Sunday, July 31, 2011

I've just added a new page to this blog - Reproductions. I'm excited about being able to offer reproductions of my work! So far I have 2 paintings listed and I will have more available soon so check out that tab at the top of the page.

Paynes Prairie Floater
A reproduction from my original watercolor and colored pencil painting. This piece was originally done for the book Creative Colored Pencil Workshop. The reproduction is on glossy paper with a 1 inch white border.
Image size: 7x10
Paper size: 9x12
Shipping is included in the price.

Friday, July 29, 2011

So many projects......

 Sharpes Ferry Bridge
oil on canvas

I'm delivering this painting to the Marion County Museum of History today. The museum is getting revamped and will be opening again soon. I'm happy to be included in the first art display.

 I included this close up so I could show you the peeling paint. Do you see to the right of the number 2 where it looks like the paint is curled completely back to show the white underneath? I actually attached 2 small pieces of canvas to the canvas so those 2 bits of paint would literally curl away from the surface. I thought it would be fun to have that little touch of added dimension on the smooth surface. Getting this painting out again makes me want to do some more realism in oil.... so many projects..... not enough hours :)

And..... here's another little sneak peak at Sunny. He's almost done! Every inch of him is now covered with paint so I'm down to the details and cleaning up edges. I hope to be finished in the next week but you still have to wait until September to see the whole thing, unless of course you want to come see him at the studio. You can do that!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

My hubcap is in there somewhere.....

 Check out the video I just added to the left - the Landfill Art Project. My hubcap is there somewhere. The photo above is of the hubcap when I got it in the mail. Down below you can see what I did with it. I painted both sides with a different abstract image. I saw the one hole at the edge of it and thought it could hang freely and be seen from both sides. Definitely a fun project!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

More projects.....

 This is just another sneak peak at the project to be unveiled in September. I'm getting into some detail stuff now and it's a lot of fun. I wish I could show you more.
 This is the beginning of an oil on canvas 48x36. It's part of the adoption series. I haven't quite worked out all the elements yet.
You can see the red coming through in places. I love toning my canvases red. For me it gives a certain glow to the finished work.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Progress Report

 Well, here's an update on a canvas from last post. Remember the crazy one with the straw glued to it and gesso over that? This is where it is now. I decided to apply copper leaf to most of the canvas.
And now there are layers and dribbles of phthalo blue and cobalt teal acrylic. I can blame this part on Eddie Izzard While I was painting (just staring at the canvas actually) I was watching his show Dress to Kill and there on the stage behind him was this gorgeous backdrop that looked like gold, copper and blue. I looked at the tv, looked at the white mess of a canvas, looked at the tv again and said AHA! So there we have it. Where does it go from here? I have no idea, I wonder who else I have on DVD.

PS: LOVE THIS PART..... Engelbert Humperdink

Thursday, July 7, 2011

This is what happens.....

 when I can't sleep at night. I ended up working on the computer at 3:00 in the morning. First I was rearranging the Etsy shop. Then I was downloading 12 new free books onto my Kindle (I think I love my Kindle almost as much as I love chocolate). Then I was reading emails and Facebook and now here I am putting stuff on this blog. It's now 6:15 - kind of pointless to go back to bed, so I thought I'd show you what happens when a couple of canvases sit around the studio for over a year because I have no idea what to do with them. Both of these canvases have a mix of media on them. I pulled them out, decided I really didn't like where they were so I gessoed over them. The top one you can see is just partially covered with gesso and I liked the way it looked. Now I have to decide how to finish it. I'm really liking the texture, especially on the bottom so now next step is a wash of color on top.
This little canvas (both of these pieces are 6x6 by the way) started out with a blue wash of color and then I got the bright idea to glue a handful of straw to it.  So now that it has the layer of gesso over it I'll see where it goes from here. Nothing like pulling out old unfinished work to get the creative juices going.