April 24, 2016

Sticking Out For You - Plein Air Oil Painting

"Sticking Out For You"
9"x12" Oil on Board

All winter I waited for spring to get the opportunity to paint outside. I love to go to the local parks and challenge myself to paint despite the changing light, the wind, the bugs, and so on. Two things I could do without when I paint outdoors: cold and rain.
On the day I painted this painting it was sooo freezing! And it was raining too! Not the best conditions for the first outdoor painting of the year! lol

I've been tempted to give up and stop painting so many times during the session, but I liked that tree quite a bit, and that kept me going.

I have to say, considering the weather, the frozen limbs, and the rain wetting my palette, I made surprising progress on the painting, it was practically finished when I took it home.

So here it is: my first plein air painting of 2016. painted at Schiller's Park, in the heart of Columbus' German Village, in a freezing day of this crazy April 2016.

Holding Hands at Kamaoli Beach II - Oil Painting of Sunset with Colorful Clouds

I have two paintings in the 2016 Dublin Area Art League Spring Show, and this is one of them.
The other painting in the show is "Shine Your Light" (see previous post) which got an award.

When I gave a talk for the Conversation and Coffee event last September, at the Columbus Arts Center, in the audience there was Inga Smith, a talented photographer, that offered to share some of her sunset pictures with me. (How wonderful is that??)
She sent me some gorgeous shots of Hawaiian sunsets, and I picked one of Kamaoli Beach II as reference for this painting.

"Holding Hands at Kamaoli Beach II"
20"x24" Oil on canvas

I loved painting it, even with the challenges that I encountered; it has been fun figuring out how to render with paint the different effects in the clouds, foreground, and changes of light.

Thanks for stopping by!

April 22, 2016

"Shine Your Light" Oil Painting Receives Award

I entered two paintings in the Spring Solace art show by the Dublin Area Art League members.
Last night was the award ceremony and I was happily surprised to hear that I received an Honorable Mention award in the fine art category for my painting "Shine Your Light".

Me next to my awarded painting. Can you see the "happily surprised" expression? lol

The Judge of the competition was Vivian Ripley, artist. This is her comment on the award: 
"Shine Your Light" holds my attention with its excellent design depicting a specific time of day using complimentary colors."  
Thanks Vivian! 

"Shine Your Light"
Oil on Canvas
20"x24" (51 x 61 cm)

The Spring Solace show will be up at the Dublin Recreation Center until May 14th, 2016.
5600 Post Road, Dublin, OH. Free entrance.

The show includes a great variety of paintings, drawings, mixed media, digital art, and photography. If you are in the area, please stop by and enjoy.

April 10, 2016

Guarding - Landscape Oil Painting of Sunset with Young Tree in Winter

Sometimes not much is asked of us.
There are times when we just need to Be.

Be there and enjoy the moments.

5"x7" Oil on masonite

We all have a purpose in life, and that purpose is usually not obvious.
It may take stillness and inaction to be able to understand it.

Focusing on feelings helps. A lot.
Listening to my instincts and gut feelings has been helping me in my major decisions.
I learned that...

If it doesn't feel right it probably isn't.

Not seeing a better solution in sight is not a good reason for making wrong choices.

(Feeling inspired and pensive today :)

“Painting is an attempt to come to terms with life. 
There are as many solutions as there are human beings.”     
~ George Tooker 

April 7, 2016

Glowing in the Night - Night Cityscape, Oil Painting

"Glowing in the Dark"
9"x12" Oil on Masonite Panel

By nature I am a night awl. I miss all the sunrises, buy I get very active after dusk.
I always enjoy taking a walk at night, and the Short North, here in Columbus, OH is a great place to walk.