Just finished these two paintings that were commissioned for a baby’s room. The mom sent the images to me as a download. From the download I was able to draw the images, then transfer them to 11×14 canvases…. then on came the color.
This was a straight forward job…very clip arty. Although, I don’t normally paint in this style….I did enjoy doing these.The mom knew exactly what she wanted….I like that because it takes the guess work out of it… Plus the images were clear and straight forward…..again this made my job easier.
As with all commission work…I try to get all the specifics…such as size, color, composition and price…down in writing with the client, before I begin working. There is nothing more frustrated than getting part way through a project and having an undecided client change their mind.
Also, with commission work….I always send pictures to the client as I work. Pictures of the various stages is a good way to communicate with clients and acts as visual record. It is harder for a client to change things later on if you have kept good communication throughout the creative process.
These two still have to be signed and then coated with a UVA protective acrylic coat….if all goes well… should be able to mail these out by the first of next week.
All the best to the family and their soon arriving baby!
Just finished this painting. It is a part of my Blue Horse series. You can see from the under painting stage pictured below…I changed several colors that were originally used in the background. Guess purple has not joined the pallet as one of my favorite colors….replaced it with an orangy-red…and it seemed to work better for me.
After transferring the drawing onto the canvas a quick coat of paint was given to the major areas. Since I work in oils, I hang the ‘work in progress’ in a place that I pass by often, so to give me amble opportunity to study the piece. I don’t go back to a piece until I have it worked out in my head how it should look.
I have found working on a piece before I have figured it out makes for a lot of frustration.
I always use canvases that have the staples on the back…..and I continue the painting onto the sides, so the piece can be hung with or without framing.
I’m a firm believer that being creative is essential to living well….I hope you have some creative time mapped out in your schedule.
All the best to you!
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Making a yellow paper mache piggy bank was the only thing that got me through 4th grade…..so I have been a visual artist since I was 9 years old. I say this lightly but with a solid belief that art should be readily available to everyone.
Many like me have the need to work in color and line, but might not be able to make their complete living at it. So what……getting money for one’s visual expressions is not always what matters at the end of the day. For me time in the studio gets me through life. I’m happy when I see a beautiful orange or yellow on the canvas. I like sharing with others these colors.
While studying painting and drawing at the University of Georgia the focus was more on developing one’s personal narrative as an artist. That’s great if one has a firm grasp on basic drawing and painting skills. I did not…..so I limped through art school.
Before graduation, I backpacked through Europe and got the chance to study many great European artist. Getting a chance to see drawings and under paintings of the great masters encouraged me to work on my drawing skills and basic painting techniques. So over the years I have made many studies of some of my favorite artist.
The Italian painter Matteo di Giovanni painted his ‘Christ with Thorns’ sometime between 1480-95. The format was very much like the Byzantine icon, but the orange and blue color combination was what attracted me to do a study of this work.
Another work that I painted a study of was the ‘The Sinai Pantocrator’ also known as the ‘Blessing Christ.’
Although these two works are different in tone and style these paintings taught me much about the process of making a proper under painting and facial modeling. One of my professors in college who was an abstract artist said that ‘One should first learn to draw realistically before venturing into the abstract.’ I really took his words to heart. I still have much to learn and practice, but studying these two images of Christ forced my eye and hand to see the geometric proportions of the face.
Next, I wondered onto the paintings of Georgia O’Keeffe. O’Keeffe taught me to paint as a woman. Below are several paintings that I did as a study of and inspired by her paintings. In 2010, I got the chance to see O’Keeffe originals in the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her colors are much more vivid than any photograph of her work can reproduce.
After visiting a Claude Monet exhibit at the High Museum in Atlanta, Georgia I was struck by Monet’s subtile tonal and color changes and was inspired to do a study of his ‘Morning on the Seine, Geverny, 1897’
Of course no study is complete, without the influence of Vincent Van Gogh. His usage of color still amazes me and is very difficult to pin down. Below are a few studies I have done of his amazing work,
For 2013, I have decided to find my own visual voice and narrative. I’m sure influences of these great artist will still be present in my work, but I want to focus on what my eye sees and how it sees it. After all, we are all different and bring our own unique interpretations to the palette. Finding out who we are and what we are about is a part of our collective human narrative. Long live the line and the color that comes with it. May we all discover something new about ourselves and share it with others. Being creative is a part of being human.
Have been working on this piece off and on for a few weeks. Really wanted to explore the temperature and values of yellow. What really pulled the piece together was a few strategically place dark blue values in between the lighter value flowers.
The paint is thick rich impasto oil paint on 9×12 inches stretched canvas. The painting continues onto the sides so it can be hung with or without framing.
The over all impression of this piece is a mix between Victorian and the Impressionist. Hope you like it, but if you don’t that’s ok….maybe next time.
Matisse said, “Exactitude is not truth”…… Simple saying yet when pondered deep truth. The eye and the mind are always tricking us…..making us think we know something because we saw, heard, or felt it.
I would dare to say Matisse was more interested in capturing what he felt about his subject than what he saw on his canvas. I must admit it has taken me to long to appreciate the complexity of Matisse’s simplicity. Long Live Matisse!
Pictured below is a Matisse drawing of a pitcher and flowers. Pictured below Matisse’s drawing is a painting I did based on his drawing.
The goal was not to make an exact painting of a vase with flowers, I have a camera for that, but I wanted to express my feeling of it. Peach tones, yellows, purples and gray-blacks were the colors that captured the feelings being made by the visual.
Although there are some areas that could be re-worked…..I think I’ll stop here….overall I like this piece and will consider it done.
Had a busy time in the studio….must say it was hard considering we are having beautiful weather here in NE Georgia…..today was in the 60’s.
Pictured are two Folk Art Style landscape paintings with a path leading to a little cottage on a hill. These paintings measure 12×12 inches and are oil are stretched canvas. The painting continues onto the sides so there is no need to frame. Can be hung as is…..
The colors are from a warm palette making a happy mix with the simplified designs. Simplicity and brilliant colors are what I like best about folk art. For me it’s pleasant to look at and loads of fun to do!
These paintings and others can be purchased on Esty.com at my Sabicons store.
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Advent is soon upon us and to celebrate its coming I painted this little folk art style angel. As the angel told the shepherds in the field to ‘fear not’ so may we apply these words to our own lives. My prayer is that our hearts be filled with peace and good cheer. Let all fear, doubt, and worry be far from us all.
Happy Advent to you………..
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Over this past summer I worked as a Naturalist at a local state park and really began to appreciate these little critters. I discovered they are not only beneficial for forest, but also came in many beautiful shapes, sizes, and colors.
I often doodle and one day my doodles began to look like a little slug and this was the beginning of this series of drawings.
Next time you see a little slug take time to really look. You will be amazed at the many ridges and curves you’ll see.
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