Today’s painting is a tribute entitled A Life Remembered. This past weekend our family lost our longest living member. At this point I am at a loss for words. A blog post is not what I want to be doing at the moment. However, this painting is directly related to that loss. A Life Remembered is an abstract cross section of a white calla lily. The lush green and blue background is a color I felt safe inside. The bright white petal of the flower is the brilliance of the family members spirit and soft glowing pale yellow is his soul. The flame, or stamen, found inside is the spire of fire, the life shown from inside out. Thin orange, red and blue shows the intensity of his life form.
His was not a fleeting life but one of lengthy service to others. He will be missed dearly.
I had another art dream and this time it brought me to the latest blue and white dots project. As regular readers who will know, I receive many art projects via dreams. These art dreams chase me down nightly until I actually put them in action.
The original dream was quite psychedelic. It was like being in and Austin Powers movie party scene. The blue and white concentrical rings sunk into the middle of a circle over and over till I became dizzy. By the third night I said, “Enough!”. Thus the blue and white dots project was born.
I have plans for this blue and white dots project. I think I’ll drive myself further crazy by making a pattern of them.
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.
On getting back to the basics I decided to start with a simple book sketch. For me, the exercise of working with perspective and vanishing points at the same time was an unexpected challenge.
It has been some time since I sat down and drew with a pencil. I had decided to take a local drawing class this past month. If you have never taken a local class, whether it be from a recreational center or small college, I highly recommend participating in one. The instruction was great and the company of others who were outgoing make the experience even better.
Our last class together we were given the task of drawing a pile of books. As you can see below my attempt at the assignment wasn’t too bad. In fact, for the most part I was able to execute the assignment fairly well. After this class I understood the importance of identifying a vanishing point and how to find them. As we know, practice makes perfect and I’ll definitely give myself more opportunities to hone this skill.
I did learn one more lesson during this class. I need to find a better pencil and easer too. lol
Here is a shout out to our fun and knowledgable teacher Gayle Fitzpatrick. Gayle is a printmaker, paper maker and artist extraordinaire. You can find her Etsy shop here.
It is full on summer now. The air is heavy with humidity, fireflies are rising at dusk and the owl is king at night. Summer also is when the garden is blowing up with riotous colors. Vinca vine creates a carpeted ground cover where ever it flourishes. The waxy green leaves shine underneath the layer of bluish purple petals of the vinca flowers.
Inspired by nature again, I decided to try to capture the colors and shapes of the vinca vine. This squared 12″ x 12″ canvas was the perfect size. I chose to create a background of a complimentary terracotta rust mottled with white. Acrylics are becoming easier now to work with now that the heat has arrived and my studio isn’t so cold.
If you enjoy art in your home in a functional object may I suggest a beautiful wall clock with my vinca vine painting. Also check out my vinca vine category in my Lasgalen Arts Redbubble store.
Delightful Confusion combines some of my favorite colors and subject matters into one abstract painting.
In a sea of teal blue you will see white scraped paint indicating movement of the three colorful rectangles flying. Another controlled chaos of carefree objects like thoughts being thrown to the wind. The red, orange and yellow rectangles are also beaten and scratched becoming almost see through. Just like our thoughts they have holes in their logic.
I enjoy exploring the idea of what thoughts and dreams look like in reality. Because these ideas are never easy to define into real objects the outcomes always become abstract.
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Hope springs into stars. That is what I feel as I look into the summer night sky. If I am lucky I can find a place away from man made light and see what the heavens really look like. Those pin pricks in blue black velvet above lets hope shine through to us small beings on Earth. Whether you are spiritual or not, those stars are pretty amazing to witness as you stand in inky blackness.
Hope is pretty amazing too. Like the stars, hope transforms how you feel about who you are and what you are capable of being. Hope keeps you moving and if the clouds come you know it is still there even though you can’t physically touch it. The stars will always be there just like hope.
Fire Storm is an abstract painting reflective of several events happening now in the world. While I sit in my middle income home in North America, others are dealing with nightmares in their waking hours.
The fire storm outside my window burns from yellow, red to deep purple in gradient tones. The flames are hottest at the bottom of the canvas. A typical ash colored flakes on the bottom of this painting has been replaced by gold dust. The seeds of change are what I was trying to capture, a sprinkling of hope.
Blue and white horizontal and vertical lines represents my windows which are starting to melt from the expanding heat. How long will my safe house protect me from those atrocities outside?
You can find this painting in my Lasgalen Arts Redbubble store. Whether it is framed prints or wall tapestries shown below, the quality is top notch.
The latest acrylic painting White Orbs In Storm is another dream inspired abstract art piece. Perhaps because I had been pondering about tranquil scenes disrupted by unpredictable actions that day this idea came to my subconscious mind.
White orbs of purity surrounded by a fluid sea of blue are painted with various shades of blue encircling them. Floating, the balls of white light are no longer inhabiting a quiet space as lines of color are scrapped through the paint. Leaving white dots like star dust these lines interrupt the eye and creates movement on the canvas board.
Though White Orbs in Storm original piece is not for sale, I am proud to offer prints and more in my Lasgalen Arts Redbubble store. Below is a sample, a huge scarf as a wearable piece of art!