Still Life

Celtic Art Show 2019 and Irish Breakfast Tea #2

Celtic: Referring to Northwest Europe where Celtic culture and language survive. Annual Celtic Celebration. Greetings! It is that time again.  That is, it is almost time for the Rogue Gallery and Art Center’s Celtic Celebration’s Art Show in Medford, OR.  Not surprisingly, the Celtic Celebration coincides with St. Patrick’s Day.  The Celtic Celebration is also …

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Meaning: Painting of Rabbit and Egg

Meaning in Painting? Regarding Still Life With Rabbit and Egg

The “Meaning” Question. A fellow artist, Sandra Neary, asked me about the meaning of this still life composition.  In particular, why is the egg larger than the rabbit? Dinosaur Egg & Pygmy Rabbit? Well, all sorts of silly responses bounced around my head.  For instance, what if the egg were a dinosaur egg and the …

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Freedom: Royal Pear Lavender Moon

Royal Pears: New Collector; Plus A Bit of Imagination, Freedom & Embracing Process

Sometimes its just about freedom and exploration; that is, taking a moment to release your inner adventurous spirit. Intentions. Greetings!  I would like to share with you the story about my two Royal Pear watercolor paintings.  The smaller is the first version and a new friend and collector purchased it this week. The Story. One …

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In the frame: Irish Breakfast Tea

Tools of The Artist’s Trade: Using Symbols To Enhance Meaning

Symbols, in my case, images or colors representing ideas, thoughts or emotions. St. Patrick’s Day. Hi!  Its “St. Patrick’s Day” weekend!  I have always understood this day to be one in which people of certain cultural descent honor St. Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland. Of Celtic Descent. Even though I am a descendent of …

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Teachers: Its About Being A Student

Art Teachers & Five Tips About Workshops. Its About Being A Student!

Teachers, as in people who help others learn and acquire knowledge. Famous Artists As Teachers. Hi!  Recently, Daniel Smith Art Materials asked the following question on their Facebook page’s “Sunday Salon Art Question”: “If you could learn from, and paint with any artists in history, who would you choose?” Hmmm.  Oddly enough, I had to …

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continuity: Frothing Pitcher & Cappuccino Cup V2

Continuity; Day 30 of #30paintingsin30days Challenge: Pitcher & Cup

Continuity, as in an ongoing flow of work.  Its all part of a bigger picture! Day 30!  Closing or Opening? Greetings!  With today’s painting I arrive at the end of the #30paintingsin30days challenge hosted by Leslie Saeta Studios.  And, yet, it feels more like an opening rather than a closing of my work. Open To …

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Triad: Colorful "Cappuccino Time-R V10"

Triad: Cappuccino Time-R V10; Day 29 #30paintingsin30days

Triad or three; which, in this case, involves the three primary colors. Triad:  Yellow, Red And Blue. Greetings!  Its Day 29 of the #30paintingsin30days challenge hosted by Leslie Saeta Studio.  I must be wildly ecstatic because today’s painting is, in a word, WILD! Or maybe, “Cappuccino Time-R V10” is just wildly colorful.  And, yet, I …

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Persistence; More Stacked Espresso Cups

Persistence; Stacked Espresso Cups V2, Day 28 of #30paintingsin30days Challenge

Persistence; that is to say sticking with this challenge to the end! Gray Day; Stacked Espresso Cups. Greetings. I sit here in my studio/kitchen/office and wonder what I might write today.  And, as I look out across the valley, its a beautiful gray day.  You see, a dusting of snow enhances the topography of the …

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Plunge In: Stacked Espresso Cups

The Plunge; Day 27 #30paintingsin30days Challenge: Stacked Cups

Plunge, as in just go for it; dive in and give your all. Painting Is Like Taking A Plunge. Greetings!  As I near the end of #30paintingsin30days challenge, I find myself thinking about painting and taking plunges.  And,  it all applies to a painting about stacked espresso cups. Conversation With Dad. What?  To explain, I …

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Center of Interest: Cappuccino V9

Center Of Interest: Day 21 Cappuccino V9 #30paintingsin30days

Center of interest – that is the area that I would like you to look at in a drawing or painting.  Put another way, it attracts your attention. “Cappuccino V9”. Greetings!  And, here we are at day 21 of #30paintingsin30days!  Add to that the ninth cappuccino study!  Is it getting to feel routine to you? …

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