Friday, January 23, 2015

Mixed-Media Series: 3 of 5

I wanted simple but bold for this canvas. The quote: Dripsy, dropsy, pitter, patter falling to the ground. Fast then slow until it stops. Oh what a wonderful sound. I like the NW canvas.

Thanks for looking at my work in progress.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Mixed-Media Series: 2 of 5

The second mixed-media painting in my series: Hope. This canvas fought me for a little while, until I said, "Okay, you win, I'll start over". The birds were simple and the Emily Dickinson words just hopped on the page. Wa-La Done and Done.

Thanks for looking at my work in progress.......

Sunday, January 18, 2015

MIxed-Media Series: 1 of 5

I was given 5 11" x 14" canvases for Christmas and although they are canvases, not my favorite size (sorry, but I did send a list). I prefer square 16" or 10" or "16 by 8" long spaces to paint, craft on and get messy with. So, I decided to use these in a series of whimsy. Here is #1 in the series: Tea Party.

Thanks for playing along with me. Sam

Monday, January 5, 2015

Recent paintings --- Mixed Media

I painted this piece for my own home --- IF I did it over, I'd change a few things, but for now it handsomely hangs on one of my walls (I'm running out of walls - but not out of ideas to paint).

I did this piece for my son, Scott ( He is a fantastic photographer and I borrowed one of his photos and painted it my style. It is a scene from South Dakota and a road trip we (both sons and mom) took a few years back. We were visiting Wounded Knee and took a road north towards the Badlands. We drove and drove through fields of golden grasslands, blue skies and emptiness surrounding us until we came to a lonely tree in the distance. Of course with a photographer in the car and the picture perfect scene at our side, we stopped. I love the photograph and wanted to give back to the photographer that has shown me how to see the beauty around me.

This piece was for my other son, Bruce. I started out with a drawn, wind-blown tree to the right of the canvas and the more I worked it the more I hated it. So a do over was called for. The raised center circle that encapsulates the tree made for a great centerpiece and showcases the tree of life that I wanted to give my son. This is a mixed media piece using dictionary pages (under the brown bottom section), a hand-cut tree from cardstock and shadowed with ink pens and paint. I only used sponges to paint this piece and I like how it all turned out.