Happy New Year everyone! I hope you are taking care of yourselves in this surreal time.
I have dusted off the website and will be adding new paintings that I have been working on steadily though-out 2020. I have been painting in secret, as I wanted to only share work that I was proud of.
The first painting is Vintage Malibu. This painting has taken me months to complete. Why are some paintings so maddening? I will let you know once I find out. It was worth the wait though. I was so sure that this painting was done 6 or 7 times, to wake up and be nearly happy.
Do you have anything that you are working on, that is both a joy and a struggle? Tell me about it and we can commiserate over a Zoom bagel and coffee together.
This painting is about growing up in Southern California and going to the beach as a kid. The seventies were a simpler time, or they were for me anyway. I tried to convey that with a limited palette that has for me, a vintage look. I drew from memories, fantasies and old tv shows. Anything to get me in the right frame of mind. Thinking of sitting in the backseat of the family car, on hot vinyl seats, wearing shorts, eating sandy sandwiches and swimming out past the breakers with my dad. A terrifying experience but worth it to ride the swells.
What are your favorite memories?
Mine, usually revolve around the simple pleasures of being outdoors with my family. Arguing with my brother about which towel was mine (very important at the time) or pleading with my mom about taking one last dip in the water.
Now, I am not able to walk much, memories or even little stories I dream up, are great ways to help me create paintings and feel like I am traveling. This especially helps when I working on long involved paintings. Who said digital was easy? That’s how this whole thing started, I believed digital painting would be so easy.
The final moments of this painting that helped it come alive was when the texture started working. Finally, done!
Well, almost done. The final step is to work with my printer to pick out surfaces. Should I print this on wood? Or ceramic? Maybe glass. I might make a couple of small limited edition prints. However, the full sized painting will be large. Only one of those will be created for an office or a large room.
I will update you later with my progress but for now, I am happy with what I have created.
Hello November. I just opened my shop at Harbor Village Gallery & Gifts in Ventura, California. Mask – check, Hand Sanitizer – check. I started selling my paintings and greeting cards today. I will be selling more items but I am happy with the sales I had today.
My Sale sign says cards are $6.00 each, 3 or more are $5.00 each
There are ten artists at Harbor Village Gallery & Gifts in Ventura, California. Everything is made by hand by local artists and nothing is imported. A rare sight indeed. One artist left October 31st and I took her spot. I was isolated for so long, I forgot how nice it was visiting, from behind my mask and hand sanitizer, of course.
I have been painting waves since December 2019 but after reading, sketching and trying dozens of new methods, I am happy with my my new process. I am so happy, that I am throwing out the failed attempts. There were many, attempts. That is what it takes though, when you are changing from oil to acrylic. I wanted it to feel the same. My acrylic paintings are much more refined, which was what I was looking for. Working on specific skills was frustrating but I am much happier with what I can do now. It was like practicing scales.
My goal was to get my paintings was to keep the feeling of freedom, like I did get when I painted in oil. Since oil has damaged my lungs and I can no longer use the silly paints, I had to learn acrylic completely. Not an easy task. Not easy at all. I had to figure out what type of acrylic worked for me, there is heavy body, soft body, fluid and then it branches off from there with mediums and surfaces.
Seriously, I didn’t think I would find my happy place but I finally stumbled upon it. Luckily, I wrote everything down. Now, I am happily painting in acrylic, without yearning for the good old days of oil paint. I look forward to painting more waves and beach scenes.
I also am happy to announce I have two paintings in the California Art Club’s Virtual Show: Welcome to California. The online show opens November 29th. The artwork will be available exclusively on the California Art Club website.
Sometimes I get one painting in to a show, sometimes I get the dreaded rejection letter but this time both of my entries were selected. One is in oil, Roadside Attractionsand the other is in acrylic Gallery Opening.
Take care out there and if you want to visit me on November 15th or November 29th, I will be there from 2:30pm – 6:00 pm.