Sunday, August 31, 2008

"Going Home"


6"x6"
acrylic on masonite
Last night after I posted I thought about how hard I work to make my paintings consistent. This became the test before I considered a painting I’ve done complete and worthy of posting. In the same moment I thought how can I really evolve as a painter if I don’t take chances and paint a variety of images and styles. So today I challenged myself to try something a little different. “Going Home” focuses on several people as they walk out of the theme park just in front of us. My goal in this painting was to try to capture the atmospheric light and mood of the tourists exiting the park.
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Saturday, August 30, 2008

"Light Outside the Window"

6"x6"
acrylic on masonite
I originally wanted to use this painting as a demonstration for this month, but as I began to paint it quickly became clear that this was not going to be a simple three step painting. This is obviously a hotel room. I do believe somewhere in Missouri. I couldn't resist the drama that the light in the window created as it filtered through the curtains one morning before we packed up and left.
The kids act as if stopping at the hotel is the real reason we've driven hundreds of miles from home. They have their little rituals when we walk into our room. First every light switch must be tested. Then every bed must be jumped upon, I think they're testing for comfort. Their most recent ritual is actually jumping from one bed to the other just to see if it's possible. After all tests are passed, they REALLY begin to claim the room by pulling every toy and stitch of clothing they can find out of the suitcase. Yes, those are my kids that you hear in the room down the hall.
SOLD

Friday, August 29, 2008

"Grandpaw's Chair"

6"x6"
acrylic on masonite
Naps are always better in grandpaw's fluffy comfy chair.
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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

"Father and Son II"

6"x6"
acrylic on masonite
This is my last bumble bee painting. I have finally gotten them out of my system, I think. This one, like the rest was a joy to paint. I am glad I was able to take a different perspective for each in the series. This one happens to be my favorite.
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Monday, August 18, 2008

"Lights and Mirrors"

6"x6"
acrylic on masonite
This particular carousel was at a carnal that I attended recently, but I do remember the first time I saw this style of carousel. I was in college and had taken a trip to the San Antonio Zoo during summer vacation. I thought the carousel was so beautiful and ornate that I took several photographs even then. This image was of the same model I’d seen so long ago, but this carousel was from a carnival here in Houston. I wanted to paint the carousel from a nontraditional way of interacting with or seeing a carousel.
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Thursday, August 14, 2008

"Observation from Above"

6"x6"
acrylic on masonite
This is my second bee painting. I love the Bumble Bee ride so much that I couldn’t just paint it once. Funny, as I was painting this picture I could remember the humming noise that the mechanical arms made just as vividly as if I were there.
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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

"The Splasher"


6"x6"
acrylic on masonite
When I surf the web I constantly find paintings of swimmers splashing in pristine blue water. I live on the gulf coast so this has never been my experience when we’d venture out to the beach, or our favorite lake. If I could quote my students I am “keeping it real” with this painting of the little boy in the sea of green lake water. He doesn’t seem to mind the color. This little painting symbolizes the end of summer for me. I go back to teaching in two days. No more painting late into the night and sleeping in the next day. No more freedom. Back to consistency and order.
SOLD

Monday, August 11, 2008

"Busy Bees"

6"x6"
acrylic on masonite

I couldn’t wait to get started on this painting. As an artist and a teacher I have learned and taught my students to stay away from the color yellow or at least use it with caution. That pretty little color will quickly turn into olive green when you mix it with black or any color that has black in it, knowing this, I was still up for the challenge when I began painting. It took longer than usual to finish this one, mainly because I got caught up in all of the details in the crowd and tents, but it was well worth it in the end. I love these bumble bees, the ride and the painting.

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Friday, August 8, 2008

"The Metro"

6"x6"
acrylic on masonite
If at first you don’t succeed, try again… right? Maybe I am just a glutton for punishment because I found my second attempt at painting the Majestic Metro just as frustrating as the first time I painted it.






Thursday, August 7, 2008

"The Majestic"

6"x6"
acrylic on masonite
This was my first attempt at painting architecture and signs. I am struggling to write something about this painting. It’s not that I don’t consider it memorable, believe me I will remember my experience for a long time. I guess it was what I would call, something different and I found the experience well…. Frustrating! I had to constantly reminded myself that stepping out of my comfort zone is how you learn.