I am literally turned this painting upside down before I painted the boats. So much for planning! I think I will always have a thing for sailboats, especially small racing boats (Sunfish) like the ones I used to sail.
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This was fun to paint with vibrant Holbein paints (I always use Holbein), using only a few colors, one brush and my fingers. Somehow I got technically lucky and was able to let the two sailboats pop off of the canvas in a sea and sky of the same colors – … well, I think I pulled it off :-).
Also, I have recently realized that a lot of my works have unfinished edges. At first I thought I would cut things down to size, but I am starting to realize I like the look. Especially with this piece, I think the right edge adds to the speed of the light-blue boat.
This is another one of my own works – it plopped out of my head this morning and I was able to paint it with a cup of coffee in hand. It is no masterpiece, but I had a relaxing time doing it. Also, I played around on this one using my fingers as brushes. I am back in kindergarten (with caffeine).
Judy Hawkins has an electric yet peaceful style that I admire very much. A true intensified, but peaceful, take on the impressionistic masters. Her luminosity and brightness are created by laying down rich thin glazes of oil paint on canvas. She has clearly mastered this technique as her works vibrancy jumps off the wall.
I have been experimenting with taking old (pre 1950) original photos I find at flea markets and playing around with them to make them a little happier. Amazing what some color and attitude can do. This one shows a person fishing on a backwater intercoastal waterway around 1950.
In my true form, my lack of any actual floral knowledge allowed me to paint this tree as wacky as I wished 🙂
I am greedy today, posting two more of my own. I am very happy that I see in wacky colors. Additionally, since I know nothing of actual real plants and flowers, I get away with painting ones from “Fluorescent Land”.
Today was extra special as my father sat beside me as I painted (his reward for being my painting buddy was that he got to sign it with me). What was funny was that he asked me “what type of flower has magenta petals and orange dots”, of course I replied “this one”. (Yes, I was a snarky a-hole).
So, I am cheating today, I am highlighting myself. My own painting, named Setting Sun #1, had siblings, but they have all been placed on a funeral pyre. What can I say – I am brutal on myself.
I not sure how to define my work style, or even if that is important. I guess I would say I have my own, … which is inspired my Peter Max, Van Gogh, Versace, and any 2nd grade finger painter.
I paint to have fun. I paint to learn and explore what I can do. I paint to express myself when my words can’t find a way out of my mouth.
I found Susan Marx, I suspect, as many others did in the December ArtNews magazine feature. I was immediately jealous of her choice and use of colors. An amazing bomb exploding in front of me that made sense. Boom – take that you blank page.
I find her own definition of her style as an “Abstract Impressionist” as a perfect fit. She loves colors (that is clear) and is able to convey a soothing organic pattern in the chaos.
Art that depicts North Americas western landscape has never been at a shortage. Fortunately we have many places to draw inspiration and fantastic artists such as Joshua Been to paint them. Born not so long ago, in 1974, and drawing not long thereafter, he has honed his craft to the beautiful work of today.
I find his color use to be his finest skill. The chosen palate allows me to feel the cool air and light scents of the region. In many of his works, you can feel the morning mist as much as see it.