Saturday, January 31, 2009

Acorn Wand, 10" x 10", Acrylic

If I could make magic happen I would lift this wand.  This is another magnolia pod from my collection. 
Did I mention that I have a rather large magnolia tree looming over my back porch.  I know it is at least twice my age.  My life is very busy again.  I decided to re-enroll into the doctorate program I started 4 years ago.  I am half way through.  This semester I am taking the history of art history.  I am intrigued by how all these minds tend to view how artists think.  Also I am looking forward to how this new perspective influences my choices in subject matter.  This young group of minds is refreshing.  I will be painting a lot in the coming months so your feedback is welcome.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Acorn with Branch, 10" x 10"

This is another image in my Earth Objects series. Lets get up close and personal with this one.
Can you see a pattern here. Both objects look visually the same. The negative space looks strangely like the positive space...

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Tree Rooted, Acrylic on canvas, 15" x 15"

This painting is heavy on texture.  The image is part of the earth object series.  I like to think of it as a hand clawing the earth.  A large hand on a macroscopic landscape.  Embedded in the canvas are etchings of acorns.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Milk Bottle with Tangerine, 7" x 7" , oil on canvas

This is another milk bottle painting. This bottle is actually a quart size, although the perspective I painted it from makes it look like a pint and a half. I should call it pint and a half with tangerine. I struggled with this image to find the area of interest and dominance. The tangerine is obvious, but I prefer what lies in the shadow areas.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Green Leaf, Acrylic on Canvas,

This image is one from my earth objects series. This leaf was collected during a hike on the trail near my home in northern Virginia. Earth objects are images of objects that are scanned into my computer and manipulated in photoshop to extract the "skeleton" of the image. I then carve the image directly into wet gesso on canvas with the butt of a paintbrush. This is a "carving into process", that I have been developing for many years. The carving leaves a nice texture on the surface giving the image a sculptural look.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Tangerines in Venitian Bowl, 9 x 10, oil on canvas-daily painting

The bowl in this painting is one I bought several summers ago while traveling in Venice, Italy. The Venitians love their glass and this little bowl is one of my favorite finds. I have been thinking of painting it for a while, but was not up to the challenge. I spent three days capturing this image.