Monday, June 11, 2012

"The American Dream"

6"x10"
acrylic on hardboard

This painting was inspired by a family photograph that was almost thrown away.  My father rescued an entire box of photos discarded in the garage of his parents home.  The home was sold not a week later. I am known in my family as the historian or as one of my books would call the Keeper, which is the keeper of family history.  One day while visiting my parents my mother mentioned that she had some old photos for me. "I love old photographs!" 
In this painting I only recognized one gentlemen.  We called him cudd'n (cousin) J.T.  He is the shortest in the painting.  His wife was as tall as an Amazon. He lived to be one hundred years old, so I can safely assume that all the other gentlemen in the painting have passed.  They are standing in front of a series of houses in what we call 6th Ward.  In Houston whenever you hear "The Wards" you usually assume that it is an older area.  It was so neat to see that "The Wards" were once new and part of the American dream, as was ownership of a fancy new car that you can see in the background.  It also reminded me that we are still in pursuit of the American dream and for most of us it means the same thing that it meant over forty years ago. 
SOLD

Sunday, June 10, 2012

"Heart Fingers"

8"x10
acrylic on hardboard

I actually started and completed a smaller various of this painting.  This larger painting sat around haunting me until I finally committed to finishing it.  For better or worst I am one of those people that have to finish what they start.  This time it took me months as I painted off and on, but it's finished.  I can finally say, I'm glad I didn't just gesso over it when it wasn't working out.
$140

Saturday, June 9, 2012

"The Polka Dot Girl"

5"x7"
acrylic on hardboard
I was playing around with lighting on this portrait.  I think it comes across well in the background and the bow. 
$100

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

"La Grange"

6"x6"
acrylic on hardboard

My siblings and I spent most of our summer in La Grange, Texas.  My grandmother lived there and many of my cousins.  My grandmother's house was up the hill and most of my cousins lived down the hill.  It wasn't much of a hill at all, unless you were trying to ride your bike up it.  Then it really felt like a hill. We spent many hours walking up this dirt road to various relatives homes. When we got bikes we rode them up and down this road and even further out as we explored dirt roads we'd never seen before.  I was always amazed at how the road would curve and disappear into the distance.  I guess that was the artist in me.
SOLD

Monday, June 4, 2012

"Ears"

5"x7"
acrylic on hardboard

I am fascinated with the way light passes through things, like ears when a portrait is back lit. I actually don't know which way to present this painting vertical or horizontal, so I went with horizontal since that was the way the scanner picked it up.  The painting looks just as great vertical.
SOLD

Sunday, June 3, 2012

"Fairy Blues"

5"x7"
acrylic on hardboard

I wanted to play around with a portrait from a less traditional point of view.  In the background are the pine trees we lost from the drought last summer. The painting kinda reminds me of winter. 
$100

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Blue Fairy

5"x7"
acrylic on hardboard

This is the fairy in blue. I was playing with movement from brush strokes since the figure had none.  This is one of the few paintings that I have ever created that gave me little if any problems.  From start to finish I was in what I call "The Zone".
$100