The following links connect to some of the pictures I have done over the last few years.
These are obviously the work of a beginner. However, I enjoy looking at pictures and for
whatever reason, these particular ones still give me some pleasure. Perhaps others might
find something amusing or interesting. There are a few others to be added but I am still
trying to get decent digital pictures without a lot of reflection.
All pictures are done in acrylics. Comments are included with some of the
NOTE: Pictures are actually fairly large so they are set to rescale to your browser window.
All pictures are rectangular. Pictures labeled [T] are taller than they are wide and will
scale to full window height. Those labeled [W] are wider than tall and will scale to full
window width. If the full picture does not show make your browser window wider for [T] and
taller for [W]. Increasing your browser window size will increase picture size.
Plant [W] was on the railing of our deck. I found the glow of the earthen pot combined
with the heavy foilage interesting. This was based on a spider plant in very bright
sunlight. Recently I did a different spider plant. [W]
- I, like many others, find Van Goh [W]
interesting. This painting is based on one I saw in a book. I was not interested in
making a copy but rather in trying to use his design elements and colors. In 1999 I ran
across the original in the art museum in Zurich. The colors are reasonably close, but my
sky is much calmer. I also still have both my ears.
- This picture is based on one by Cezzane
[T] but the colors are brighter since he is sometimes a bit dull for my taste.
- Long way
from home [W] reflects my interest in scifi and astronomy. The deep purple blacks of the
sky are proving very hard to photograph without reflection. This
photoshop altered version [W] is still not quite right but better.
- I find water fascinating. Blue lilies [W]
was inspired by a Monet painting. He was using very different colors than I would
have chosen but they worked (at least for Monet). This picture uses a similar palette but is more
geometric and a little more abstract than Monet's.
- Walking through a plaza in Madrid I came across an artist selling painting of his and another artists.
He let me take a photograph of one of a
Madrid Garden. [W] This picture is based on that photograph.
- The SIAM meeting in Puerto Rico [W]
was at a hotel with many water gardens. The basic layout and color scheme here is
taken from a photograph. I have made the painting more open and changed the water in
keeping with my current interest in painting with a few colors.
- Seashell [W]
was painted from a shell on the deck of my mother in laws one winter in Florida.
- The picture Stairs [T]
is based on a picture from southern France that Toni Cappel took. It reminded me of a number
of similar stairs that I had seen, and climbed, in Spain and Italy.
Lake [W] is based on a fall photograph taken in the White Mountains
of New Hampshire. All the colors have been pushed a bit except for the
band of purple/magenta on the other side of the lake. Those are the
actual colors. The foreground of the painting is a bit darker and more
detailed but it got washed out by the camera.
- Beach [W]
was also painted in Florida. The digital picture was darker than the original so this
has been photoshop enhanced. The original is sunnier with the sand and shell colors more
- Crete [W]
is based, loosely, on a picture of a harbor on Crete. There's a great seafood
restaraunt just to the upper right.
- Oberwolfach [W]
is based on a photograph taken near the Oberwolfach conference center which is
near the black forest region of southwest Germany. This picture was painted during my ``Grandma Moses
period" Which lasted exactly one picture.
winter [W] is one of my wife's favorites. There is a lane in back of her sisters place
that goes into the woods. I took a few classes from Toni Cappel and hope to take more.
Toni says to never use tube blacks and make your own because they are more interesting. I
usually agree but I deliberately wanted to use almost nothing but pure grays in this to
see what would happen following a picture I saw in a local gallery that was monochrome
and very effective.
- While not based on an actual scene, Jungle Dawn [W] was painted shortly after a vist to
Puerto Rico and hiking in the forest there.
- Our living room has somewhat of an oriental theme with a large walk around stone fireplace. i painted
Quiet Vase [T] to hang on the side of the fireplace. The stone is real and not part of the painting. The stone is the correct color but the actual painting is somewhat less yellow. The background is more of an antique gold with a touch of bronze in it.
- A couple years ago while fishing in the Missouri Breaks region of Montana our tow
vehicle broke down and my brother John and his son and I sat along a road for 6 hours
watching the sun set [W]. Our
only company was literally a heard of antelope. That lead to this picture. However, the
energetic clouds required a strong ground so this is definitely not Northeastern Montana.
Fall cove [T]
is a good example of how photographing with a digital camera can really change the
effect. The actual picture has more yellows and oranges. In fact, the water is almost a
Textured surfaces are fascinating. The
was painted after several days in Sardinia. Actually I started with painting the wall and
then added the vines. The light wall and dark leaves made this one hard to photograph. The
iimage here is photoshop enhanced which got the wall the right color but the leaves are
darker than shown.
- Doorway [T] was one
of my first pictures in TC's class. It was done from a photo of Toni's. I found the wall
Stream [W] was
intended to be not quite earthy and to almost have a magical element. The rocks are not
this blue in the original but they are bluish. Also the water is more transparent in the
original. I liked the organic effect.
- I like greens and purples as is obvious in One of the neighbors [T]
. A very different color scheme is in More Neighbors. [T]
- My son wanted a large abstract for his place in Georgia. Since he likes Diederkorn I painted
Landscape Number One [T]
. This was a quite large painting for me. 36" by 48". Subsequently I painted painted
which is the same size and similar colors. This photo was shot at an angle so the lighter top area is actually slightly larger.
- This same year (2003) I went snorkeling off the Florida Keys which probably inspired Seascape Number 1 [W]
. The yellow was delibrately chosen because it is not very mellow.
- This same year (2003) I was in a class where I was experimenting with using acrylics like water
colors. The result was Boat
Number 1 [W] .
- This started out motivated by an abstract landscape I saw in a gallery. I liked the way
that one had to keep shifting perspective as the eye moved around the picture. However, as I
painted the picture it went in a somewhat other direction. This picture of the neighborhood
[W] is less vibrant than the original. Also the area to the left looks more like a
curtain, which it is supposed to, in the orinial. This picture is probably better viewed in a
somewhat reduced size. The actual picture is on a fairly large canvas.
One Christmas I got some irridescent paints. I learned two things. One, they are
tricky to use and have things look right. Secondly, as Monday Morning [T]
shows they don't photograph very well with a flash. The whitish areas are actually a
silverish irridescent paint. This painting is just to show that a youth spent looking at
Dali paintings, (and the earlier Picasso's) made some kind of impression.
- In TC's class we had to stick some wet paper on the canvas and then paint something.
Sea Tree [T] is what
I got. TC's only comment was "ennergetic." Looking at it now, it appears a bit empty
sometimes with just the tree. On the other hand, sometimes this picture strikes a cord.
The water in the original is not such a bright blue and while there is more light to the
right there is some flash reflection in this image.