Thursday, July 14, 2016
This is the newest of the "Farm Series" of paintings. If you grew up on a farm you know how cold it is on an early morning in January when the sun is just rising above the horizon. You also understand how it plays on all the usually vibrant colors of the farm but are muted temporarily by winter. This painting once featured "Elsie" looking down but it was too obvious for me and the composition so I ended up with this nice palette of reds, purples and cream colors. Signed prints of this piece will be available soon. Watch the "Farm Series" on the "Berger Fine Arts website.
This is another example of an idea sketch for a painting. This 20"x20" pencil drawing is done on crescent board and was one of three sketches with this one being an early version which was never completed. The original painting went into an entirely different direction but it's one of those ideas left over that I would like to finish some day.
All of my paintings start from ideas that are made into pencil sketches done on paper or what ever is that is available at the time. This enables me to work and think about how I want to draw the final piece. It also allows me to change pieces to the total composition before I commit the finished idea to paint. Not all sketches make it into paintings. Some are sold as is and some are sold along with the original finished painting when purchased. But then again I have a lot that I just decide to keep.
Saturday, April 9, 2016
Signed prints of this piece will be available in the "Farm Series" at Berger Fine Arts web site.
This is a sketch I completed for the " Make A Wish Foundation" that will be auctioned off tonight at their fundraiser in Iowa. This is the third year that I have participated and have really been happy with the funds they are able to raise to help kids who need some smiles.
This piece of course features a rural setting with the watchful eye of the hawk. With the barn light acting as a stage light a tango is the only appropriate dance to celebrate a beautiful fall night in Iowa under the stars. This painting just makes me smile.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
I was recently contacted by a Armenian publisher who wanted to use one of American flags that are part of the "Constitution Series" featuring the evolution of the American flag since the revolution. Above is the printer spread and how it will be used for a cover on a novel featuring the American writer William Faulkner. What never ceases to amaze me is how far my art reaches with the help of the internet and how much original fine art is in demand for a variety of uses. Regardless of borders and language barriers its very rewarding to know that my art can have an impact on people all over the world, in this case cover art for a book novel featuring an American icon Faulkner in a foreign country. Very neat.