Many of my landscape paintings start with no preconceived ideas; I just begin to put paint on the canvas. In no time at all, my memories and impressions of our beautiful world, combined with the developing colors and contours of paint, begin to claim their existence, and end up reminding me of a place previously visited.
It’s interesting to me that orchard memories seem to have cropped up in abstract form a couple times in the last month or so.
Could it be possible that within a couple months, we will begin to see blossoms on the trees and other signs of spring?
We are so blessed to live only a few hours away from this gorgeously paintable city. My goodness…I’ve painted it dozens of times! And to top it off, one of our sons lives there. He’s the one who, years ago, gave me the photo which finally inspired this painting. It was a much wider shot, incorporating a broad cityscape, and I couldn’t figure out how to make the composition work.
But as I was recently playing around with it, zooming in on the sailboat, it finally sang to me. The resulting paint on canvas is indeed analagous to a song: vibrations, various notes divided into vertical measures, places of rest, accent notes, and the ebb and flow of a musical phrase.
Here are a couple of paintings I worked on last week. Both of them were actually “finished” much earlier, and you may have even seen them in an Instagram post. But as they hung out in my studio, I began to see things I wanted to revise.
I hope you enjoy them; and as always, feel free to inquire about these or any others at: email@example.com or 616-723-6600.
I’m excited to announce that my work is now available directly from my studio / gallery now located in my home in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area. To view my large and diverse selection of landscape, still life, and city paintings, please contact me for an appointment: firstname.lastname@example.org. (Most days I will even be available for same-day appointments.)
My studio and I are eager to welcome you!
PS: I look forward to hosting studio tours/receptions in the future, as well as scheduling painting demonstrations (my version of a workshop). Stay tuned, and take care!!
I always wanted to paint this boat, captured by my son Jonny. The boat was just a small little detail in the photo, sailing on Chicago’s lakeshore with the giant city skyline looming in the background. One of these days, maybe I will find a way to portray both the boat and the city in a single painting. In the meantime, however, I found that the sails alone were a story worth telling.
Many blessings to you, my friends, and may hope fill your sails with the wind of the Spirit.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15:13
When it comes to naming paintings, I always look deeply into the soul of the image that came out of my hands onto the canvas, and to the best of my ability, attach a word to it. More often than not, the word that describes what I see in this melange of strokes and marks of paint “just happens” to mirror multiple things that are going on in my natural world and in the spiritual.
I’m not changing addresses, but there are other moves / transitions in the works. And I’m feeling a strong sense that I’m on the cusp of some changes beyond the ones I know of. For some people, change is unsettling; but I’ve always loved change, so this is very exciting to me.
“Moving” is available for purchase. Feel free to contact me by email (email@example.com) with any comments, questions, or to inquire about prices for this or any other piece.
Sometimes it’s helpful to see how a painting would look, placed in a home. This is especially true of large-sized art. I hope you enjoy this perspective of my NEW, available paintings, enabled by artroomsapp.
And in the already-SOLD category, these two were definitely favorites of mine:
As always, if you have comments, questions, or would like pricing information, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are just about in full-blown color in southwestern Michigan. Consequently, the yellows are finding their way onto my palette. If you look closely, you can see that the first painting (Graced) is a marriage of thin transparents (giving a water-color appearance), and thick opaques. I am fond of this combination. It only works when my initial transparent foundation is actually something I want to save. Since that’s not a given, I enjoy when it happens.
The last couple of weeks have been a riot of painting! I love it when my physical energy backs up my creative inspiration, giving me just the boost I need to head into the studio and let loose! Hopefully my medicine (dark chocolate!) keeps doing the work, haha.
I’d like to give a special “Welcome!” to the many new artists and collectors who recently signed in to follow my website! As always, feel free to comment, connect, or ask questions through my email: email@example.com.
PS: All the paintings above are currently available.