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Thursday, September 16th, 2010
I think bobtail squid are just the cutest of the squid family, so I decided to paint one up for another tiny painting. He’s actually a deep-sea creature, so he should rightly be floating in a serene black depth, but I wanted to give him a little lighter of a background, so I made it a dark blue with a bit of sunshine coming in. Maybe it’s really the lights of an oncoming research vessel, who knows?
Bobtail Squid, 4″x6″ oil on canvas board, $199 with free shipping. This cheerful little fellow comes with a 5″ wooden easel to display him.
Monday, September 13th, 2010
After I painted a sea turtle for my contest winner, I decided I wanted to do another one just for the heck of it. This little painting depicts a green sea turtle swimming in shallow ocean waters, frolicking through the sunbeams streaming in from above. He’s a perfect size to fit in a little niche on a bookshelf, desk, or side table.
Sea Turtle, 2.75″ x 2.75″ oil on canvas, nfs (sold). This painting comes with a little 5″ wooden easel for display.
First, I laid down the background, fading from the sunlit top of the water to a clear blue near the bottom, including the edges of the tiny canvas. Then I added in the turtle himself, or at least his shape, which had to dry before I could put in his details and create the charming fellow you see above.
You can see how the finished product looks on a shelf with some other tiny paintings (and a little friend) here:
Friday, September 10th, 2010
As promised, this is my other piece that’s simply called Red. Like last week’s piece, the reds are dark and intense, though this time they’re offset not by white paper but by the yellow ochre painted border. The different shades of red are also different textures, you can see some of the flash glare on the painting where the paint’s glossy, compared to the deep matte color of the bottom section.
This is actually quite a large painting, two feet by three feet, and although the edges are unfinished, I think it hangs just fine as is.
Red, 24″x36″ oil painting on canvas, $1299 with free shipping.
Thursday, September 2nd, 2010
One of the hardest things about art is knowing when a piece is done.
This painting started out as a quick sketch that I filled in with some messy linework in a rich forest green. I started working in the background of rich orangey gold, and then at one point I stepped back and said, you know, I think I like it just as it is. I’ve had it hanging in my living room for a while now, and I haven’t ever wanted to go back and mess with it.
Urgent Grounding, 30″x24″ oil on canvas, $899 with free shipping.
Thursday, August 12th, 2010
Today’s tiny painting is a Translucent Pelagic Octopus, a deep-sea creature that floats ghostlike in the dark ocean. They have some phosphorescence in blues and reds and even a bit of gold to go with the white, and seem to be sculptures of living glass. Iridescent paint gives the image a big of shimmer, adding to the effect.
He’s giving you a cheerful hello wave from his tiny canvas, which is about the size of a postcard. He comes with a small wooden easel to easily display him on a flat surface such as a bookshelf, mantelpiece, desk, cubicle, or very patient cat.
Pelagic Octopus, 4″x5″ oil painting on canvas board, $199 with free shipping.
Friday, August 6th, 2010
This painting contains the four elements in harmony, the sky above and earth below, water stretching out from the rocky shore and the glow of a fire coming from the cave. I originally started it for the cover of a book, but we ended up going a different direction. Still, it’s one of my favorite small paintings, simple and peaceful with a small hint of a hidden secret.
The edges of the canvas aren’t finished, but the painting can be hung as is, or slipped into a frame.
Mystic Cave, 9″x12″ oil painting on canvas, $399 with free shipping.
Thursday, July 29th, 2010
I painted this with a model a few years back, and I’ve always really loved the way it came out, the soothing blues and brush strokes combined with the pensive expression on the model. I went through a period of rebellion against the Renaissance tendency to paint nude men as though it was a very cold day indeed, and in this case ended up giving the model a bit of a boost (though it was a warm room) and that’s where the painting’s title comes from.
This painting is unframed but ready to hang as is.
Objects in Painting May Be Smaller Than They Appear, 24″x36″ oil on canvas, $1299 with free shipping.