Here’s an idea I put together for a potential client. I painted some small color sketches but wasn’t happy enough with them… So I made this larger 11×14″ painting. I’m hoping they love it and want some version of it much larger. Below is a little detail photo.
I have all kinds of memories associated with specific colors. Teal and salmon remind me of Tucson and a good friend and bike riding. And cadmium red reminds me of my grandma’s lipstick. So for me, this is a happy color combination.
What colors give you the strongest / happiest memories? You can let me know in the comments.
I am very excited to announce that I am now represented by Art Resources Gallery in Minneapolis! They are delightful to work with. If you’re in the area, I hope you stop in to look around (and please tell them I sent you :) ). I just shipped them 10 paintings, some of which are below. They will link to me on their web site shortly – in the mean time, so see all the paintings available, click here.
Art Resources Gallery
International Market Square,
Suite 166, 275 Market Street
Minneapolis, MN 55405
This month I’m investigating abstract ideas and techniques both for their own merit, but also because I think it will add something to my landscapes and portraits. I’ve been feeling more and more like my muse is back, and I’m seeing compositions and choices in my art that first appeared in art school a long time ago. It’s exciting.
This painting is both subtle and vibrant, which I’m really enjoying.
Self Portrait, about 2 feet tall, acrylic on 140 lb paper.
I wanted to push the techniques I’ve been discovering farther – and bigger. I’m not sure if it comes through in a photo, but there’s a layering depth that I am loving.
This is my first real painting (rather than a technique test or study) in this medium. I’d love your feedback.
Seeing Through, 20×16″, acrylic on canvas.
I’ve been experimenting like crazy with Acrylics this month… I feel like this exploration will add a depth to my portraits and landscapes.
This little painting took a few days, with lots of drying time between coats. I wanted to replicate the beautiful effect of opaque snow sitting on the amber wheat fields. This scene is just past our back yard.
I used super heavy watercolor paper, and the first coat of paint really soaked in. I’m also trying for a similar effect on canvas – a bigger painting I’ve also been working on for days – and am really entranced with the depth that is possible. I’m not sure it comes through in my photos…
Depth Perception, approx 9×12″, acrylic on heavy paper, Click to Bid
This portrait was a Christmas gift for a lovely woman, so I waited until after it was given to show it to you… Augusta’s daughter wanted a painting of Augusta in her garden (which I had seen several photos of on Facebook, and it is … glorious). She sent me some photos of Augusta outside, and some different photos of her amazing garden. I wanted to paint Augusta sensitively, but her garden thick and painterly, and to have it all work together. I’m excited about how it came together.
Thanks for looking.
This painting started to look celestial right away, and I was thinking about that storm that’s been happening on Saturn for hundreds of years… Can you see a storm? Click to Bid
While working on this painting and several paintings on paper, I got a much better grasp of how to manipulate this paint with acrylic paint pouring techniques, and I’m starting to see the relationship between the paint doing it’s thing and the painter directing what can be directed, and how direct application of paint can subtly work into something that looks organic…
I’m trying out a little setup in my studio for displaying the paintings, so that collectors can get a sense of how the painting would fit in a space. What do you think? Is it helpful?
I am continuing to experiment with acrylic painting techniques. I tried contrasting thick opaque paint with an underwash. And more significantly, the thick solid paint is contrasted with marbled crazy paint. It looks very organic to me, like a microscopic picture of something. But what? Click to Bid
A giant dragon flying through the air, then flipping to catch it’s own tail… Or maybe a sunset… It’s both.
I’m working through ideas about lines, and line quality. In art school I was kind of obsessed with varying my lines, especially when drawing the figure. With this painting I tried to make the edges interesting with small zig-zaging edges, and longer smooth edges… There’s also quite a difference in surface depth between the background colors and the pool of green above.
OK, this one actually looks like it glows. I am loving that. I want to use the glowing effect for some landscapes next month! Click to Bid
One thing I think about a lot during my “regular” representational paintings is how thick the paint is… I want to have interesting areas where the paint is thin, and other areas where the paint is thick – so that there is ongoing interest for the paintings. With this painting I just experimented with that idea. Can you see all the layers? Do you like it or hate it?
I got my pouring medium in the mail today and am experimenting with it. It added some great shininess, plus I was able to do something pretty fun with using it to keep the paint wet in certain areas so I could wipe it back off with a brush for a sort of boutique look.
I’m continuing to explore colors and textures and relationships. Specifically, how the green shape fits in with the violet shape around it… are they merged together or separate? Is one growing from the other, or diving into it? Sometimes it’s hard to tell where one thing ends and the next begins – especially in matters of the heart.
approx. 10×20 inches, acrylic on loose canvas. For the photo I took the painting outside on a piece of wood above the snow in the shade, and took a photo outside. The photo is so much more accurate than the one I took right inside the glass door.
It’s -5 right now, but not cold enough to force me into shoes or a jacket! :)
While I was working on this painting I was thinking about how the things I care about the most are the smallest things… things that cause complete chaos… and that give life purpose.
What does that have to do with what I painted?
I’m painting abstractly right now. I’m working out some issues of size and shape and proportion and texture and transparency and opacity… And also for me, painting abstractly takes a lot of courage and I’m feeling courageous right now! And while I paint I think about life, and the purpose of life. And this is my embracing of life.
Thank you for looking.
Small Embrace, approx. 11×22, acrylic on loose canvas, ready to frame. The photo below is the raw photo I took with my phone (my camera is hiding again). And the photo above I color and level corrected to show how it looks sitting in an interior room without direct light.
I’m starting off the new year with an abstract painting. I really enjoyed just getting into the raw colors and composition on this one. I find that painting abstractly energizes me and helps me. Because I almost never post my abstract pieces, I’m not sure how to price it – so I’m just opening it up for bid: Click to Bid
This is one of the most challenging paintings I’ve done, because it’s very conceptual. My son’s programming mentor was interested in a painting that will remind him of a crow that was a childhood friend, and which would talk to him from the barn roof.
I ended up making a painting that looks fairly simple, but there is a lot of texture in the sky and barn peak, and getting the expression to read just right was quite a challenge. Today I sent him the final picture, and he loves it, for which I am very glad!
So many ideas for abstract paintings came to me while I was working on this painting. I want to do many more birds (and have been taking photos of the crows that winter over here), as well as some paintings about texture and color.
Thank you for looking!