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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If you scroll down one entry, you will see that this
festive rendition of a floral came from a recent trip to Los Angeles
where I had the opportunity to wander through the L.A. Arboretum. The
prolific blooms and variety of flowers was something rather amazing to
my mid-west winter-weary eyes! This painting tries to capture some of
the beauty and color that surrounded me.
Offered here with a white matting, it will come to you ready to frame!
This week, I've had a wonderful time visiting my son and daughter-in-law in Los Angeles. Among so many things, I got a morning at the arboretum. This little watercolor painting is still in progress, but you can see its progression in the 2 images. More work is still needed, and will be done soon!
The paper I used is much like Yupo. Very smooth and does not absorb the paint. Thus, the wet paint sits on the surface and the wet into wet effects are very interesting.
I have dozens of reference pictures from this visit and lots of new ideas are forming! I'll post more on this one soon!
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Does one ever stop experimenting? Hopefully not! Recently I've worked with a new brand of oil pastel ~ Gallery by Mungyo and using Res-n-gel as an extender. This is done on a smooth illustration board (no tooth). And I've also been working with a new look at color harmonies. So, here's a little view of something I worked on this evening. I will always love the sense of texture that is inherent in pastel work. More experimentation needed, I think. But I like the vibrant colors and the blending that is possible.
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painting/drawing is done in both ink and acrylic paint used as water
media. Sometimes its extraordinarily difficult to get true colors to
show with a photo or a scan. I think I've finally captured it. The rose is slightly yellow and has blues
and lavenders in the shadows. I took the reference photo for this
last summer - the rose captured my attention because of its delicate
coloring and the beautiful rich foliage surrounding it. It is painted in the style of a botanical illustration with detail, but also has some elements of a more contemporary feel.
I suggest a white matting for it, and a frame of approximately 14x16".
This abstract painting has been long in its production! It is finally finished. I've tried to portray the changing of seasons simply through color and pattern. There is a suggestion of a quilt below the surface. I arranged my empty canvas in squares before I began. I included certain smaller squares throughout that are intended to draw the eye through the composition. There are small passages that include some metallics. My intention in this piece is to provide an overall "feel" to the piece while giving the view many areas to look at more intently. I also hope it provides a sense of change that we experience as we move from the abundance of color and growth to the sparsity of a season of rest and quiet.
My work is continuing on this larger abstract. Scroll down a bit and you'll see what it looked like a week or two ago. The fun thing about doing such a piece - I only have a loose idea of what it may be. It seems to dictate to me as I go. So, as the artist - my understanding of it is developing as I work. I look forward to seeing its final form too! It remains a surprise for all of us!
This one is very much in progress. The white squares you see are areas that have been masked... they will be removed eventually revealing some under painting below. Its been rather slow going - and I've struggled to understand where it needs to go. But I will continue to work through it. I'll post the progress here, as I continue.
matted in off white matting and ready to frame in 9x11" frame
The red door grabbed my attention! A quiet street, gardens and flowers, a white picket fence, and a red door demanding that we stop and look! And it all seems to fit perfectly! This small painting is from a scene in Cape Cod... and is posted in the Virtual Paintout website.
I've worked in both watercolor and ink to create the sense of place.
There seems to be no end to all the busy-ness of this season! Its been a great season of family visits... and there's been extraordinary busy-ness at work with an old semester (final exams and grading) finishing up and a new semester (150 or so new names and faces to learn - and a new semester to get started).
This is a joyful painting from a few Januarys ago... I'm reposting it as I work on some new things in the studio. I very much hope to have something new and interesting posted soon!!