My son-in-law's father brought some amazing and unusual homegrown vegetables with him on a recent visit from the further north part of California. The specimen spans about eight inches across, a most exquisite celadon green, knobby and beautiful.
Small green pear with a good amount of blush. Most enjoyable to paint. The dark background makes an effective counterpoint for the pale pinks and deep somber hues. It was a somber day.
Our pear tree is bursting, and I really love painting the harvest from our garden. I presently have so much to choose from. All the organic shapes and colors inspire me to stand and observe the plethora of tiny nuances.
I am currently painting a series of larger works for a show in the fall with an emphasis on the sky, and actually, blue, sunny skies. The featured palm tree is one of those objects that one walks by every day for years without taking notice. And that's funny. That is entirely what my work is about, taking notice of the not-so-obvious, simple beauty. This tree lives in the neighboring mobile home park in my community.
Another blackberry jam exploration. These are b-l-a-c-k berries, quite dark. The deep berry colors developed nicely with an alizarin crimson under painting, but I had to keep working at it and carefully add more and more dark colors to achieve the correct values. I didn't want to loose the feeling of berry jam.
Blackberries! The best summer memory EVER is my mom's blackberry cobbler with vanilla ice cream. I like to make blackberry crisp, which isn't really crispy. The pastry is buttery sweet mixed with brown sugar and the berries, thoroughly luscious and rich.
I'm talking about cobblers and crisps, while here sits a jar of blackberry jam. It's the next best thing to my mom's cobbler, and I can enjoy it all through the year.
Artistic trends extend in many directions, and I wrestle with the traditional themes and process of my work in a world that demands new and “cutting edge” fabrications at every turn.
This much I know is true: I love what I do, and I paint because I am spiritually, psychologically and physically affected by the observation and relationships of light and color, their natural organic place in my vision.
I may pick up a #10 Holbein painting knife, or a 1 1/2 inch chisel brush to move the paint around, each suggesting a different emotion (unbeknownst to me), another distinct take on a familiar place, a classic subject.
Some paintings flow together with an ease and grace, while others are created with an earnest struggle and great angst. Some very loose, others tight and detailed.
All an expression of appreciation of the life in a day, as well as the sadness I feel at the loss of a friend or loved one.
Thank you for coming to view my work.
Hey, did you know that today is Swiss National Day? The date is inspired by the date of the Federal Charter of 1291, placed in "early August". The document is one of several dozen pacts attested for the territory of Switzerland in the period of the mid 13th to mid 14th century.
Standing Pepper is the second painting in my series of sweet pepper artworks. I used bold colors and delicate palette knife strokes, as I do in all my paintings, in order to create a lasting visual impression. Art buyers (and art lovers) will see chromatic references to prominent 19th century impressionist painters like Claude Monet and Camille Pissaro as I offer homage to their artistic vision through my own art. This artwork is for sale by auction, so if your like to bid on the painting just click on the image above.
Luminous Color Explorations