Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Sunflower Field in Provence - o/c 25" x 29"

Rolling Sunflower Fields
25" x 29"

Completed painting early this week after working on her periodically the last few months.  I needed the multiple layers to dry for the oil to protrude throughout. 

The composition is based on travels to the South of France when the sunflowers are in bloom as well as the lavender.  Often times, they appear placed in rows along the gentle slopes as seen off in the distance. 

Monday, October 22, 2012

Permanent Collection

I have been asked by a number of patrons about the 2003 "Late Autumn" oil landscape that appears on the Round the Fountain website a few titles down from a web search on my career.  It was acquired in 2003 and added onto the permanent collection in the County Courthouse of Lafayette.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

An artist at work

Just returned from a few days in Galena.  Brought my sketch pad and penciled some quick drawings from the nature trail along the Galena River leading to the "Mighty Mississippi" with notes of the colors effected by shadows in the margins.  Snapped a number of digital photos as well.

Next week, finish a Sunflower Field painting I began early September.  After that, tonal landscapes in various sizes.  After all, it's autumn, and the perfect time to capture the beautiful shades of golden hues this time of year offers us.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Field of Iris - o/c 20.5" x 24.5"

Field of Iris
20.5" x 24.5"

Have been working on the Field of Iris series these past two months.  Completing my most recent painting above by building up multi layers of various blue and green hues in oil.  This series is one of the reasons I'm known for my impressionistic style and compared to Van Gogh and Monet.  I do favor the vivid colors in floral paintings that when applied with oil protrudes from the canvas and gives much depth to her viewed from all directions.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Works in Progress

I haven't meant intentionally to not blog this month.  However, I've been so focused on creating floral arrangements and garden landscapes in my studio these past weeks, time slipped away from me.  I'll showcase the originals on my website when they're complete.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Oriental styled Still Life - o/c 24 1/2" x 28 1/2"

Still Life with White Tulips in Ikebana Vase and
Japanese Silkscreen
24 1/2" x 28 1/2"

My latest still life includes some of my personal treasures I acquired while living in Japan and other travels since as well.  The tulips arranged in an Ikebana Vase is one of many I used while studying at a prominent school in Tokyo.  However, I'm westernized now with my floral arrangements. "More is More" vs "Less is More" (personal) philosophy.

The Japanese silkscreen is secondary to the white tulips.  The silkscreen is 6' x 6' and the two huts and small lake are a small part of it's entire beauty. Setting the vase and flowers on my 19th Century Chinese red table/chest in front of the screen and some artistic license at play throughout the painting, brings forth further interest in the floral arrangement.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Beauty in nature

Today, I've been cleaning up my studio after finishing a still life this week.  And, while also contemplating another painting next week, I can't help but stop and enjoy the beautiful scenes from my studio windows.  The snow has been steadily falling since mid morning.  We're to have around 11" by the time the day ends.  It's so peaceful to look at. 

Tomorrow, I'll put on my winter boots, and walk in one of the local forest preserves. I enjoy listening to the crunching of the crisp snow under my feet and walking where there are no other footprints before me. 

Every season is beautiful!  I truly am in love with nature.