Friday, September 29, 2017

1971 Triumph

Oil on canvas  48" x 60"

This is a special motorcycle.  It's a painting of my dad's bike while I was growing up. 
It's a 1972 Triumph ...trophy.
It was the bike I rode on the back of when I was growing up.
Good times.   

I'm thinking about getting myself a new Triumph these days.
They're just as beautiful but have all the modern amenities!

Thank you for looking! 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

1971 Triumph Motorcycle

On my easel in the garage.... my 1971 Triumph TR6.  I'm painting a motorcycle of mine.  I grew up riding on the back of this motorcycle, going on rides with my dad.  Great memories of holding onto my dad...helmet...vintage goggles and summer rides. 

I still have a lot to do, but I'm making progress... this painting is 48"x 60" ...the biggest I've ever painted. I've always wanted to be able to roll a motorcycle in the house and have it in a corner like a beautiful sculpture through the winter.... this might be another way to enjoy a motorcycle in the living room.   

Thanks for looking and reading! 

Friday, March 24, 2017

New paintings....

These are some new paintings drying on my wall.
Lately, every time I see one of my paintings, I see a children's story.
I don't try to paint this way...I mean... I do.  What I mean is, even when I know a color should be subdued a that another subject can take center stage in the painting,  
I can't do it.  It's like saying....this part isn't as special as this other part.  
I know the idea behind painting this way.  I know that amazing artists accomplish gorgeous pieces of art by using this technique.  I just can't seem to do it, even when I set out to try.

Maybe this is just how I paint.  
I'm cool with that, but some of these paintings feel like a page in a children's story.  
Maybe that's the most logical next step.  
I'm waiting for an idea to come to me...and I'm going to start that project.

Anyways, thank you for looking and reading!
I hope spring is filling you up with excitement and energy!
Have a good one!

Here are a few more of my story book paintings...

Saturday, March 4, 2017

The light at the end of the tunnel.

12" x 12"  oil on wood panel

I did it!  I got through February.   
It's the hardest part of living in Alaska for me...the month of February.  

Keep my head down and stay busy, try not to notice how cold or dark it is.  
Mentally, I start day dreaming about adventures away.

While I run on a treadmill at the gym, I crank the music and imagine....
body surfing in the ocean somewhere, trail running through the green woods,  
walking barefoot in grass, warm breeze brushing past the bare skin on my arms and legs.
I'm ready to walk out the door in a t-shirt again. 

Now it's March, and when I head home from my's still daylight!
When the sun is out...I can feel it! Sunshine is warm again!!

Here's something I painted a couple weeks ago, in the mist of my toughest month.

I guess I should be grateful for February... 
it's the month that I dream up adventures to go on for the rest of the year.  
Get myself out into the big, wonderful world.

What was planned this February? 
So far...I'll be plein air painting in Utah, visiting my sister in Colorado
 and hanging out in New York City.  

Thank you February 2017...
it was challenging as always, but interesting.

Thank you for looking!
and reading

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Late Afternoon Glow

"Late Afternoon Glow"
24"x 24" oil on canvas

The Alaskan winter days have beautiful lighting.  It's either looking like sunrise or sunset most of the day, unless it's plain 'ol darkness...then it's just dark.

This painting was done from a reference photo taken at 3:30 pm.  The sun just rides along the horizon in December.  This glass building was glowing.  If I turned around, I wouldn't be able to see the sun from my vantage point....but this building was reflecting everything from the southern skyline.

Traffic....if your a night lights junkie like me, traffic in the winter up here is pretty beautiful.  
And if I'm not wearing my glasses... all those lights have a large halo effect.  

Of course, this painting and the colors are filtered through my heart and mind...
a little bit amped up...... cause that's what I see.

Artists, don't be a journalist with your a poet.  
Show the world your heart.  Don't be scared... show us what you're made of. 
I love that about art.

Thanks for looking!!
 and reading.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

First painting of 2017

Tangerines and an Apple
12" x 12" oil on canvas

It's wonderful to be smearing oil paint again.

It's winter wonderland here in Anchorage, all seems to be white, blue and different shades of grey.  This is a great way to infuse my brain with color.....saturate my view with warm, vibrant colors. 

Happy New Year everyone!
I hope 2017 blesses you with love, good health and happiness!