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