Sunday, June 27, 2010

Seascape with Lighthouse, "The Beacon"

Original Acrylic on canvas panel 9x12
This small study was completed to demonstrate the power of dramatic contrasts in landscape and seascape paintings. SOLD

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

The life of a professional artist without celebrity status or international fame, is as mundane as anyone else’s life … Shopping for groceries, gassing up the mini-van, cutting the lawn, and watching TV. What is different is this crazy urge we artists have to produce images using dabs of colored paint and brushes. We labor endlessly trying to create a masterpiece, or at the very least, an acceptable painting that someone else may like enough to purchase. We fret about things like color contrast, perspective, values and subject matter. No one, or very few, even care about our work - but it doesn’t seem to matter. I can no more quit painting than I can quit breathing. It’s something I must do. It may not be the most lucrative profession, but it is a true calling and every once in awhile I am transported to another place of dazzling color and light where every brushstroke is perfect and where the image in my mind is also on my canvas. No one gets to live in this perfect world, but artists get to visit and sometimes they can take others there too. - Keep Painting and Keep Smiling. - Tom Shropshire

"Art is the only way to run away without leaving home." ~Twyla Tharp

Friday, June 11, 2010

Chicago Skyline

Original Painting - Acrylic on Canvas 16x20

The man made cliffs of steel against a backdrop of clouds with glittering city lights, is a subject that I always return to. city lights canvas prints

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Don Quixote

Original Painting - Acrylic on canvas panel 12x9

This was a classroom demonstration for a painting from life exercise. This small wood carving of Don Quixote has been in my studio for at least 25 years. Cervantes' Spanish hero was an impractical idealist. Like all artists, I've tilted at my share of windmills over the years. Available from the artist for $600.00