Alleycat No. 2

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This seems like a possible start of a series. I did one previous painting of a cat in silhouette, by the same name—-this one has more detail, but it’s mainly an exercise in line and form and color balance/unity, rather than crafting a naturalistic scene. I like it. Look for more in the future.

Alleycat No. 2, 20x36”, $500

Brew Bottle

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A simple still life painting of a swing top bottle. I like my choice of the baby blue and pink background, as well as the brown drippy under-painting of the bottle showing through. Success!

Brew Bottle, 14x11”, $150

Lilypad #5 and #6

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I painted a couple of paintings of individual lilypads, one after the other, following the same basic painting methods. I videoed one of them (see video below), however after uploading the video, I changed the look of the painting a bit. That’s the problem with these type paintings—-there are so many options and stopping points that it’s’ hard to ever reach a finished state! You just have to throw in the towel at some point. Anyway, I like these.

Lilypad #5, 14x17”, $250

Lilypad #6, 11x16”, $200

Notes on a Landscape: Trees are Like Metaphors

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A return, for me, to a larger canvas size (basically three feet tall by five feet wide), this one was satisfying to complete—though it was a reminder of how much more work it takes to cover a canvas of this size. I’m obviously not done with this Notes on a Landscape series. My favorite part is the interplay between the beautiful sentiments portrayed, alongside silly trivial things. Stream of consciousness writing has always fascinated me. It’s a fun exercise, however brief in this application.

Here’s the little pseudo-poem in the middle of the field: “meet me in the park, beneath the trees, where the boughs bend, and sway in the warm windy-wind”

Video of the painting process coming soon!

Notes on a Landscape: Trees are Like Metaphors, 59x37.5”, $1750

Notes on a Landscape: Spoonbills

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Third in the “Notes…” series. The addition of the halos (are they halos or is there another name for this type?) elevate this image to a whole new level for me. Without them, the birds are just birds. With them, the viewer takes a moment of reflection—-what does this mean? should I be more reverent? should I be angry about this? why?—-the effect of which is interesting. And hey, what more can I ask for than interesting artwork. I added the painting process video below.

Notes on a Landscape: Spoonbills, 24x30”, SOLD

Notes on a Landscape: Everyone Relax

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It all started when, on a recent video, I was describing the early stages of my painting process as “notes on the painting itself”. As in, these basic shapes and tentative lines describe the future painting but not yet the painting itself . . . just notes jotted down for later reference. Then as I began this landscape, the phrase and the idea fused into one cohesive painting of abstracted bliss. Notes on a Landscape. It’s a play on words that makes sense to me . . . somehow. The painting is subtitled “everyone relax” because it’s one of the main phrases that stands out to me on the painting. I do intend to paint more in this new series of paintings.

Notes on a Landscape: Everyone Relax, 24x30”, SOLD

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