Friday, July 31, 2015

New Painting: CHARDON SAUVAGE BOUQUET

I am finally hitting my stride upon finding the right technique and medium for my desired style of painting.  I like juicy impasto, reminiscent of the French impressionists works. Impasto is not the easiest effect to achieve in acrylic paint but I have a unique way of working which I discovered after a lot of trial and error.  It is possible I will return to oil paint at some point.  This means using gloves as I like to paint with my fingers.

Chardon Sauvage Bouquet (Wild Thistle Bouquet) was painted en plein air.  I plucked a handful of slenderthorn thistles and set them in a glass jar on the patio.  I often find simple things the most evocative...as long as the light is right.  Strong sunlight can turn a leaf into an emerald.

This painting is about how brilliant subtropical sunlight transformed a group of wildflowers into sparkling rubies and amethysts.  This particular species of thistle is thought to be an invasive one here in Georgia.  Unwanted by some, relished by myself.  Behold the lowly thistle!

I've received a lot of kind feedback from friends on Facebook:

SL said, "I think Monet would have been proud of you."

KW said, "Exquisite."

YWG said, "I find this piece classically romanitc, joyous."

DB said, "You paint life with light and color."



Chardon Sauvage Bouquet
18 x 24
Acrylic fingerpainting on canvas
$850.00

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

New Painting: LOW COUNTRY CRAPE MYRTLE

This splendid view is about three-quarters of a mile down my road, a route I walk almost daily.  I painted this enchanting scene en plein air, or outdoors.

I was somewhat surprised to find pink crape myrtle growing amidst the loblolly pines and live oaks. What a joy!

In the Romantic Impressionist style, I pushed the pinks and magentas to convey my connection to the landscape as well as the fact that pink crape myrtles had colored the air a soft magenta.

This paintings is 20 x 16, acrylic fingerpainting on canvas and the price is $325.00.



Low Country Crape Myrtle
20 x 16
Acrylic Fingerpainting on Canvas
$325.00

New Painting: IMPRESSION: SAVANNAH RIVER SUNRISE

The Savannah River is less than a mile from my home in the emerald pine forest. It will provide endless painting inspiration for plein air painting as well as work solely from my imagination.

I've found one particular spot that I love. There are live oaks dripping with spanish moss on the river bank. In my naivete, that was unexpected.

Sunrise, of course, is splendid. Also the "golden hour," the hour before sunset, is perfect. Except for the hordes of mosquitoes!

In "Impression:  Savannah River Sunrise", I pushed the red to capture my emotion, my response to the scene.  The climate here is a warm subtropical one, and it has been quite humid and warm lately. The red serves to communicate not only the warmth of day but my passion for the landscape.

Impression:  Savannah River Sunrise
24 x 36
Acrylic Fingerpainting on Canvas

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

New Painting: THE DINNER GUEST

This painting is a scene from my own backyard. I live in a pine forest, a mystical and magickal place.  I thought it time to begin painting it. You know, there are very few "forest" paintings being done. I think this is because artists have such a difficult time sorting out what to include in their paintings. One sees hundreds of trees but cannot paint them all.

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The Dinner Guest
20 x 16


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

New Painting: RAMSEY'S CRAPE MYRTLE

The crape myrtles are exploding here in southern Georgia.  I've been driving around taking tons of photos.  These incredibly beautiful "trees" bloom all summer long!

This painting is, of course, completely fingerpainted.

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Ramsey's Crape Myrtle

New Painting: THE EYES OF POVERTY

I am currently exploring the painting of evocative portraits.  The elderly Nigerian muslim woman (how I imagine a Nigerian woman would appear) portrays a woman who is suffering from poverty, starvation and oppression.

The face took on a life of its own as I painted; it is such a mysterious process that I cannot even begin to explain.

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The Eyes of Poverty





Detail

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Framed: THE SWAN QUEEN

Client and dear friend, Lady Magdalena Anya Rakoczy, purchased The Swan Queen a few weeks ago.  It is now framed and ready to hang.  It looks absolutely resplendent with an ethereal otherworld quality.  I hope she is as pleased as I am.  Lady Magdalena made an excellent choice on the frame.



The Swan Queen

New Painting: CLOUDY DAY COTTAGE

I recently visited our nurseryman and while there I snapped a ton of photos (of course!). I was inspired to paint a profusion of pink flowers. The little stone cottage is a beautiful counterpoint to the masses of pink, red, purple and green. The colorful tree far right adds the balance needed.  Notice the colors in the tree.  I've added my inspiration photo and two photo details.


Cloudy Day Cottage
18 x 24



Detail 1


Detail 2


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