Divergent

Divergent

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

Selfie

SelfieOil on canvas

20 x 20

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!

The Parisians

The Parisians

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

Intuitive

abstract, portrait, vivid color, oil painting, contemporary artwork, expressive art

This painting is currently available

Oil on canvas

18 x 14

$400

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.

If only I had a cleaning service…

Intelligent

abstract, portrait, colorful artwork, expressive painting, oil on canvas

This painting is currently available

Oil on canvas

18 x 14

$400

This is part of a series called, “I”.

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!

Tribes

Tribes

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