Monday, August 25, 2014

White Peonies

"White Peonies"
9x12 acrylic on canvas board
Available through DPW gallery/auction

These white peonies are anything but white! I wanted to add shading, shadows, highlights  to these white flowers - but also add a touch of color to them as well. I love the outcome! There is also a certain amount of texture, as the paints are a little thick in spots. I think it adds interest.

This was an older painting of mine that I reworked in some areas. And all is against a rich, dark background to help make these flowers pop off the canvas!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Bald Eagle

"Bald Eagle"
8x10 acrylic inks & washes on canvas board
Available through DPW gallery/auction

This is the second painting I did when I was at the gallery this past weekend. And much like "Golden", it is done with pen & ink with acrylic washes. The challenge with this one was how to convey "white" without leaving it just plain white!

Using only subtle washes, I tried to add the shading in the areas of the feathers that would reflect light. And also in the areas where there were some light shadows. The background on this is a very deep, dark green.

These smaller ink/wash paintings have been fun. I find that only certain subjects really lend themselves to this style - at least for my version of the technique. Feathers, I think, are perfect to convey with lines. Also, architectural items. 

It occurred to me that this technique is similar to scratchboard, which is something I haven't done in quite some time. Now I have the urge to do another one of those soon!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Doorway

"The Doorway"
8x10 acrylic inks & washes on canvas board
Available through DPW gallery/auction

This is my submission to this months Virtual Paintout - Kinmen Island. The original link can be see here.

I have to admit that I knew very little about this island until this VPO visit. Bill described the island on the VPO website as: 

The island of Kinmen is part of a small archipelago of several islands administered by Taiwan. Administratively, it is Kinmen County of Fujian Province, Republic of China (ROC). The county is claimed by the People's Republic of China (PRC) as part of its own Fujian Province's Quanzhou Prefecture.

Interesting place to visit. And very varied in it's areas to paint. Some urban, some rural and some simply vegetation. This took me quite a while to find, but when I saw the open doorway with the plants inside I immediately grabbed my pen!

Sunday, August 17, 2014


8x10 acrylic inks & washes on canvas board
Available through DPW gallery/auction

Yesterday I took part in the Art Trails with the SVAN art group in upstate NY. It was a weekend art excursion open to the public. Supplied with a map and directions, art enthusiasts traveled on a self-guided tour of the various artists & their studios.

For those of us who do not have a physical studio for viewing, we gathered in a few locations where we were "guest artists" - and we setup and demo'd our work. We also had many of our completed pieces with us, all available for sale. I was one of the guest artists at the SVAN art gallery in Northville, NY.

I chose to do 2 smaller paintings, as I was quite sure I would be stopping & restarting numerous times. I was right! We had over 75 people visit us at the gallery just on Saturday! Lot's of people, lot's of questions - and just a wonderful, fun day. (I did not participate on Sunday, only Saturday).

"Golden" is one of the two paintings I did at the center. This is done with acrylic inks & washes - 8x10 on canvas board. I loved adding color to this majestic bird and depicting the feathers with numerous black ink lines. The background is a very deep purple.


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