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I painted this tree from my imagination. I have done plenty of them in plein air so I am familiar with them. I love the free form of the tree which makes it a perfect subject for using the imagination. I start with a dark form for the overall design, then a lot of back and forth with positive and negative shapes. I had a lot of fun playing with the color also. It is backlit, so the warmer colors on the tree peak out from behind and the front, away from the light source, is cooler in color.
I wrote about this painting a few weeks ago on my blog and a new patron in Hollywood, Fla. ordered a hand-embellished giclee of it. I want to show some enlarged images of the thickly textured paint that I added to this piece. It looks like a new original. I had a lot of fun working on this. Since the original is sold, I know that I will probably have to do this for myself one day because this is one of my favorite paintings. This giclee of "Autumn Gold" is 30"x40".
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There is a common spanish saying, "mi casa es su casa." It literally means "my house is your house," but is meant to offer warm hospitality. Brightly painted buildings and beautiful flowers are found everywhere in Mexico. Memories of my visits there are filled with color and my mind often drifts back on sunny summer days. This painting, full of texture and color, offers a cheery welcome.
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Call me crazy, but I thought it would be fun to start this auction at just a buck to shake things up. Let’s see what happens.
Half Dome in Yosemite National Park is a national landmark. I did this 6x8-inch painting as a study for a larger studio piece awhile back. I liked the way it turned out and it’s been living on my studio wall until now. Today I decided to put it on eBay and let it find a new home.
After painting a 9x12 version of the robin's nest I chose to make a smaller one as well. For some unknown reason both these paintings receive a lot of attention (no buyers yet but I live in hope!) both online and at shows. Something about painting things from nature seems to connect with people. I plan to try some different types of nests as well as the birds who occupy them. Right now I have a pair of Tree Swallows nesting in a box on my deck. They are not very welcoming to humans! Trying to sit outside or allow the cat to play on the deck can be hazardous to both our health! Having been dive-bombed several times I figured it's easier to wait this out than to be chased from my own property. If they ever show their young'uns I will be sure to photograph them. Enjoy the robin's nest!
Sunlight sparkles across aqua blue water, diamonds of purple glitter the pond’s surface; water lilies lift their faces toward the sky. Golden sunlight filters through the brambles and ferns, a touch of cardinal red peeks through purple and pink foliage while azure heavens reflect in the water. Placing the lilies in arcing patterns and staggering where they are floating about, adds to the flow and energy in the moment, and gives you the sense that they are gently dancing on water.
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I was looking for a break from my figure subjects and came across a few lovely bird references. I thought they would look awesome if done with the knife, but boy did it require patience or what! I went in for a detailed approach, so that the form of the bird, its feathers were all quite clear. I really like how it turned out! Let me know what you think.
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Song of Dusk Oil on Board, 6 by 6 inches $100 and ships FREE worldwide. Click here to Buy
"I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment, while I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance that I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn." - Henry David Thoreau
It's funny where & when ideas show up that excite us visually as artists....and the connection from them to other ideas we've been mulling over. Eating my lunch yesterday at the dining room table, I was gazing out at the deck to watch the birds eat their lunch at the feeder outside, when this little sparrow lands on the deck railing perhaps to look at the line up to the feeder? The sun was brilliant outside and just caught her in such wonderful light, it reminded me of the '100 Mud-Heads' project that Frank Gardner is working on, inspired by Charles Hawthorne's Mud Head paintings. I've been wanting to recruit some of my neighbors for a mud-head project of my own, but this little bird in the brilliant sun light made me put down my sandwich and grab a pen. An envelope on the table in front of me was the closet piece of paper. As long as the bird stood on the deck, I would sketch him. They were like quick gesture drawings, and I was enchanted by her poses.
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I painted both of these on my plein air trip to Zion. The canyon piece was the first of the day in a marathon painting day from dawn to dusk, too tired for a nocturnal piece.
I painted a larger painting today from the canyon piece. It has taken me several days. With the heat at 115 degrees the last two days in Phoenix, I have found it difficult to have the energy to do anything. I'll just keep at it, just slower.
When I was in Coeur d'Alene, I had an art rep approach me. I have wavered on how I feel about it. At times I think it would be great to have someone take over part of the business from me, but on the other hand, I feel a loss of control and not sure if it would be in the direction that I want to go. It has been and continues to be so important to me to improve as an artist and I'm not sure that that can happen with a rep.
Well, talk to you all tomorrow.
Summer is surely here. Time does fly - and the month of June is nearly ended. I asked a friend who composes fantastic R&B and soft rock music if I could have a snippet of his beautiful song titled "Gabriel's Big Day" to add to a video of my paintings. The melody is so soothing it seemed appropriate for beach and water scenes.
FYI - if you liked the song Bobby Mack will let you download a full length version if you send him a message via Facebook he will share :) http://www.facebook.com/rmackb
Lush and decadent orange roses, with touches of peach to soften their boldness, beautifully contrast with the calm blue of the background. The heavy texture of the petals gives them a sculpture-like quality as they come alive on the canvas.
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Late June is a great time to visit! Toured Vatican city and it was quite impressive! I am taking hundreds of photos and numerous sketches of Italy. All the details of Italy are beautiful and I can't wait to paint them all! I've been quite inspired by the beautiful artwork and amazing architecture. Now we are in Amalfi and Ravello, on our way to Positano and Capri! More photos soon!
Sometimes I like to paint places that I dream about and hope to one day experience, as is the case in “Bountiful Bulbs.” The tulip farms that I’ve seen in photos look so magnificent with their perfect vibrant rows of color combined with hearing my friends’ descriptions of seeing the overwhelming explosion of blooms both inspire me to paint a strawberry-and-lemon-lollipop-dipped world where all of your cares melt away.
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Original palette knife acrylic painting on 11x14x7/8 gallery wrapped canvas.
Ready to hang...$4.70 will be donated to Breast Cancer Research....
YES...this is larger painting than the usual Club 47 pieces.....Once a week I will put a LARGER painting in the CLUB 47 Challenge....but it will be a random day each week...so you will have to log on daily to check. (Most of the daily CLUB 47 paintings will be 5x7, 8x8 or 8x10 on paper, or 6x6, 8x8 on canvas.)Again....once a week, I will put in a larger one:)
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I don't know if I am inspired by the art of David Hockney or by all the swimming pools of my youth!
The tree in this piece is painted with palette knife strokes but the rest of the painting is brushed. Again, the balance of the smooth and rough is one of the qualities that I really am drawn to in many paintings.
"Summer Pleasures" after Edward Henry Potthast (4x4") - 201142 Subscribe now to receive my newsletter, "Even More". Today my husband helped me make a smaller version of the knife that I always work with. It's the flat edge, rectangular shape that I love. But the smallest that I've ever found is still a little more than a quarter inch wide. Very hard to get into the smaller spaces with it. My new knife has a width of about 2/8 ths. Perfect for tight spaces! I changed the composition just a little with this one. All of these studies have been smaller passages from Potthast's paintings, and most of the areas I've selected have had balanced compositional elements. I SO wanted to paint this pooch, but the square composition that I wanted to use was weak as it was. I moved the dog in a bit, and added the large hill in the background. I still feel some emptiness right in the middle of the painting and I'm trying to decide what to incorporate, if anything. Keeping things fresh is important though and I hate to go back in and risk getting a blip of something too distracting. Contact me regarding purchase & commission requests. Unless otherwise noted, listed prices are offered to my subscribed blog members. If you are interested in purchasing a painting, but are not yet subscribed, simply enter your email address in the join box on my home page. As a subscriber you will receive special values on your purchases and periodic promotions will give you the opportunity to enjoy my paintings in real life at even more affordable prices!
I was able to complete this palette knife landscape of Venice, Italy while attending the local Arts in the Park festival. It was a beautiful day. The weather was perfect and being surrounded by other artists is always a fun experience.
A few weeks ago I submitted several paintings to an online gallery called the UGallery and was juried in. I'm excited to report that last week I received an email announcing I'd sold two of my pieces there.
And one of my paintings is featured as "Staff Pick" and on the Home page of their site.
All of the artists who post on this blog are professional artists who sell their creative products. There are so many venues for it - online gallery like the Ugallery, Fairs and Festivals, Brick and Mortar Galleries, online auction sites like Ebay, Online Store sites like Artfire and Etsy, and artists own websites.
If you're an artist - which venue works best for you? And if you're a collector, where do you buy most of your original art?
I just got back from my trip to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho for the Oil Painters of America show, then on to Whitefish, MT for some visiting, hiking and a little painting. The last leg of the trip I went to Mt. Carmel, UT where I met my friend, Deb Groesser, to paint in the Zion, Mt. Carmel, and Escalante area for three days. We stayed at an artists retreat in Mt. Carmel, which was Maynard Dixon's home. It was a wonderful place including the grounds.
The first painting was from the town of Springville, Utah at a park late in the afternoon. The only light left was hitting the tops of the hills, lighting up the rocks and trees, some of my favorite lighting to paint. It's a rush, literally. The painting measures 6x8 and is for sale on my website for $300.
This second painting measures 8x10 and is for sale on my website for $400. I painted this painting from the Maynard Dixon property in the morning looking across the road at Mt. Carmel. The warm colors of the sunlit rocks brings that part of the painting to your center of interest. I echoed the color in the house and some in the foreground trees. The mountains have so much color it is hard to stay on task and keep the shapes simple and not break it up with too much stuff going on.
I have more photos that I will be posting, but I also have some photoshopping to do and a few touch ups on some of the paintings. So, I'll talk to you all later.
In this painting I wanted to create a dream-like feeling using one of my favorite flowers, the poppy, so I chose to paint this landscape at dusk as the sun is starting to set over the distant hills to add to that mood. I love the wildflower masses in the foreground creating waves of color, and the curving shapes adding to the sense of tranquility. I was mesmerized what the cinematography in the movie “What Dreams May Come” and my painting reminded me a little of those magical graphics, so I decided to title my piece the same.
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"Three Girls at the Seashore" after Edward Henry Potthast (4x4") - 201141 Subscribe now to receive my newsletter, "Even More". Ahhh - yellow! An ever elusive color to get work with. Especially lemony yellows. One of the 'basic' and commonly used is cadmium yellow pale. I find it very much on the cool side, and often times unnatural looking. My preference is cad yellow medium, but I didn't have any. If you mix ochre with the pale, you'll get a close approximation and a warmer tone. Contact me regarding purchase & commission requests. Unless otherwise noted, listed prices are offered to my subscribed blog members. If you are interested in purchasing a painting, but are not yet subscribed, simply enter your email address in the join box on my home page. As a subscriber you will receive special values on your purchases and periodic promotions will give you the opportunity to enjoy my paintings in real life at even more affordable prices!
The colors of this palette knife work are the colors of the USC University in Southern California so I thought a play on words would get the attention of the Trojan Alumni who are virtually everywhere in Southern California.
The painting came together all at once, and I thought, well it looks like USC, the school that was my rival. I will need to do next a Bruin, UCLA painting. Time to get busy!
Old buildings always fascinate me and when they are surrounded in summer by beautiful wildflowers they seem to yell out...."photograph me!" or "paint me!" And so I did both. The combination of a group of falling down buildings, daisies and other wildflowers at their foundations, and a river running right past was good to ignore. This is a 6x6 painting full of color and texture provided nicely by the palette knife. Enjoy!
This painting is signed and is drying....and it will need a frame. The canvas size is 18" x 24". I think a black floater frame might look really cool on this painting, but I will need to play around with some mouldings. Thanks for viewing this blog and my art. I hope to post some more contemporary aspen paintings tomorrow.
This is a combination of brushwork and palette knife strokes. The fence is also done with a palette knife in case it doesn't show in the photo. I have left some of my underpainting showing through a bit in spots - I love this look. This is one of the pieces I am entering (image only so painting is available for purchase!) to be considered for a page in a landscape calendar. It will also be shown at an art show this Saturday in Newport Beach in a floater frame from Randy Higbee's Art and Frame. I can be emailed for an image of the frame or artwork within the frame.
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This 48"x36" acrylic painting on a wide border canvas is elegant, stunning, and always draws compliments from those who see it. I was inspired to paint this from viewing the aspens in Colorado in the early evening during Fall. Those who know me, know how much I love aspen trees. Once you have stood amongst a grove of white aspens, heard their quaking leaves, and felt the peaceful quiet of the forest, you will want to return often.
My aspen paintings give my patrons the opportunity to be reminded of this tree's majestic beauty. This original painting can be purchased at the Frameworks Gallery, in Marietta, GA.
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"At the Seaside" after Edward Henry Potthast (4x4") - 201140 Subscribe now to receive my newsletter, "Even More". This study seems to have the best of what I try for in a successful painting - most importantly the very loose knife work. The original painting of Potthast's has so much energy to it, and I wanted to try and convey that in my own style. The color mixing was key in terms of getting just the right ratio of pigment to walnut oil. Like I've said many times - if the paint is right, it's like doing a watercolor. Contact me regarding purchase & commission requests. Unless otherwise noted, listed prices are offered to my subscribed blog members. If you are interested in purchasing a painting, but are not yet subscribed, simply enter your email address in the join box on my home page. As a subscriber you will receive special values on your purchases and periodic promotions will give you the opportunity to enjoy my paintings in real life at even more affordable prices!
The Amalfi Coast in Southern Italy is one of the most magical places on earth.
I ran across a photo from a trip and had to paint this beautiful place.
The colors of the Mediterranean are richer than the colors of the pacific and I had fun mixing a different palette for the water. I didn't want the sky to compete with the water so I made it a gentle faded white.
The is a 5x7 oil on panel and looks fabulous in a beautiful custom black frame.
Shimmering colors of autumn: Aspen trees quiver, their light graceful leaves tremble and quake, silver and gold, silver and gold with each light breeze.
There is the quiet energy of change coming and vibrant color charges the woods. Crisp fall mountain air, clean bright skies overhead, a band of slender straight trucks cut bright strokes of white against a dazzling tumble of green, crimson and gold.
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"At Low Tide" after Edward Henry Potthast (4x4") - 201139 Subscribe now to receive my newsletter, "Even More". I am taking note of how difficult it is to nail down a bluish purple that is spot on neutral in terms of warm/cool. Not easy! My favorite part of this painting is the legs of the little one on the right. Just enough of an indication that they are there. It's easy to get caught up in painting 'symbols' of what one thinks a common, easily recognizable thing looks like. And of course once your mind is in that mode and concentrating probably too hard on what you think you see, the harder it is to stop yourself. Particularly true in rendering faces! Contact me regarding purchase & commission requests. Unless otherwise noted, listed prices are offered to my subscribed blog members. If you are interested in purchasing a painting, but are not yet subscribed, simply enter your email address in the join box on my home page. As a subscriber you will receive special values on your purchases and periodic promotions will give you the opportunity to enjoy my paintings in real life at even more affordable prices!