Have you ever been inspired by another persons artwork or something you see on the television? This next piece, Tangled Up In Blue, has its’ roots from a satirical political tv show. Behind the desk of the star is a projected abstract image all in blues. I was fixated on the artwork trying to figure out if it was watercolor or acrylic based. Various opacities of blues in circles and swatched grabbed my attention four nights a week. What started as an action to get that image out of my head became something else entirely.
Inspiration takes on a life of its’ own when acted upon. However, I did start out as trying to mimic what I saw on the tv. Using acrylics, I heavily watered down a base blue to start. And that is when the painting and my muse, decided to go off on another project all together.
Sometimes colors effect the direction of what I paint next. I loved the water vibe I got from the first blue wash but didn’t want to go in that direction. I needed more “hardness” with layers of blue and a shock of something else. This really got me thinking about opposites pulling on each other.
As I continued adding layers of darker and darker blues, my Neanderthal cave painting women, who lives inside of me took over. The blue washes become darker and I felt I needed to drag color out of the painting using the hard edge of a small piece of linoleum. Fluidity came back to me and I added waves of blue and black to the left of the painting. What was missing was the message my sub conscience was trying to put forth. The Yin Yang symbol tied it all together.
I very much feel I followed that inner voice and I’m quite pleased with the results. Below is a sample of this piece and is available from my Lasgalen Arts Rebdubble shop. Shown below are 1″ acrylic blocks suitable for home or office.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It is the new year and time to take stock and think about the future of where my art is going. Part of the assessment is over and my muse compelled me to collect this pile of new canvases indicating I should use them.
Inspired by the great “bomb cyclone” of 2018 and the deep freeze which proceeded it, my first painting is this little winter folk art paining. The abstract artist in me wanted to represent the hills of snow with patches of gray, white and blue indicating distance. Honestly I had more fun making those patches which led me to believe the next painting would have them. Those little quaint Colonial homes are painted with classic America colors. The tall bare tree includes two cardinals of bright red.
Just for fun I’ve created a recipe template notebook with custom title and my little winter folk art painting on the covers. You can find this item in the Collection below.
I had a lovely surprise to learn a customer loves her pillows. It seems someone had purchased my Blue Cat and Seven Poppy Seed Pods paintings on pillows from my Lasgalen Arts Redbubble store. I was so excited to see her comments on twitter and a picture. I love seeing my work being enjoyed in their new settings.
Once again I am totally blown away with how my paintings look on ordinary things. I decided to create a wall clock using my Vinca Vine floral painting on Zazzle.com. I don’t take lightly the fact that this is my art and there are some who believe you are selling yourself short by adding the work onto products to sell. I don’t agree with that philosophy and here is why.
Art was never meant to hang in someone’s private residence alone. Nor was it for only hallowed halls of museums. Art is for the masses to enjoy, despise or move to create revolutions. I do create art for my own satisfaction. Regardless if I am painting, working with mono prints or creating digital patterns, I find the process of creating a cathartic exercise.
The outcomes are pleasing to me and I like to share them in various ways. I chose to add my work onto products people would use for everyday use. Sometimes my paintings becomes a wall clock.
The vinca vine painting wall clock was a birthday gift to myself. Zazzle has acrylic clocks that are available in two sizes of round and one of a square variety. I found the package to be well packed to ensure the clock wouldn’t become damaged in transit. The quality is top notch with the acrylic being a safe thickness but not too chunky. On the back is a battery case with an easy to hang fixture as well as a white plastic piece below them to keep the clock hanging properly on the wall.
The printing is amazing showing brush strokes from the canvas and the easy to read numbers I added are clearly printed. All in all I give my vinca vine painting wall clock five stars! Click on the image and read more about my new vinca vine painting wall clock.
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.
The painting 7 Poppy Seed Pods was first inspired by color choice. While visiting a friends garden I found she had a mass of spent poppies. I’ve always been intrigued with poppy pods shape and color. Their color is a silky blueish green and they wear little crowns of brown tipped with yellow giving the illusion of little heads. Cut those poppy seed pods in half horizontally and you have a wonderfully symmetrical flower shape inside. Call me a nerd but I find it facinating how mathematics shapes our world in this way.
The background choice is terracotta. This brownish red works so well with the beauty of the 7 poppy seed pods I’ve painted in this piece. Like my Vinca Vine painting natural colors just pop when paired a terracotta brown.
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.
The latest endeavor to capture inspiration is called White Lotus. My 18 year old son has made music using electronic software since he was 10. I find his style changes as he matures and his latest personal cd was magical. One track in particular inspired me to paint this white lotus on a green lily pad. I could see in my mind’s eye the blue water rippling in the sunlight creating small waves by the white lotus.
I find depending on the music my paintings reveal what state of mind I am in. I’m very happy with this simple painting. It shows the calm inner feeling I was experiencing while painting this piece. Hope you like it, thanks for viewing.
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.