"God's art [Creation] speaks of Himself, reflecting who He is and what He is like."
Francis Chan

Monday, April 23, 2012

Red II

          This 24x30 oil done on a gallery wrapped canvas is the second in a series of "Reds" that I have slowly been working on.  (The first "Red can be seen here.)  It seems like I work in different colors for a while and then need to return to vibrant reds for a new spark of creativity. With this one I wanted to really zoom in on a tulip for and almost abstract feel.  The biggest challenge I had in painting this?  Wind.  My easel sits near the window in my little studio area and for several days we had some strange wind gusts that kept blowing the painting off the easel.  This painting definitely left it's mark...on my carpet.  Oh well.
              On another note, I had a great time last weekend at the Iowa Artists Regional Show in Iowa City, IA.  there were so many talented artists there and we got to enjoy a great demonstration by Davenport artist Raphael Iaccarino  who then went on to judge the over forty five paintings there.  I took two paintings:   Tori and Twelve and Magenta Rhapsody and took home two red ribbons for both.  This doesn't qualify the paintings for the State level show, but not too bad for my first year.
Until next time....

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

In the Heat of the Afternoon Sun

I did a little figure study over the weekend based on a photo I found online (I have yet to find the name of the photographer to give them credit - give me a shout out if you happen to know!)  This was one of those laid back paintings that just relieve stresses as you paint them - it made for a perfect ending to a busy week.
The things that really drew me to the subject was the unexpected shock of the green color in the Indian woman's beautiful robe and the abstract design and textures in what would typically be, without really noticing it, a simple wall of a building.  It always amazes me how much beauty there can be in the simple things that surround us, that we usually just overlook.


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