Posts Tagged ‘water’
Saturday, October 8th, 2016
The watery, shimmery blue Pathways are diverging in this layered abstract painting.
A subtle, mottled pattern of dark blues and black voids hides behind the turquoise waterfalls spilling to either side of the central path. The texture of the top layer is softened by the paint beneath it, but the sparkle shines through in the right light.
These pathways diverge, but for once you can have it both ways.
Above, you can see one set of divergent pathways running over the soft, textured background in dark blue and darker black. Below, the pathways are contained in a frame, reminding us to look both ways.
Monday, February 2nd, 2015
Although it’s not named in series, this painting is definitely a relative of my previous Splash watercolors.
I asked my list whether this painting ought to be waves or a beach, and the overwhelming vote was for waves.
There’s a splash and sploosh, the blue on top of the endless deep aqua, the white above it all like foam. There’s also just a hint of shine hiding here and there that only shows up when the sun hits it just right.
If you want the warm memory of the ocean there on your desk or your wall, this is the perfect painting for you.
Ocean Waves, 8″x8″ watercolor and interference watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper.
Above, you can see the waters looking darker with the shine of interference blue peeking out in subtle brightness. Below, the painting is in a frame in the sun, just waiting to go to its new home.
Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014
Ah, the foibles of subtle art and electronic reproduction. The monitor tries to wash out this painting into cyan or acid green, but don’t let it fool you, there is a gorgeous seafoam green color to these rising strands. It has a very subtle feeling of being underwater somewhere brightly sunlit, so that the water is washed to white and the kelp glows from within, with only the densest leaves showing darker greens.
This painting is a dreamy abstract watercolor that gives a sense of weightlessness, of drifting slowly upward with a slight sway from some hidden current.
Kelp, 8″x8″ watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper.
Above, you can see some of the subtle details that get washed out in the scan. The color in that photo comes out a little too green, but you can get a better feel of how soft and peaceful it is. Below, the sunlight streams in on this piece in its dark frame.
Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013
Somehow all of my painted octopi end up looking a bit worried, as though they’re not quite sure how they ended up here in this painting and they’re definitely concerned that there will soon be a kraken. This little guy is painted almost entirely in shining metallic paints, the water in three shades of blue and the octopus himself mainly in a bright coppery duochrome adobe. His shadows and highlights are made of normal watercolor, but his eyes are the same shining blue as the water he’s swimming in.
Just don’t startle him. He might ink.
Copper Octopus, 7″x5″ iridescent, duochrome and normal watercolor on paper.
Above, you can see the sunlight shining off of his distinctive copper skin and lovely sapphire-blue eyes. Below, he’s briefly occupying a frame and fretting about all the imaginary dangers of his empty undersea world. Perhaps you can take him home and let him take on a few of your worries as well, while he’s at it?
Friday, November 4th, 2011
I decided that I wanted to go back to the original visual image that came to me with the salt pools and depict them in blue-green ink, with ripples going out, fading as they go from each pool. I imagine these like the frozen moment after the drop has hit, the ring of bigger crystasl around the edge like the splash, and each subsequent ring of paint a ripple growing fainter as it travels away from the center point. The whole piece has a very soothing, Zen-like quality to it that I quite enjoy.
Pond, 7″x5″ mixed media on paper, $323, framed, with free shipping.
The blue-green quality of this color is a bit hard to capture, the scanner wants to turn it blue and the camera wants to turn the white paper red, thus making the paint very green when the whites are corrected back.
Of course, like all my three-dimensional salt paintings, it ships tucked safely into a simple frame.
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.