Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Portraits

Mothers Day
My stepdaughter and her baby.
 
 
 
 
 
 


I find portraits the most difficult skill to conquer,  but I am starting to give it a try!

 
These are my brother's gransbabies in pencil, watercolor, and markers.

 
Jack O'Neill (Richard Dean Anderson)
 
 

Monday, April 25, 2011

Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Metaphysical Paintings

I love sci fiction shows ... yes,  I admit it!

My favorite is StarGate! Here is a painting of the proverbial gate, and of the episode 1968.








I am also a fan of the original series of Star Trek.

 
And Spock in Bread and Circuses
 
 

On 2008 I saw the photographs from someone viewing the lunar eclipse, and I decided to give it a try!


And my take on what is an Ascended Being from the 5th dimension.




Music will take on the World




From the Movie 300
 
 
Alien Planets
 
 
 
 
 





Children's Artwork

My son is my favorite fan!  And he is always asking me for paintings for his room. 

Of course his favorite things are dinosaurs and video games characters!. 

Here is some of my work,  a couple of them are from when I was learning to paint,  so I have learned much since then!



















Hades from Disney Hercules




Scrapbook Monsters!


House Mouse!



 
 
Disney Alice in Wonderland Singing Rose
 
 
Grumpy Cat
 
 
 

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

What is painting for me?

I will start with the definition of Art: Art is the quality, production, or expression of what is beautiful, appealing, and or more than ordinary significance.

So ....   as you can see, art like beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

To me art is more like a melody.  Yes, some works of art can be like music.
When you know about art, your eyes can go around a composition like a melody, when colors are well thought and the design is flawless. There is so much that goes into a work of art. There are tones of “rules” to follow to produce a good piece. From the Harmony of the colors, to the placement of the composition in general. As well as the idea behind it.

It is not just picking up a brush and draws something. It is so much more than that. To me art is a melody, a dance of sorts, a conversation.
 
 

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Virtual Paint Out

February 2016
 
 
 
January 2016
 
 
 
 
 
August 2015

 
 
November 2014
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
June 2014
 

 
May 2014
 

 
April 2014



November 2013



 

August 2013


Oil on canvas 2.5 x 3.5

 

June 2013


May 2013

It has been a few months since I participated in the Paint Out, but I enh=joyed working this month on a small landscape.

 

January 2013



I decided that mountain was too lonely and added a couple!

October 2012


August 2012

This is a piece in oils.  Tazmania was this month's paint out!

 

July 2012


After a short hiatus, I gave a try to another scene.  Thailand was just so appealing, even though the backgrounds where so busy it was a little overwhelming!  At the end I decided on this piece in watercolor.



April 2012

Gdansk, Poland




March 2012

St. Petersburg, Russia a pop art rendition of the Hermitage Museum in India ink with bamboo brush and markers.






February 2012





A different media experiment!  A combination of markers, inks, colored pencils and graphite pencils.



January 2012




8 x 10 Oil on canvas

Going back to my confort zone for December!




Aries in November, the place where Van Gogh did so many  paintings ... I was so tempted to paint in oils a landscape in his style,  but I decided to for in a complete different Avenue and use watercolors and pencils, which I rarely do!






Sardinia in Italy for October, with its beautiful coastal landscapes.



September was New Orleans, and I thought it would be fun to paint a painting!




In August I opted for a simple road and trees.  I fell in love with the perspective.





In July the challenge for the virtual paint out is Jersey is one of the Channel Islands that sits off the coast of Normandy, France, and south of Great Britain.  Here is my contribution.




This is my contribution for the mont of June.  The Virtual Paint Out is located in New Zealand!


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May Virtual Paint Out is on the beautiful Cote d'Azur in the French Riviera.  I opted for a scenic view.





The virtual paint out the month of April was Japan.  I can not help but think all month long about the people that perish and are suffering in that area of our world. 
I decided to paint something sort of cute, and appealing to grown ups and kids alike  and I will be putting this painting on EBay for sale where 100% of the proceeds I make will be donated to the Japans relief efforts.






I hope I can follow the virtual paint out every month this year.  March is the start of a new year for me because is my birthday!  This month Bill took us to Cape Town.  I had no idea how beautiful it was.




 Romania is such a beautiful simple country.  I opted for a house.  I am not very good at depicting buildings,  but I gave it a try.



In December the paint out was located in County Clare, Ireland.   I did not want to do water, so I opted for a farm house..



How much fun is Rio de Janeiro!
  It was so hard to pick, but I ultimately had to go for the beach! I remember traveling there many years ago, and the contrast between the beauty of nature, and not so pretty construction in some areas is one of the things I recall the most. I decided for a beach scene in a very small canvas. I do not think I never painted that small, and I found it way harder than working on a bigger surface. One looses much of the detail...









The month of October the virtual paint out was located in San Miguel de Allende in Mexico.  As much as I love the colonial Spanish homes, I decided to go for something a little different, and return to the medium I love,  oils.



I lived in NY for some of my college years, and when I learned we were going to Manhattan on the virtual paint out for September I was ecstatic!  However, I found it quite difficult to find something to paint. I had in mind all these great buildings and locations, but I was so disappointed to find out so many people and vehicles blocking it. This month of August on the virtual Paint out Bill took us to Prince Edward Island in Canada. I was surprised to see a combination of plains and beaches. Very beautiful. As I scouted the area I saw many lighthouses, but decided not to paint those thinking many would do just that. I was so wrong! I am always amazed at the creativity and different views of every artist.




It became a daunting task. I also thought to paint something that would refer to 9/11, but all the streets are still blocked and fill with constructions signs.


I settled for something not out of the ordinary. Because of time constraints, I worked with pastels this time. I do not have much experience with the medium, and it turned out very different to what I ususally do.


I decided to give the guy a face, and even a beard. Here is the link to my inspiration:   Hey Taxi!








For the month of August Bill took us to  Prince Edward Island in Canada. 




I decided for just a plain road going to the beach. I eliminated all the building and posts, as I wanted to give it a modern look in perspective. As a relatively new artist, I welcome any comments on how to improve.



This is my end result, and below the link for my inspiration!














This month of July the virtual paint out was in Hong Kong.  I was taken by some beautiful scenery, and the contrast between the city and the majestic mountains by the roads.  So I decided to work on two paintings.  I am not very happy with the fabric street,  but I may take it on the future when I have grown in experience, and work some more of it.



Here are my works:






















June 2010 



 
I really enjoyed participating in the virtual paint out this month. I was a little intimidated because I might not have as much experience as others do.

I decided to eliminate all the signs from the original source, and I do not know if many noticed, but there are two little people by the beach! That is the reason I called it Exploring the Beach in Hawaii.


Looking at everyone’s work I was so amazed at how we all have so many different views and perspectives. Amazing. I also learned that I can look at an area and pick a good focal point, and not the whole thing.

Hope I can do better next time!

Here is the Link I picked for my art: