Sunday, June 21, 2015

Estonia Mailbox Shed

"Estonia Mailbox Shed"
9x12 acrylic on canvas
Available through DPW gallery/auction

This month the Virtual Paintout (VPO) is visitIng Estonia, which is a small country in the Baltic region of Northern Europe. It is a very interesting area to visit. I did much exploring - lots of greenery!

When I first painted this, I had no idea what type of shelter it was. It looked to be a simple shelter with news letters taped to the wall. But I loved the stone work, and of course, the red structure and the green surrounding it. My original google street view can be seen here.

It was only after I was done, and while I was trying to find a name for this piece, did I go back to the google map & zoom in further. That was when I discovered that what I thought was newsletters, or pieces of paper, are actually mailboxes. Further search told me that the orange/red box within is the box for outgoing mail. The others are obviously receiving mailboxes for the various people in the neighborhood. If you click here you will see the interior from the opposite viewpoint, and can see the mailboxes within.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Going Up the Country

"Going Up the Country"
9 x 12 acrylic on canvas panel
commissioned piece - NFS

Sometimes, just sometimes, you do a painting -- and you become so absorbed in the image, the moment in the image, the feelings in the image -- that you are a part of the image. That is this painting, without a doubt.

I am "in love" with this little home in the country. When the photos were sent to me for the commissioned piece I actually felt my heart (soul?) sigh. My whole being relaxed - and that is what "going up the country" means to me.

I spoke to the woman today who commissioned this piece, and she explained that it is to be a gift for someone. This was their mothers cabin in the woods that she had for many years and then passed on to her children. Although this little home was knocked down for a new, bigger home - the family always remember the original with fond memories. My client decided a painting of it would be a wonderful gift.

I think it will be an awesome gift! God, I just look at this painting & I can easily walk up the driveway and into the house! Many times people tell me that they love a painting because they can "see" themselves in it. I think this is definitely one of those paintings.


Family home, little cabin in the woods, on the lake, in the mountains. Bungalow at the shore, on the beach. Penthouse home in the city. It doesn't matter where it is on this planet, if it's where a piece of your soul is, then it is home. Commissioned paintings done of your favorite memory, location or home - just a little piece of heaven -- your heaven! Contact me to discuss capturing them in a painting.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

The Pavilion

"The Pavilion"
9x12 acrylic on canvas
Available through DPW gallery/auction

The location on this is the Kinmem Island - which was a previous VPO challenge. I had taken various screen shots of that island while exploring in Google maps, and put aside a few for painting later. Two Trees was one of those saved to paint later, as is this one. The original Google map view can be seen here.

Again, fascinated by all the greenery, the shadows, the highlights. And I was determined to limit the details - in fact, except for a few tree branches, the only detail is on the pavilion & it's fence. This is probably one of the most impressionistic paintings I've done in a long time. Now I want to do more!!

When I translated the Chinese for this view, it came up as Taihu Lake Recreation Area. It seemed a very calming, very tranquil location. But if you turn 180 degrees in the map, you will see what appears to be a plane, a tank and a large cylinder (bomb). I think this may be a war museum & memorial, as judging by the wall on the building with countless names (in Chinese) on it. It makes this pavilion seem an almost solemn spot. 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

At the Pond

"At the Pond"
6x12 acrylic on canvas
Available through DPW gallery/auction

This is another painting of the VPO's Cesky Krumlov location. The original Google view can be scene by clicking here.

I liked all the greens in this, and of course, the water. But I wanted to get the highlights on those trees - they are almost backlit, which is a challenge to try & capture.

I also thought the 6x12 format would work well with this scene. It gives it sort of a wide angle view, which I like on certain landscapes. 

I have one more painting sketched for this location. Not sure if it will be done in time to submit to VPO, but I will paint it anyway. 


I still have plans to do some new, large pieces. Have a plan (or two) in mind. Now, I just need to find the time to sit down & develop those plans!


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