Catching Bugs On My Windshield

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16 x 20 mixed media

Couldn’t let 2013 get by without posted something, so here is another in my clouds and overhead lines themed pieces. Love driving highways and observing the terrain/changes and how the sky and horizons merge. Especially when you have a front moving in just before dusk…the sun can bring on such unusual and beautiful colors. Technique wise this piece was done with ink, acrylic, pen, and illustration board. Thought about putting some structures along the horizon line but didn’t want to take away from the flow I was seeing. As a whole this was some abstract elements in it but leaning more towards realism than I would normally do, but I love the way the front looks.

Dermatological Wonder At 6 Fathoms

9×12 in. mixed media.  Let me start by saying thank you to everyone, I have hit a milestone I never imagined I would get to…1000 followers!!!!!! … I reached that early today, it is very humbling and at the same time extremely uplifting . THANK YOU ALL

The long winded titled piece was done like some of my bubble tree series, without the trees. I had a preconceived idea about goosebumps…thus the title. It has a different feel than the others like it…but I can sense being in the water for sure. Not many have seen this piece so I will let you guys and gals tell me what you think.dermatologicalwonderat6fathomsW

You Can Only Clean Fish Once

9×12 in. mixed media. Details on the lighter areas not showing very well, you will have to take my word on there is more to be seen. Used some of that 42 year old ink in getting my colors just right. Had a few on lookers thinking I was doing something with football laces or clocks…nice observation but can’t say I was on that path. Watercolor paper does such a nice job of taking my early layers before I start glazing over with finishes, inks, and acrylic. Not sure I have mentioned my process in naming pieces before…once I have completed a piece I spend some time with it and see what comes to mind…I have almost as much fun doing this as I do working on them. Not sure what my titles say about me as an artist but I do know it is enjoyable. 

Down 2 Duchamp’s

Mixed media 10×14 in.  To think that such a modern abstract classic was done 100 yrs. ago by Marcel Duchamp (1912- Nude Descending Staircase,No.2). My way/my style of doing a piece inspired by Duchamp. His piece/work would make my top 20 and Duchamp would make my top 20 favorite artists. (note I find it very hard to make a top 10 list or be able to rank them, so I have empowered myself to have a top 20 unranked…list to be published at a later date.)

Rounding The Corner

Mixed media 10×14 in.  During my square period while I was discovering the wide selection that current art markers offer. Many of these pieces were made using multiple layers, 6-8 normally, until I achieved the look and colors I wanted. I like the illusion this piece creates  of a edge coming out at the viewer and the fading to the right and left. Seems like a  simple piece and most people will never know how much detailing it took…but at the end I guess it only matters … does the viewer like what they see.

Salsa Medium Hot

Mixed media 12×18 in.  Love Mexican food, I can’t get enough so why not paint my craving for some salsa, home-made. Free hand repeated pattern using markers and paint sticks with a little pen work.  This piece feels exciting, lively, zestful and crisp…just the way I like my salsa. This was a very spontaneous piece that I had an image in mind but I didn’t want to dwell on it to much, for fear of over working it.  Not sure peppers come in that shape but the colors seems right!

 

Look Straight Ahead

Slightly mixed media 10×14 in.  I had both eyes laser-ed due to my parents genes and this piece was what I saw on a minor follow-up procedure.  I would have done something about the first two but the canvas would have been pure black or white since I remember nothing, Nada.  Actually the most amazing thing was after the first two procedures I could not believe how much more vivid, intense and richer all colors were…like seeing a different colored world.  I had feared having this done most of my life since my Mom told me I would have the same before 50…she was close.  It went so well and the results so amazing/laser I wish I could have had this much earlier…we live in amazing times.

Trapped Inside Of An Electrolux

Mixed media 9×12 in. I was going to name it after the Hoover, but that might make a good follow-up to this  instead. The Electrolux vacuum cleaners were so cool looking, I believe the switcher-roo  in Rocketman  was an electrolux. These machines were so Buck Rogers…I think as a kid I tried to ride my mom’s around until I got caught…several times.  I think I upgraded to a 3 wheeler to save my behind.

Voyage Of The Cranes

Mixed media 9×12 in. Remember when I was talking in my Chaos In The Bay page about my first attempt of doing a sketch…well this is it. Stained glass without the glass! Actually I may try to do something equine with framing, why you ask? The initial layers of this were very brite and rich and after several coatings I managed to get to the shades you see now…however if you hold this up to a brite light those rich colors come thru…almost like a night day type thing…accident but maybe something to experiment on. By the way I am referring to the birds, ie… cranes.

Seeking Nemo

Mixed media 12×18 in.  Companion piece to ” 3 Jaw Clamp “, can’t remember which one was first but this one doesn’t use tissue paper or have a lot of surface texturing. I took some rough photos of this as it was being created, actually completed it in one day…thanks to inventive use of a space heater to dry the layers (I can be inpatient when my creative juices are flowing). Walked down to my lair after dinner and when I came back up at 3am…nobody awake to share my new treasure with…but I slept well dreaming of little Nemo.

Segmented Puddles

Mixed media 12×18 in.  The under pinning to this piece was layer after layer of markers and ink with repeated patterns, that start to take a life of their own. I really like how the acrylic is transparent enough to allow some of  the background work to morph thru. The final layers were controlled and precise in contrast to the background layers that were free flowing throughout.

Can’t Ya See Why

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Mixed media 10×16 in. Like my migration piece but with only squares/rectangles. Exploring use of wide color palate and fading or streaking colors to show movement. The edges seemed incomplete until I used the line work/grid-ding at which point it started to pull it together , much like the yellowing in the middle plane. Only a GPS system could guide you thru this labyrinth…Enjoy!

Foldable Art: fall side

Spray paint 6×7 ft. The flip side of “country side” started out as a project I was going to do with my daughter…she helped gather interesting leaves…and helped press them…but after that her interest waned… more interesting things to do… ahhh to be a teenager again…lol.  I picked 4 colors out in similar intensity, then just had a blast playing with it.  Probably more  home decor than fine art but I like the effect and it is very pleasing to look at. The  greens, blues and deep reds help on a blah wintery day.  Notice the leaf outline on the right upper panel? A patch up after our son’s puggle  (if you look closely on the right side you also can see her in the background)  knocked the divider over onto a rocking chair, putting a nice 2  inch hole in the panel…I need to remember to use the better glue when patching!

5 Shells By The Seashore

Mixed media 16×20 in. I had considered to divide this into 4 equal parts and then mount it with about 1/4 in. space between all parts with a dark background. However the outcry from my home grown support system convinced me to delay it for now.  This has a very nautical feel to which I find  very relaxing to look at. Technique wise I didn’t employee as many layers in this piece as I normally would, because it started working for me early on, and I couldn’t see the need. Subconsciously this comes from a long series of beach pictures/photos I took at Tybee Island.

Lunar Shallows

Mixed media 12×18. I have done 6 of these trees/water/leaves/reflection type pieces and still find things to do with them. I wanted a lot more of the reflective look on this one thus the moon and the squiggly lines. It made the waves/water more pronounced, I also used more green and brown shades. I have been toying with having some sort of abstract aquatic life near the surface…I promise it won’t be Nessie, but that would be a thought….

Sunset In The Channel

Mixed media 12×18 Fall series. This one has a cold and deeper water feel to it without the yellow and I almost didn’t try it.  I wanted to make the reflective sunshine  a little less obvious and  make the peaking waves stand out more.  Felt this would lead the viewer to look deeper between the waves to find other details in this piece.  Not as many leaves to be seen might be why I feel it has a deeper water feel ( I am sure all the blues didn’t hurt too) .  You might notice  I made the signature more a part of the piece than others, haven’t made my mind up on that yet.

Going To Seed

Mixed media 12×18. What do you do with a piece that you love the colors but composition wise just doesn’t do anything for you…RECYCLE! A piece that was titled “111 Overton County,” got a second life and provided something special for me…”going To Seed.” This has some of the same elements as others in my Fall series (it is fact part of it) but I was a little more spontaneous in my line work. The image of the reflecting window helps to balance out my scene and actually gave me hope I was had something working.

3 Jaw Clamp

Mixed media 12×18 using everything I had in my reach. This photo does a good job of showing the details…but there is so much texture with flat and glossy finishes I couldn’t capture in the photo. I lost track after the 7th layer and got totally involved in creating this. Safe to say I was surprised when I stood back to reflect…I DID ALL OF THAT!!!!  Kidding aside the time flew and the hardest part was waiting for the layers to dry before pushing on.

Acid Rain

A 9×12 mixed media. This work  most people (those that watch me during the creative process) want to turn horizontal with the white lines running vertically.  I can’t say I didn’t give that long thought, however to me that brings the darker colors more into play vs. what I was going for.  Bamboo?Wasn’t going for bamboo but it is rain in a dense forest, who’s to say I didn’t channel the bamboo feel subconsciously.

5 Finger Blues

A 9×12 mixed media.  Taking a break from my Fall series I did several pieces using watercolor paper and as this piece shows, my subject matter jumped all over the place. Sometimes just letting your mind and hand wander can be very enjoyable, since your destination isn’t planned and results aren’t as important as the journey. This is but one of a very eclectic group of pieces I did to refresh my creativity.  Yes that is finger nail polish,  it just seemed right for what I needed at the time…funny how that happen.

PS I can’t play a lick or sing anything but a misplaced note.