Monday, May 9, 2022

Easter Lilies (Palette Knife)

Easter lilies, day lilies, tiger lilies, surprise lilies, calla lilies, stargazer lilies, water lilies... I do love a good lily. I love seeing them... growing them... and painting them too.
This one's different.
It's not very colorful... and it's a pretty loose style....

There are several different meanings listed for the Easter lily. One is that it's symbolic of new beginnings.  I like that. I'm kind of at a place of rediscovering, redefining, and reclaiming myself as an artist. 
Maybe this Easter lily will be a new beginning for me.
I love it.

Original Oil Painting on 6"x 12" Wrapped Canvas
Click Easter Lilies if you'd like to purchase this painting.

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Come See!

What's the story behind this painting?

Well... I know what it says to me, and I know what each of the objects means to the friend who asked me to paint it.  But, you get to decide for yourself what it means to you.

I Googled, "What makes a painting symbolic?
Symbolism is when something (a visual clue) is used to represent something else.  It is the oldest form of visual communication.  Symbols can have powerful meaning and evoke strong emotion in the viewers of an artwork.  Artists use realistic and abstract symbols to represent human thoughts and emotions.  

What fun it was to work on this painting, to collaborate with the one who had the ideas.

Original Oil Painting on 22"x 28" Wrapped Canvas

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Riley & Steve

Good dog, Riley.
Good dog, Steve.

I wonder if these guys will recognize themselves when their dad gets this painting as a 40th birthday present.

Original Oil Painting on 12"x 12" Wrapped Canvas 

Friday, April 15, 2022

The Merry House (Our Fixer Upper - Finally All Fixed Up!)

A final look

Click HERE for the first 11/4 post.
Click HERE for the 1/16 update.
Click HERE for the 3/1 update.
Click HERE for the last 4/14 update.

We are proud of our work and this now beautiful little house.
It's finished and listed on Zillow for rent.
We hope that whoever moves in will love it too.

I made a book to keep the memories of our adventure in fixer upper-ing.  Click HERE if you want to have a look. (There's a "preview" button. Click that then you can just flip through the pages. It has a sale price. I don't really mean it for sale.  I just had to have that so that I could share it on line.)

Thursday, April 14, 2022

The Merry House (Our Fixer Upper - final update)

A finishing touches...

Click HERE for the first 11/4 post.
Click HERE for the 1/16 update.
Click HERE for the 3/1 update.

Yes, we finished our fixer upper.
Yes, it took 205 days and 800+ hours of work
Yes, we had a good time with it, worked hard, and learned so much.

The path is well worn from our front door, across the yard, through the strip of woods, and up to our project. We are ready for a rest and for someone to move into it.

I'll post The Big Reveal next. 
For now, her are some photos from our final few weeks.