Saturday, March 18, 2017

This Little Piggy

This is my first animal painting. I'm trying to stretch my boundaries to hopefully become a better artist.  An artist I follow, Jose Trujillo, says that you have to paint what you are uncomfortable painting to stretch and grow.

This is some of the best advice I've heard and I believe him because I've grown as an artist by taking his advice.
This is the very first animal I've ever painted and I'm so glad that I gave it a try.

Oil on canvas paper

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Don't limit your challenges, challenge your limits!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

My daily apple

My daily apple for today.  I'll be posting these often so be sure to stop by for a visit to see what I've been up to.  There are many more apples to come!

Please join me in painting a "daily apple".  Peace and love and joy to all.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

I started painting a "daily apple" about a week ago.  I've faithfully painted them everyday so far. I'll try to post my daily apple here when I get a chance. Here is my apple from yesterday:

So far the benefits have been:

1.  I paint every day.  Even though some days I don't have the time to paint, I certainly can fit in a brief period of time to paint an apple.

2. I've found that I paint more loosely which is a goal of mine.

3. I progressively see improvement.

4. It warms me up for my regular painting day.

5. It makes me feel good and gives me confidence and makes me exited to paint, paint, paint!

Give it a try if it suits you. It doesn't have to be an apple but make it something small so that it doesn't feel burdensome. It should always be fun!

This one step, choosing a goal and sticking to it, changes everything.  ~ Scott Reed

Friday, January 13, 2017

Reflections In Ocean View

This work was done from a photograph taken by my very talented niece, Roxanne. She generously allows me to use her photos for my paintings. Thanks, Rox!

This photo (shown below the painting below) was taken in Ocean View, New Jersey. 

If anyone is interested you are welcome to paint your version of this photo and send it to me in an email and I'll post it here. 

Comment below when you're ready to submit your work and I'll post my email address, if you don't already have it.

8x10 oil on gessobord

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.
~ Henry David Thoreau

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Nature's Majesty

I didn't have to try to make this painting bright and flashy, it did it itself. Such beauty and majesty as I see in all sunsets. You can watch this show twice a day in the sunrise and sunsets.  It's a spectacular show and it won't cost you a dime!

8x10 oil on gessobord

All light and beauty, and the grandeur and majesty of the universe are unraveled only in the tiny retinas of human beings.

~ Varadaraja V. Raman

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Rocky Road To The Shore

One of my favorite lines, well, a line that I find really funny in the movie/book "Jane Eyre", is the line, "There's an impediment!" This just cracks me up because there was an outrageous situation and it was called an impediment.

I titled this painting "Rocky Road To The Shore" thinking of that very line. It's hard to say there's a rocky road to the shore, (or an impediment) when it's clearly impossible to get there in this situation. It gave me a giggle and I went with this title.

It's not always easy to name a painting so I just went with this and made it fun. Hope you like it. 

Be blessed.

8x10 oil on gessobord

“An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means that it’s going to launch you into something great.” – Unknown

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Snoopy 'n Woodstock

This is a painting I made for my best friend for Christmas. It's not an original as I saw this on the internet. I changed it very slightly to suit my vision if you know what I mean. If you're an artist then you know what I mean!

 It was fun to paint and is my third Van Gogh-esk-type painting. I LOVE Van Gogh. Can you tell? :D 

Correction: It was just pointed out to me that this is my fourth Van Gogh-type painting!! 

8x10 Acrylic on gessobord

I've developed a new philosophy.  I only dread one day at a time.  
~ Charlie Brown