Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Watercolor Nudes

Spending time these days working in watercolor and drawing from online artist's models.
Some recent examples:

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Art Expression and George Bellows

Some of the best quotes I've found about art are that an artist's work is a reflection of the artist's personality.

each of us has a unique perspective

others may relate

Art is a way to express our passions.
George Bellows was an artist in the early part of the 20th century.  He painted many things and boxing matches were one of his in depth subjects. The first of his paintings that I saw was expressionistic, not completely realistic.  It was one of his early boxing paintings.  Bellows must have loved the subject.  He expresses passion and excitement in his work.  Later by the 1920's his work was more realistic.
I like his 1909 painting of the boxing match.  It is so powerful and raw that I feel like the sweat of the boxers might land on me. It was painted in a loose, expressionistic style with strokes of paint that suggest the figures in long lines of thick paint. Bellows gives us abstraction to show power and action.  Unlike the tight, realistic versions that came later, the early painting shows the strength and desperation that the boxer puts into the punch.  He has to win!   

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Crazy Cubist Art: Back to my roots

I'm going back to the art I did decades ago.  Although, I have continued to turn out crazy faces, I've primarily focused on landscape for many years. I plan to mostly focus on abstract people in coming months.
Abstract art is always controversial.  For me, it's the spectrum of art...realistic to nothing and somewhere in all that is the style I like to do. 
I would not have guessed that I would love abstract art so when I started out in art but over time I loved the colors and the shapes that I could create.
Examples of three recent crazy abstract works on canvas along with quotes by well-known people.

Cubism: Crazy Faces
"Abstract art: a product of the untalented sold by the unprincipled to the bewildered."
quote by Al Capp

"They are imbeciles who call my work abstract. That which they call abstract is the most realistic, because what is real is not the exterior but the idea, the essence of things." 
quote by Constantin Brancusi

Abstract woman
"Abstract art has come into being as a necessary expression of the feelings and thoughts of our age; it has added new dimensions to creative painting."
Quote by Leonard Brooks

Cubist Woman: colorful Crazy cubist art
"You can't look at abstract art without thinking."
Quote by Patricia Cole-Ferullo

"I can't always reach the image in my mind... almost never, in fact... so that the abstract image I create is not quite there, but it gets to the point where I can leave it."
Quote by Chuck Close

"Abstract art is the land of the unknown.  Arriving there, the artist thinks, 
What now?"
Quote by Charlotte Rossmann

and finally...
"I'll let you be in my dreams if I can be in yours."
Quote by Bob Dylan

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Series of Drawings

Wine Glasses and Drama

Different approaches to still life drawings over the years. 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Friday, January 30, 2015

Another Series of paintings

City Scape oil painting

City oil painting on paper

Cubist painting with bridge

Cubist landscape

Mountain Town

Snowy Town 

Night Time Town

Western Winter

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Series Painting

When creating something, it's hard to stop at one.  Artists continue onward.  Monet's Water Lillies and O'Keefe's Flower paintings are stunning examples.
Like all things, it eventually dies.

  Today I decided to start photographing some of my old series paintings.  This is the first of the series paintings, "Trees".

Monday, January 19, 2015

Working in 2015

2014 wasn't a good year for me in creating art.  Life was crazy.  
Yesterday I bought 8 new brushes so that I can continue on a direction that I started in 2014.

Color! Mini paintings (8" by 8")  from 2014 reflect this color:

Colorful Landscape oil painting on canvas
Colorful Landscape oil painting on canvas
Colorful Landscape oil painting on canvas

These painting are not photoshopped for color.  I took photos with my ipad and the exposure was too light.  In Photoshop I toned down the brightness.