Petunias have an incredible graceful shape, very "artsy." They present a challenge, not the bloom so much as the foliage. I have had good luck a few times, but sometimes...
A quote from Grant Wood describes a condition from which he and many of us suffer: taking too much for granted. Wood said, "...To my great joy, I discovered that in the very commonplace, in my native surroundings, were decorative adventures and that my only difficulty had been in taking them too much for granted." Woods' words ring with truth. My goal as an artist is to capture the wonder of the often overlooked ordinary, the commonplace beauty around us, those little details that make all the difference in our daily lives. The rough hue of rocks, lush blue woodlands, weathered wood grains, and distant meandering dirt roads never cease to appeal to me. I attempt to share the beauty from which routine blinds us. My work can be purchased on ebay or by contacting me personally.
Thursday, July 11, 2013
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Thursday, July 4, 2013
In 2006, the town of Ashland celebrated its 100th birthday, the most well-attended city event I can remember. To commemorate this gala affair, artists within Marble Gate Gallery painted a series of flags, one of which was this one I painted of the county courthouse dome and flag. Helen Pope purchased this painting. She would want me to say that.
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
In October I always try to attend the Sarah Carlisle Art Colony on Lake Martin. The week is spent painting, listening to instruction, and networking with those of like mind. This year we worked on values and several studies were done painting ordinary kitchen items: cups, bowls, flatware, fruit, and veggies. Now I'm returning to those studies and applying color. This is one of those studies after color.
Monday, July 1, 2013
Eggplant have always appealed to me. The color is so lovely and the texture of the surface is so touchable and, well...exotic? Too bad I have never developed a taste for them. I've tried frying them like green tomatoes. - Ok, but I prefer green tomatoes. I've even gone the eggplant Parmigianino route, but anything is tasty with enough cheese piled on it. I think I'll just admire the eggplant for its aesthetic qualities.