Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Diamonds are Forever?

Little Jewel 67
10" x 12"

Over the years, I've created numerous miniature paintings.  Often as a reprieve between my larger canvases.

Early in my career, one of my patrons had acquired a few and described them as "Little Jewels."  I have always titled my paintings, but would mention if they would like to change a title, the painting is theirs, I'm surely fine with that. Patrons would share that my words reflected the paintings well, and the titles would remain.

I did feel the description this particular patron gave their collection of my miniatures heartfelt.  After that, I've titled all my 5" x 7" miniatures the same, and numbered them in order of completion. Currently, this is the latest "Little Jewel" available in the series.

Monday, October 18, 2010

South of France

"Sunflowers in Arles"
28.5" x 32.5"

Arles was one of my favorite cities in France when I visited as a guest of one of my patrons 15 years ago. The "light" in Provence is magical.  Words describing it are weak in comparison to the experience of being there.  Seeing it.  Savoring it.  Whether enjoying the architecture and gardens or meandering through the streets I recall how beautiful the colors were.  Everything seemed so vivid.  So true to life!  And as the shadows became longer as the hours progressed, objects were well defined.  Perfect for oil paints mixed onto palettes by Van Gogh and Gaugain in the late 1880's.  Perfect for artists in every decade.

SUNFLOWER FIELD was created from a photo I had taken of a farmhouse on the outskirts of the city.  Early July, sunflowers are in full bloom and the flowers are harvested for oil used in cooking. I've loved creating paintings from this photo as I've used it for reference numerous times. All originals have been acquired by private collectors over the years.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Creating in Natural Light

I began working on another floral landscape as the weather forecast has been sunny for a few days in a row.  Days when the natural light in my studio is more subdued, autumn paintings are also underway.  I've always created paintings of various compositions as I feel it's important that variety conveys an artist's innate ability.