On this venture of mine I plan to do a number of things. To post paintings which are for sale...to post a daily painting...and show some works in progress( demos). The art will be in Oils with an Acrylic sneaking in now and then.
Oil on 5x7 gessoed hardwood. This is a San Salvador rock iguana. I see something strangely noble in their appearance...similar to an eagle. They have survived so many countless years only to have their existence threatened...by you know who. The image for this painting was graciously supplied by Lisilk for the WDE at Wet Canvas...Thank you, Li!
Available This painting has been placed on Etsy. Click here to view or purchase.
2 Timothy 1:7 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I was chosen again to receive the Passion For Painting Award by Tom Pohlman. Please do yourself a favor and check out his fine art which is full of great color and style! I won't be relisting the award so soon after having just posted it on the 24th. But thank you, Tom, for the distinct honor!
Woah! Stop the presses! What a pleasant surprise to receive this award from the one and only Sheila! It's called the Passion For Painting and was created by Kim Ratigan. Sheila has it all...she's talented, innovative, and if personalities could have dimples, that would be her! Thank you, Sheila. Check out her blog here. I'm supposed to pass this along to passionate painters which would be most everyone in the right column. But alas, I'm limited to 7 artists. These folks certainly fill the bill, because they are passionate artists all. To those I've linked to, in turn you can link to the person who gave you the award, pass it on to 7 other bloggers whose work inspires you, and list 7 things you love. Or not.
Then I'm supposed to list seven things I love. I've used these things before, but they all still hold true. 1. I love to listen to the sacred sounds of a pre dawn morning...waking bird calls...before the cars and people start to roar. 2. I love the heavenly smell of fresh coffee and sizzling bacon. 3. I love music in the Southern Gospel vein. Other times Country, 50-60's Rock and Roll, Blues, or Classic Standards when I'm in the right mood 4. I love the lure of new tubes of oil paint and the promise which they offer. 5. I love my toy poodle Dolly. She gives unadulterated love and completely forgives my mistakes. If only humans could be as compassionate.. 6. I cherish the Holy Word. 7. I love all the excitement of the world of internet art. Blogging is most always a joy!
Close ups Oil on 5x7 gessoed hardboard. The image for this painting was supplied by Alain for the WDE at Wet Canvas. I elected to paint this great looking pair of eider ducks. I was familiar with them through paintings and photos for years...was always fascinated by the beautiful plumage. It was a treat to finally paint 'em. I first toned the support with red acrylic...it gives me a medium value to work from, plus I like to leave it peeking through the finished product for excitement and harmony.
I have the high honor of having one of my paintings featured on Nancy's wonderfully creative venture Every Photo Tells a Story. Please do yourself the favor of checking out this blog. She also has two other inspiring blogs, Breathing Poetry and Created By Hand that you owe it to yourself to visit! Thank you, Nancy!
psalm 27:14 Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.
Oil on 5x7 gessoed hardboard. Just my personal opinion...Right now America almost feels like an endangered species... much like her symbol, the bald eagle. But the eagle made a dramatic comeback and we can too. We are all under His gaze...even Washington, DC.
Acrylic on 5x7 gessoed hardboard. This is a scene from Railay Bay, southern Thailand Andaman sea, Krabi province. The photo was supplied by Eye for the WDE at Wet Canvas. A bit of a strange one from me. A landscape and acrylic to boot. But it was fun. As per usual, I eliminated unnecessary detail, pushed the color and toyed with selective, dramatic lighting.
Oil on 5x7 gessoed hardboard. This was a great loosening up exercise for me. Most times, prior to starting a painting, I form some sort of idea about what I would like to achieve for that particular painting. There's always a bunch of things I try to keep in mind each time I sit down to paint...but I'll pick out one or two to really concentrate on. Edges...hard, soft, hidden Harmony Value contrast...strong, soft Chroma...vibrant, subdued Surface texture...smooth, impasto And on, and on, and on.............. So the goals for this were loosen up, vibrant color, impasto application. The painting seems to match the subject matter...sloppy and fun. Let me know what you think.
Yesterday I opened my mail to discover that I had been chosen to receive the "I Care" keepsake. This award was created by James Parker to show his appreciation of fellow bloggers. James is a highly talented artist with a driving desire to keep his audience laughing. But more importantly, he possesses a beautiful heart.
Here is the poem James wrote to accompany the keepsake
I had some folks come visit, my humble little blog
And leave a thoughtful comment, 'bout the painting I had
I don't know how to tell them, or even where to start,
Of the wondrous gift they gave me, bringing joy to my heart
Some days are dark and lonely...I feel that life's a bore
But those simple words of kindness, have brought sunshine
to my door.
Now, this Keepsake has beenpresented to me by an extremely gifted artist, Edward Burton. Edward has proven to be an inspiration to many fellow blogging artists, including myself. On top of a heavy schedule of creating top notch paintings, it seems he always has time to comment upon fellow artists work...knowing just what to say. Thank you, Edward.
Since I am the humble and honored recipient of this keepsake, I should pass it on to two deserving artists who make the blogosphere a brighter place.
If you are looking for absolutely amazing watercolor art, then look no further. This man makes the almost impossible appear easy...the mark of talent! I always enjoy it when he stops by my blog. Please check him out.
Close ups Oil on 5x7 gessoed hardboard. Sushi sitting in a pool of soy sauce. This is yet another offering to Karin Jurick's DSFDF. Never ate it...never painted it...heck, I never even saw it in person! I know. I need to get out more, don't I? I let intuition be my guide for this...so if ya don't like it, don't blame me..blame that danged ol' intuition. I had to do the background a couple of times.
I enjoy painting all subjects. To cause a viewer to pause and see the beauty in even a mundane object. But I must admit my special interest is animals of all sorts.
While I did attend the Columbus College of Art And Design for one year, I am largely self taught. My main contemporary influences are Richard Schmid and Scott Burdick.
Hope you enjoy my art, and please feel free to comment, or email me ...I'd love to hear your questions or thoughts!