Shields

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10×12 in. mixed media. Sometimes taking a simple shape and using it over and over can produce interesting results if you let your mind enjoy it. In my ink and marker period repeating a shape, and in this case a shield outline, over and over lead me towards a design. Using my full pallet of colors squares began to show up. Then once they took over I stayed with them around the edges. These generally are works that I become so involved with to smallest detail, time seems to stand still and before I know it the sun is peaking in the window and 12 hours have gone by. These are the times when I know I enjoy what I am doing…there are other things in life just as important to enjoy, but it is rewarding to know that making art is one of them.

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.

Sunset Thru The Woods

Mixed media 12×18 in. I wanted to show the trees and how light seems to go thru or around them at sunset. This is based on what I see out my back door and in the fall it is so intense it is hard to see anything in that direction. I maintained my triangles concept thru out the piece…can’t begin to remember how many times I applied color and acrylics to this…I like the top to bottom effect of light and dark colors. Yes this is part of the Fall series, for what it’s worth there was 20 pieces in that series…not sure I will be showing all of them.

Huey Dewey and Louie

Mixed media 9×12 in. Part of the sharp angles group. Very thick with multiple layer of color and acrylic. Nice mix of circles, angles and triangles with accent lines/site lines thru out.  No hidden meaning or theme, just a pleasant journey with lines and color I took until I reached the end of the line.  The name came about from what I was seeing in the piece after I finished.

The Lighting Is So Sublime

Mixed media 9×12 in. In case you are wondering, no ruler was used nor harmed while making this piece.  When you blow this up the texture really shows up, it is an incredible pebbly surface, very proud of it.  As to the colors would you believe hi-liters? Had to lay down about 4-5 layers of acrylic and white wash until I achieved the right tone/hue… hi-liters provide such a rich color to work with. Notice the lines between the colors, the pen/ink I used reacted different to the acrylic leaving a different height and effect…nice.  I really like the way this piece turned out.

From Within We Go Outside

Mixed media 16×20 in. This is one of those pieces I mentioned that I worked on like clay.  I keep at it coating, shaping, redrawing,coating…etc, etc.  This piece hung around my studio for a few weeks before I could finish it. I would add a little then look at for hours before adding a bit more, very frustrating at times. There is quite a bit of texture around and in the white hole…one could almost reach thru…but watch out for the sharp quills !

Autumn Shallows

Mixed media 12×18. The first time I did one of these reflective-fall-water-leave pieces I couldn’t get a photo without a great deal of glare on them. So I figured I would do the next piece similar but with the glare/white added as part of it.  I like the effect and the blues and leaves are more distinct vs. the first piece (What Waterbugs)…I still need to learn to take better photos of my work.  I had someone tell me they thought the white was abstract geese going south for the winter…verrryyy interrrestinnnggg!  (think laugh-in, the TV show)

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.

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.

Angst

A 9×12 mixed media. Not sure this picture captures the true colors very well…example: the whitish bubbles around the lower left hand side are faint yellow, not as obvious as in this pic .   I did this piece during a time of frustration with outside issues, thus the title.  Can you see the hands going for my head and the brite yellows emitting from it, while I am surrounded with nice teals and whites?   I can’t say I felt anything but mellow and peaceful once I was finished, just like the teals and whites.

Can art be therapeutic???

Plum Wine Ice Cream

A 9×12 mixed media. Has a nice finish but not as heavy as the works that followed this. Fell back on using some old line textures to break up the yellows and oranges. This piece is about 4 layers deep with brite colors and blacks under the layers. I real like the effect of the arcs on the sharp lines. The whiting or reflected looking grays on the darker grays is actual coloring not photo issue.  Never had plum wine ice cream but I am sure it would give me a brain freeze or two.

4 Phase Shift

A 9×12 mixed media.  The texture is almost like rough sandpaper the result of multiple layers. The colors under the first few layers are very brite and vibrant, I kept toning it down after until it worked for me.  Not a ruler one was dirtied making these lines, I did use a circle form for the first layer tho …all hand shaped after that. I like how the circles break into the angles and change the feel of it…thus the shift.

Migration

A 12×18 mixed media. A multilayer piece done early in the Fall series with just triangles used. Hard to tell that the background color was baby blue, but after about 5-6 layers I started getting the effect I wanted. Too bad the photo doesn’t show it very well, the texture over the whole piece is nice. The black images were a stubborn happy accident that kept coming thru, and I am glad they were stubborn,  would you believe at one point they were a faded lite gray.  At any rate I hope the title leads the viewer where I was going with it…as to what they represent…all the clues needed have been given…enjoy.