Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Roman Windows

"Roman Windows"
6x12 acrylic on canvas board
Available through DPW gallery/auction

This month's VPO visits Rome Italy. Beautiful! There is so much to see and I spent alot of time wandering the streets in Google. There is so much color in Italy - I just love it! I found this spot when I was searching the streets & you can see the original by clicking here.

I have a fascination with windows & doors - and I love to paint them on the narrow size of 6x12. It seems to fit the design. In this particular one, 2 windows of various colors (I enhanced the blue from the map, it needed to pop more I thought) are surrounded by this abundance of beautiful red flowers. And I liked the greens in the lower right - seemed to anchor the whole view. 

Given the holiday season I doubt I will get another painting of Rome done for this months VPO, but I've saved other Rome locations that I will paint at another time. 

I love Italy!!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

It's that time of year again!

Everything on my website is marked at 30% off!
and free domestic shipping! 
Auctions & sales will continue in my Daily Paintworks (DPW) gallery
some starting with very low bids!

AND...... yes, it's time for another Pet Portrait Giveaway
Who doesn't love giveaways? 
The painting can be of any pet or animal of your choice, 
for yourself or as a gift. 
An 8x10 or 9x12 acrylic painting, done on canvas board, 
signed & sealed - ready for framing or can be displayed on a small easel. 

How to enter? 
It's easy....  everyone who purchases during the End of Year sale 
(from either my website or through Daily Paintworks) 
will be entered into this giveaway. 

Starting today, Dec 7th through Jan 15th
On January 16th I will pick one random winner. 

Best of luck!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

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

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

The next artist on my Mini Masterpiece list is 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 - I haven't finished it yet, but fully intend to. There is much to read and he lead a very interesting life.


In case you are wondering about my artist list, I am working from a list of artists that I found on www.artcyclopedia.com -- the top 30 artist searches. I originally started out of order, but am now following the list. Some artists on this list will be a bigger challenge than others - should be a very interesting series. 

Friday, December 5, 2014

Pink Flowers in Front

"Pink Flowers in Front" - NFS
9x12 acrylic on canvas board

This is the latest Home Portrait - a wonderful home with beautiful greenery surrounding it. I fell in love with this scene when the owner first sent me the photos. She had only 2 requirements - make the flowers in front a color other than the red they were in the photos, and make it springtime (the photos were more early fall). 

That's one of the greatest luxuries of being any artist - I can change the world, and the seasons, to whatever someone wishes. Add flowers, change colors, trim hedges - I've even added trees for some home owners! Artistic license - or as I call it, the power of the brush!

I look at this charming home & I find myself saying "I want to live there!"


If anyone would like a home portrait done, of any season - just email me. They make a wonderful gift for any occasion!


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