In 2007, I began blogging. It's been exciting to create consistently, sell my work around the world, and meet wonderful friends! I paint, teach, write, am a lover of nature, family & friends. You can view my latest studio work with comments about my process, tips about my techniques, and my thoughts on how faith, art, and life converge. Book mark me and visit again 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.