Monday, August 24, 2009

Good times in Levis Commons this past weekend!

Here's a photo of Mary(left) behind her new poppy painting! This piece was a surprise for her husband. She knew he would love it because he had been eyeing another large work of mine that hangs in the home of Salvi & Andrew(shown on Mary's right). Salvi & Andrew are avid collectors that live in Levis Commons and I look forward to visiting with them each year at this show! I love getting to know the people that follow my work; it's often as rewarding as making the art!!
Thank you all for a great show this weekend!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Heading to Perrysburg, OH for the Levis Commons Fine Art Fair this weekend!

If you get a chance, stop on by. My booth is #97 and will be located just in front of Arhaus furniture. The show itself is nestled in a wonderful town square with upscale shops and dining all around. There are 125 artists so it's big enough to see great stuff but not daunting to cover. Here are the last of what is going with me...

Poppies 11" x 14"

Karl's Garden III - 18" x 24"

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Poppies for Renee, 4' x 3'

This was painted with a knife and is the largest work that I have painted in this manor in some time. Look at the detail below where you can get a better idea of the richness of the surface and color. Renee owns Mod Squad Salon in Saline, MI. This piece will be installed in the salon later this week. Stop by and take a look!

Detail of Poppies for Renee

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Poppies 12" x 24"

Sunflowers with Red Underpainting 16" x 20"

Both pieces were painted "thickly" with a palette knife. The sunflower was painted over a red under-painting which is one of my favorite ways to paint. Especially for things that I want to give the illusion of being bathed in sunlight. Reason being is that cool light creates warm shadows and vice-a-versa. So the red lends to the shadow areas and the small bits of red left in the would-be sky are just for fun!

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Poppies in the Sun, 20" x 16"

This is the first "finished" of a series of several small paintings(all under 2 feet square or less) that I am creating using a palette knife to apply the paint. It's not that I prefer painting with the knife or the brush, but I do enjoy being able to take a break from one to work with the other. The knife leaves an interesting surface and the thickness of the paint makes for intensely rich color. I am quite pleased with this one!