Monday, February 22, 2010

Snapdragon Duo

Painted in tandem these two snapdragons beg to be together, even though they come from different worlds.

Originals are 6"x6" acrylic on hardboard and are available for purchase together in my Etsy store:

Monday, February 15, 2010

This Lonely Life

"In my life there's been heartache and pain. I don't know if I can face it again. Can't stop now, I've traveled so far, to change this lonely life. I wanna know what love is. I want you to show me..." - Foreigner (Lyrics by Mick Jones and Lou Gramm)

I was listening to a lot of 80s power ballads when painting this piece. The emotive lyrics of Foreigner really affected me as I thought about the character of each guitar and their interactions.

The original painting (acrylic on hardboard, 11"x14") is for sale and available for licensing. Please contact me if you're interested!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Alice (Study)

It's been awhile since I've done a simple portrait. This is a small 8"x10" study for a personal project - a portrait of my Grandma Alice.

Monday, February 08, 2010

Red Sea

"It was by faith that the people of Israel went right through the Red Sea as though they were on dry ground. But when the Egyptians tried to follow, they were all drowned." - Hebrews 11:29 NLT

Friday, February 05, 2010

Sarah Laughs

"It was by faith that even Sarah was able to have a child, though she was barren and too old. She believed that God would keep his promise. And so a whole nation came from this one man who was as good as dead - a nation with so many people that, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore, there is no way to count them." - Hebrews 11:11 NLT


Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Turtle's Perseverance

"Let us run with endurance the race God has set for us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from start to finish." - Apostle Paul


Monday, February 01, 2010

Pink Lily and the Space in Between

I love painting flora and these lilies are one of my favourite of all flowers. Something I've been exploring recently in my paintings is the 'space between' the eye and the object. When we look at something do we just see what is right in front of our eyes or is that sight interfered with by our past, our emotions, our beliefs, or what our senses pick up? What comes between you and what you see? And what do you think is between me and this flower?

Here is a quote that echoes this train of thought:

"Tactile space, or, for the sake of simplicity, let us call it air, which exists between objects or shapes in the picture, is painted so that it gives the sensation of a solid. That is, air in a tactile painting is represented as actual substance rather than as emptiness. We might more readily conceive it if we picture a plate of jelly or, perhaps, soft putty, into which a series of objects are impressed at various depths.

"The artist who creates illusory space, on the other hand, is interested in conveying the illusion of appearance. In his very attempt to be faithful to appearances, however, he cannot give air any appearance of actual existence, for a gas cannot be seen..."
(Mark Rothko "The Artist's Reality: Philosophies of Art" p. 56)
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