Thursday, February 28, 2008

After New Snow

Betsey Nelson oil on canvas panel 5x7 $220
This is one of several small warm ups after some new snow. Painted in Flagstaff, it is always a good idea to do a quick almost instinctual painting. Making quick decisions without allowing the mind to think too much gives a more 'real' painting. We usually let what we know get in the way of good painting.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Self Portrait

Robert Burridge - Collage on canvas 5x5x1.5 $220
My miniature canvases are small mythical studies of quick, short stories.
I get in and I get out, using a minimal pallette of colors and strong designs. This daily process feeds me for my larger collages.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Playing in the Sand

Libby Caldwell, Oil on Canvas, 11 x 14, $255
In this painting I wanted to capture the simple joy this little girl experienced from playing in the wet sand. The composition needed to be uncomplicated, and I used just 3 colors and white.

Friday, February 8, 2008

The Spirit of Winter - Grand Canyon

Vince Fazio, 16x20, Oil on canvas (SOLD)
A gray day at the Grand Canyon inspired me to explore the foreground promontories rather than the distant depths. Then, as though suddenly seeing both together, I got a sense of vastness and vertigo.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

On the Windowsill

Larisa Aukon
oil on canvas, 5" x 7",400 $

I like to paint from imagination - it gives me freedom and challenge. In this piece I wanted to keep a balanced composition and bring a breath of fresh air to still life using the rhytm of rose color.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Flower Vase on Orange Table

Robert Burridge - Acrylic on paper 10x10 $275
Another one of my daily warm up paint sketches, this painting is the result of my goals and intentions to focus on a "quiet space" with a wacky point of view. My warm ups are out of my head -- I paint with a minimum color palette and finish when I begin to smile.

Canyon Resident

Betsey Nelson oil on canvas panel 5x7 $220
A chance encounter with a pack team coming out of the canyon allowed me to get some wonderful pictures for a painting. A play with color (photos never show the true colors or the true brillance of sunlight) helped me to capture the feeling of a sunny hot spring day at the Grand Canyon.