Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
18x24 oil on canvas
DPW painting challenge
Auction price starts at $25
Bid by visiting their website HERE
This is my first entry for the Daily Paint Works Challenge. I will be honest and had tried to paint to enter twice before but I didn't think my work was up to par at that time. What really pushed me this time is the proceeds going to benefit people and pets devastated by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan through the auction of these paintings.
My painting was inspired by a beautiful photograph shot by a talented friend Susanne Uy who generously allowed me to use her photo as inspiration. Thank you Susanne!
Friday, March 18, 2011
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
A dear friend commissioned this piece as a birthday gift for her very talented college aged son.
She described how she was travelling along the country side in Northern California during one of the many summer heat spells. She saw out in the field a cow out in the dry shadeless field. As she looked closer, she saw what looked like a very young calf in this cow's shadow.
She thought this mother was doing her very best to protect her young baby from the relentless environment and how she could relate to how she felt about her son leaving for college and being on his own. My friend wanted to let her only son know that she too wants to always protect him from all that could harm him but she knows she could only do her very best and the rest to up to Destiny. I was honored that she would trust me to convey such a tender and loving thought.
This is 6x8 oil on canvas board.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
I was leaving a SF art gallery at around 9:30 Wednesday night and walking to the Rapid Transit system to get across the Bay. I was walking at a quick pace for the two and a half blocks not only to get me there but to appear like I knew what I was doing late at night. I caught something out of the corner of my eye. It took a couple of steps before I realized the huddled mass was a person down for the night.I went back, snapped a photo with my phone and went back on my way. I could not get the image out of my head. I had to paint it to exorcise it from my thoughts.
With the disaster in Japan, and relatives and friends who have been affected there, it has been a somber time. So even though this man just has a flattened cardboard box and a jacket for his bed and pillow, it is dry and out of the danger of tsunami and earthquakes. I read one friend who had posted on Facebook that her local grocery store in Japan was all out of meat so she will be having sashimi for dinner. Bless her heart for finding her silver lining in that massive black cloud.
"Counting My Blessings"
8x10 oil on Raymar panel
$100 plus $5 for shipping
Paypal has waived all processing fees so donations can go directly to those affected by the disasters in Japan:
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
I have a very cool friend with a very cool nickname. We were talking about how we both loved orchid plants. I've always thought they were too challenging to paint. Our chat is the only reason I thought I would try and now I'm grateful for that. Thank you Terry!
"Ruby Red Orchids"
16x20 oil on artboard
Monday, March 7, 2011
Sunday, March 6, 2011
I was going through some older shots and found this image of my neighbor's cactus I took last summer. I felt warmer just painting the image.
8x6 oil on Raymar artboard
$45.00 plus $5 for shipping
Thursday, March 3, 2011
30x24 and 30x12
oil on gallery wrapped canvas
This was a commission for a dear friend. She missed her furry family companions Sweetie (on the left) and Buddy. She gave me free reign and only requested it be large and as wild as I wanted. Well this took me longer than I wanted and I thank her patience.
I think the surreal background gives an ethereal feel to a heavenly feline playroom for this two.