14x11 Acrylic on panel
Collection of Stan and Karen Martin
The Internet is a marvelous tool for obtaining instructional content. I have been enthralled by the resources offered for free. I signed up with WetCanvas.com, and as a result, I was offered an opportunity to be a student in live web classes that were recorded for subsequent paid distribution. The process put me "in touch" with Johannes Vloothuis from Canada. Johannes, a professional artist, offered insights that were significant to my development. I can no longer look at paintings without his "commandments" of painting coming to the front of observation. Although I went to art school, I never could make all the connections between what was taught and the application in a painting. Johannes has a way of integrating the two. I don't necessarily agree with everything, but that's because of too many years in art history. I do, however, appreciate him focusing my attention on 15 or so commandments--they tend to grow and morph over time.
This painting was the result of a class assignment to paint a waterfall. I had never painted waterfalls, so it was a challenge. I never submitted this one for critique, but I learned from the critique of others' works--we all make the same mistakes. Someone once told me, "If we were all to confess our sins to one another, we would be stricken by the lack of creativity." So it is with mistakes in paintings; we all make similar, if not the same ones--novice and professional. Professionals look for and correct them, while the novice goes on unaware of their existence. Johannes taught us to look critically at our own work and correct the mistakes -- if not during the painting process, after our own evaluation.
I like this painting that was painted with my artistic license to make it "real" rather than realistic.
Collection of Conrad and Shirley Acebedo
8.5x11 Acrylic on panel
One thing I like about painting--observation. Once you start the process of painting, your heightened awareness kicks in, and you see things differently. This doesn't just happen when you have a brush in you hand, but before and after. Subtle color changes and the value shifts used to create depth become beautiful in and of themselves. Marge and I struck out to find beauty on a late autumn day. We came across a back road--dirt of course. Who knows where, but there ist was--beauty of place. The moment is memorable as you see the beauty of color, value, line, and stroke. I can never go back to that place except in the painting. Photographs never seem to capture what is really there. Sure they are good for details of shape, but not color, value nor finding it again. Maybe a camera with a GPS would be good, but I don't know why; I have a painting.
14x18, Acrylic on canvas
Collection of Marv and Gloria Bailey
8x10, Acrylic on canvas
Collection of Joseph and Stephanie Moorman
In early June of 2011, Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha Botanical Center, sponsored a paint-out in the gardens. Artists from all over the city showed up on a beautiful Saturday morning with portable easels in hand and paints at the ready, They each positioned themselves along the pathways to paint that which they found most inspiring. It had been a long time since I had painted plein air, so with some trepidation I set up my French easel and started painting. I soon discovered my folly as Marge deserted me for less intimidating places. I had forgotten mosquito repellent. What made me think that Bull Frogs would live where there were no mosquitoes. They don't! I had paint all over my face as I would swat at the dreaded creatures. Well, I didn't contract West Nile Virus or anything of that nature, but I am not sure that the thicker parts of the painting do not contain encrusted bodies of my observers.
Collection of Larry and Lauri Cunningham
When exploring the obscure areas of Nauvoo, IL on the East bank of the Mississippi River, we found an area that was used to drain the swamp to make the city. It still functions to eliminate water but has long been forgotten as serving as a bridge also. Beauty is where you find it, be prepared.
Recognition: Won an Honorable Mention in the Omaha Artists' Winter Art Show
Collection of the Artist
Hoar frost appears silently and when the sun comes out disappears as it came, but in the brief moments of the morning its beauty must be enjoyed.
Collection of the Artist
When visiting my uncle's ranch at Flaming Gorge, we saw the most phenomenal sunset "just for us--Tender Mercies."