Wednesday, December 31, 2008
I am sure most of you are aware of Karin Jurick and her fun and instructive blog "Different Strokes from Different Folks". The end of the year challenge was to send a photo of yourself to her and she would send you a photo of an unknown (to us) artist. We would paint each others portrait and return it to Karin to post on her blog. This, of course, is my attempt to paint a very beautiful lady who was unfortunate enough to have her photo sent to me.
If by chance, this unknow artist, should happen to find my blog, view her portrait, and wish to obtain it, her wish can come true! Just send me your name and address and I will be happy to send it to you at no charge.
I want to say just a few words about Karin. I have always been astounded by her painting skills. Now I am even more astounded by her willingness to take on this additional work with, as far as I can tell, no benefit for herself. Well, she does get lots of publicity among us artists but maybe not so much outside of the blogging and artists communities. I find it to be completely giving of her to take the time and effort required to run this blog, and post all of our blogs under our entries week after week. She is also very willing to share advise with us. If there is one thing we need more of, positive role models is near the top of the list and Karin has proven herself to be one. So, thank you Karin! I only hope that were I in your position, I would be as willing as you to share.
PS: This lovely lady is Annie Salness from Oregon, a wonderful artist. We have since exchanged our portraits.
Friday, December 26, 2008
A few weeks ago I posted a painting I did of palmettos with strong sunlight on them. I was trying to do plein air that day, but was soon reduced to taking photos. I was lucky enough to get a couple usable photos and I got excited as soon as I saw this one. When the camera flashed I could see the strong blues on the palmetto. This is a 16x20 oil on stretched canvas. I painted it with an idea in the back of my head to have three palmetto paintings to hang as a group. So far I have one in landscape form and one in portrait and I am still musing over the third.
Friday, December 19, 2008
We travel from Florida to North Carolina several times a year. Often, we get a late start, drive five or six hours and spend the night. We try to get on the road early the next day, as we are always excited and anxious to get to our vacation home in the mountains. This particular morning, we were driving through Georgia when the sun started to come up, and I caught this scene with my digital camera.
This is a 4x12 on stretched canvas. The sides of the canvas are painted so it is ready to hang without being framed.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Living in Florida, it is a good thing that we do not have a lot of direct sunlight streaming into our home most of the time. This time of the year, when the sun in low on the horizon, we have a month or two of direct sun in our dining room. I usually get inspired and try to set up some still lifes with all the action. This is from a photo I took several years ago and never got around to painting until this week. This is an 8x10 on canvas panel.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
This is a painting I did in 2006 as the poster art for ArtWorks, our local art show. The neat thing about ArtWorks is that the artists who have a booth there must demonstrate their art during the two day sale. The painting features an artist, with easel and artwork, on his way to his booth to do a demostration. The location is perfect, in old Eau Gallie, Fl, right next to the inter coastal and it is always the weekend before Thanksgiving so we usually have lovely weather in the 70's. This year I went with my granddaughter and we had a great time, strolling the streets and watching painters, jewelry makers, potters, sculptors and more making their art.
This painting is 12x16, oil on stretched canvas, and comes with a ArtWorks 2006 poster,featuring the painting,and autographed by the artist (me).
Friday, December 12, 2008
There is something special about children and parents at the beach. It seems all that water and sand give parents permission to be children themselves. It is so much fun to watch them, building sandcastles and other sand masterpieces. Too bad we cannot all spend more days at the beach, especially with a little one!
I have been tagged again! This is such a great honor, this time given to me by Atul Pande Atule is a physician and researcher with a incredible work load and still finds time to paint. I urge all to visit his blog as he always has a new challenge for himself. Thank you, Atul.
This is a 5x7 oil on panel.
This is a 5x7 oil on panel. Enjoy!
Monday, December 8, 2008
The other day, while trying to organize my studio, I came across an old painting that I had buried behind everything in the closet. It was a still life of a beautiful Christmas catcus that I attemped many years ago. Although the painting was a failure, I still have the photo, which was one of my favorites, and I decided to give it another try. Not wanting to do a large, detailed canvas until the holidays are over, I decided to try just a detail of the original composition on a 5x7 panel. So, here is my offering for today, not sure I like it any better than the original, but it does speak to the season.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
I hope that none of the PETA people come after me for this post. This is a commission that I recently completed. My customer requested a portrait of her beloved Lucy, a wire haired terrier. Lucy loved to catch squirrels, which is hard wired into the breed, and this is how my customer wanted her painted. I am happy with the results. This is a 9x12 oil on stretched canvas.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
TAGGED AGAIN!!! See previous post! Actually, one of my favorite artists, Kathy Weber has tagged me this time. Kathy is a master at capturing light. Her paintings always give me a "sunny outlook" and I highly recommend a visit to her blog. Hopefully she will forgive me for not following through with the "tag".
This post is a 5x7 on panel.