Since I last wrote my studio has become a laboratory of experimentation.
My treasure trove of collage pieces has found its way to new canvas and wood panels. Maps, wrapping paper, ticket stubs, tissue dress patterns, string, architecture text books, all torn and carefully glued.
Home is Where affection Calls, 20″ x 16″, High Country Art Gallery – Blue Ridge, GA
Extra house paint, latex, is painted and rubbed on top of the texture.
Change the music.
Look some more.
Acrylics, pastels, charcoal over it all.
Throw me a Line Pal, 18″x 24″
Homeward Bound, 12″x 9″, High Country Art Gallery – Blue Ridge, GA
Loup Solitaire, 20″x 16″, High Country Art Gallery – Blue Ridge, GA
These new pieces can all be see at High Country Art Gallery in Blue Ridge, GA. More experiments are stirring in the studio with subject matter such as whales, turtles, horses, and insect life. Stay tuned.
I was fortunate to receive a request for a commission before Christmas. The lovely Kathleen asked if I could paint a portrait of her boyfriend’s dog Massey.
She sent me photos of man’s best friend and I began. The blue adds to the depth in the color of her coat.
Those red eyes are scaring me Massey.
Hmmm, a dog and a car?
The eyes on a portrait, whether a pet or person are key to the success of the piece. The car and boat in the background are favorite things for Massey’s owner.
Beef up the colors and add a name.
Putting her name on the canvas anchors the image and makes it more personal, no mistaking this is Massey if her name is there.
I added some complementary colors around the subject to add some pizzazz to the background.
Massey had a nice drive in the car while being fed some Chewy Spree so I thought, why not? They are part of her story and they add some movement and color to the painting. The car and canoe are also getting more attention as I model their shapes with shadow.
Good dog Massey.
The car is now in a picture frame portraying a photo of a favorite vehicle and handy dandy canoe, adventure around the corner with that.
Kathleen, Hank and Beth with painting of Massey.
The delightful couple with the Christmas gift in hand. Watching Hank realize this was his dog and his present was a wonderful gift to me.
For Christmas I wanted to give my daughter a painting of her cats, her big cats. She had wanted one for several years. The time was finally right. So I began with a large canvas, 30″ x 40″.
Step 1 for Big Cats
I painted the background with a yellow gold acrylic, just to get started. I sketched the cats in with a pencil then started using my oil paints.
Big Cats Step 2
The cats are the way I want them so it must be time to begin the background.
Big Cats Step 3
I began to tear paper and form what would represent an Oriental rug and feline pillows. This is a meditative process for me. Tearing and fitting and gluing. The piece presents itself and unfolds as I go.
Big Cats Step 4
The paper is on.
Mia and her Big Cats. copyright 2013
The background colors have changed. The cats are touched up and given extra texture and color with a fan brush. A few toy mice and a piece of string are added to the composition.
I have been at a loss for words so have not been writing too much. I have been painting so thought a photo of the latest pet portrait would suffice. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words. If you are interested portraits are done by commission. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.