Spray, acrylic exploration #5

Spray, acrylic on canvas, 12×16″, Available at my Web Abstract Art Gallery. Here it is again, without direct lighting.  This painting was all thick acrylic paint, brushes and pallet knife. I was thinking about flowers opening, and landscapes with steep cliffs, but this one is all about colors and shapes. This painting has edges that … Read more

Swimming, Acrylic Exploration #4

Swimming, acrylic on canvas, 12×16″, $100 (plus shipping), available. First person to email, text or call can purchase this painting using PayPal or check. I love the pink coming through the cooler colors. I’ve been trying to replicate that effect on other paintings, but haven’t gotten to happen again yet… This painting was painted on … Read more

Mountain, Acrylic Exploration #3

Mountain, sold. Here it is with tomorrow’s exploration. Both these paintings have edges that are kind of raw. If you look closely you can see they’re white with a lot of drips across them. Mountain is fully cured, so I tested out an acrylic brush-on varnish on it. It’s nice, and I like that it’s … Read more

Earth, acrylic exploration #2

Earth 1, acrylic on canvas, 12×16″, $100 (plus shipping), available. First person to email, text or call gets this painting. If you missed the last post, there will be 10 “exploration” paintings at this price, and then I’ll reassess. In January when I embarked on this acrylic adventure I pulled up NASA photos of Earth … Read more

Floating, acrylic exploration #1

Floating, 12×16″, acrylic, SOLD. I think this is one of my best acrylic paintings so far. The next 10 of these acrylic explorations that I post will be available for $100 each (+ actual shipping), and I’ll make them available in my newsletter a day before anywhere else, to give newsletter subscribers first chance to take … Read more

Color sketch for a larger portrait painting

I’m doing some portraits to push my skills and process. A lovely friend and her daughter modeled for me for the color sketch, so that I could get their skin color right when working larger. When I only have an hour and a half to get my colors right, I set up my pallet completely … Read more

Portrait is complete and beautiful, what’s next?

I wish I could post a picture now, but this last portrait is a surprise gift… I’m very excited about how it turned out! I can’t wait to show you all. I was so anxious waiting to hear back from the collector… But this morning I got the “It looks great!!!” Yay, I love that. … Read more

Self Portrait, abstract painting on paper

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 … Read more

Seeing Through, abstract acrylic techniques combined with landscape layout

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″, … Read more

Are you entranced by the colors that poke through the snow, too?

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 … Read more

Her Garden, portrait combining different reference photos

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, … Read more

Hundred Year Storm, abstract painting #7

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 … Read more

You Hold Me Together, abstract painting #6 of 2017

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

Chasing My Tail, abstract painting #5 for 2017

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 … Read more

Layers of Warm, abstract painting #4 for 2017

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 … Read more

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