Sunday, April 25, 2010

THE BUS STOP

This one is a little different for me and so much fun! I have been recently studying the works of Karin Jurick. She is a natural media artist who lives in Atlanta, Ga. and paints incredible people paintings among many other things. If you would like to check her out at http://www.karinjurick.com/
 Her paintings have given me a whole new "vision" and her style is something that I admire very much.
Ralph and I drove by this couple waiting for a bus and I yelled "Wait!" Stop! I need a photograph of that hat and those shoes! Ralph quickly made a quick U-turn and I took this photograph from across the street. I used mostly the palette knife set to my own adjustments but I also used Den's Oil Blender brush for the background. I also decided to paint out the post between them to eliminate the distraction, then as always I finished in Adobe CS4 with color adjustments and final framing by adding texture. When I look at his expression, I can hear him thinking "Are we really going out with that HAT again???
What do you think he is thinking?

Sunday, April 11, 2010

FLOWER FENCE


  I have to say this piece makes the list as one of my favorites. I passed this fence everyday on my way to work and finally I photographed this last spring and have been waiting for the true moment of creative inspiration to turn it into the art piece I envisioned. The combination of the soft, dainty, pink flowers against the rugged grain of the wood, speaks to me. I love using all the digital tools available to transform these "ever-changing images" that we pass every day, into contemporary modern art. This same fence today is completely  shrouded behind a dense curtain of purple and pink Bougainvillea. 
Lesson learned: "take the time to stop and smell the roses"...or in this case Bougainvillea!

Friday, April 9, 2010

PINK AND PRETTY

In the spirit of the spring season I am continuing my series of flower paintings while enduring, sneezing, itchy watery eyes and sore throat! Yes, it's all in the news we are having one of the worst allergy season's ever which means I will have plenty of flowers to photograph and paint. A good stock of antihistamines and tissues are on my next shopping list. 
  This is the second of my Gerbera paintings and still remains one of my favorite flowers next to the Sunflower. Keeping the crop simple without framing actually created more of a challenge for me as my focus went directly to making sure the texture of the brushwork came through on the final image.
 Hope you enjoy and Gesundheit!