Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Discus Fish Study

Title: Discus Fish Study
Medium: Acrylic
Size: 6 x 6 inches

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Description: Sometimes when doing a large, complicated painting I need to make small studies of its various components. Here I have familiarized myself with the beautiful colors and markings of a discus fish. Tricky critters to paint!


Acrylic, 11 x 14 inches on stretched canvas.

A kingly Lion accompanied by butterflies, with Ionic columns. The lion is a symbol of strength and courage, and the butterfly is a symbol of trasformation.

Monday, October 09, 2017

Blue Lion

Title: Blue Lion
Medium: Acrylic
Size: 11x14 inches
Genre: Animals

I wanted to portray a sense of magic and majesty in this portrait of a lion. There are subtle bits of other colors besides blue-- some bits of pink, gold, neutral grays, and deep purple. Acrylic on stretched canvas. Photo credit: Russ Bridges.

Ghost with a Rose

"Ghost with a Rose" 10x8 inches, acrylic on panel
A graceful ghost dancing through a cemetary for a Halloween theme.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Blue Buddies

Title: Blue Buddies
Medium: Acrylic
Genre: Fantasy
Size: 8x8 inches

I love monsters and Halloween is approaching. I also love pen and ink, but this isn't pen and ink. It's acrylic on canvas. BTW the tiny Bird is really the more powerful of the two, because he's the Monster's subconscious.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Happy Dragon

Title: Happy Dragon
Medium: Acrylic
Genre: Fantasy
Size: 6x8 inches

Miniature acrylic painting on wood panel. Whimsical, cute, happy dragon sitting on a stone, with a cat, a bird, and a butterfly. Also a column and an anthropomorphic tree. Signature in upper left, on column.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Sympathy and Grace

Title: "Sympathy and Grace"
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Genre: Figurative, Magic Realism
Size: 14x11 inches

The figure was from a live session at AVAA in Austin, Texas. I added in the roses to give her something to think about, and also to enter the Daily Paintworks challenge. Pink roses symbolize sympathy and grace, which go nicely with her thoughtful expression. After the roses, a frog showed up, then a butterfly, then a key. Keys have gotten awfully popular of late, but I've decided to keep doing them anyway. 

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.