I've been craving greens this long winter so I painted this fairy cove this weekend. My goal was to create a private, secret place...a place where one might sit on a mossy rock to pray or meditate. I used some pouring technique in the foliage and will continue to develop that method. I like the layering affects one can achieve!
It's always good to get the brushes warmed up before committing to a larger painting. This one was a weekend project and will serve as a demo piece for my students at class tomorrow. I think everyone is eager to paint with brighter colors these days. This has been one brutal winter and beckoning spring to come via painting is healthy for the soul!
Well here we go! Welcome 2014! I have so much planned for the months ahead! Here's the first painting of the year. In a way it represents all that goes on inside my head. I have paintings backed up in my memory...some overlapping others, some on the bottom of the pile, some on top...all screaming to get out. It's going to be a good year. I can feel it in my bones.
I love painting the abstract shapes in water! There is something magical in how the eye can piece these shapes together and make it into a comprehensive, understandable painting. I will have to do more of these for I am seduced by the process!
16 x 10"
This little lady was preening herself outside my window. I love how her feathers splayed out in all directions! She was completely at home and safe. I was touched that she decided to do her grooming here!
Here is the first painting of the year. And, believe it or not...it's not a miniature! This year my goal is to explore compositions on a larger scale. (Miniatures too, of course!)This is not a full sheet for I'm still not brave enough to commit to that! Perhaps the next one thoguh...It sure was fun to paint pelican again. They are such regal birds!
I grew up in culturally diverse San Francisco Bay Area and indulged in all forms of creative venues varying from music and dance to rich visual treats at museums.
I earned a BFA in Graphic Design at CCA and relished in the fine arts and design courses offered there. I graduated just before the dawn of computer graphics applications and have always felt blessed to be one of the last students taught the disciplines of exacting, hands-on skills required of the pre-computerized field. We were trained to apply strict adherence to detail and almost Zen-like focus on precise execution. This disciplined arts oriented ideology has influenced my approach not only to what I do in the studio but to life in general.
Of course, I have learned computer graphics applications since. I would be deceiving myself if I didn’t embrace one of the most amazing and flexible tools available to the modern day artist/designer. I only hope my work reflects that of carefully thought out artistry and evokes sentiments of beauty and balance as good design is meant to do. Hopefully my passion for thought provoking art coupled with love of the outdoors brings you visual contentment and joy.