Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A set of 6...3 done...3 to go!

I decided to use my long skinny canvases for a set of paintings that could be used together or separately.  So far I have completed 3 of the set.  I chose to use complementary color palettes and keep them simple and graphic.  Enjoy!
"Blue Whale"  
8"x24" oil painting on canvas

8"x24" oil painting on canvas

"Sea Turtle"
8"x24" oil painting on canvas

Lots of ideas...hopefully the stamina to get them all done!

I felt particularly inspired lately to paint and with some new ideas that came to me late at night.  I have 7 paintings lined up and ready to go...

Here is the first of the sea life series drawn from my sister's love of the ocean, diving and her adventures down below.

"Hammerheads of Galapagos"
18"x18" oil painting on 1 1/2" profile canvas

Inspiration comes from many different sources...

This really touched me today and I will keep it close for a while and make it my truth.

"True art means if it helps you become silent, still, joyous; if it gives you a celebration, if it makes you dance-whether anybody participates with you or not is irrelevant If it becomes a bridge between you and God, that is true art. If it becomes a meditation, that is true art. If you become absorbed in it, so utterly absorbed that the ego disappears, that is true art.
...Art can be the most prayerful thing, the most meditative thing possible.  If you can be in any art, music, painting, sculpture, dance, if any art can take a grip on your being, that's the best way to pray, the best way to meditate.  Then you don't need any other meditation, that is your meditation.  That will lead you slowly, slowly, step by step, into God.  So this is my criterion: if it leads you toward God, it is true art, it is authentic art"

 - Osho, Creativity, Unleashing the Forces Within

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Second painting of the day

I felt all warmed up after painting Ganesh for my friend's daughter and after a little peanut butter and jelly pita, I decided to paint another instead of cleaning up the brushes and palette.  This felt good!

12"x12" oil painting on 3/4" profile museum board

Deva's Ganesh

My friend Katy Latta has a lovely little 3 year old daughter named Deva.  She's full of life, full of love and since she thinks Ganesh is the coolest thing ever, I decided to paint the elephant God for her so she could have him look over her all the time.

Hugs to my friends!

"Deva's Ganesh"
16"x20" oil painting on canvas

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Yesterday's Effort...

A great artist and friend, Dreama Tolle Perry, talked about "just showing up" on her blog yesterday and it got me inspired to get in front of my easel, even though I wasn't really sure what I wanted to paint or feeling especially moved to paint.  

I rifled through some of my reference photos and was tickled by the feel of some poppies, so I just "showed up" and let the rest happen.  

Here is the resultant painting.  Makes me smile, so it's a masterpiece in my mind!

"Poppies II"
12"x12" oil painting on canvas

Tuesday, November 6, 2012


Today's painting!  My largest painting to date.  I am hoping my sister will want this for her Florida home!  Took me a while to get the whole canvas covered, but it was fun and I love the tranquility I feel from the colors and light.

48"x24" oil painting on canvas

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Another name painting for a friend

I do enjoy doing these paintings because I hope it will spark some interest for art into a young child's heart.  It's something only I can do for them and I sure hope they enjoy having this on their wall/door/dresser!

"Zuri's Horses"
8"x16" oil painting on 3/4" profile canvas
Not for sale - a gift for an 8th birthday!