Tuesday, July 22, 2014

An Update - and what's on sale!

"Return to Oz" - 9x12 acrylic available through DPW auction - click here

New eBay auction items have been added. No shipping charges in the US - all international shipping is now being handled through eBays Global Shipping program. To see what's on sale - click here


Artists Note: I seem to be in a bit of a "change" mood. I've decided my website needs a facelift, so that is on the to-do list. Also, I have been thinking of doing some different styles & medias, so watch for some changes in my new work. I've been studying other artists techniques, as well as some famous ones. Not sure what is happening yet, but I have a desire to carve out a texture or shape. I am also looking at a return to my cityscapes - most of my past cityscape paintings have sold. It is time for some new ones - and I think I will paint larger on these!

And lastly, my birthday is on the 24th & I feel another giveaway coming. Not sure what yet - maybe a commissioned piece, maybe an auction for a finished piece. More to come on that probably tomorrow.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Infinite Sky

"Infinite Sky"
9x12 acrylic on stretched canvas
Available through DPW gallery/auction

Did you ever fly at night, and sit by the window, and stare out at the infinite sky? It's an awesome sight - something so very unique. That is the look that I tried to create in this painting.

I worked on this today while I was at the art gallery. I had the extra black canvas from the "Intangible" painting I did earlier this week, so I thought I would do another sky painting. Again I worked with a limited palette of Titanium White & Prussian Blue. But instead of adding in the Cobalt Blue, I chose to add a bit of Ceruleum Blue instead. (I thought the cobalt was a bit too bold - this time I wanted it a bit softer, but still blue). I also wanted a partial moon, rather than the full moon. Thought it would create a glow on the one side, and also to the clouds, but still give the feeling that the clouds were simply floating in the air. I hope I was able to capture that image

Artists Note:

For the past few days, the television has been full of the news on Malaysia Airlines flight #17. It is an awful moment in world history, when hatred & anger from the earth can reach out & destroy something in the heavens. I hope the people onboard flight 17 were able to see the infinite sky with wonder before their lives were cut short. May they rest in peace now, and fly among the stars with freedom. I dedicate this painting to them.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Intangible Night

"Intangible Night"
8x10 acrylic on stretched canvas
Available through DPW gallery/auction

This month the ACG's challenge theme is "intangible."  I thought about the word intangible for a while - looking it up, it has this definition:

not tangible; incapable of being perceived by the sense of touch, as incorporeal or immaterial things; impalpable

Don't you love definitions that start with the opposite of the word you are looking up? The definition of intangible is "not tangible" - so I bet if I look up tangible it tells me is it "not intangible!" I always hated that as a child - I would have to look up word after word to try & figure out the meaning of the first word. But this definition goes on to say it means it can't be perceived by the sense of touch. I thought of all types of things that fall under that - emotions, feelings, ideas, thoughts & even ghosts.

But recently, the full moon occurred and I've been wanting to try a painting on a black primed canvas for some time now. This seemed like a perfect chance. Intangible night with a full buck moon! This painting is done with only Prussian Blue, Cobalt Blue & Titanium white. I thought against adding any other color to the moon - I liked how it stood out so strongly amongst the clouds.

I love how this worked out & am thinking of doing a much larger version. I do have another smaller black canvas  - I may work something up with that one first.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Secret Garden

"Secret Garden"
9x12 acrylic on canvas on hardboard
Available through DPW gallery/auction

I am actually surprised that this painting has not sold - but I have it up for auction at DPW now at an affordable price. 

We have lots of  trees in our area of upstate NY state, and when I walk through the woods I always admire the ferns. They come back every year, after the cold winter. And they form a wonderful green "blanket" on the forest floor. When the sunlight does break through in the small clearings, the greens light up with vibrance. 

The tree limbs & trunks are a different story. They are brown, yes. But there are colors in that brown - and they become magnified with the sunlight as well. I tried to capture that moment when I painted this. 

And as I always say, if you're quiet when you go through the woods, you may catch a glimpse of a forest creature or even an elf or 2!


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