The poetic title of this piece is from an Emily Dickinson poem about the clover blossom. I painted this with my fellow artists Mary Crowley and Rae Newell. We were all inspired by the same image, and Rae and I had very similar compositions, but each of our styles are quite different. Mary's ended up being beautiful pastel colors in a swirling, Van Gogh-like background and Rae's had a soft brownish background with her signature "out of focus" background. I thought the literary reference of them dancing in the wind was appropriate, hence, my title. Can you hear the bee buzzing over them?
To purchase this painting contact me (email@example.com)
To sign up for my newsletter go here
To "like" my fanpage go here
To go to my website click here
To see my DPW gallery go here
This painting is mostly in mid-values. High contrast paintings have more drama so this was a challenge. It was a bright, cloud filled day, so the shadows are almost non-existent. My darks are kind of scattered, and I am not sure it works very well. What do you think?
I felt like this landscape saved me! I haven't painted a new painting in a while because I have been framing, making new panels and getting ready for a show. I have revised a few and touched up several, but after a bit, I always feel insecure about whether I still can do this. I think this image is more yellow than the painting. It was dark and raining out so I photographed it in artificial light. Maybe I will rephotograph it tomorrow. Landscapes are pretty stress free as paintings go so this was a good warm up for me. I tried to do a floral painting but it was awful and I wiped it off. I have been doing a lot of drawing lately as I am teaching a few drawing classes in July. Now I need to transition back into painting.
This is Johar. I met her at a coffee shop where she worked in Washington DC. I was on my own visiting galleries and taking photos like a crazed tourist when I decided I needed a sit-down and cup of coffee. Johar was my server and I was not only captivated by her beauty and interesting hair, but by her presence...her genuine sweetness. This was a quick portrait, but I really wanted to capture her spirit, and her image. It worked and I got to mix some of my new brilliant blue paint into the skin tones. New paint....it really is like having a new color crayon! I am going to email this to Johar, because she was gracious enough to let me photograph her. I am trying really hard to understand the differences between what you actually see and what a photograph offers. It is a hard thing to get, but it is worth it for me because I really like painting from images I capture, especially when I am traveling.
This was a great exercise to get me back in to painting. It was offered as a DPW challenge by Claudia Hammer. I chose three values in different colors and a background color. I painted on a panel that I had previously painted on and sanded down. The colors were pretty dark originally so even with the sanding, it showed through and gave variation to the background which I blocked in first, thus removing the distraction. I started with the lightest light (Jaune Brilliant) then the darkest color in the hands (Alizarian Crimson) and then used Cadmium Orange for the mid-value. I mixed a bit to come up with the suggestion of the sleeve. I deliberately tried to keep it loose and simple.
I am back from traveling and ready to paint! This is a demo for a beginners class at the Chaffee Art Center. Everyone had a good time and some really nice paintings came out of it. I focused on creating the design using geometric shapes and how to create varying brushwork. When I do these demos I don't feel like I am painting subject matter that is most exciting to me, rather I try and choose a few things that offer teachable moments and subjects that are interesting and simple enough to not be intimidating. I am still refining how I do this; the learning curve for me seems to be infinite! On another note, I went to Washington, D.C., a city of abundant free museums and excellent artwork!
This is a painting I did in planning for the class I am teaching June 12 at the Chaffee Art Center. I went pretty abstract with the front lower and right sides, with the suggestion of foliage. I planned it out mathematically first which was different and fun. Click here for the demo slideshow.