Saturday, June 10, 2017

Resting Dancer (Study)

Title: "Resting Dancer"
Genre: Figurative
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Size: 14x11 inches

Three hour study from a live model, who is a belly dancer. The background colors are from another painting showing through. If I do a live study that doesn't turn out well (and that one definitely did not), I paint over it. The colors from the painting underneath always make for an interesting background.

Monday, June 05, 2017

Wilderness Teacup

"Wilderness Teacup"
Size: 18x18 inches
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Genre: Fantasy, Imaginative realism, Surrealism, Magical realism

This is about how we modern people relate to wilderness. For many of us, it's a road trip. It's also about the contrast between nature and the amenities of civilization. Both are fragile, yet both have an iconic strength.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Mermaids and Seahorse work in progress


This came about from a doodle I did of 2 mermaids and a seahorse. I decided to work it up into a painting.  I haven't done anything this complex before. It will have 25 separate images. Now that I'm actually painting it, the images are shifting around, except for the central figures.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Fish Temple

Title: "Fish Temple"
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Genre: Fantasy

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This painting is a continuation of my exploration of underwater ambiguities. Maybe it's underwater, or maybe these fish have lungs and can fly. I'll let the viewer decide.

References: Dover's "Animals" book, which features over a thousand copyright free images for artists and designers. The Ionic columns are from a photo I took at Symphony Square in Austin, Texas. The seashell is one that hangs out at our house.

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Friday, November 25, 2016

2nd Underwater Teacup

"2nd Underwater Teacup"
5x5 inches
Acrylic on wood panel
Genre: Fantasy, Still Life

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This conveys the idea of an ambiguous envirnment. Is it on land, or underwater? It also conveys the idea of delicacy, a porcelain teacup, and soft sea creatures. Strong, yet vulnerable.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Underwater Teacup

"Underwater Teacup"
Genre: Still Life, Fantasy
Size: 6x6 inches
Medium: Acrylic on wood

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I'm fascinated with the idea of artifacts in a wild or natural setting. I love painting underwater scenes, and I love painting still life objects, and somehow, the two just go together for me.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Space Cafe Merchants

Title: Space Cafe Merchants
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Size: 10 x 8 inches
Genre: Fantasy or SciFi

This character is sitting in his favorite outdoor cafe on a balmy night. He's joined by a fluttery friend, who is really the more powerful and intelligent of the two. The following day they will embark on a uniquely dangerous business venture. At present they are just soaking in the relaxing vibes of an innocuous and fashionable venue.