Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Heartbeat


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

HERB KAWAINUI KANE SAILS AWAY

PELE'S VOYAGE FROM THE ANCIENT HOMELAND by HERB KANE

POLIAHU SNOW GODDESS OF MAUNA KEA by HERB KANE

THE PETROGLYPH MAKER by HERB KANE


When I first moved to the BIG ISLAND of HAWAII in 2004 I was intrigued by the Petroglyph Rock Carvings found along ancient trails. I wanted to paint my own version of what I saw and was quickly inspired to do a series. I began a painting in 2005 named Isaiah 51. It was one of the larger pieces in my series and it was during that painting that I saw my first HERB KANE image of his painting The Petroglyph Maker. I was breathless and in awe. It was a giclee hanging in a local art/boutique. It had such an impression on me that I came back to see it more than once. I wanted to see more of his work and found him to be of tremendous value to my artistic growth.

Isaiah 51 would not have had a figure if I had never seen his piece The Petroglyph Maker.


Isaiah 51
(24x36" In Progress-Still)

I purchased a painting By Herb Kane in 2006 from a private estate


STEEL WORKERS by HERB KANE

and asked him if he could tell me more. To my delight he did-

I was watching a large building go up near my studio in downtown Chicago and designed this painting to express the tremendous energy by which that city is constantly rebuilding itself. After living 37 years in Hawaii I am making a sentimental journey back to Chicago in May to see all the changes as I have been hearing about.I wish you enjoyment of the painting, and I have enjoyed seeing your lovely work. Aloha pumehana Herb

Herb Kawainui Kane was rightly given a honorary doctorate awarded by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008. He was far more than just a Great Painter. I know that I am one of many artist who are very greatful and humbled by the masterfully painted treasures he left for us to be enriched and enlightened by.


You can find out more about HERB KANE here and here

Monday, February 28, 2011

Sanctuary

4x10"Acrylic on Canvas
Mauna Lani Hawaii - BIG ISLAND

Sunday, February 13, 2011

LUMINOUS CLARITY


Detail of a Bejeweled Barred Owl in Progress.

I have been gifted to be visited by this mystical creature nearly every night for the past month. I will update this post when it is complete. Actual painting is 9x12" ( horizontal format).

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Christmas Exchange




Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Framing

Alice Thompson
Dutch Harbor Winter 2009

I have been spending a little time framing lately and wanted to share something I found online. I believe it was Akiko who told me about pictureframes.com back in 2008. I didn't see anything for me then. I went there this past week and saw this new moulding designed by Hawaii artist Dennis Mathewson under the label Xpressions in the Custom Framing tab. What a moulding! I felt like it was made just for this painting. The only dark linen option was black. I might lighten it just a tad with paint to smooth the transition. I like it in the black but the peanut gallery doesn't.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

36

Alice Thompson
Detail of 36

36 and still on Earth. I honestly never thought I'd live past 33 as that was the age my mother sailed to the other side. Alive I am. I could write a novel here about where I thought I'd be at this stage of my life in comparison to reality but I 'm sure it's all been written before.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Hidden Color

Detail of Self Portrait in Progress

I decided to work on the Calypso Moon Artist Movement ROY G BIV challenge today. It's almost complete but I don't want to reveal the true colors until it's ready for the challenge.The submissions so far are fantastic and I hope to see more. The deadline is the 29th of this month. Join in if you can.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

SNEAK PEEK

Sunflower detail in progress

Woke up early, stayed up late and posted twice in one day.
Spent the majority of my day on the Sunflowers .

Paint Palette Update

Please click for larger view

I started recording my ever changing paint palette in sketchbooks way back in those teen years. I still recall the surprise reaction from my HS Art teacher Mrs. Leigh when she discovered it during class. She was so pleased... I suppose it was that kind of praise that kept me doing them up until today. They are a little tedious but I always feel good when I do one. I suggest you do one too. They are also helpful for inventory and shopping. Just print and go. The small 4x4" is a painting in progress. Have a great day, painting or otherwise!

If you make one, or already have one posted, let me know.
I would love to see it ^..^

Friday, September 10, 2010

On the Easel

In Progress 16x20"

I want to say how thankful I am for all of you who stopped by my blog to comment on my last post . I am doing very well and have found my delight and strength in painting the Sunflowers we grew this year. I don't use an easel when I paint but I do find them handy for taking photos.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Sick In Bed 1991

Sick in Bed 1991

Several months ago I started getting ill and brushed it off. As the symptoms got worse I self diagnosed myself as having acid reflux disease. On 8-9-10 I went to the emergency room and had my Gallbladder removed 8 hours later. I'm back from the hospital and was told if I'd had waited another 2 days I'd have slipped into a coma and my body would've shut down unable to breathe. I could not eat, sleep, stand or lie down for about 5 days before I reluctantly went to the hospital. I tried every OTC drug and suggestion I was given. It's kindive ironic-the starving artist was a reality for me and I was foolish for letting a thing like no health insurance keep me from seeking proper care.

The painting above was my second attempt in Liquitex Acrylics. I remember propping my jagged broken mirror up against the railing side of my bedframe and doing this self portrait.

I hope all of you are well and I hope to be painting with the pack soon.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Time's Decoy

4x4" Acrylic on Canvas

The challenge for the Calypso Moon Artist Movement for July was concerning the subject of Freedom. I have been distracted and somewhat delayed in taking out the paint I know. In fact I was late for my own deadline. For this I grant all my fellow artist a get out of time- free card. It's good for a 24 hour grace late entry for any challenge. Just send me the secret code DECOY and I'll know what you mean. What I really want to write about was how impressed and moved I was by everyone who took part in the Freedom challenge. The stories were some of the best I've ever seen among Art bloggers or anywhere else for that matter. They really understood what I wanted and went on to express it visually. If you haven't visited their blogs I beseech you to do so.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

POLAR BOUND

6x6" Acrylic on Canvas

On September 24th 2009 around 10pm, I was on the clock carrying a box of medical supplies across the street when I saw two figures approaching me. One of the men I recognized, I knew that he spoke very little English and was quick to hand off this stranger who he suggested via body language needed assistance. Before me stood a tall thin white male, mid 60’s, inappropriately dressed for Dutch Harbor weather. He began to speak with a gentle British accent. He was looking for a Seaman’s Mission- a place where he could shower and pick up some supplies. He had a problem with his UHF equipment and needed repairs done. He told me that he had been at sea for a lengthy number of days. I should pause here and say that the number of days I heard him say seemed unbelievable to me. I base that on my navy experience, but because Dutch Harbor is a place of many characters I took note of that and listened quietly to all he had to say. He seemed charming and very genuine in everything else. I wanted to help him but there was little I could do. I gave him directions to the Safeway and suggested he contact the Harbor Master. Later that evening I came upon a boat tied to the company dock that didn’t belong. It was from Newcastle England and named POLAR BOUND. I’d never seen a vessel like this before. I spoke with my supervisor who had already given him permission to dock there overnight. I looked up the boat online and found out more about her and the owner, David Scott Cowper. He holds several records in solo sailing. You can read more about him here and here. I admired his courage and numerous achievements.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Temptation

48x60" Chalk on Canvas

Sometimes you just have to let Crazy come out to play. I got around to prepping my white 4x5' canvas for what I intend to become a larger version of my painting Fish Stone . I'm not ready to begin painting that piece just yet so I wanted to have something on the black canvas until then. I took some chalk and seized the moment. The drawing began to take form over the past 72 hours and was a delight to do. Nothing gets the family together like chalk can !

Friday, May 21, 2010

Secret Garden

8x8"Acrylic on Canvas

The Calypso Moon Artist Movement is all about Secret Gardens this month. I advised that to be a good artist you have to get out of the studio…. so I left painting to rediscover the joy in living and found many aspects of my life that had weeds growing in my absence. I needed to make some changes. The family tribe got together and planted mammoth sunflowers. I visited an outdoor art festival, began taking my vitamins, exercising, talking to family and friends who have been waiting patiently for me to speak to them. Without the love and support of the people around me( that I seem to ignore when painting) I’d be unable to flourish in creativity. Far from balanced I am.
The KALAHUIPUA'A FISH PONDS are located on the Big Island of Hawaii. This is one of my favorite places to rejuvenite the spirit. Not very accessible... unless you live in Mauna Lani($) or staying in a resort, you'll have to park and walk through the petroglyph lava fields to find this tropical paradise.

Now that I've returned to the 'Studio' I think that "I'm gonna give all my secrets away"-One Republic

Monday, April 19, 2010

Crabline Butchers

4x4" Acrylic on Canvas

It was time for me to dive back into my Dutch Harbor Series and focus on the people that occupy this small island in the Bering Sea. These two men are the driving speed by which the crabs will be processed by everyone in the cannery.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

MOVISTAR

Safe Crossing
4x4" Acrylic on Canvas

MOVISTAR
4x11" Acrylic on Canvas

I've been reading about the Virtual Paintout from the participants but never grasped the concept until now. The light turns on slowly for me. I have to say this Google Maps Street View tool/concept for art is brilliant and was used by artist Bill Guffey to do a large series of fantastic paintings- including all 50 States. He began and continues to host an Art Challenge blog that invites any artist to come and make some art while exploring exotic locations from your computer. I had a tough time figuring this out and did everything the hard way because I didn't read the handy guide Bill has put in his blog sidelines first. If you need another Art Challenge Blog, this is a great one! And of course you can always come and paint with the crew at Calypso Moon Artist Movement if you are brave.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

ERIKA

8x8" Acrylic on Canvas
Story will be posted soon ^..^
This painting is of Erika Nelson an artist who was among the very first to reach out and say hello and support me here in this Blog. Erika has energy and enthusiasm like no other. This image is of Erika hovering near her artwork at her latest art show posted in her facebook album. Underneath it she writes "Me for last minute check on labels and prices. That's no bongo drums you hear, it's my heart - major nerves!" I'm going to assume it was her husband that I must thank for such an inspiring photo. I was moved to paint this intimate moment because it reminded me of the years I spent as an art consultant. The resort gallery I worked in was owned by a large hotel corporation. Lots of delicious food was provided during artshows as the art consultants passed out free wine to potential buyers. Every month featured a different artist(s) and I found it interesting to see how each one handled their show. I love artist.

Monday, March 29, 2010

STARving Artist

4x4" Acrylic On Canvas

Crab Rangoon is one of my favorite Bad Foods. Bad for me in every way imaginable. These were leftovers from my favorite Chinese takeout restaurant that I heated in the oven. They came out crispy and delicious. In case your not familiar with the recipe it's cream cheese stuffed into a wonton with seasoning-usually imitation crab and then deep fried. Oh so GOOD. Just so your aware not all Crab Rangoons are created equal. You'll need a Chinese speaking cook. This piece was done for the Calypso Moon Artist Movement April challenge. Please have a look throughout the month of April to see what other Artist bring to the Potluck.
Oh I forgot to mention you'll need duck/plum sauce to go with this!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Spring

8x8" Acrylic On Canvas

This painting was done for the Calypso Moon Artist Movement Collectors Challenge. I asked for people to take two items that they collect and form an interesting painting. I have an affection for button jointed folk art dolls. One has to be careful though as that sort of thing can take over one's life very quickly. The other is my desire for quilts- I have more than I could ever possibly have need of in my lifetime. Both of these items are on the bed right now. I also suggested that a slideshow of your painting in progress would be great for extra credit. I followed my advice. This is the first time I've made one - hope that it works.

video

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

my thoughts about art

Here are a few of my thoughts about art that might be helpful.

Subject Matter- The fine artist often paints what he knows and loves. An illustrator paints any and everything well. A great artist is a combination of the two.

Composition – The very root and foundation of every painting. If this structure is weak everything you apply on top will be for naught.

Color- Your colors will directly impact a person psychologically. Be considerate and knowledgeable of what they do.

Contrast- Day and Night, light and dark. One cannot exist without the other. Put contrast where and when needed. Know when to sharpen and where to soften.

Tones- can be soothing, shocking, vibrant, magical, quiet, loud, low, dull…, experiment with your tones.

Brushwork- The artist playground. Your brushwork can create energy, movement and life.

Clarity - Can the viewer understand your story?

Melt- Allow your lines and colors to melt and flow into one another

Mood- what sort of mood does your image create. Images are powerful. Sway me.

Movement- A combination of brushwork, composition, color, contrast and shape. A Direction.

Melody-A masterpiece will always sing, can you hear music?

Rhythm- a series of paintings connected by a theme - The really big picture.

Story- The very core of your painting. Is there a heart or a stone?

Sunday, March 14, 2010

On the Canvas

Paintings in Progress

I have 4 paintings in various stages. Two more for my Japan Series, one for the Calypso Moon Artist Movement Challenge for March and a larger painting that will likely be destined for a Hawaii Gallery.
Look for these to be posted in completion in the next few weeks.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Mauna Lani

16x20" Acrylic on Canvas
This is my favorite beach in Hawaii.
I shall return soon : )

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Hill Place

6x8" Acrylic on Canvas

I have mixed emotions as I view this painting. For now I'll just say that I think buildings are similar to people in that they house both good and evil. I promise to elaborate more very soon.


Have you ever had a painting keep you awake even after it was finished? I was gathering my thoughts about what would be appropiate to write and have to say I didn't rest well. In fact I kept the lamp on so that I could sleep. Why is it lights make us feel more protected even when our eyes are closed? If you've been following my blog you might remember that I worked in Dutch Harbor at some point in security . This put me in the position to see the darker side of things. We were given different routes to follow daily and walking through bunkhouses/apartment complexes was done constantly. Anything out of the norm was recorded, reported and managed. While walking through one evening I came upon unusual graffiti hurriedly drawn. A very young artist used the entire hallway to express what words could not. Abstract markings, the word stop written twice and a representational drawing got my attention. I found out long ago that children have an acute ability to tell you how they feel using art. I took photos and made my incident report. The police were contacted and began an investigation. They wanted to find the young artist while the images were sent to a specialist. I can tell you that an arrest was made but I don't know if it was this child's monster.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Yokosuka Chuo Station

8x8" Acrylic on Canvas

I wonder about the woman in this painting. Is she still working the same job? Does she ever get tired of picking up abandoned umbrellas? Does she dream about escaping the station? Japan is such a tidy place. I soon discovered that umbrellas were shared property. If you found one while it was raining-it was yours. Apparently the Japanese like to stay very dry. But they like to live dangerously too by leaving behind their kasa(umbrella). Just remember that when traveling in Japan... mi kasa es su kasa.
I enjoyed being able to witness and interpret this moment in time with my paints. This is the 9th painting in my Japan Series. I had originally planned on 10 but we'll just have to wait and see what happens.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Calypso Moon Artist Movement

Genesis Artist Group Self Portrait Collage

I am pleased to announce the first self portrait group collage by Artist who participated in a new blog that I've begun entitled
Calypso Moon Artist Movement. At the moment I am writing the challenges but this will be a group effort and it is my sincere hope that others will step in and offer interesting ways to guide and direct. My vision is not simple. I'd love to have many of these same artist at a BOD meeting in the near future discussing growth. I want paints, art supplies, galleries, weekly television spots featuring different artist using Calypso Moon Artist products... A stock symbol... pink sheets...otcbb...nasdaq-okay I dream big sometimes. I've learned that artist grow when they come together to support and share. I want the best art challenge blog showcasing the world's finest minds. It is in essence a free advanced art class online hosted by yours truly. Not to mention the added exposure and networking that develops from all of this. If you're a painter who is or seeks to become a FINE Artist. I invite you to join in.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Japan's Dean

5x7" Acrylic on Canvas

This rebel had that classic 50s American look. Just had to paint him.
I try hard not to get in the way of a person when they view a painting for the first time, so that they may formulate what they perceive. My father's impression of this painting was one of a depressed man in a bar, alone-coping. He might just be... considering Japan has one of the highest suicide rates in the world among men. Most of the men I saw in Japan were dressed very crisply in their business attire or in a uniform of some kind. The fella inside this diner looked to me like he wanted to show everyone how courageous he was for dressing out of the norm. It takes guts to be a rebel and it seems being a man in Japan is no easy street either. I also see a connection with my love for Edward Hopper's Nighthawks.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Pearl of Wisdom

18x24" Acrylic On Canvas

I remember this moment vividly. It was Ocean Day 2007 a national holiday in Japan and I was in Asakusa taking in the sights and sounds. Just around the corner of this same restaurant I spotted the Young Japanese couple that marked the first painting of my Japan Series. However it was this woman that left me in awe. There she was. She probably stood at around 4 feet. She sat quietly clutching her bag alone watching the people passing in front of her. I wondered who she was and what her life had been like. She had lived through the atomic bombings and seen her country transformed. I saw the decorative flags floating in the breeze and the crown of light forming her a halo. Over her shoulder inside the restaurant a young girl is standing looking out at that same whirlwind of movement. In the glass window you see ghostly reflections of the people drifting by. It was all too perfect. The oldest living woman alive is from Japan. The Japanese also have the longest life expectancy of any country. This piece has taken me nearly three years to complete and I’m happy that it did. This was an extremely difficult painting- I think some things get better with time, don’t you? I’d like to wish everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day.

KARIN

 6x8" Acrylic on Canvas
TAH DAH!
This is a portrait of an artist named Karin. Her paintings are captivating. She is a living modern master of American genre, with a very unique point of view. She calls herself a "paintaholic" which I doubt anyone would deny. Karin has done so much for the arts community by simply being who she is. 118 artist came together through Jill Polsby to present Karin a book of 118 portraits of her as surprise. All the artist had to have their pieces turned in by the end of January and keep the project a secret until Karin got her book. That was tough! Actually it was Erika Nelson who asked me if I knew... Akiko Watanabe helped me too.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Sneak Peek of Paintings in Progress


Acrylic on Canvas
Just thought I'd share what I've been painting this week . The piece on the far left needed some final touches. It was posted back in 2008 but I knew it was missing something so I held off on the varnish. Now I can say it's finished. The next two I began last night-which is my today. I realized that I left a few things unfinished when I had gone to Dutch Harbor for the year. One of those being my Japan Series. I need to complete them -let them go and get them ready for a show. I've got to call my old boss... a Gallery Director on the Big Island and ask If she has a space for me this year. I'm hoping for November if theres a spot still available. The piece on the right is for my Dutch Harbor Series. Look for all of these and possibly a few more to be posted in the coming weeks.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Genesis

6x6" Acrylic on Canvas

This is the first painting that I've done for my new blog
Calypso Moon Artist Movement where all fine artist are welcome to participate in a monthly painting challenge. The assignment was to do a self portrait using 1 color only mixed with black and white. I found my own rules to be difficult to follow... however it lead me to experimenting with texture and style. I spent the last two weeks debating on what color. I have been using a very dark and cool palette lately for most of my Dutch Harbor Series paintings and wanted to try and do something more cheerful. I often collect paintings that have rich warm yellows but seldom do I find it in my own work. Therefore I chose IRIDESCENT BRIGHT GOLD . The end result looks a bit spooky and perhaps sad but at least I gave yellow a try.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Nevermore

6x8"Acrylic on Canvas
While in Dutch Harbor I changed jobs and with this a move upwards. I had gone from the first floor of a WW2 built bunkhouse overlooking the dock to the fourth floor of a much newer apartment building with a scenery of rock. This new building had a minimum of 5 security cameras on every floor. After working the nightshift as Security (mostly spent locking and unlocking all sorts of doors) I'd come home to my new view. The Ravens and Eagles loved to talk around Noon each day, having so many new and exciting things to say, that I barely was able to keep myself away...

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Hurley

6x6" Acrylic on Canvas
I was having a moment of anxiety last night and I took out the paints late in the evening. I have a large 4x5' blank canvas in my bedroom and it's waiting along with everything else. I wanted to shut out the world and get lost with LOST. I paused this moment from Season Five and became inspired. This is Jorge Garcia. Of all the characters I feel closest to him... the artist with a grand sense of humor and a sprinkle of crazy here and there.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Resurrection

8x8" Acrylic on Canvas
My Dad came shuffling in the front door a few weeks back and asked me if I wanted this nest... to perhaps paint. I took a look and knew it was meant to be.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas

I hope Christmas Eve finds you healthy, happy, and warm.
I will be playing It's A Wonderful Life on repeat for the next 24 hours or so. One of my favorites moments is when Clarence tells George
"Strange isn't it.... each man's life touches so many other lives, and when he isn't around he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?
I've got some pieces in process that should be posted around the New Year. Until then, Be safe and find the Joy in Living.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Dutch Harbor Winter 2009

6x8" Acrylic On Canvas
I had to find a balance after painting SEAHORSES and knew I needed to paint a self portrait to reflect on this years experiences and emotions. I have a lot of painting to do with some lofty artistic goals and hope that I am able to make it all happen. Wish me luck.

SEAHORSES

6x6" Acrylic on Canvas
She is beautiful and radiant with that glamorous smile. Don't know her name or what she does but I do know that she is a artist of some kind that is a member of DSFDF. It's amazing when you see the faces of the people who enjoy art that will be spending a portion of their Christmas holidays doing a portrait of another artist. It's good to come together in this fashion.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Winter 2009

Self Portrait Photography
I leave Dutch Harbor today to spend a few days in Seattle before heading South for the holidays. I am anxious to start the painting process and hope to share my impression of this island with you. This photo was taken for the year end artist challenge hosted by Karin Jurick . Hope to see you there.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

NORTHERN FURY

6x6" Acrylic on Canvas
Every time I pass by the small boat harbor this fishing vessel catches my eye.

Friday, September 11, 2009

DSFDF 1st Anniversary

There is probably no other force in the universe that could make me paint a cupcake besides the skillfully clever Karin . In fact I had painted two cupcake pieces, the other no longer exists , famished I was… you can just imagine. The season has slowed down and I’ve changed jobs although I still work for the same company. I have now a few minutes to paint and it feels good to see a blank canvas transformed.

Monday, June 8, 2009

SEA STORY

5x7" Acrylic on Canvas

This small fishing village is filled with history and countless Sea Stories. Painting this beautiful weathered shack sent me drifting back to my first attempts at portraying wood and my love of Fisherman.


DAD FISHING AT NIGHT 1992

Watercolor On Paper 21x27"?

The fishing/crab season begins for me soon, so I'll be spending 12 hours a night visiting the same time clock , seven days a week for the next few months until the circus leaves town. My post will become much less frequent but I will be thinking of you all.


Sunday, May 31, 2009

Storybook Cover

2.1 x 3.75" Acrylic on Canvas
I'd like to turn this miniature piece into a tiny book cover for a primitive folk art doll someday in the future... when I learn to sew. This painting was done for the biweekly artist challenge DSFDF. This time we were given a black and white photo of Pennslyvania farm country and asked by Karin to "invent the color". This was not simple at all, but I am pleased with the result and as always enjoyed testing my skills and learning something new.

Monday, May 25, 2009

STEADFAST

4x4" Acrylic on Canvas
Dutch Harbor blizzards are common. This faithful eagle sat firmly planted on top of fishing nets directly outside my window while the snowstorm raged. In the background is F/V GUN MAR with her painted red and white exterior along with a blue mooring line attaching her to the dock. This pier once belong to the US NAVY and was attacked June 3 & 4 1942, by The Imperial Japanese Navy. It is known as The Battle of Dutch Harbor. 88 Souls from both sides were lost in that period. I have a spot in my heart for the Flag and all the brave who defend her.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

FISH STONE

6x8" Acrylic on Canvas
A few weeks back I took a beach walk and kept my eyes open for treasure. The tide was new. I recall doing this since I was knee-high. My Aunt and my Dad taught me to Find Sharks teeth, Sand Dollars, Starfish, and to appreciate the beauty in things like Fossils and Rare Driftwood. In 2002 I spent many an off day on this same beach and found teeth about the size of an Aceo. One belonging to a shark and the other is still unknown. I gave each one away as gifts to these same teachers. I’ve been very fortunate to visit a number of beaches and I am always in awe of how different they are around the globe. One of my many interests in life is Lapidary. I Love Rocks. This beach is covered in them. The drizzle caused these washed out grey stones to come alive with various colors and textures. Fish have always seemed to have a strong theme in my life, I’m not sure why- but I like them a lot too.
To Tala, and my QA Family.
0 Parasites, 1 Headbone, 1 Backbone, 28 Softbones , 70 Hardbones,
1% Improper Skinning and Underweight.
Total Defects 100
Grade Z

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Sparky

4x4" Acrylic on Canvas

This young fox look like such a rascal by the way he danced about and licked his chops at those coming near him to get a closer look. Because of that I've decided to name this fella Sparky. He looks sorta like a fuzzy bear mixed with Raccoon.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Incognito

8x8" Acrylic on Canvas

When I have time off I like to explore my surroundings. I spotted this mystical creature along my travels. I saw not 1 but 2 foxes that fortunate day. Lucky for me they were very photogenic.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Constellation Aquila

6x6" Acrylic on Canvas

I spend a good deal of time pondering the meaning beneath the painted surface. I have been absent from blogging and painting and hope to get back into the current soon. I don’t believe I would have participated in this week’s DSFDF challenge hosted by the generous Karin Jurick, had I not been inspired and uplifted by a poetic comment from Dabblerteer on my last post. To reciprocate my appreciation I thought I’d include the lyrics to a song by
Jars of Clay entitled Waiting for the World to Fall to accompany this painting.

I'm afraid it's been too long to try to find the reasons why
I let my world close in around a smaller patch of fading sky
But now I've grown beyond the walls to where I've never been
And it's still winter in my wonderland


I'm waiting for the world to fall
I'm waiting for the scene to change
I'm waiting when the colors come
I'm waiting to let my world come undone

I close my eyes and try to see the world unbroken underneath
The farther off and already it just might make the life I lead
A little more than make-believe when all my skies are painted blue
And all the clouds don't ever change the shape of who I am to You
I'm waiting for the world to thaw
I'm waiting for the sea to change
I'm waiting when the colors call
I'm waiting to let my world go under
When I catch the light of falling stars my view is changing me
My view is changing me

I’m waiting