One of my more scary (add some scary music here… or a good metal band :)) paintings just in time for halloween. I used complimentary colors red and green with a little red orange and green yellow thrown in.
There isn’t a super specific meaning. Thinking what to name it, I noticed the rib cage really looked like a cage and along with most paintings of sculls and bones it represents mortality. I personally believe someday we will be released from our mortal cage. In my humble opinion… we think spiritual therefore we are spiritual beings. Halloween seems to remind us of the spiritual realm.
And even if you don’t agree I hope you enjoy the painting anyway. 🙂
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!
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.
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.”
After taking my Modern Art History class at American River College by Ken Magri, I was really challenged to spend more time with my paintings. Some artists would spend a month on a painting. Although Van Gogh boasted he did a painting in a day and of course it look GORGEOUS, I don’t want to use that as an excuse to not spend more time with mine. So this is the start of spending more time with a painting. It may be making it realistic or just experimenting like de Kooning. Not that I’m at ashamed of the rest of my work. Each painting is part of the journey so I love them all.
Exploring the world of 3D art a little bit in this sculpture/painting. I carved the finger out of wood and attached it before I painted it. It was fun to watch people stare at it at the gallery show. I look forward to doing more. I like not being limited to a flat canvas.
This painting is dedicated to the victims of Sex Trafficking happening in the US and around the world. Be aware and help out how you can. I’ll give a link and I am sure there are other organizations out there.
I consider it important to bring awareness to issues in some of my paintings. William Blake depicted the horrible mistreatment of slaves in some of his paintings. So it’s not an original idea but one I want to help carry on.
A surreal landscape using a few objects in my room and the old imagination. I think the red-violet background gives it and interesting mystical atmosphere.
Don’t strain yourself to much on the “deeper meaning”. I like what a professor of mine told us in my graphic design class “Lead people down a path but don’t make everything obvious”. I enjoy songs that I don’t know the full meaning of… so why not a painting. The title will get you started. 🙂