Wednesday, October 6, 2010

A Straw in the Wind

Worked on this small painting today. It is a 12"x 9" acrylic painting on canvas. I love straw hats that are falling apart. I hate it when mine bite the dust. The girl is going to be holding a chicken. I thought about using a Golden Retriever puppy, but opted for the chicken instead. It makes the image less common. Her raccoon eyes definitely need work!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Another Painting: Playing with Lines

This is 16" x 12" Acrylic on canvas. Not sure what I think of it and not sure if it is finished. Actually, I am sure I have to work on it a bit more, now that I see it reduced....

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Less is More; The Power of Small Art

This is a 12" x 9" canvas called Paper Hat. It is a study for a larger painting of this child in a room full of masks called "The Trying Room".

I had an epiphany about small works after spending 3 months painting a large canvas. It dawned on me that tiny pieces can have as much power as large ones. Small works demand the viewer to come closer for a look. Their diminutive size invites quiet contemplation. The large paintings that I have always painted scream at you from across the room: "LOOK AT ME; LOOK AT ME!" They are a bold presence, and not easily ignored.

On another topic, I sold a large painting yesterday from the Jack series; it's called "That's a Mighty Fine Looking Dog!" It was the first painting of the Jack Series, and can be seen on my website:

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Hats Off to Small Paintings

I am currently working on a small scale, painting canvases that are 12"x 9". This work is a sub-theme to my Pretense series, and depicts people wearing hats. This piece is called "Straw Hat."