Monday, February 27, 2012

Candy Apple

Yummy, sticky, candy apples take me back in time, to the much anticipated country fairs I experienced as a child.  I loved everything about them, the noise, the crowds, the aroma of sticky sweet candy floss, the anticipation and fear of wild rides, hanging out with friends, the bright lights as the day shut down and moved into night.  

Candy Apple
8" x 8" acrylic on canvas

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

"Tea of Life" acrylic painting

"Tea of Life" is today's featured painting on G+ with Brushes.  The geometric black and white table cloth bring a modern contemporary feel to a classic tea setting.

Tea of Life
18" x 24" acrylic on canvas

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Friday, February 10, 2012

A Clownish Fellow
Created for +FigurativeArtFriday
7" x 5" Acrylic on canvas board

One of the many things I am involved with online is  on Google+.  I co-sponsor this group along with +Maude McDonald

Every Friday artists from around the world come together and post their figurative art pieces.  These pieces range from Fine Art paintings, drawings, photography, sculptures, illustration, photo manipulation, as well as some others genres I am sure I am missing.  The participating artists range from beginners, to students, to professional artists, we welcome everyone!

The Daily Fine Art Themes on Google+ allow us to peek into the studios of other artists so to speak.  The artists are always happy to share tips and talk about their art.  As an artist it is always encouraging and inspiring to see what other artists are creating.  

With a different theme for every day of the week, through the +Daily Fine Art Themes  we have the pleasure of viewing a wide variety of art.

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Painting & Music go together like PB & Jelly!

It is wet and dreary here today, a perfect day to crank the tunes for a little added motivation to paint.

I love the action and movement in my painting Mystic Melody, just as the music flows, loud and strong, or soft and gentle so to does the paintbrush.  Strong bold brushstrokes verses small, barely there whispers of color in tune with the mystic melody swirling, moving over and through the painting

Mystic Melody
 (Colin James in concert)
Soft Pastel

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Framing Optional

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

The Manarola Painting Project

Manarola - (Cinque Terre, Italy)
24" x 20" Acrylic on canvas
Photo reference by Elia Locardi

A collaborative project between Google + artists  +Maude McDonald , +Terrill Welch +Ardith Goodwin and myself +Melodie Douglas , with photographers +Elia Locardi  ,  +Marisa Williams  , and +Mike Brzozowski 

Back in September 2011 after seeing a beautiful image of Manarola Italy the above group of artists decided that it would be fun to all create paintings from a selection of images of Manarola.  This would showcase how different our styles, techniques and interpretations would be. 

To see the photographic references and my fellow artists paintings, follow this link Manarola Paintings & Photographs

Terill requested permission from the select group of photographers Elia, Marisa, and Mike, who so graciously allowed us to use their copyrighted images as our reference photos.  

My initial intention was to do my painting in a surrealistic approach, but the brush took over and chose to go it's own way.  
The majority of my paintings, both in acrylic, and pastel usually start off with a very detailed drawing which I transfer onto the substrate.  In the case of Manarola I instead chose to do a very loose drawing, done with a liner brush and watered down burnt umber straight onto the canvas.   

The sky was done with long sweeping brush strokes, with tiny value changes, each stroke closely laid against the last.

"As the brush swishes across the canvas, stroke against stroke, layer upon layer, a calmness descends, i'm in the zone, it just me and the painting! Bliss!"

The ocean was done with the same sweeping brushstrokes but I had to be a little more cautious and use even strokes to allow the water to be calm and quiet. Thin glazes of color were applied on top of the brushstrokes to achieve various depth and light.

There was a wonderful sense of freedom to just go for it, allowing the painting to paint itself and not being caught up in the details.

A Special thank you +Elia Locardi for allowing me to use your wonderful photograph.  

Friday, February 03, 2012

Pepper - Alla Prima life study
6" x 6" acrylic on cradled panel

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Blue Bottle and Chinese Lanterns

Blue Bottle and Chinese Lanterns 
- Alla Prima life study.
5" x 7" Canvas Panel

Red Grapes on Rock Alla Prima Study
6" x 6" Acrylic on cradled panel

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Resurrecting Blogger - 2012

In 2010 I stopped using blogger and started using my blog attached to my my web site
I liked the idea of having everything under one roof so to speak but never liked the blog aspect there, I found it time consuming to use and very limited in how I could set it up. Pictures had to be resized outside of the program before importing as there was no resizing tool within the blog itself.  So here I am back on blogger, if you want to see what I've been doing in the last two years you can still check it out on my web blog