March 27, 2018: It’s been a while, but I’ve been busy with my latest collection of abstract landscapes (while still working on Flora Baby). These were created using acrylics and house paint along with a variety of mwdiuns such as modeling paste, flow medium, gloss gel, etc.
36×48 on canvas
I’m calling them (in order): “Searching for the Aliana,” “Hunting for Dragons,” and “Following My Bliss.”
Here’s progress on Flora:
And just about finished with the 🦉 drawing:
January 1, 2018: Happy New Year! As a start to the New Year, I decided to create a sister website, dedicated to the collaborations and color experiments between myself and my 6 year old son. Check out Expressions of Luke and Mama. This site is all abstract, so not what you would expect from me.
I will continue working on Flora Baby once I get my latest shipment of paints (I’ve run out of Alizaren Crimson…bummer.)
December 27, 2017: Continuing work on Flora Baby. This is being done mainly in oils (the wooden textured background is acrylic). I just love the luminous and dimensional quality of oil paints!
30″ x 40″ oil on canvas
December 24, 2017: Las Vegas is complete! What an interesting project – overwhelming at first, but it was a lot like exploring a new territory. The result is a 3D map of the city, done in a more painterly fashion than I would typically do. I could probably work on this for another year or two, but it’s time to hand it over to the new owner…Merry Christmas!
December 9, 2017: I haven’t posted in about a month! Crazy how time flies. But, a lot has been going on behind the scenes as I’ve been really putting my focus on the art and not the marketing and technology aspect. This month I’ve been working on several paintings and drawings intermittently, as well as dabbling in some abstract free form painting and portrait drawing. Also, I am about to get the new Google Pixel phone, which I am so excited about – finally a portable phone camera that should work magic (keeping my fingers crossed!)
Las Vegas is coming along. This has to be completed by Christmas (or else!) so, I’ve mostly been concentrating on it. It’s quite the beast! So many tiny details that it’s difficult for the mind to interpret. It reminds me a little bit of the Colorado Overland drawing. Sometimes you need a process and a system and sometimes you need to just take it moment by moment. Vegas – the city of light – is a little different for a landscape. Usually, I would paint a landscape from top to bottom (or back to front). For this, there was no genuine overlapping, requiring the top to bottom/back-to-front approach. I decided I would start with rendering the largest objects, followed by smaller and smaller objects. Once I got to the smallest details, which is where I am now, it became clear that I had to abandon the process and just go with the flow…sometimes I paint details of a similar color all at once, and other times I’ll paint adjacent objects and move outward from there.
Las Vegas – Acrylic on Canvas 40″ x 30″
Also on the easel…don’t worry, I didn’t abandon my furry friends! Or feathery friends in the case of this guy. I still have plenty of work to do on the background before I can get to the rendering.
Owl – Colored Pencil on Illustration Board, 20×15
In addition to my “usual” projects, I am dabbling in oils and large scale portraiture. Here’s a segment from “Flora” – oils on canvas, 40×30:
In between these projects and others, I’ve been practicing my portrait drawing and dabbling in abstracts and free form painting for the sake of painting.