Thursday, November 20, 2014

Winter Farm


"Winter Farm"
9x12 acrylic on linen board
Available through DPW gallery/auction

Dozens of these farms dot the landscape in New York State - they are surrounded by greens in spring & summer when they are full of activity. Then the autumn leaves surround them in full color. And then finally, the blues of winter make a wonderful backdrop to these lovely red buildings.

Rarely are they idle though, even in the coldest of temperatures. Farm work is never done, even in the harshest of winter - in fact, the weather often creates more work!

Right now, so much of the Buffalo area of NY state is being impacted by severe weather. Snow measured in feet (some spots as high as 8 or 9 feet!) is causing people to become stranded in their own homes and the weight on the roof is creating some anxiety in the hearts of the owners. To make matters worse, warming temps on Sun/Monday with rain will cause extra weight on those rooftops. My prayers go out to all who are trying to deal & cope!


Monday, November 17, 2014

Small Daisy Paintings


"White Daisy on Blue"
5x7 acrylic on canvas panel
Available through DPW gallery/auction


"Backlit Daisy"
5x7 acrylic on canvas panel
Available through DPW gallery/auction



"White Daisy"
5x7 acrylic on canvas panel
Available through DPW gallery/auction


I just remembered that I have 3 of these smallish Daisy paintings on panels. 5x7, these are small enough to simply lean against the wall on a shelf. Easy to add a bit of sunshine & smiles anywhere! All are available via auction now at DPW, with very reasonable pricing!

These flowers always make people smile. Maybe it recalls the old rhyme "he loves me, he loves me not" - or it's their lovely white petals. Or it could be that wonderful mounded, textured center that explodes with a yellow that reminds us of the sun. In the 60s, girls wore daisy's in their hair. Or carried informal bouquets of this happy little flower. It's a beautifully simple flower that can mean so much, and can easily create a feeling of happiness. I have to admit that simply holding these make me smile. What a great stocking stuffer these would make!

I will combine shipping if more than 1 daisy is purchased or won at auction!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Toss It!


"Toss It!" 
9x12 acrylic on canvas board
Not For Sale

This is Stanley, and he was a commissioned piece I recently did. It was a gift for someone & I held off posting it until the gift was given. I had some challenges with the dogs hair on this one - and I say hair since this is a poodle and poodle's have hair, not fur. Which is why the breed is so popular with those who want to limit allergy problems.

The "black" in the hair was mixed with grey as this photo is from the dog in his later years (I understand that Stanley passed away 2 years ago, and the painting was a gift for someone of their good friend that they miss). I didn't want the dog to be strictly black & grey, so I introduced a bit of blue into the grey to make a silvery look. I also added some of the table colors to the top area of the head just to help tie the painting all together. 

And, of course, there is the Kong ball. Apparently Stanley loved to play fetch and he would stare at the ball just waiting for it to be tossed. 

I'm very honored to paint these "best friends" that have crossed the bridge to the other side - and to create a visual image that gives their owners a fond memory, and a smile. 

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There is still time to commission a pet portrait for holiday gift giving! Contact me to discuss - I do dogs as well as cats, birds, reptiles, etc. 

Monday, November 10, 2014

MMP Series #4 - Da Vinci's - Mona's Hands - SOLD


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

Mona's Hands, as I have subtitled this, is my next mini masterpiece. 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:

http://www.lumiere-technology.com/Pages/News/news3.htm
http://digitalphotoalchemy.com/mona-lisa-in-original-colors/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speculations_about_Mona_Lisa

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Artists Note: I am currently working on my website. I am loading more art pieces, and offering some as either on hardboard or matted & framed. If you haven't visited in a while, or even if you have, head over and see what's new. It's all very exciting!


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