Baptism @ the Van Duzen

This is the story behind the painting of Baptism @ the Van Duzen. As I seek to grow as an artist, I want to not only grow in skill and the ability to make an image more convincing, I want to be more purposeful in selecting subjects that are more personal, vulnerable and courageous. InContinue reading “Baptism @ the Van Duzen”

Happy Creating!

  There is a sense of exhilaration as a painting, in this case a wedding portrait, nears it’s completion.  The many hours spent before the easel has something tangible to show for the effort.  There are jars full of various brushes and daily pallets which if seen all together would have hundreds, if not thousands, hand mixed dabs of paint.  The mixed paint onContinue reading “Happy Creating!”

A Simple Story of Hospital-ity

The painting is called Gevalia Kaffee, after the coffee company porcelain container.  The Still Life scene is located in the formal dining room of an old Victorian bungalow home we used to own.  The elements tell a story of hospitality – coffee for two, cream and sugar, a rose to add some visual beauty.  You are invited to come sit a spell,Continue reading “A Simple Story of Hospital-ity”

Comp-osition and Where It Leads Us

A painting’s composition determines where one’s eye travels over the painting to create interest and bring the eye back to the element(s) the artist wants to emphasize.  In addition to the value of visual beauty the painting points to objects and communicates “look at this!”  In the piece above the lines jetting outward would leadContinue reading “Comp-osition and Where It Leads Us”