Friday, May 18, 2018

"J" is for....


"J is for ....." 
12 inches high
image wraps on 3-1/2 inch sides
Can hang or free-stand

Email me if you are interested in having one done.



It has been a little while since I wrote. Sorry about that, but there has been some changes in my life in the last 2 months. I officially left my full-time job and am currently unemployed - or as I call it, semi-retired. My goal is to make the transition from part-time artist to full-time. It's that time!

But with the change, there has been quite a bit of activity. Paperwork, organizing, planning. And I am making changes physically to my "studio" space (the spare room). Basically, I need more space! So out with some old things, consolidate & simplify!

Pictured here is 1 of 2 letters I recently completed. These are commissioned letters from someone who saw the A B C I have at the gallery.

If you are interested in a letter (they make a great gift), email me. Background colors & items on the letters are completely customizable, and can be done with a theme in mind. 

Monday, February 26, 2018

MMP Series # 5 - Dali's - Persistence of Memory


6x6 acrylic on stretched canvas
image wraps on 1-1/2 inch sides

This Mini Master Piece is from Salvador Dali, an artist from Spain that lived from 1904 to 1989. Dali was a very unique & flamboyant artist that is best known for his surrealism. The Persistence of Memory is his most-known painting and I chose it as my subject. As with my other MMP pieces in this series, I chose to do only a small section of the painting, and I also made a few subtle color changes.

Here is a link in Wikipedia that describes his life -There is much to read and he lead a very interesting life.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

C is for ...

"C is for ....." 
image wraps on 3-1/2 inch sides
Either Front or Back can be displayed
Email if interested

Next in the "letter" series is the letter "C" - a bright yellow C adorned with Cauliflower, Currants, Chestnuts, Cucumbers, Carrots, Cherries, Coconuts, Corn & Cayenne! The 2 images show both the Front and Back of the letter. 

These letters are 12 inches tall, approx 8 inches wide & have a depth of 3-1/2 inches. They are canvas wrapped to styrofoam - making them very lightweight. They have a loop at the top so they can be hung, but are stable enough to sit on any shelf or flat surface. 

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The next in the series will be the letter "D" - and that is the first letter where I will stray from the Fruits & Vegetables theme (there just isn't enough D items!). But I do have an idea that I am working with in an initial sketch stage - hope it works out because I think it will be a terrific piece when done!

Also working on some more MMP (Mini Master Pieces) as well as a few Inspirational pieces. Love being busy!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

MMP Series #4 - Mona's Hands

6x6 acrylic on stretched canvas
image wraps on 1-1/2 inch sides
SOLD

I am reposting my original post about Mona's Hands. Having just re-read this and it still holds true today. I always liked this piece and may do another painting similar.

For MMP #4, the artist, this time, is Leonardo Da Vinci. The subject - the Mona Lisa. I dared not attempt to do the Mona Lisa in full! But her hands, that I thought I would challenge myself with.

Firstly, I have to say, Leonardo was the king of "lost edges." I have painted with them before, but never like this! Soft edges everywhere, nothing hard except for a few distinct lines between the hands & in the clothing. This took a bit of getting use to - I am use to definitive, hard edges.

Secondly, his color palette! I know that he mixed his own colors (and probably quite toxic in his day), but the dark, rich earth colors were a bit of a challenge to create. 

While working on this, I did a bit of research into the Mona Lisa painting and found some historians who wrote that the original colors for this painting were quite vibrant. Here are a few links if you're interested in reaching further:



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