Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Why Art is leaving Galleries and Museums

The Most Relevant Art Today Is Taking Place Outside the Art World

To challenge institutions, we need to look outside of them.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

So Long Summer

This painting began as a challenge. To work on one painting for fifteen days. Of course, it went beyond the fifteen days. At first it was a struggle to paint that long because I do not really paint that long on one painting.
So Long Summer
36 x 36 gallery wrapped canvas
Mixed media
$900 + shipping
After fighting with it, using colors I don't normally use, covering them back up, and just getting mad and making marks out of frustration, I finally hit a point I began to like it and the process. Mind you, I'll not do a fifteen day thing again. I just can't work that long on one piece, but I will definitely try to go beyond my comfort zone.


Here are some close up of some of the "sweet spots". And yes, there are some sparkle to the yellow because I threw in some white glitter for fun.


And I used my favorite mark maker, a gold oil stick.
materials-acrylic paint, canvas, oil sticks, spray paint, white glitter, pastel canyons, molding paste, gold leafing, black ink, white pen
techniques-layering, ripping away, drawing, collage, spraying, dripping paint
tools-brushes, spray bottle, molding paste, knife, fingers

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Paper painting experiment #5

This is # 5 in a series of experimental works where I am discovering my painting style or more of what I like to paint.

Here are some of the "sweet spots" of the painting.                         



And for a look at the development of the painting. Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage 3

Stage 4

Stage 5

The final piece

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Abstract on Paper: Storm Warning

The smell of honeysuckle and ozone heavy in the night air, the last ray of light of a summer day, a field of wild heather as far as one can see. These are what inspired this new painting, a 18 x 24 mixed media done on watercolor paper.
After I laid down the first layer I realized that I would lose the great effect I got with the water drops on the water color base, so I put a layer of mat medium over it to save it. That enabled me to put down fresh color without the risk of mixing the two colors. 
I also accidentally put color where I did not want it because I was not paying attention, but it actually worked. So I am adding this technique to my list of techniques to use.   





Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Landscape Abstract-Burning Bushes on the Ridge

Burning Bushes on the Ridge
18 x 24 mixed media on canvas
$400 includes shipping

This was a work that I worked on all night. Then I just stared at it for days wondering what to call it when it dawned on me that it looked like a bunch of Burning Bushes grouped together. A lovely ornamental bush. I might plant some in my own yard. 




Title: Burning Bushes on the Ridge
Size: 18”x 24” mixed media on gallery wrapped canvas
Technique-wash painting, painting, sculpturing, dripping, mark making
Materials used-acrylic paint, molding paste, spray paint, gold oil stick, acrylic markers, oil pastels

Tools used-paint brushes, palette knife, markers, fingers, spray bottle

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Fire Meets the Sea-an intuitive painting

Fire Meets the Sea
18"x 24"
Mixed Media on Canvas
$400 includes shipping


After struggling with my last painting for a week, this
painting was done much faster. Why? It’s because I had fun doing it. The last
one was too controlled, too tight. It was not lose enough. This one was more
intuitive and free flowing except for the parts I chose to control like the
placement of the molding paste for texture and the lovely little pink circles.
I have no idea what they are. They just felt right to do. After staring at the
painting for a while I have decided to call it Fire Meets the Sea. I see
flowing lava, sea spray, and vegetation. I actually love this one a lot. I wish you could see the details on this piece.






Title: Fire Meets the Sea
Size: 18”x 24” mixed media on gallery wrapped canvas
Technique-wash painting, painting, sculpturing, dripping, mark making
Materials used-acrylic paint, molding paste, spray paint, gold oil stick, acrylic markers, oil pastels

Tools used-paint brushes, palette knife, markers, fingers, spray bottle

Saturday, February 21, 2015

It Snowed Last Night-36 x 36 Mixed Media

It Snowed Last Night
36 x 36 Mixed Media on gallery wrapped canvas
$900 and includes shipping

Title- It Snowed Last Night
$900 + shipping and handling
36 x 36 on stretched canvas
Acrylic and mixed media

Why I created this painting- This started out as a desert painting, but became influenced by all the snow storms we were subjected to this winter. 

This abstract modern painting was painted on gallery wrapped acid free canvas with acrylic paint. Texture was achieved with the use of a palette knife. A final coat of fine art satin varnish was applied to preserve the painting. It is signed, titled, and dated by me the artist on the front and the back. 
Only fine quality art materials have been used and it was created and stored in a smoke free pet free environment. The edges are stapled free. No need to frame and is ready to hang upon delivery.

This painting is not a print of any kind. This is original painting.
Electronic Certificate of Authenticity is included.

All of my paintings are professionally packed with special care and shipped within 3 business days. You will receive UPS notification email with tracking number. Estimated delivery time to most cities is 3 to 6 days after shipping.

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A note on returns:  I do accept the return of the artwork if returned within 14 days undamaged. I offer money back. If you decide you wish to purchase a different piece we can discuss that.

You will receive your painting in excellent brand new condition. Insurance will be included for free.

Materials Used-Acrylic paint, gesso, interference paint, molding paste, Canvas, oil stick, charcoal pencil, colored pencil, gold ink, metallic paint
Tools used-brushes, pallet knife, fingers, foam brushes, sponges, old movie rental card (for the edge)
Methods used-brushwork, scraping,  dabbing, finger painting, sponging, wash work, building up of texture

TITLE: It Snowed Last Night

SIZE: 36” x 36”

MEDIUM: Acrylic paint and mixed media on stretched canvas

STYLE: Abstract Expressionism

SUBJECT: Landscape

DETAILS: Painting has staple-free sides, the sides have been painted so that the front image is extended to wrap around the sides, can be hung without an outer frame.

CERTIFICATE: Certificate of authenticity provided. Both the artwork and certificate are signed by the artist (me).

ORIGINAL: The listing you are viewing is for a completely original painting (not a print).