Dog - 18 x 18 x 1.5"
One of my mentors once said you should title your work before you start painting, which according to him, gives you a direction in which to begin. Made sense to me at the time. But after a bit of thought and experience, I decided that wasn't working for me. Dog is a perfect example.
Picking my colors for the background, all I knew at the start was I wanted a nice autumn blend of color. Once I'd applied the background to my liking, I decided to go with basic black and white to really make a statement atop the fall color. Raw was in the forefront of my mind when I dipped my worn bristled brush in heavy white, then black paint. Nothing too smooth for this. I needed the next two steps to stand out, which they do.
Disagreement - 12 x 12 x 3"
Different shapes, different colors. Can't we just get along? Maybe.
Disagreement is another work that utilizes essentially brown as the primary color. Blue, as an approximate complimentary color, stands out nicely with other shades and neighbors of brown.
Black and white of course throw more into the mix, bringing about a nice contrast of marks, shapes and colors.
Angry Blue Sky - 54 x 56"
Deep blue hues of angry skies with clouds of white, blues and subtle purples. Drama, drama, drama! Big and bold, this piece makes a serious statement of color and contrast. Definitely an eye catcher in any setting.
NOTE: This work is currently rolled canvas due to high shipping costs of a piece this size as stretched canvas. Local buyers to St. Louis will receive this painting on 2" stretcher bars, ready for hanging.
Watcher - 12 x 16 x 1.5
More from the "Watch" series. Watch, as in look, follow, view. A view from the sky? A view from where? That's up to the you. Much to see from wherever you are. Zoom in to see the details.
Flow - 16 x 20 x 1.5
Flow - Acrylic on board/panel.
From high above, experience the flow. Colors and lines come together in full view. What catches your eye? The black trail down the center? The bright red? The white contrast? You can experience this one over and over in your home or office. Acrylic on wood panel with 2" sides painted white, ready for hanging.
Watched - 12 x 16 x 1.5
Watched - Acrylic on board/panel. Another like painting I've created a bit of a series with. The "watching" is from the loose interpretation of eyes you see in the top half. Most if not all in the "watching" series feature a form of this, which depending upon your current frame of mind can bring about a feeling of being watched. ;-)
Acrylic on wood panel with 1.5" white sides. Ready for hanging.
Walk with me - 48 x 30"
Walk with me - Acrylic on canvas
The development of this painting took a number of sessions and iterations. "Be fearless" was the mantra in my mind as I didn't worry about changing it too much or adding too much or too little of anything. The goal was a bold statement. Black and red accomplish that easily. Let your eye move from quadrant to quadrant. Take in the marks, drawings and spray painted stenciling.
And here ya are, and it's a beautiful day - 18 x 18"
And here ya are, and it's a beautiful day - Acrylic on panel
A quote from near the end of the Cohen brothers movie Fargo. An abstract feeling of sky, distance and beauty with a hint of landscape.
98% of the paint is applied with a brayer, rag and finger, with 1% brush and 1% spray paint.
Tie Dye - 24" x 48"
Tie Dye - Acrylic on canvas
The fun in creating this piece was the background. So many colors, textures, marks and scrapes! Knowing it was going to peek through the black and white overlay, it didn't have to be perfect, but it demanded interest.
Left vs. Right - 40" x 30"
Left vs. Right - Acrylic on canvas
Pretty much sums it up eh? Much to experience within this piece. Tension between the larger right side feature and smaller left side is tied together with "string". Essentially threads that barely hold us together as a people, as a country.
"I just wanna get along." (Pixies)
2cubes - 12 x 16"
Literal. Two cubes in the painting. Not hard to find. Stormy, drama, moody. Just a few adjectives describing this piece. Raw umber background always adds a level of tension or moodiness to most works IMO. Colors and black and white with marks, scrapes and pencil add bits of interest here and there.
Cradled wood panel with 1.5" sides, ready for hanging.