I've been loving working on scratchboard pieces. This one takes me more back to the days of painting furniture instead of oil painting in a realistic way. I really enjoy the time thinking of art in other ways and it's super fun to experiment... and I have always loved patterns. I started with the acorn and away it went. I might make some t-shirts with this one. Double click for a closer view.
AND the Vashon Art Studio Touris coming next weekend and the one after. December 4th, 5th, 11th and 12th. I am going to have a sale on small pieces in oil and I will have some of my furniture for sale as well. Check it out here- Art Studio Tour
If you've ever been to Jackson Hole,Wyoming, you know this sign. It's part of the infamous Million Dollar Cowboy Bar right in the middle of town. My family lives in Wyoming, so we end up venturing that way every other year or so and Jackson is such a fun town to visit. I've been thinking about neon quite a bit and this sign seemed perfect to try. I may paint it big later... small is still challenging for me but I like how this came out. I'm going to do some more daily painting in combination with my big works. The skills seem to be quite different and I want to be adept at both.
I am a firm believer in living an artful life. I've always wanted to paint a car, especially a spectacular 1973 beetle, and this summer it all came to fruition. I should point out that the weather went south before I got it done... I haven't posted my car at all but much of my summer was spent in bliss painting away. It really makes me love being an artist and the freedom it gives to create anything you want. Hopefully sometime next summer this car will be done, although it could possibly go on forever. The sides have chalkboard paint and are interactive with viewers if they so choose. I generally leave chalk out for freedom of speech. It's been a real blast. Art can take on so many forms...
I've been wanting to get my hands on some of this stuff for a while now and yesterday I bought some. I've seen some incredible art done with scratchboard. I don't really have any tools specially for this so I used some sewing tools and push pins. It was really fun. There will be more... not bad for a first! Double click for a closer look.
Since I have been painting really large, a couple of people have asked if I had smaller versions of my large works. I am going to be part of the Vashon Island Studio Tour in December and wanted to have some smaller works as well. SO , this is actually a completely different painting than the last, using a much closer crop of my reference photo. It let me focus on the glass lettering and all it's detail. I could paint honey in jars for a while, the colors are so pretty.
I am an artist living on an island in the pacific Northwest. For the past year I having been painting exclusively in oils, mostly on board but also some canvas. For a few years prior to this, I painted furniture with acrylics in a style reminiscent of art from Oaxaca, Mexico. For many , many years before that, I was a professional french horn player. Life circumstances made me choose to put my instrument down permanently and this blog is evidence of my creative spirit coming out in different form. I love the practice of daily painting and after all the years in classical music, daily practice feels essential to art as much as it did to music.
All paintings are sold unframed with an option for framing.
Contact me for more information or if you are interested in a painting listed in the archive. Some works are in galleries and some are still available. I try to mark what has been sold right away after a show.