Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Advent, 36x36, Oil on Canvas

"Advent" 36x36, Oil on Canvas

I've been working very steadily on this piece for a few weeks now. 

I thought it might be interesting to try for more muted palette yet still have the sense of a brewing storm coming on. Passion vs. peace and the mixture of something large yet beautiful (I hope). 

I also thought it would be a nice balance to not only have the rise of moisture through the clouds but this mirror of water and light in the land. Light meets light and water meets water.

It's titled, "Advent" because the word actually means: Arrival, appearance, emergence. Just as, for the Christian calendar, we anticipate the long expected Jesus at Christmas so nature reminds us through it's rain and tempests this tension of waiting and having it arrive at last.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Art for Adoption

"Verdant" 5x7, Oil on Panel (framed)
Available at Mary Tomas Gallery
Contact: 214-727-5101 

Art for Adoption

It’s been an honor to get to know my dear friends, Beth and George Butler as they have been journeying through the adoption process. Just getting to watch them and see their fervent love for a child they have never met is so humbling. It makes me so grateful for the three little girls I have. As I was praying about what I could do for my friends the thought came to me that art could have a part to play in love. Why not offer up my smaller nature works for collectors to enjoy as well as to further the work of getting this little child a home? It’s my delight and joy to share that Mary and Alberto Tomas encouraged me to do this through their lovely gallery.  For every purchase of a piece 50% will go towards adoption fees for Beth and George. My hope and desire is that when people see these paintings they might also think of a little child who was thought of and sought after, through the eyes of love. 

The pieces (some of them) will be hung for show on November 21st. But I will be sharing pieces periodically. If you see a piece that you truly love please contact Mary right away (see the contact info. under the painting).

You may also go to the main website to see ALL of the select works available for Art for Adoption: under the tab: Art for Adoption.

Friday, September 18, 2015

"Beatitude" 30x40, Oil on Canvas

"Beatitude" 30x40, Oil on Canvas

I've been wrestling with this one for weeks since I thought I was finished. The paint wasn't drying correctly due to some new thinner I was trying out (and using more like Linseed). After I scrubbed off huge portions of it and restarted again the piece seemed to be much better. I like the layers in the clouds along with the layers in the land. I always learn from mistakes. The best thing is to just go with them. Don't fight with the painting.

I don't know how many times I've walked away from the easel with this one because I was so frustrated. I'm so glad I did and didn't try to fight through "fixing" it. I've been learning how to let go of things in my mind with this painting.

Oh, and I'm back to Linseed Oil. I love that stuff. Why did I ever try something new? Oh yeah. Cause I wanted to torture myself.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

"Hushed" 12x48, Oil on Canvas

"Hushed" 12x48, Oil on Canvas

I loved trying at the shades of purples and blues in this piece. I used orange to tone down the blue even though it seems like such a sweet blue. 

I wanted the feeling of coming upon a perfectly still place before the light fades away.

Lots of mixing with this one. Titanium White with Ultramarine Blue, Dioxazine Purple and Cerulean Blue with Cadmium Orange and Cadmium Yellow Light.