Popping Poppies Painting

The Popping Poppies painting was a revisit to the first paint medium I’d ever used 20+ years ago. Taking out old watercolor paints was like visiting old friends. I was emotionally attached to my Windsor and Newton’s metal tubes of Manganese Blue and Davey’s Gray. Many of the tubes were rolled up so tight there was no paint to be extracted from them. Most of the paints were too old to salvage and I regretfully had to throw them away.
However, I did have new fresh paints waiting in the wings. Not as high quality of as the old paint but a good middle of the road variety from Michaels called Artists Loft. There was a project I had in mind so I began by creating a green and yellow wash.

Watercolor painting using green and yellow watercolors.
Simply saturated the cold pressed paper with water and added colors.

I had started the painting while outside we were experiencing a blizzard. The colors of spring were on my mind and knew painting popping colors would be good for the soul that day. Poppies are one of my favorite flowers. And if you’ve ever read any of this blog you know they have been the topic of painting before. Just use the Search box on the top right of the sidebar to find those posts.

Bold red poppy flowers painted with watercolors.
The painting after adding bold red poppy flowers.

The next step was to add black lines to this painting to create abstract definitions of leaves, flowers and buds. Full disclosure I used an extra fine point Sharpie. Yeah, pretty professional don’t you think? lol Truth is, I like Sharpies and just my luck I had an extra fine in black.

Watercolor painting of green leaves and red poppies.
The result is an abstract of leaves and poppy flowers and buds.

I’m pretty pleased on the results. I created a small run of products for my Lasgalen Arts RedBubble Store. Below is the link to a small collection of customized gifts to share.

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Wintery Blue With Snowflake Pattern

Today I am featuring the newest design called wintery blue with snowflake pattern. Outside the air is bitterly cold and we have had our share of snow thus far this winter. Though I am toasty warm inside I’m still creating this seasons’ new offerings to share.

It all started when my daughter and I were drawing snowflakes. Inspired by something we saw on Pinterest our art pads were coming up with a variety of styles of frosty snowflakes.

Pencil drawings of snowflakes.
Just a sample of snowflake drawings.

After the snowflake session there were too many to choose from for a new design. I chose two and used my iPad to draw them in digital form. I wanted a simple yet modern background and created a tri-blue pattern that would work well with cell phone cases, pillows and more. The result was what you see below.

Three blue stripes with thin snowflakes on top.
Wintery blue and snowflake pattern.

I’m very pleased with this simplistic winter pattern. It does work well with many of the items I sell online. For example it was easy to create a custom iPhone case with a name you could change. To the right is the entire collection from Lasgalen Arts on Zazzle.com.

Apple iPhone X case with blue stripes and snowflakes.
Also available for the Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy models.

In my Redbubble shop there are non-personalized items such as travel mugs, studio pouches and large floor pillows. Click through the hardcover journal below to see everything.

Hardcover journal with blue stripes and snowflake design.
1 of 30+ Winter Blue Snowflake designed items found in my Redbubble shop.
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Be The Water

Be The Water was inspired by the iconic Kung Fu master Bruce Lee. Though I’ve never seen a Bruce Lee movie, I was taken by his style and charisma with a video I saw on YouTube. In this video he speaks of how water is formless. When you put water in a glass it becomes the glass. I’ll let his own words tell you.

As you know I enjoy abstract and water is easily created conveyed with fluid brush strokes. Blending long sweeps of greens, yellows and white to give the impression of flowing water. The paint was acrylic and I wanted to give a modern feel and added the words “be the water”, a play on Bruce Lee’s own words.

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Fluid brush strokes gives this painting flowing water appearance.You

I was very pleased with Be The Water and found it looks great in my Redbubble shop.

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October

Inspirational October is full of promise with the colors, smells and feeling in the air. I search for inspiration in nature as do so many other artists and writers. One particular pairing I’ve wanted to do is Autumn and the American poet Robert Frost (1874 – 1963). Robert Frost’s words from his poem October and my own surroundings outside my window gave me the spark to create this mixed media piece.

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Mixed media piece October. An homage to a poem by Robert Frost of the same name.

October is a mixed media piece using acrylic paints, Sharpie pen, torn paper and construction paper. The bright red, orange and gold background is reminiscent of Autumns colors. A black crow flies from a bare tree. On the bottom of the piece are two leaves fallen over a paper that includes a piece of the Robert Frost poem October which you will find directly below. I hope you enjoy the Autumn season and appreciate change.

O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
To-morrow’s wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
To-morrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow,
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know;
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away;
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst.
Slow, slow!
For the grapes’ sake, if they were all,
Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,
Whose clustered fruit must else be lost—
For the grapes’ sake along the wall.

If you enjoy this mixed media piece I have created blank greeting cards to sell in my Lasgalen Arts store on Zazzle.com.

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Red Water Lily

The red water lily signifies the beginning of something old. Back in the 1990′s I dabbled with creating mono prints by carving on wood and linoleum blocks, vegetables such as potatoes and anything sturdy enough to withstand a carving tool. In 2011 I was cleaning out some old art supplies when I stumbled upon a few remaining lino cut blocks from the past. Memories of having fun listening to ink sing between glass and brayer came to mind and I started to think about taking up the knife again.

Starting Over

The first project was to be a traditional water lily mono print. I’ve always enjoyed the traditional Japanese wood block prints seen and thought I’d try my hand at it. This simple design was easily achieved and I was quite pleased with the outcome.

Cutting a linoleum block for a water lily

It was fun getting my fingers dirty with ink again and the creative juices I used to have for hands on art was were coming alive with each print I produced. With out a proper printing press I found using a sandstone drink coaster a good tool to do the rubbing.

water lily mono print

Red Water Lily

On this particular piece I took it one step further. I like experimenting and my watercolors just happened to be near by. I decided to transform one of the prints into color. The results were very pleasing to me. The lily became red and popped out of the paper. Not wanting a pastel effect I used very little water with the paints and the colors became as vivid as I wanted them too.The red water lily print
And now for something completely different, you can purchase this print on t-shirts from Lasgalen Arts on Zazzle. Though shown on a tie dyed shirt, there are a hundred or more different styles, sizes and colored t-shirts to choose from.

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Abstract Pipes

Inspiration for Abstract Pipes

Abstract Pipes became an idea while I was underneath my kitchen sink. Seeing the straight lines and neat corners of the pipes got me thinking. As man has ever sought to control his world, he does so with precision as nature would have done. Though built to last, pipes or buildings crumble eventually into urban decay. In a strange way decay can be beautiful too and this is what I tried to capture in Abstract Pipes.

Process

Underneath the woven acrylic paint are golden pipes. These pipes can be seen in the four rectangular “windows” found on this piece. The red, orange and yellow lines are interconnected are the organic structure with white lines stitched in vertical and horizontal lines holding everything together.
mixed media abstract painting
I enjoy working on abstracts. There is a certain freedom available to the artist for expression. Abstracts seem to have their own language which some people can understand and other can not. As an amateur I make mistakes however, in my heart I know I’ve hit the mark with Abstract Pipes.

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