Friday, April 29, 2016

Evolution of My Style: No More Fingers

I love the look of oil paint. While I can scarcely discern my acrylic paintings (thanks to a thick application and varnish) from my oil paintings, oils have a beauty and depth unrivaled by any other media, especially when painted on a panel.

I have returned to painting in oils and using painting knives. I am able to layer color and achieve an even greater impression, identical to authentic French Impressionism, but in my style.

I had practiced with the knife about 10 years ago when learning full-color seeing espoused by artists from the Cape Cod School of Art. My problem with the knife was fear, fear my work would look like everyone else's work who uses a knife(ves). Honestly, the student works are very similar. But they are beginning works. One's style evolves.

And give up finger painting? That's what I am known for. It's a wow factor because not many of us are doing it. Alas, I am good at it. But finger painting is too messy. It might even be a hindrance to where I want to go. Ok, it is a hindrance. My ego has relented. I am over it.

A well-known artist saw my work in person the other day. She said to me, "Finally, someone who knows color and value, and you can do anything you want." That struck a deep chord. She's right and she changed my life with that statement. I can do anything I want. I will do what I want. I need to do what I want.

The ability to work from my imagination is my greatest gift. I've always had the imagination but it has taken decades to understand nature and acquire the technical skill. Of course I will continue to make forays outdoors with my tripod and Guerilla pochade box. There is no substitute for en plein air painting. The alligators here can be a nuisance however. They cut short my painting adventure the other day. But the memories are with me still, the same as a leaf turned citrine from the sun.

From now on, I will use the painting knife with thick luscious oil paint. It comes natural to natural as finger painting.

Farmer's Market
16 x 20, Oil on linen panel
Knife technique

Detail of Farmer' Market

Detail of Farmer's Market
(Note the sky resembles some of Monet's)

Thursday, April 21, 2016

NEW PAINTING: Aruban Romeo

Aruban Romeo
12 x 12
Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas

The Savannah Art Association will have a Caribbean themed show hung tomorrow at Sweet Spice Restaurant in Pooler, GA.

My offering for the show is a green iguana. The Aruban green iguana can not only be green in color but brown, grey, or red-orange.

I decided to use several colors and place him on the beach with tropical flowers and the crystal blue water of the Caribbean Sea. This painting was so much fun to do!

I named the painting of the handsome bloke, "Aruban Romeo."

Tuesday, April 19, 2016


8 x 10, acrylic on gallery wrap canvas
Meet "Fletchy", the beloved 19 year old baby girl who belongs to my friend, Mary.

This was a commission and the kitty was standing on concrete in front of a vehicle. We added a landscape with flowers.  Poppies and daisies were Mary's mother's favorite flowers.

I enjoyed painting Fletchy so much that I would enjoy more commission work.

8 x 10 = $185.00
9 x 12 = $226.00
11 x 14 = $338.00

Paintings will be executed on gallery wrap canvas and do not require a frame unless you prefer a less deep canvas and want to frame.

We can go larger in size if you like.

All works are painted in my beautiful impressionist style. I will work with you from beginning to completion to make sure we have the background and elements that are important to you in the composition.

Shipping and handling are included in the price.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Second Place at the Savannah-Hilton Head Airport Show!

I am so elated! I won second place at the Savannah-Hilton Head Airport Art Show sponsored by the Savannah Art Association. I am thrilled that the prize money covered my nonrefundable jury fee paid to City Market in the Savannah historic/art district. The fee is not cheap. (I will find out whether I was approved in a few days, certainly by April 21, I believe, and will post on that when I know something. If approved, I will be showing in Gallery 11 beginning June 1st.)

There were 47 beautiful entries, all worthy of prizes and being shared with the world.

I appreciate all of the nice comments about my work. I enjoyed answering questions about my style. I will be happy to teach classes and workshops so that others may learn my finger painting technique.

Below is the winning painting and the Judge's Comment:

Bouquet Chardon Sauvage (Wild Thistle Bouquet)
18 x 24, acrylic fingerpainting on canvas

Judge's Comment
(Professor Schmidt, Armstrong State University)

Monday, April 11, 2016

Let's Get Out of Here

"Let's get out of here. The place is unhealthy. There is no sincerity." ~Claude Monet

Monet and Renoir were painting in the studio of Charles Gleyre. Gleyre had reprimanded Renoir for enjoying the painting process. He then admonished Monet for painting the model as he saw her instead of an idolized form.

Impressionism is about the artist's personal response to a subject. The artist becomes one with the subject, and while in that state of euphoria, doesn't see the subject or objects, merely spots and little shapes of color.

The goal of impressionist painting is not to create a finished painting but to express one's feelings about the subject.

The end goal of impressionism is to Become, that is, become the most powerful painters we can become. In knowing you are a powerful painter is peace and self-satisfaction.

Figure Study from a Session at the Jepson Center for the Arts
S. Lynne Price

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Alizarin Crimson Thou Be Gone

Cloudy Day Roses
6 x 6, oil on linen panel
Private Collection

I am removing alizarin crimson (I actually use the permanent quinacridone alizarin) from my impressionist palette.

I had used alizarin next to orange to create a very bright burnt sienna like color...because alizarin and orange are what I see dancing around. Or did see.

Here in the deep South, I am not finding alizarin taches at all. The colors are more high key. Magentas and bright pyrrole reds are abundant in the shadows of trees. The earth is a bright orange or sparkling bright red (Georgia red clay). The shadows in a red rose are cadmium red deep, magenta and ultramarine or purple, not alizarin.

I generally don't use cadmium reds in mixtures as they result in a purple bruised look. But used as an accent of pure color, they are magnificent.

What about you?  Do you use alizarin?  How so?

Sunday, April 3, 2016

SHOW: Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport

If you live in the Savannah area or are flying through the Airport, I invite you to stop by the Airport Art Gallery and take a look; work from members of the Savannah Art Association (SAA) is on display through June 29, 2016.  The SAA is the oldest art group in Georgia, having formed in 1920.

The theme of the show is "Birds, Bees and Blossoms" and will be judged with first, second and third places.

I submitted three pieces.  You can see two in the photos below. A security guard ordered me to not take photos (oops!), so my third piece is not shown here,

View of the Airport Art Gallery, Departures/Terminal Area

Two of My Paintings:
"Foggy Morning" and "Bouquet Chardon Sauvage"