Wednesday, April 16, 2014

"Honokohau", new abstract painting, oil on canvas

"Honokohau", oil on canvas

20" x 24"

available April, 2014

$750.     contact me   H E R E 

not including CA sales tax
or shipping costs

I had fun with this one!  I took the color palette of a special place that's inspired me for years, and painted an abstract painting from the colors.  I love playing with the juxtapositions of color.

Abstractions (for me) pull from the references to real life; and then I play with the ideas.  So abstracts can be personal and meaningful, as a reference to something I've seen or experienced.  OR, they can be based on pure design, with absolutely no inspiration from life experiences.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Abstract painting, "Pink", acrylic on paper

"Pink", acrylic on paper

12" x 16"  

available (unframed)  March, 2014   $275.
contact me   H E R E    for purchase and inquiries

I've been very remiss in posting.  What can I say, I have been wrapped up in an exciting creative project behind the scenes, and I'm now at a point where I can show some artwork.  The artwork is quite varied, NOT in a series however, so my posts for the next month or so will be very all over the place . . .a good variety, I can definitely say that!  

Every winter I usually take on some sort of project that changes me artistically or is a creative challenge in some way, and that's what I've done this past winter . . .this year it's certainly been a more long-term project.  It's been a good creative stretch.  All will be revealed in a month or so!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Another small abstract, "Cool Green Fields, version two"

"Cool Green Fields, version two"

acrylic, acrylic inks on panel   12" x 6"

February, 2014    available unframed

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Another version of a favorite small painting!    Our home is surrounded by agricultural fields and orchards . . .right now the winter wheat planted last fall is turning to an emerald green; the blooming fruit trees are blossoming in that same pink as in the painting above.  And so I have today "Cool Green Fields, version two".  These little acrylic paintings are so much fun to create !  ~ and would give a shot of vibrant color to any wall.  

If you have questions or inquiries or want to purchase, please contact me at the link above.  Shipping  / handling costs within the continental U.S. are $15.00 ~ California residents pay additional sales tax.

"Cool Green Fields" , the first version

Oct. 2013, available unframed

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Valentine's weekend - wonderful Napa

Magnolia x. soulangeana 

Saucer Magnolia

Napa Valley, California  

I've been remiss in posting on the blog  . . . I've been super busy behind the scenes on a project!  One which will come to the light and be revealed in a month or so.  I have to say it's been very enjoyable!!  It's art related and more of a long term project that's stretched me in some good ways.  Like a new exercise that you instantly like - - this is a new project charges me up.

We traveled to Napa on the most beautiful day of the past weekend, Sunday.  I'd earmarked some gardens, and some restaurants to head towards .  The restaurant and hot springs were divine.   Along the way we passed one huge Saucer magnolia tree in front of a Victorian inn - and I got the first of my trophy photos! I've been looking at the little tiny new trees of the same species in my neighborhood, enjoying the blooms and wanting photos . . . and then we happened onto these old 100+ year old trees!!  I'm ecstatic.  Photographed these two trees in 2 different locations.   The two shots below were found in Napa.

The blooms in the topmost photo above were taken in the last of the afternoon's light, in Calistoga.  Where I had a streetscape design / planting project a long time ago, while employed with the State of Calif. as a landscape architect . . .it's always fun to see my Bay Area projects grown in and thriving.  This magnolia was planted 100+ years ago when Main Street was either dirt, gravel or cobble so I take no credit for the beauty of this tree except for admiring it.

For gardeners, landscape architects, artists and anybody, these trees are SPECIAL delights!  Can't wait to paint them in an abstract.

Magnolia x. soulangeana  
Saucer Magnolia

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Woodland series paintings: edited and simplistic, to more detailed

"Woodlands, version two", 11" x 14", acrylic on panel
available   January, 2014

"Woodlands, version one", 12" x 12", acrylic on panel
available   January 2014

"Gold Lakes Summer", 24" x 30" , acrylic on canvas
available    July 2012

Recently I've been trying out techniques in acrylic and the idea of "evocative woodlands paintings" sprang to mind, in which some of the tangle of a woodland or forest setting is left to the imagination, with the colors and shapes that stand out visually are sharply defined, and in more saturated color.

In the more simple pieces of these three paintings at the top of this post, I recalled a technique I used that blurs the background portion of the painting, and I paint to create sharpness and focus, also using brighter color as the eye moves towards the foreground.  In all three of these paintings, I'm going for an evocative feeling!   All three of these paintings are available; please contact me H E R E  for pricing, shipping, etc.  Don't be shy, I do like to receive feedback and comments!  Or leave a comment below.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Looking forward, looking back . . .an update for the New Year!

plein air painting ; invaluable experience!

leading a plein air workshop

Happy New Year!  I'm looking forward to 2014, and looking back in retrospect at the moment. 

I haven't forgotten or left behind all my experiences that I had when I was focusing on plein air painting . . .the photos above were taken during one of my stays as artist-in-residence with the National Parks Service in Shasta County, California at Whiskeytown Lake, and this was a few years back, in 2007.  Really enjoyable to remember that time!

This blog is not only about where I find my inspiration, which is the natural world (along with the 'built world' of cities and urban areas) for all of 2013 I once again circled back and returned to my contemporary and the more abstract side of painting.  As an artist I need to stay fresh and change inspires me!  I'll be continuing in contemporary and abstract painting but I need to remember and honor all the time I spent painting outdoors, where one builds a visual library of memories and experiences.

painting in the southern California desert!

In the spirit of looking forward and planning ahead, I've expanded on a post on my blog about the experience of plein air ("fresh air") painting, and you'll find it useful if you want to explore that. For the artists that read this blog, the information found through the link below could be useful in saving time and money.  My post finishes with an article that expands on the topic, gives tips and hints for plein air painting, guidance on what easel a beginner may want to start with, or information when wanting an upgrade,  and evaluations on easels that are the best value for your budget.

I've painted en plein air for my lifetime, first in southern California in watercolor while with my family on outdoor adventures, then in conte sticks while attending college, adding oil, acrylic and gouache painting beginning in 2003 and continuing until now, for ten years!

Oil, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, oil pastel, and drawing in charcoal are my current mediums and I provide information on what easels are best for your medium, and your style. The photo below is one from a memorable day, painting the marshes of the North Bay, San Francisco Bay area in Sonoma County.  I loved that experience and I want to encourage others to paint outdoors .  

The painting is one of my favorites; it has a fresh-breeze feel, and I was very satisfied with it.  This sold to a gallery owner, Jim Ferry of the 20th St. Art Gallery for his personal collection:

"Huichica Creek", oil on panel

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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! will resume posting in 2014

Merry Christmas!  Enjoy your holidays and wishing you a wonderful, warm and joyful Christmas.  

I'll resume in 2014 with new artwork, in addition to some great new art-related projects . . .

can't wait to share !!  


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