Lullaby, oil on panel.
A new work! I’ve been playing around with line and symmetry forms found in nature. I would normally add that this is a new direction for me, but experience has taught me that I rarely follow one track for very long. 🙂
For those interested in technique, I blocked the entire painting in with oil. Paint was later applied with either a palette knife or brush. Hand made stencils were used for some of the geometric forms, and generous amounts of scraffito (scratching through top surface of paint to reveal another layer) were used to support the curvilinear structure of the forms.
As some of you know, I have been slowly transitioning towards an “abstract” style of painting. Along the way, I have tried many sources for my inspiration. As a whole though, creating works that might resemble a relic or a sacred icon (though mostly arbitrary in execution) sprinkled with lots of goof humor, has been my catalyst, and along the way I have discovered I love playing with curvilinear forms, circles and color.
More recently, I have incorporated forms found in nature, dandelions and other spikey weeds, into my shapes I create in my art.
In my latest work, “Dandelion Lady” I give the status of Dandelion a much over due place of reverence. I love the curvilinear symmetry of dandelion leaves and the stages at which the dandelion flowers and then spreads it’s floating starters in the air.
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Illustration is very challenging and exciting. When I was younger, I thought that one could start an art career by illustrating children’s books and gradually work your way to the fine art-gallery world. Alas, this is not true. In fact, for me the opposite is true.
I have had a pretty good go at the gallery scene, but I would still love to get my art in books. That is why I still produce illustrations on a regular basis, in hopes that one day soon I will once again get up the nerve to attempt getting published. That would be awesome!
Here are a few illustrations I made for the “Little Bo Peep.” nursary rhyme. To see more illustrations, click on the lower illustration gallery on the right.
12″ x 9″, oil on canvas panel
Rooster Run, 8″ x 8″, oil on canvas panel
Defining glass objects, by painting the bent and warped shapes, is one of the more enjoyable ways to paint for me. In an effort to keep motivated and log in hours in my studio, I have dedicated myself to making 90 paintings in 90 days. This still-life is number 6. In order to make that goal, I have been painting smaller paintings, mostly 6 x 6 inches, and no larger than 16 x 20 inches. While my recent larger works have been primarily abstract and experimental (very fun to do!), I find returning to traditional art making as enjoyable as it was when I first began painting. Who knows..maybe I will throw a few abstracts in those 90!
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Pumpkin and Candles, 10″ x 8″, oil pastel on paper
On my wife’s suggestion, I decided I needed to paint a pumpkin!
I purchased some professional grade oil pastels at the store yesterday, and I thought I would give them a go today.Wow! I am in love. The creamy consistency and rich color are fantastic. I could add plenty of layers before creating mud or bloom. I think I might do a few more of these.
This is painting 5 of 90 paintings in 90 days. (purchase info here)