Friday, July 29, 2011

Dance of the Jellyfish

Original Painting - Acrylic on canvas 20x16

These Sea Jellies remind me of Japanese Lanterns glowing in the night. Scientists say these ancient creatures have been around for over 500 million years. A group of jellyfish is sometimes called a bloom or a swarm. Some of these groups are very large and contain as many as 100,000 Jellies. Jellyfish have no hearts but do have poisonous stingers and kill up to 40,000 people each year. They could also be an alien life form that came from a spaceship that crashed in the ocean 500 million years ago. I'm going with that. $950.00

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Tidal Waters

Original Painting - Acrylic on canvas 24x36

I had intended to paint a loose semi-abstract painting of the landscape with lots of texture and sweeping brushstrokes of bold color. As I refined the sky and clouds the representational painter took charge and gradually a realistic rendering resulted instead. I didn't get where I was headed but I like where I arrived. If I hang it vertically it would still make a pretty good abstract. $2100.00

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Moose Rider

Original Painting - Acrylic on canvas 24x36

Here's an example of "Traditional with a Twist". I painted this traditional scene some time ago, but never felt satisfied with it. I removed it from the frame and studied it on my easel and thought about adding a moose. After sleeping on it, I had the answer ...a moose with a rider! The story unfolded as I painted. She has found the funeral platform of her grandfather with his shield and quiver of arrows hanging from a tree stump at the edge of the marsh. She says a prayer to the Great Spirit then turns and disappears into the darkening forest. Why is she nude and riding a moose? That's a whole 'nother story. Click on painting to enlarge. $2100.00

Friday, July 22, 2011

Megalodon Shark

Original Painting - Acrylic on canvas 12x16

This prehistoric predator made its' closest living relative, the Great White Shark, look like a minnow. Adults were between 55 an 60 feet long and weighed as much as 100 tons. The painting began as a class demonstration for our underwater theme and I completed it in my home studio. I love the luminance of the shark! $500.00

Trail West

Original Painting - Acrylic on canvas 16x20

The covered wagons climb up the mountain trail and a column of smoke tells them they are not alone in the wilderness. The play of light and shadow is what interested me the most in this painting. I wanted to capture the vastness and beauty of the landscape in the tradition of the Hudson River artists. $950.00

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Burnt Reflections

Original Painting - Acrylic on canvas 12x16

Burnt pine trees are silhouetted and reflected as the sun sets in the Firehole Lake area of Lower Geyser Basin Marsh, Yellowstone National Park. $800.00

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Red Peril

Original Painting - Acrylic on canvas 16x12

This is the sixth painting in my "Sin, Sex, and Cigarettes" series, my tribute to the lurid pulp magazine covers and film noir. All the essential elements are here ...from the gun, cleavage, dramatic lighting, to the cigarette dangling from her bright red lips. $800.00