Anticipating Spring

Looking back over the years, I have spotted a trend in my work. I seem to come to a point in the gray months of winter when my artwork reflects a yearning for brighter and longer days.

Here are a few works I did this winter that seemed to anticipate spring.

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Nature inspired visual language

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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Little Bo Peep

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.

Thanks!

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Spring Water, oil on canvas – 40″ x 30″

“Spring Water” was finished up in time for International Woman’s Day. Using a few doodles as my launching point, this painting was created with a very relaxed and spontaneous spirit. Relying on the preconceived structure of the composition, that was based on my initial sketch, allowed me to paint freely and reactionary without having to worry much about the cohesiveness of the completed painting. When you are at least 80% sure the painting is going to work, the rest of your mind is free to explore and experiment with color, adding the emotional flavor needed to make the work relatable and relative to the human experience.

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Early Spring

I finally painted an early spring inspired work. I made this with one of my favorite methods of painting-Palette Knife! I would say 95% of this painting is done with a knife. In order to achieve the inlay effect with the lines, I work the smaller areas first. Working with the knife insures a very impasto look. The technique, in my opinion, is a fantastic way to make colors glow and the added surface texture is icing on the cake…or canvas. 🙂

“Early Spring” oil on panel, 20″ x 31″ (approx.)

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A personal favorite gets a new home (I made a Sale)

I made a sale! Yesterday I said goodbye to one of my personal favorite paintings. This particular painting was one of a series I called “Modern Petroglyphs” and was started back in 2010, and stopped around 2012. It was also one of those rare paintings (and many of you artists know what I am talking about) that I can still look at and not be embarrassed about or wince every time I glance at it. In fact..I like it! Glad to see it going to a good home.

In addition to the sale, I was also commissioned to make another painting for the same patron (and friend)

Thanks Norm!

Here is the work that sold. Love working in this highly textured manner.

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A Good Book and Weed Garden

These paintings are 10 and 11 of my 90 paintings in 90 days challenge.

Both are ink and watercolor, but different styles (obviously)

A Good Book, 8″ x 10ish”

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Weed Garden, 4ish” x 6ish”

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If you are interested in purchasing either one, please send me a message!

Thanks for stopping by,

Shawn

Diet Soda On the Rocks

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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