SOLD! I never get tired of painting these “group” paintings. Each one has been so fun and meaningful to me. They make me so mindful of the people I know and love, my community, and the world at large. They … Continue reading →
SOLD Oil and cold wax on wood panel 24 x 36 x 1.5 Sides are painted black for a finished look Comes ready to hang $1700 (free shipping within USA) My first post of 2015! Wow! The holidays were so … Continue reading →
So I debated about whether or not to post this one or not. I’m not one for taking pictures of myself much less a painting of myself, but I decided, what-the-heck, post it. First I’ll say, I like the painting. It turned out exactly the way I planned it. It’s colorful and fun and I captured the things about myself that I wanted to. But, painting myself meant that I would have to take a good look at myself. It’s not that I’m not familiar with the photo that I used to paint from, it’s my profile pic. It’s that fact that I don’t like to look too hard at myself because that’s when the critical stuff starts happening. I become self conscience of my square face, my squinty eyes and half a dozen other flaws. I start picking myself apart and…well…that’s not healthy.
I made a decision when I started this painting that I wouldn’t judge the girl too harshly. If you focus on the fact that you have a big nose, you’ll end up exaggerating that feature and making it even bigger than it actually is. I tried to focus on the positive, like my eyes may be small, but in this photo, they look happy. I wanted it to be supper colorful and energetic.
So, this is the result. My lesson: Stop being so hard on yourself! Not just about your physical appearance, but your painting skill and everything else about yourself. Take a deep breath. just relax and accept yourself exactly the way you are!
Oil on canvas 30 x 20 One of the things I love about the Parisians is the way they dress. No one looks sloppy, no one’s wearing their pajamas to run to the store! They’re all dressed smart. These days, … Continue reading →
He looks towards the future and doesn’t think much about the past. He get’s excited about what’s new and dislikes the boring mundane of the routine. He’s a creative problem solver and can easily see the big picture.
Last week was such a challenge. I have so many things that I need to do around the house and yet I desperately need to paint as well. Each day I think, “Should I paint or should I clean out my closet?”, “Should I paint or straighten up?”. The holidays are just around the corner and I feel the pressure to “get things done”. Yet, I still need to work in my studio.
So, last week, I chose to paint most of the time, this week I hope I can accomplish some things around the house as well as getting a few paintings done.
This is the second in a series of paintings that I’m doing called the “I” series. For some time, I’ve been working on another series called “Tribal”, the idea of belonging to a community. The “I” series, for me, is about the gifting of the unique person, each named for traits that begin with the letter “I” that I admire in others.
To me, this painting speaks of an individual with a burning desire to learn, to grow, to understand and to seek wisdom. I love to see this kind of hunger in a person. It’s not about being a rocket scientist, it’s about a passion to learn.
On a personal level, I’m enjoying my time in the studio more than I have in a long time. My trip must have had a greater impact on me than I had realized. I thought I would come back and paint from all my photos, cityscapes and what-not. But, instead, I’m going a completely different direction. It seems Paris inspired me in a whole different way. Travel is good for the soul!
SOLD! This was the last painting I did before I left for Paris. I wanted to try something a little different from the figures I’d been working on, but I wanted to keep it colorful and abstract. This is the … Continue reading →
Available 24 x 36 x 1.5 Oil on gallery wrapped canvas $1500 Everyone is looking for a tribe, a place to belong. We have a desire to be around like minded people who “get us” in way that others don’t. … Continue reading →