Monday, January 28, 2013

Harbor of Lights

Original Painting - Acrylic on canvas 40x30
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This impressionistic cityscape allowed me to loosen up and achieve a semi-abstract painting with unusual (for me) color combinations of warm and cool hues side-by-side. It's all about the glow of the glittering city lights.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

When to buy a new house

“I wish I had more room for new paintings …”

“I’m all out of wall space …”
“I would have to get rid of something to add a new painting …”

As artists we have all heard variations on this theme. Is it true, or is it just an excuse not to purchase?
I think it is a little of both. People often can’t visualize where they would hang a particular painting even when they really love it and are drawn to it. It’s also sometimes a polite way to avoid making a decision to purchase something.

As an artist I have no shortage of paintings because, well …it’s what I do. Not every painting I create can be displayed on the walls of my own home. However, I do always manage to have probably 45-50 original paintings on my walls and it is not cluttered and my house is an average size, 2 story, colonial.

I do have paintings of all sizes in bathrooms, kitchen, bedrooms, dining room, living room, sunroom, den, office/studio, and hallways. My point is that there is almost always room for more art in your home if you love it and want to own it. I also change paintings every so often for a fresh new look or just because I like a newer painting better than the old one. You really can’t have too much art.

If you truly love every single piece of art on your walls and you can’t think of any place for a new painting, you could try grouping work together, or using a display easel, or stacking paintings from floor to ceiling on a gallery style wall of art. If you are still out of space, then obviously you do need a bigger house!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Rainy Days and Mondays

Original Painting - Acrylic on canvas 20x16
I always liked the Karen Carpenter song with the same title. The only difference is rainy days and mondays never get me down. I love rainy days ...the wetter the better. Rain storms have always made me feel invigorated and very creative. Painting on a stormy day is one of my favorite things. Curling up with a good book as the rain pounds on the roof is also right up there with my favorites.

This scene could be any big city in the rain such as New York, Chicago, or Milwaukee.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Bourbon Street, Baby!

Original Painting - Acrylic on Canvas 20x24
 There is nothing like the excitement and pulse of Bourbon Street. The garish lights, the sounds of music pouring out of seedy bars and night clubs, drunken laughter, and even the clip clop of mounted police. It's a decadent paradise and a non-stop party. Beneath the glitter is a dark side that seeps out into the musty humid air from the old buildings, gaudily painted the makeup on aging york city canvas prints