Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
Monday, December 3, 2007
Friday, November 9, 2007
Lately I've had so many interruptions and distractions that have prevented me from actually finishing very many paintings. I don't know why that is. I certainly have the time and I do go to my studio, but new ideas and the motivation seemed to be missing.
This morning I was determined to break the cycle. After going through my usual ritual of reading the paper, doing the crossword puzzles and catching up on all my email, I decided to tackle a new painting and not worry about the outcome. I had a false start, that is, I had to gesso over my first attempt but I was hell-bent on actually completing a painting today.
I decided to approach this painting from a totally different angle than my usual way of starting a painting. I normally like to wash in my colors, slowly building layer upon layer of glazes. Today was different! I needed something bold! After laying in a ground of diluted red tones, I drew in the composition with a diluted neutral tone. I started to apply the paints thickly. As they dried, I continued to layer more creamy colors, allowing under colors and textures to show through. Finally, the painting decided it was finished!
I needed that! Sometimes we get in a rut and rather than sit around mulling about it, we need to break loose and just do something totally different. I think that refreshes our psyche and causes us to look at things with a fresh eye.
Oh, I almost forgot. The painting reminds me of someone dancing in the garden at the start of Spring, so I named it "Garden Dance". If you like it as much as I do, take an opportunity to bid on it on Ebay.
Check out my website for more original paintings.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Finally, today I was able to spend the entire day in the studio without having to run errands, make phone calls or any of the other trivia that seems to fill my days.
I started this painting a couple of days ago but today I spent the time refining the design and building up the subtle layers of glazed color. It's a constant process of adjustment. Just when one area looks finished, I have to go back and "balance" it out with another areas of the painting. After several hours of this, I finally felt that I could pronounce it "finished".
Every artist goes through the same struggles nursing their works along, until finally, the image that once only resided in the brain has been transferred to the canvas, clay or what ever medium of choice. I like to always leave my options open because sometimes I don't have a preconceived idea of what the finished painting will look like. Those moments of serendipity when everything comes together are the times when I feel that the struggle was definitely worth the trouble.
I hope you'll visit my website to see this painting and the many others I have available.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Well, my longhorn has finally joined the rest of the herd at Southlake Town Square. Check out all the great submissions by other area artists:
It took a while to come up with an appropriate name for my longhorn but after a bit of thought, I came up with "Steerway to the Arts". He's located right in front of Corner Bakery and can be seen from Southlake Blvd. If you're in the area, stop by to see the herd!
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
I know I've been talking a lot of "bull" lately. What I mean is that I finally finished the longhorn for the Southlake Stampede - http://www.southlakehistory.org/stampede.shtml. These "longhorns" are part of a public art project celebrating the 50th anniversary of the city of Southlake, Texas. A call to artists went out last year and sponsors were rounded up to choose from the many designs submitted.
My particular longhorn, Steerway to the Arts, celebrates music, dance, theater and the visual arts. I created it specifically for the developers of the new arts center that will be built in Southlake and will serve the entire north Tarrant county area. The proposed arts center, APEX Arts League, will be built by Newland Communities http://http://www.newlandcommunities.com/profile_aventerra.php/. For more information on APEX - http://www.apexartsleague.org/
My longhorn is still in my garage but will soon join the colorful herd that can be seen grazing around the fountain at Southlake Town Square - http://www.southlaketownsquare.com/ and other locations throughout this lovely city.
Now, I can finally get back to my regular painting!
Friday, March 2, 2007
There is a trend among many artists to paint every day. As they say, "practice makes perfect". Not that every painting is "perfect", but working at one's craft every day certainly increases the artist's proficiency with the chosen medium. I have noticed that the more often I paint, the easier it is to come up with new ideas. I rarely start a painting with a preconcieved idea in mind but as I paint, new possibilities begin to emerge. If several days have passed by without picking up a brush, I find that I have a harder time dealing with the blank canvas. I suppose that every artist faces the same dilemma.
Lately I have been trying to break certain bad habits that prevent me from tackling a new painting. I guess I tend to procrastinate when it comes to placing that first brush stroke on a clean, white canvas. Sometimes I'll spend hours responding to emails, browsing the web or catching up on paperwork that could well be done in the evening. By the time I get all those unnecessary chores done, my good light is gone and it's time to start thinking about dinner.
Just wondering how many other artists face the same situation and what "tricks" they have to get themselves painting regularly.
I completed the above painting, "Circle of Life", yesterday. It measures 24"x30" and is listed on Ebay at http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ih=004&sspagename=STRK%3AMESE%3AIT&viewitem=&item=140091667200&rd=1&rd=1
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
I did make good use of my time today. I wrote my newsletter and sent it out to all my subscribers. It took a bit of time to compose but wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be. Constant Contact has updated it's system so that it's much easier to use now.
I completed Pueblo yesterday. It has a definite southwestern flavor. It reminds me of a woven, indian blanket. It was fun to paint on the heavily textured canvas that I had prepared.
Sunday, February 25, 2007
I recently submitted a design for the Southlake Stampede http://www.southlakehistory.org/stampede.shtml public art project. Southlake, Texas is celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. A "herd" of longhorn replicas have been purchased by the city and local artists have been asked to submit designs. Each of the chosen proposed designs are sponsored by local businesses and the completed longhorns are starting to appear all over the beautiful city. Many of them are currently on display at Southlake Town Square http://www.southlaketownsquare.com/, the lovely upscale centerpiece of the city. Proceeds from the auction of the longhorns will be directed to the public schools in Southlake.
I am proud to announce that my design was chosen by the developers of the new Apex Arts Center. This new center is still in the planning stages but is destined to become one of the finest arts centers in the area.