Saturday, March 28, 2009

A Passion for Painting Award

The wonderful Mr. Edward Burton nudged me the other day and told me to check out his blog, where he has listed me among some other pretty fantastic artists for "A Passion for Painting" Award. Edward is a great artist and friend to his fellow artist. Thank you Edward! If you haven't seen Edward's latest submission for the DSFDF blog, or just need some UV exposure, make sure you check him out!

Dually noted! I just found another nomination in my "Comment Moderation"- The wonderful Akiko Watanabe listed me as one of her 7. If you have not seen Akiko's work, it's a MUST SEE!

The Award comes with some cross-pollination/pay-it-forward dues, so here'r the rules: 
• List 7 things you love
• Put a link to the one who picked you
• Choose 7 others to pass the award to
• Notify them of the award

The current loves of my life:
1 & 2) are 2 & 7  (My two boys are everything to me)  :>)
3) Sunday hikes in the Mountains/Desert
4) Yoga Sutra's (I've been listening to an 85 segment series on YouTube)
5) Raisin Bran
6) Red Wine (Been into Smoking Loon- Merlot lately...but not right at the moment!)
7) Tequila (Patron) - 6&7 are equal, but totally independent loves  :>)

...and MY love also extends to these 7 wonderful artists who have all inspired me in some way over the recent months (in no particular order)...
Dean H

(I know I have listed 10- hey, rules are made to be broken)

Friday, March 27, 2009

Postcards from Edgewood

This was a campy attempt at a Southwestern still-life from a newly transplanted Midwesterner (over the summer). In case you're wondering... the little lobster thing is actually a toy scorpion from my son's vast pile of plastic playthings. To be honest, I've never seen one around the house. Lots of strange bugs, and lizards- Yes. Scorpions, Tarantulas- thankfully NO!  :>)

Original Chili Series

I thought I would post some of my original baptismal paintings into the Southwestern scene (from back in July). I was just starting to get my painting legs under me, having just made the jump from being an Art Director in Columbus, Ohio to being a Painter in the rugged and remote Edgewood, New Mexico. It was a fun little series to paint- I had envisioned them as a set in my kitchen. 

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Bathing Suits in Blue

Did a quick one for DSFDF. I like the slippery brush strokes in this one- they really reinforce/compliment the sea side subject matter.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Live Bait!

There was something raw about the subject matter for this weeks challenge on DSFDF, literally and figuratively. That feeling permeated every aspect of creating this painting- from the concept, to the completion, to the savagery of my two year old (again), while I was in the shower! I managed to snatch this one out of the jaws of total destruction- if for no other reason than to get rid of this cursed board (it's the same one from the last challenge).

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Heavy Impasto Brushwork

Some of you know I like to employ very expressive brushwork in my paintings... apparently my two year old has been paying close attention! :>) This is a scene from some kind of divine comedy that is playing out in my life right now. I have finally got my act together and jumped back into the painting saddle- I had successfully blocked in my VERY simple composition on a painting for the DSFDF Wig Challenge (strangely- sans wig)- so I got up to put on a pot of coffee. In that time, Owen's inner artist manifested itself (again) :>) This is the first time he has saw fit to add to my work (and his hair). Usually he paints the carpet or the furniture. When my seven year old said "Dad- Owen has your paintbrush..." the vision that flashed before my eyes represented about two gallons of turpentine, a tree's worth of paper towels and about fifty hours of scrubbing- I was cringing when I rounded the corner to walk into my "studio". I busted out laughing when I saw THIS.