Saturday, October 14, 2017

Agave Dacytlogram

Agave Dacytlogram
12 x 9
Pastel on Art Spectrum (Black)

I was walking in garden this week enjoying the migrating monarchs and the late afternoon light was just so gorgeous. I walked up to my front agave gardens and took some shots of the Agave parryi var truncata. I liked how this older specimen beared the 'fingerprints' that made it unique. It's those marked ends either damaged by age or freeze. But it makes it unique - like fingerprints. 

I've been re-reading a book I read 20 years ago called The Alieniest. It's about the start of forensic medicine in the late 19th century. In that time and into the turn of the century, fingerprints were not accepted as the unique characteristics as they are today. A fingerprint is also called dactylogram. Hence the name of this painting.


My inventory of smaller paintings is lower than I'd like it to be. The Cottonwood Art Festival last weekend was very good to me. I sold 7 smaller and 2 medium sized originals. I have another show, Turtle Creek Arts Festival in Dallas, in four weeks, so I have some work to do. 



Friday, September 29, 2017

Steel Agave

Steel Agave
24 x 18
Psatel on UArt 500

I've been fascinated with some agave art sculptures. They are made of rusted steel and sometimes tipped in turquoise or red. The shape of these made me think of a painting I did earlier this year called Sinuous Ribbons. I thought I'd do a play on those sculptures as a painting. After doing the Star Series and the Mandala Series with the Chakra colors, I've been considering alternate color combinations of the same image.  So, here's a pass at that thought. I may do more of these in the future in some fashion. No progress shots for this one, I was really in the zone.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Succulent Mandala Solar Plexus Chakra

Succulent Mandala - Solar Plexus Chakra
12 x 12
Pastel on UArt 500

I'm back to the succulents, and back to the easel. It's been a busy few weeks. I did a pastel demo for the Wimberley Valley Art League. I was honored to have been asked and honored that one of the members purchased my demo painting (which I'll post for my next entry). 

With this Succulent Mandala, I am revealing the underlying theme of the mandala - the Chakras. Each succulent mandala, has a different background color corresponding with the 7 Chakra. I've completed the 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th Chakras (orange, yellow, turquoise and dark blue/indigo). They are in square in format and I originally intended them to just be mandala. Per Wikipedia Mandala are

In common use, "mandala" has become a generic term for any diagram, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically; a microcosm of the universe.

The basic form of most mandalas is a square with four gates containing a circle with a center point


But as I painted, I noticed the colors and the chakra came to mind. I'm enjoying the series and learning more about the chakra as I go. Here's a few progress shots of Throat Chakra





Monday, September 11, 2017

Opal Skies

Opal Skies
6 x 8
Pastel on UArt 500

Continuing in the series of remnant paper paintings is Opal Skies. When I took my remnants, which were of skies, I decided I would do various skies from my cache of photos. I searched sky and so many came up from different times. This glorious sunset was a wash of color. What I liked was the color mixing on this one. Truly, the Divine is the best artist of all. It took me some time to realize that we often see shades of green in our skies....well some would say turquoise. Of course - yellow and blue make green! 

I am in awe of artists who paint clouds and skies as a primary genre. It's not easy at all....but it is very freeing. I'm enjoying this diversion from my usual genre.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Snowbound Sunset

Snowbound Sunset
6 x 6
Pastel on UArt 500

This is the next in the series of remnant paper paintings. As many of you know, I live in Texas, so snow is not something I typically see. BUT...my BFF (and I literally mean BFF because I've known her since I was 5) lives in Utah! A photo from her back balcony inspired this painting. What I liked about the image was how the snow reflected the setting sun. The colors in the southwestern skies are always amazing and Utah doesn't disappoint. 

Up next, is a sunrise at home...

Saturday, September 9, 2017

The Long Haul

The Long Haul
7 x 9
Pastel on UArt 500

This is the first of a series of sky/sunset/sunrise paintings. They are done on the remnants of some longer pieces of paper that I've re-purposed. That's the lovely thing about Uart and some other pastel papers - you can take a piece of another painting and make it into something different. Of course, you can do that with canvas as well. These started as a painting I worked up for a local call for artists. I did three passes at the painting then selected the one I preferred. For the two that I did not prefer, I cut them into pieces. You'll see more of the preferred painting next week after the deadline is passed.

This remnant became a painting of a photo which my friend Steve S took. He drives motorcycles across the country. This was a photo on the road of a either a sunset or sunrise, I don't recall. What I liked about his photo was how the road in front of him was illuminated by his headlights. The vanishing point of the road into the redness of the sky was intriguing. The painting became "The Long Haul" since that what Steve does. 

Monday, August 28, 2017

Gila and Aloe

Gila and Aloe
5 x 7
Pastel on Primed Gator Board

Here's another painting with the primed Gator Board. I can thank my friend Michael S for the photo resource. He's a photographer friend I met at the Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden. Though he's called the "hummingbird whisperer" he also gets great shots of other garden inhabitants, like this male Gila Woodpecker checking out the sweet aloe.

So, as I'm trying this new technique, part of it is figuring out how I want to lay down the primer. This one was more uniform like a canvas, up/down left and right. One can see it in the sky section more clearly. It's definitely harder to paint w/the primer. I'm going to continue to work w/these small subjects to refine my own ways with this. I do like that it gives it a more painterly look. It definitely gives more of a feather texture for the birds very easily.

I think I'm also going to try some different colors for the primer. Purple, Terracotta, umber, grey, olive green and sienna are generally my go to colors. This will be a fun journey. I did manage to get one progress shot on this. I'm concentrating very hard for this :)