Wednesday, January 27, 2010

What Great Framing Can Do!

Okay this is gratuitous self-exploitation but I'm okay with it : )

If you haven't already seen this oil painting of moi sans 11 years, I present it to you now and in a really beautifully done frame. When I was in Saskatoon there was a framer I used, her name is Lana Cowell and she is the owner of Delmar Gallery. She does an awesome job of framing and with her help I selected the mats and frame. It cost a fair penny BUT the piece looks stunning as a result.

Yes sometimes you DO get what you pay for : )

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

This is the way it actually ended up...

Well I decided to reduce the pupil size on the big horn sheep here so it didn't remind of those super creepy 1920's cartoons AND it didn't look like he was on the trip of his life anymore.

I wanted this image to evoke the feeling at having come to a certain stage, or mountain top, in one's life and really being a little amazed and terrified all at the same time. I had wanted to make a special card for a dear friend of mine and decided to do an ACEO painting and attach it to the card. The interior of the card reads "you're not a "kid" anymore" and yes, it's a groaner of a pun and was intended to be :)

I like this ACEO birthday card thing. I may do more. I'll see how it goes. It's time consuming but I like the results. By the way, this image was done in watercolors, mostly Winsor Newton and fixed with Lascaux fixative (the best by the way).

Monday, January 11, 2010

Watercolors are awesome!

I haven't used watercolors for many, many years but yesterday I wanted to do an ACEO original piece of art for a good friend's birthday. His eastern astrological sign is the ram and I kind of rib him about it now and then. So, for his turn of the decade birthday, I did this illustration/watercolor and I was just amazed with the quality of the light and color! The yellow is raw sienna, one of my favorite earth colors as it is so luminescent. I am wondering about the eyes though. Are they too startled? Hmmm, I'm going to have to look at this in the daylight and with sharp eyes and working on these pieces sure strain my them. Time for the ole magnifier lamp. Better buy a cane and hearing aid while I'm at it too.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Go Yellow Go!

There's something to a bunch of helium-filled balloons making a break for it that compelled me to paint this ACEO original acrylic painting scene. Note the yellow balloon making its own vie for independence. I designed this composition with several things going on (great vs. little, composition of thirds, triadic color compostion, etc.) but I just loved the juxtaposition of the small yellow balloon high-tailing it from the larger group of balloons. Hence the title "Cast Away". Go little yellow balloon go!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Dreaming of New Mexico from Toronto?

Okay, so this was suppose to be another thunderhead cloud in a series of original acrylic summer cloud paintings I have in my mind's eye and in an ACEO format. Well, I worked that &%^$(@! but there was no way in God's green earth that it was going to be what I wanted it to be. I was so upset. I wondered what in the hell I was doing?! I wasn't an artist!? Who was I fooling?! It was 2:00 am and I just left it. I would return to fight another day.

Back to the board the next day and I just decided to let this be what it wanted to be. I followed the brush strokes, responding to the image being made before me. Then I realized, "Oh My God! It's a mountain!" Maybe it had something to do with just discovering Bobb Ross and his mastery of mountains with the knife (say what you will about Mr. Ross but he can make magnificent mountains with a painting knife) and a newly discovered, ever-deepening yearning to go to New Mexico.

I stood up and was amazed. Some of the freshest, best brushwork I have ever done and the colors and yes, it IS New Mexico! *big sigh*

I include with this post a link to a interesting article on New Mexico I came across earlier. Enjoy! I know I sure did!

Back and dreaming of Summer...

I don't know about you but this not seeing the sun for weeks on end is beginning to drive me a bit mad. That is why the first ACEO acrylic original painting of the year draws from summer for inspiration. This is an ACEO original acrylic with the concept of a basically complementary color palette of blue and orange. I LOVE it!!! Ah summer... to see the sun again. I can hardly wait!