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.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Ghost with Kingfisher and Orbs

Title: "Ghost with Kingfisher and Orbs"
Size: 6x4 inches
Medium: acrylic on wood
Genre: Fantasy

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This one is limited palette, with thalo blue, vermillion, cadmium red, black, white, and a tiny tiny touch of yellow ochre.  Photo credit for kingfisher: Russ Bridges. The figure is from one of my lifedrawings. And the orbs, well, they just show up on their own. Artist signature is on her belt.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Frog Demo 1

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Title: Frog Demo #1
Medium: Acrylic on illustration board
Size: 6x7 inches
Genre: Animals

The other day I did a demo for the Austin Palette Club on "limited palette." This frog painting is done using only 3 colors: thalo blue and burnt sienna, plus titanium white. Yes, it really does make a green when those two colors are mixed and white is added. You have to use the "green shade" of thalo blue to make this happen; the "red shade" of thalo won't work.  Model was a toy plastic frog, set up next to a little glass bottle.