11×14 in mixed media. The 3rd and final wave is up and running at the Putnam County Library and this is one of the pieces. Not sure how normal shows go but I was able to provide the public with 27 hand picked works over a 2 month period, 9 at a time. Feedback continues to be very favorable from visitors, which is greatly appreciated. Thanks again to Stacie Johnson.
On to this current piece…nature and the elements, kind of played with a reflective type theme…water, deep and shallow and moonlight…are those snowflakes?…maybe…is that mountains?…possible . The colors and texture have a brisk cool feel to them, and I really enjoyed changing the shades and hues as the trees came thru the piece. I might over-play the white outlining, but at this point I can’t see the work without it. I have used this style and technique on several pieces now, each one creates a different but pleasant mood for me while glazing at them…I hope it catches you in a similar fashion.
Mixed media 18×24 in. on canvas. Back in the day part of studying photography was you did your own developing and printing, very challenging and costly till you got what you wanted. In this piece I incorporated some discarded B&W nature shots into my painting, along with some discarded fabric from the textile lab. My kids call it the dirty underwear picture, but I never was that cutting edge back then. A closer look and we can see a typical Kansas Winter setting near some fence rows. I also used a brite red cinnamon wrapper to add texture and color. This is a piece that has had no issue (my wife likes it) finding a home in a main traffic area in my house over the years. Talk about slow, I started this in 1974 and completed it in 1988…a story for another time.
Mixed media 9×12 in. This is a piece that I came back to many times before I felt it was finished. I liked the division of the work and the way the squares formed up, but I kept struggling with the ovals … until I started shading the lighter one. That was when it started to fall into place for me. As to the title…it seemed very obvious to me once I stared at it for 10 days or better.
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.
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.
Mixed media 9×14 chalk, marker, pencil, and acrylic. An abstract way of showing the tree that falls in the forest when nobody is looking. If they look a little dark, they are, this is a forest hit by fire. Can’t say where, but I am sure it must be near my sister since I was thinking about her job and what she does.
A 12×18 mixed media, part of my Fall series. This was influenced by a shot I took while walking around my yard. The photo had all sorts of leaves in full fall shades, except for a few stubborn ones that weren’t ready to give up summer. Funny thing I didn’t ready notice them until reviewing my pics…the next day they had turned…lucky me!
A 12×18 mixed media. Right after doing a piece called “migration“, I went on a fall/nature/triangle SPREE …just to see how far I could stretch it and stay within a set boundary (pallet, shape and subject matter) I was very pleased with the results and have a far deeper understanding of the wide range of rich colors that fall offers us…thus my Fall Series was born. I am sure I could do the same for other season but I am not sure they would offer the same in such a short period and so ever changing…I still prefer to play outside in the summer tho!
A 9×12 mixed media. Never been on a cruise but my sea going daughter has twice. So after hearing all of her stories after the first time when she set sail the second time I made her promise to take a few dozen photos for me to use. So based on a dull Caribbean driftwood pile my daughter shot while on a cruise I gave that driftwood pile some much needed Caribbean color.
A 12×18 mixed media. One of the earlier pieces in my fall series. I struggled with the orientation on this quite a bit. You might view this with the top being the right-hand side…I actually worked it that way more than halfway thru before changing it. Not much to guess here other than the type of tree I used. It has several sections that depict the every changing leave colors and then the movement to the ground. Would you believe there is about 6-7 layers of work to reach my final piece?