You have to be flexible when one thing becomes another, it is so with any kind of art form. Rarely I look at my painting and say to myself, “it is finished.” But today was different as I found out with help from friends.
I also had decided to record the process of this work. I’ve always enjoyed to see how the work progresses in stages with images. There are no trade secrets to reveal so I grabbed my iPod and snapped a few shots.
Today I had a plan in my head for a new acrylic painting. My goal was to paint the background first in the morning.. I envisioned a distressed yet colorful work with red, orange, yellow and white. I started with an 8″ x 8″ stretched canvas and within 20 minutes had completed what I hoped would be the background.
Though this was a good start to the project, the painting lacked a certain punch. Taking a leap of faith I added a deep purple using a drier brush to get that “dragged paintbrush” look.
I decided to share the projects progression with friends on Facebook. There were a lot of friends who enjoyed the then unfinished piece. One friend even gave it a name, Waterfall In Summer. Many thought it was finished and said so. Who am I to argue with them?
This painting is still evolving. My original vision is still unfinished and when one thing becomes another, it is worth sticking around to see how it will end.
I’ve been inspired as of late by the simple lines and blended colors of minimalism. The bold colors and shapes of Piet Mondrian or the subtle color changes of Georg Gundi’s landscapes, captures my attention and inspires me to paint.
As I always try to paint what I see or dream. My latest endeavor Fog Over The Ocean is an experience I had first hand. While on a fishing trip off the East coast in the Atlantic, a fine day changed before our eyes. A wall of fog traveling East to West moving at an incredible rate over took our fishing boat. The ocean became a deep washboard, undulating our boat in awkward positions as we rode the strange fog storm out.
I’ve tried to capture the deep blue and sea greens in blended paint for the ocean. The gray sky as well as the ocean has a light wash of white to create the “fog” portion of the painting. I’m quite please with Fog Over The Ocean was completed.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I enjoy the challenge of exploring other mediums. Back in February of 2013 I decided to try acrylic paints. I’d never used them before and needed to read up on their properties and techniques used for them. My past experience with anything close was with oils. Oils was a lovely way to understand how layer worked. I loved the buttery feeling of them and how their colors blended effortlessly. However, I didn’t enjoy the clean up and the length it took for the paint to dry.
Where Ideas Come From – The First Attempt
Where Ideas Come From was just one of many creative ideas that came to me in a dream. The circle patterns, lines and even the colors were fully formed. My job was to see if I could replicate what I saw that night while sleeping. I’m pretty pleased with the outcome.
What It All Means
The rust, red, green and blue mottled background is the stuff ideas are made from. The free floating balls of mixed greens, blues, whites and reds are the forming of thoughts in my dreams. Strands of corresponding colors connect the thought balls signifying my thoughts running together.
A Study in Values is my latest acrylic abstract painting. Back to the basics using the color wheel and working on gradient values of blue and orange. A white line slices the canvas horizontally. On the top of the canvas a vibrant orange washes down towards the middle gradually becoming lighter in tone. From the bottom a bold ultramarine blue marches up to the middle slowly becoming more subdued before meeting the white line in the middle.
In the orange field above sits a ball with the opposite blue gradient seen below. The same scene is respectively painted below. The painting’s bold simple design catches the eye and lends itself to conversations.