Not all artists start in the same place when beginning a new work. Some artists paint sections of color first, others use pencil or charcoal to sketch a basic scene, some work the whole canvas at once, while others create the main subject before anything else. As for me I create a stage as a set designer might, a place on which future action will occur. I have a new commission that needs a scene into which a young woman will step. She's told her story and now I'll create a portrait to reflect it just as she wishes. I first learned to paint with oil on canvas starting from the background moving forward to the main subject, sometimes into wet paint and other times after the previous layer dried. That habit continues to affect how I think about each new piece of art. I'm often asked how my digital process can look so much like real oil on canvas. Here's the story of my most recent subject together with her sword including images and explanations all along the way.
Western Wyoming is one of the most alluring areas in the American West. Only by flying low and slow over it can its complexity be fully appreciated. I haven’t named this painting yet. Suggest a name and if I choose yours, I’ll send you a 13" x 17" print on archival paper! Entirely FREE to you, just my way to say thanks!
This is one the most beautiful places in the Caribbean. We arrived at Devil’s Bay aboard a 44 foot power boat and swam ashore with our lunch and a beach umbrella. I carried a small Nikon in a waterproof bag. The rocks looked big from the boat and gigantic once we were close to them. Soon we were introduced to the roaster strutting possessively among his hens. Along the beach they went, in and out of the water, showing us the ropes. There were two mysteries we would discover on our long hike among the rocks. Read on for how my story ends up with me in Moscow USSR in the 1970s . . .
Quirky Carhenge outside of remote Alliance, Nebraska, is built of thirty-eight Detroit-built cars with a 1962 Cadillac serving as the Heel Stone. That's it poking out of the ground just left of the shaft of sunlight at midground. Unlike prehistoric Stonehenge on England's Salisbury Plain, Carhenge serves no astronomical purpose, no sunrise over the Cadillac at summer solstice to mark Midsummer's Day. It can be whatever the observer wants it to be--engineered art, a philosophical statement on life and death, a salute to America's long obsession with the automobile, inspiration for movies, books, and tv. Whatever it is that brings 30,000 annual visitors to this out-of-the-way corner of Nebraska, it takes a good map and determination to find Carhenge. Click Continue Reading below to see the full photo and a link to a fascinating movie, "Genius or Junk" at Vimeo . . .
I’m drawn to water, skies and clouds. They infuse my “artlook” and are a lifelong habit. I studied earth science toward a career teaching oceanography and weather. learned and loved the Everglades, knew Marjory Stoneman Douglas as mentor and friend. Water, skies and clouds fill my private life too. Read on to learn my hardest thing . . .
The Mighty Mississippi makes a great subject. Like the people who live along the shore, the river has several personalities revealed throughout the year. In this shot I framed the scene to emphasize strength, competence, and productivity. The river makes all things possible. It can be a destroyer, but here it's cold but calm, and the river and her people are busy. I see a typical early spring sky with scudding clouds bumping up against a blue sky and blue bridges. The Mississippi has passed this point for eons, has carried Indian nations, European traders, American explorers, farm products of the grain belt and so much more.
We sailed into Tromsø in June, hiked across the city bridge to the Ice Cathedral and returned at dinnertime, four hungry people ready to enjoy some local cuisine. The restaurant on the third floor of a century building in old Tromsø was recommended for its beef, but two in our party decided to try something more rare. As for me, I don't like red meat but loved the red staircase.
I was twenty-three years old when I gave up on winter and moved South. Miami sounded cool, as in warm and smart! My plan was to make a permanent life in the out-of-doors. I took up SCUBA diving, running on the beach, windsurfing, and eventually early morning birding. Running and birding found me a sweetheart and we made a family. After decades learning the ropes and dancing to a Latin beat, life shifted . . .
Sanctuaria della Foresta, the Sanctuary of the Forest is on the route St. Francis traveled in the 13th century. I watched a young man gather chestnuts one nut at a time. After each nut he walked the length of a dry laid stone wall to place each nut on the retaining wall of a fish pond.
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