I wanted to practice drawing a face and our printer isn’t working so well so I looked through a magazine. I found perfect black and white photo of a middle aged woman in a medicine advertisement. It took about 3 3 hour sessions. I’m pretty happy with it. It’s the most realistic sketch I’ve done. Not that realistic equals good but it’s nice to hone that skill for when you need it.
In this painting I wanted to capture fire in a cubist or modular type of way. I tried to bring out the triangular shapes we see in fire and make a type of rhythm out of it. Also, I wanted to show the luminosity and vivid color of a light source within the flame. The light source comes from the center, similar to Van Gogh’s Potato Eaters.
The name “Ancient Flame” comes from the idea of a flame with in all of us that was lit long ago. It’s a passion that causes us to create. A force that causes us to strive to contribute to the world and not just to worry about our own life.
Like always, you may have a whole different interpretation and that is great! I am just presenting an idea that you can run with and hopefully be inspired by.
My wife found an image in a magazine of a girl dancing wearing a really elegant dress and suggested that it would be a good idea for a painting. I did my own spin on the dress adding red, yellow, yellow-green and blue. While painting the back ground I went a little to heavy with the water and got drips. After they dried they looked really neat so I left them in and traced them to define them more. I’m learning more and more to let the painting become something naturally instead of forcing it to fit an exact idea. Art is all about discovery.
So this painting is all about rain, life, flowers and dancing. I personally love the rain… and am hoping nor-cal gets some more soon!
Colfax, California 95713
This was an idea that came to me when I was looking at coins. I am a little bit of a coin collector. I have coins from all over the world. And I started to think about all the times that “love” and “money” are used together. “Can’t Buy Me Love” is a song by Paul McCartney… “ For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.” 1 Timothy 6:10… etc. In a way they are opposites but in another way money can obviously be used to show love in giving the those in need. Anyway, I look forward to hearing other people’s thoughts on it.
I recently went on a retreat to Lake Tahoe and took some photos. This is a painting based on one of the photos.
While painting it I looked at other paintings of landscapes for inspiration in my art books and at the Crocker Art Museum. It’s interesting that everyone paints the sky and water a little differently. I guess you could classify them as “more realistic” and “more expressionistic” but maybe it is just that everyone sees them a little different. You never know exactly what the world looks like through someone else’s eyes… because you aren’t them.
Had a lot of fun doing this one. It was hard to stop… but I think I’m done. 🙂 It’s 22 x 28 inches which is pretty big for me. I found a couple images from the web and used the basic elements and shading but then did my own thing. As we all know cameras flatten things out. So I attempted to add back gradients. And of course I added extra colors. As my teacher Mick said…. I’m a natural expressionist. ha ha
This painting was inspired by Magritte and Christo‘s work with sheets of canvas and a little bit by the Occupy Movement. I didn’t intend for it to be for or against them. But I think they bring up an interesting observation that there is a small percentage of people with a lot of wealth. And with politics aside I think they have a responsibility, should they choose to except it, to help their fellow humans in need. Like the old saying goes “With great power comes great responsibility.”