Monday, September 17, 2012

Old favorites, New ways of looking at them

A few years ago, I had a friend that went to Japan and explored.
While there on a sort of Pilgrimage he took some wonderful photos of what impressed him about the serenity of the countryside.
I have three favorite paintings I had done  from these photos.
One of a hot spring, the second a series of ponds feeding off a Hot spring and the other of a set of stairs carved all the way up a mountainside to a Shrine at the top.
While all three are wildly different in colour/subject  and style, they are such favorites of mine, that I have never parted with them.

"Falling Water"
18" X 24"
Acrylics on canvas.
(My very first attempt to paint water)


"Steps of Miijima"
Acrylics on canvas
(My first attempt to paint depth without a horizon)


"Ponds  of the Enlightened Spring"
Acrylics and Mixed media
24" X 24"
(My first attempt with using molding paste (stones & rocks) to create definition)

I hope you enjoy these paintings, as each was in some way a new ground achieved in my learning to paint process.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Creating art from different angles.

 A few years back I painted a Calla lily.
It was a special painting, as I had never painted a flower with such detail.
Fortunately for me, and a lot of revisions I finally got it right.
Any flower I have painted since, I have liked but never as much as the gorgeous white Lily.
It has been my Pride & Joy.
It is Painted in Acrylics
on canvas 
12" X 24"

Recently I had a chance to see a bouquet of Calla Lilies and in looking at them I realized that the beauty and simplistic form of this flower formed a perfect spiral when I gazed at it from above.
At first I thought That nobody would know what I was painting.
But then as I gazed at my work in progress I realized that it was so obviously a flower.
A delicate exquisite flower.

Here is the Finished painting.
Acrylics on Birch Panel
20" X 20"
"Lily Rising"

Detail of the flower center;

I hope you like it.
This was a real challenge to me, 
but, in all I think it turned out quite well.

Comments and critiques are welcome.
Later all