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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sun was just slipping down past the western sky, and as I glanced up I
saw it lightly kiss my garden with its last light. Everything seemed to
glow golden just just a moment, as if it were being tucked in for the
night. In an impressionistic style, I've tried to capture that very
moment as I saw it. A lovely moment of summer time.
Seven years ago, I started blogging and painting with a lot more intention .... and what an incredible experience it is and has been!! I've learned so much - and I've also made many new friends. There have been times of more productivity and times of less. Through it all, I've continued my full-time job as a public high school teacher and I've continued to take graduate classes for my professional development.
What else has happened? All my children have grown and married, I've lost beloved pets and gained new ones. And through it all, I've painted and created new works, experimented with new things, learned more about marketing, sold quite a number of things, and enjoyed the whole thing!
To commemorate this anniversary, I'm offering 2 of my small daily paintings at a deep discount -
Sometimes, I just stumble onto a little find! This one was unexpected! (Perhaps, I'm the only one who hadn't heard of this little book or its author!??)
I was visiting my son in Pasadena, and while waiting on him at the end of the day, I dropped into a well established book store and wandered around. As I was wandering, the title caught my attention. The more I looked it over, the more I was intrigued. Well, one page led to another, and I finally realized that I needed to add it to my library!
A somewhat provocative title, don't you think? The first chapter honestly deals with the question of ideas. Where do they come from ? What is inspiration? How do the evolve? How do they intersect? How do we surround ourselves with viable ideas?
Kleon give some very practical ideas for how to collect ideas and how to assimilate them.
The presentation is very visual - kinda like you were sitting with him in his studio - watching him doodle his ideas while he talks.
A quote I really liked from this chapter is found on pg. 13 "The artist is a collector. Not a hoarder, mind you, there's a difference: Hoarders collect indiscriminately, artists collect selectively"..... He goes on to say, "There's an economic theory out there that if you take the incomes of your 5 closest friends and average them, the resulting number will be pretty close to your own income. I think the same thing is true of our idea incomes. You're only going to be as good as the stuff you surround yourself with."
I'll post more on this in the next few weeks.... I like his ideas. I think he's right! Artists (all of us) are inspired, intrigued, motivated, and activated by new ideas. And as they settle in, they morph and evolve and become something entirely new again ... something perhaps influenced by others, but yet all our own!
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SPECIAL OFFER - Celebrating my 7th Year of blogging!!
Purchase this painting from my Etsy shop! Apply this coupon code - AUG14
and receive a 50% discount! That's right... $50.00 for this small painting. Now through the month of August! (to take advantage of this offer, you must purchase through Etsy!)
After almost a month of many interruptions, this painting is finally complete. It is an interpretation of a microscopic cross section of a plant. I am always intrigued by what we can't really see when we look at something, but yet the mystery that lies within. This is what captivated my imagination with this painting... the beautiful structure, organized but also a little bit random. Amazing what lies below the surface... what we unknowingly pass by. This, to me, is part of the beauty of creation, and it whispers something about the beauty of the Creator.
My work has been rather small and somewhat tedious, but it is almost finished. It's also been a month of many interruptions... Projects, family interactions, and a myriad of general responsibilities. It seems the summer is just evaporating! I hope to post the finished version very soon!!
matted in white and ready to frame in 12 x 16" frame (Please add $12.00 shipping in the US, IL residents please add 8.25% sales tax)
This painting is
done in oil pastels and features a scene from a country road near
Vladivostok. It was painted as a submission to the Virtual Paintout
Blog. When I found it through google maps, I saw the beautiful
harmonies of color and the lovely spots of light that would translate so
well to oil pastel.
This is ready to ship and comes matted in white matting that will fit a standard 12x16" frame.
Let me send it to you this week!
10.5 x 7" matted in white to fit a 14 x11" frame
(ready to frame)
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This original painting is now available as a giclee print! It is printed on a textured watercolor-type archival paper with vibrant inks.
What is a giclee print? The term "Giclee print" refers to advanced technology in printmaking. Images are generated from high resolution
digital scans and printed with archival quality inks on fine archival paper. This process yields a higher
color accuracy than other means of reproduction, as well as excellence in image quality and fine detail. And because inks and paper are archival, prints are light-fast and non water soluble. It is rather difficult to tell the original from the print! Its a terrific way to hang a lovely piece of art at a great price!
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In harmonious tones of blues and greens, this oil pastel painting speaks of the beginning of spring greening. Many bare branches still show, and clouds of light green and lavender seem to float within the branches. This stage of spring doesn't last more than a few days, but with it comes the promise of all creation being renewed!
This is matted and ready to frame. Glass is needed to protect the painting.