Thursday, July 30, 2015

Tiny Bouquet


Tiny Bouquet
Acrylic on acrylic skins resurfaced with gesso
4"x4" stretched canvas


I looked up at the wall of my studio and saw a few paintings that do nothing for me any more. The thrill is gone. So I pulled them down and covered them with gesso so I could paint over the old work. This is a floral redux. The flowers were acrylic skins so I had to leave them as they were originally. So I painted over the whole things and came up with this. Do I like it looks better? 

Here's the old work:


Heck, yeah. Proof that I am improving... with a long way to go still. Don't worry. No big ego here!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Legacy


Legacy
Acrylics on 6"x6"x3/4" stretched canvas
      
Don't you wish humans were like flowers. Our legacy would always be beautiful. You could take it for granted. But unlike flowers, humans have free will. If we want the garden in our head to be as beautiful as the ones we see at elegant homes, we need to weed out the negative forces. Like Philippians 4:8 says, "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things."

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Kickin' Garden


Kickin' Garden
Acrylics on 6"x6" Wood cradle

Saw this garden while in Ireland. I was impressed with the repurposing of the boots. To add to the creativity some paint was thrown on them. Loved it!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Our First Amusement Ride


Our First Amusement Ride
Acrylics on 6"x6" stretched canvas

This painting was modeled by my niece, Hudson. She is cute without a doubt as is her sister, Willow. I have been wanting to paint this scene for a while and finally got to it. Hudson, Willow and their moms will be with Doug and I at Topsail Beach next month and I wanted to paint a surprise for them. And, yes, there will be one coming up soon of Willow. Love these girls and hope they remember my love long after I am gone with these paintings. That is worth far more than any commission can pay.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Oscar Wilde the Pug


Oscar Wilde the Pug
Oil on 6"x6" stretched canvas

This is for a couple of very nice friends who allowed Doug and I to stay at their lovely historic riverside home in Urbana, Va. As I painted their dog, Oscar Wilde, memories of kayaking and strolling old downtown Urbana came back to me. It was a wonderful visit. This is my gift to Bucci and John. I hope OW likes it too. Maybe they will set it by his dish. I'd love to know his reaction!