Fractured Landscape #2

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I’ve painted a similar painting before (thus the “#2” in the title) but never really returned to the idea until now. I like getting lost in the temperature changes of each successive hill—grays, reds, yellows, blues, violets. Just realized I probably should have named it Fractured Fields instead . . . the alliteration!

Fractured Landscape #2, 24x36”, $725

The Voices of the Trees

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When I started this one, the bright colors I used were simply going to be an under-painting for the more realistic landscape to come, but after I added the tree trunks on the left side, I knew it had to be a colorful abstract landscape. So I just went with it. It was like the trees had voices and wanted their own thing. The Voices of the Trees. Video below of the painting process!

The Voices of the Trees, 24x48”, $900

Ethereal Landscape

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I would almost describe this as a Candy Land landscape, the randomly distributed dobs of color recalling gumdrop shapes across the bright landscape. A land where the sky is painted-in with drippy white paint and all the cares of humanity are stripped away just long enough to capture it on canvas. (video of the painting process added below)

Ethereal Landscape, 36x48”, $1450

Echoes and Shadows

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An interesting, quirky painting that started from a simple reference photo of a crowd on the street. The final touch that made it work for me, ultimately, was the addition of the shadows on the walls and abstract figures hidden in the clouds. I bounced around several titles, finally landing on the current one which somehow works (might start a new series based on this one).

Echoes and Shadows, 24x36", $675

cup of joy

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Something about the vertical lines in the early stages of this painting caught my attention and took me in this colorful direction. The distorted perspective of the coffee cup only adds to the quirkiness of the finished painting, as does the energetic color combination.

Cup of Joy, 30x30", $700

a jester's lament

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I was staring at a blank canvas. A large blank canvas. I was ready to paint, but I was out of ideas (or rather, I had too many ideas and none of them very good). So I was browsing through reference photos and ran across a photo of a small 14x11" painting I had done not too long ago and decided it needed to be painted big . . . posthaste! A few hours later and I present: A Jester's Lament. Let me know if you like it---especially if you think I should paint more in this series.

A Jester's Lament, 48x36", $1400 - (no. 1033)

Mad Symphony #2

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Another painting in the series. The next day?! Well, what can I say. I'm on a roll. This one is a bit cleaner than the first, i.e. less interruption of background shapes and fewer shapes filling the frame altogether.

Mad Symphony #2, 30x48", $1200 (no. 1004)

civilization series: chance of rain

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My Civilization Series paintings began around 2006. They were all primitive landscapes done in a colorful style full of whimsy. I settled on this style and focused most of my creative effort toward this series for all of that year---it was a sort of proving ground, intended to hone my artistic skills in the areas of color balance and atmospheric effect, not to mention a speediness in my painting style, among other things. This was also an attempt to solidify something, stylistically, as uniquely me. Something I could point to and say that's my style. (I figured it couldn't hurt, anyway)

Well, I did not stick to this particular style, but it did improve my painting abilities. I recommend it. In fact, anytime you have the opportunity to improve your abilities at whatever it is you do: seize the opportunity! If nothing else, you will become more efficient.

Anyway, I thought I'd paint another one. A big one. Let me know what you think!

Civilization Series: Chance of Rain, 36x48", N/A

army men

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I took the reference photo many years ago---three plastic army men set up on the window sill in my shop. The photo was dramatic and beautiful, the background transformed into out-of-focus blur of shape and color. I just had to paint this in my new media, gouache. Don't forget to check out the video of the painting process down below!

Army Men, 9x13.5", gouache on paper, $125