting in the very near future.
This is 8x10 and I have used oil on a gessoed board.
Do you ever feel that way? I do... all the time. I don't remember ever Not feeling that way along the way in any work of art I'm working on! And its never comfortable... and I often feel like starting again - or throwing it out. But, usually when I keep working through the problems, I find I work through it some how. But, in the meantime, its frustrating. So there ya have it! That's what I am feeling about this one right now. I'm taking a little break from it!
Started last week, this larger watercolor is progressing. My goal is to capture the sparkle and vibrancy of the colors. And I also plan to do something to make the background a little more interesting. It is larger than many of my recent watercolors. It measures 22 x 15".
I don't know what kind of light in which I took the top picture! It really is white watercolor paper!
In the next picture, it looks more correct - and you can also see the size of this one next to the 18" ruler to the left.
I'm interested in creating the flowers, of course, but also doing something interesting with the background. Its uncharted territory for me - so we shall see how it all comes together! Experiments are always a bit risky and the unknown is predominant until the last few marks are made.
The last big project I have my drawing students do each semester is a colored pencil still life. It is the culmination of the skills they've learned during the semester. From a simple line drawing - to the skills of transferring a picture using a grid - to learning to shade with precision - to composition - to color theory - to finally the freehand drawing of a still life and "painting" with colored pencil. While they were working on their drawings, I worked on this small one (when I wasn't helping them!)
However, I was intrigued by the plastic wrapping as well as the candy. Here's what came of it! Lots of fun... and quite a challenge!
“Until one is committed,
there is hesitancy – the chance to draw back. Always ineffectiveness.
Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation)
there is one elementary truth ~ the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans. The moment that one definitely
commits one’s self - then
Providence moves too. All sorts of
things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. Whatever you can do or dream you can – begin
it! Boldness has genius, power, and
magic in it!”
I recently came upon this quote from Goethe, and it found its way deeply into my mind as I turned this over and thought about it for the next few days. As an artist, it resonated with me and hit at some of the areas where I continually struggle. Here are some of my thoughts as I challenge myself regarding his statement of more than 200 years ago.
I've wanted to do this for awhile.... and today I did! I wanted to show the same subject in a few different media, in order to show what a different presentation they would make. Here is the proof!
The same reference picture ... one done in oil pastels and the other done in watercolor. You can certainly see that they come from the same reference - however - the overall sense of the finished piece is quite different. Interesting! Both the media (and the technique required to use it) and the supports are completely different. Predictably, the finished works look completely different!
If you've been watching, this painting has taken some time to come together, but it is finally finished.
It was commissioned and there was not any particular reference picture - but rather, a series of pictures to get the "idea" of what was wanted. The person who commissioned it has been sent photos during the process to approve - and very soon, it will be sent off to its new home in New York.
The paint is still drying - and it will need to be scanned on a large scanner. Then, I will build a crate for it and it will be on its way!
Its always exciting to create something that someone has envisioned, work with them through the process, and send off the final rendition for their home.