Thursday, August 28, 2008
12" x 16"
Oil on RayMar Board
Little Colorado Canyon
14" x 18"
Oil on Canvas
I have an artist friend, Laura Wambsgans, who has an unerring way of looking at a work in progress and knowing how to tweak, add or delete colors or to refine a drawing section.
...................Unfortunately, I do NOT share Laura's experience and skill. I probably need to put these paintings away for a while because I've reached a state of frustration. I know they need refinements and more work, but I don't know HOW TO MAKE THEM better.
What would you suggest? I'd really like to hear your thoughts.
Monday, August 25, 2008
NBPC - The Daydreamer
Nature, Background, Big Picture, and Color
"You perceive the world with particular attention to nature. You focus on the hidden treasures of life (the background) and how that fits into the larger picture. You are also particularly drawn towards the colors around you. Because of the value you place on nature, you tend to find comfort in more subdued settings and find energy in solitude. You like to ponder ideas and imagine the many possibilities of your life without worrying about the details or specifics. You are in tune with all that is around you and understand your life as part of a larger whole. You are a down-to-earth person who enjoys going with the flow."
Right now I'm working on a painting of the stunning and extremely steep canyon which is home to the "Little Colorado River". It's east of the Grand Canyon and what it lacks in width, is made up for in the sheer drop as you gaze down to the river. I'm hoping I can pull off a painting which shows its beauty. The block-in is the WIP on the left top.
I have so many paintings I've started and which I haven't finished... it's almost criminal. I'm still working on figuring out what it takes to "finish" a painting. Guess I'd better get hopping!
BY THE WAY.... I'M CURIOUS. IF YOU TAKE THE PERSONALITY TEST, DROP ME A COMMENT AND LET ME KNOW WHAT IT SAYS YOU ARE!
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Tyler holds a live clam
A "PIRATE" ship in Redondo.... And FINALLY... Giorgia sees "The Bait Shop" from the TV series... "The O.C."
Monday, August 18, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Afternoon In Zion
10" x 8"
Oil on board
I've been back three days and was feeling the need to paint some, so I decided to try this little painting of an afternoon scene in Zion National Park, Utah. The sun was hitting the hill on the right side of the painting and bringing out the red color of the beautiful rocks. We are so lucky that progressive thinkers set aside so many wonderful national parks for all the generations to see.
Interestingly enough, throughout our travels we saw almost more Europeans traveling and enjoying our wonderful country than we saw Americans. I guess the exchange rate is great for them so the US is benefiting from the tourism dollars!