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!
I've been commissioned to do a landscape painting of a southwest mountain scene. And this is my beginning. Here, you see a toned canvas (20x24") and a lightly made pencil sketch.
This is the next step. I've used a light wash of color to show my basic composition. The left side of the painting is still a little vague and being worked out. I'll keep posting as I continue with my progress!
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Original Oil Pastel Landscapes
Each of these is matted in white and ready to frame in a 9 x12" frame
Each measures 6x8" (unmatted size) and is priced at $45.00 (Please add $10.00 shipping; IL residents please add 8.25% sales tax) Please note, if purchasing more than 1 being shipped to the same address, adjustment will be made in the form of a refund for excess shipping
I've been looking at some of my oil pastels and realized I have quite a few of them that need a home of their own! Oil pastel paintings are lovely and expressive; lush in color and showing interesting textures. Each of these are done in an Impressionistic style and depict different aspects of landscapes in different seasons. I've matted each of these in white, making them ready to put into a standard 9x12" frame. They are priced at an inviting price, and would make a distinctive gift (as the holidays approach) or would bring a delightful spot of color to your wall.
Now is the perfect time to have one sent your way!
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The intensity of color in the hibiscus is quite breath
taking. And every time I see these blooms I'm reminded of a Dr. Suess
creation! How delicate, beautiful, and comical is the mind of the
There's something quite celebratory in it, and it "cried out" to me to be remembered with a portrait!
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a part of September's Virtual Paintout destination, this oil pastel
depicts a lovely little site in Gothenburg, Sweden. Something about
this was reminiscent of the wonderful Swedish artist, Carl Larson , whom
I have long enjoyed. He had a wonderful way of depicting life in the
Swedish country side in the 1800s. The colors and the simplicity of
composition give it the peaceful feel of another era. This comes matted and ready to put into an 11 x 14" frame.
$435.00 (Please add $20.00 shipping in the US, IL residents please add 8.25% sales tax)
School has begun once again! We are 2 weeks into our new semester, and I've been working on a larger painting. Those 2 things have taken up time, which is the reason its been a couple weeks since my last post! But its ready to unveil... and here it is!
My composition came out of several reference photos I took this spring. The callas had
recently been doused with a spring shower and were absolutely
beautiful. It wasn't quite at sunrise when the photos were made, but
early morning. These three seemed to shimmer with the light, and the
leaves had such an interesting ruffled effect. A painting waiting to
come into being!
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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!