Friday, April 28, 2006

larger paintings of trees

My next challenge is to create larger paintings of trees.

I love to work on a small scale, but galleries like to exhibit larger work and I would like to start exhibiting my art in galleries again.

My paintings in acrylic on canvas are very time-consuming.

My artwork in gouache on paper is far less time-consuming and more spontaneous.
After jotting down these thoughts, I think it's probably best to continue to work in gouache on paper.

But, when I paint on a larger scale, it makes more sense to work with acrylic on canvas and attempt not to be too compulsive.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Goya's Last Works at the Frick Collection

A few days ago I had the tremendous pleasure of viewing "Goya's Last Works" at the Frick Collection in New York City.

What impressed me the most in this excellent exhibition were Goya's drawings in black crayon on paper that are extremely emotive.

Many of his drawing dealt with the themes of witchcraft and madness.

I also appreciated many of his portraits that were on view, including several self-portraits.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Art Deco Nude in Green Background

I created this painting tonight. I love the greens in this piece. In my opinion there is an Art Deco feel to this piece. It was created with Holbein gouache on 300 lb. Fabriano paper and measures 9.5 x 8 inches.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

I am thinking about creating paintings/drawings of spiders

The shape of spiders is quite intriguing.
There are many possibilities for how to render them, via the use of color and form.

Perhaps I will challenge myself artistically and do some renditions of spiders.

If I create paintings of spiders I will post them here.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Photographs can be Inspirational

I like to spend time viewing photographs on a variety of subject matter.
I especially like to look at photographs of landscapes and phenomena in nature.

One of my favorite photography websites is:
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Thursday, April 13, 2006

So many ideas and so little time

I have so many ideas for artwork that I would like to create.

I have my ongoing series of fantasy trees for which I constantly am bombarded with new ideas.

I have thought of a new direction in which to take my rendition of female nudes.

In addition, I have thoughts and ideas for abstract and non-objective art which I have explored insufficiently.

Color plays a very important role in my artwork.

Again, there is so much to create and not enough time........

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Pink Tree Drawing on a Horizontal Plane

This is an abstract drawing of a pink tree that I created using acid-free pens on 100 lb. Strathmore paper. It is 5.5" x 8.5." This drawing is now sold.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

the importance of recognition

It is vitally important for serious visual artists to attain recognition for their artwork.

Recognition could come in the form of sales of one's artwork.
It could also come in the form of praise from critics and curators.

Perhaps I will have more to say about "recognition" in the future!

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Surreal Painting of a Tree

Here is my newest painting of a tree that was sold a couple of days ago. Someone loved it as much as I do. For me, working on my series of fantasy trees, is a joy and a purely creative experience.This painting is now sold to a woman who loves it and thinks it looks much better in real life than over the internet!