Friday, March 29, 2013

Michael Carson

"Ready" 40x30, Michael Carson

What is a spring break trip with my daughter to the desert without stopping to see a few art galleries on the way.   We came across the Jones & Terwilliger Galleries in Palm Desert, who had several Michael Carsons to see up close and appreciate.

"Man in Jacket", 30x40, Micheal Carrson

I loved seeing the drips and brush marks.  The shoes are kind of there but melt into the background.

"Red Chair", 40"x30", Michael Carson

I wish I took my picture next to these beauties, because you could get a better feel for the size.  If your ever in Palm Desert, so worth a stop on El Paseo and galleries, perfect.  

Monday, March 4, 2013

Old Sailboat Painting

Sailboat Painting, 16" x 20", mixed media

My husband suggested I put some paintings in his office.   So, I was inspired by the old vintage sailboat paintings I see in many of the beach homes.  I thought something more masculine for a law office than a floral. So, I looked online for a nice photo of a sailboat.   After I had painted it for the first time.  It was all fresh and crisp.  This would not do.

I wanted the painting  to feel vintage.  So, I glazed the whole painting to bring it down and reduce the brightness.  I used my usual painting and sanding method along with a palette knife to drag the paint around. 

The closeups show have fun it is to look at all the texture and detail. 

Ok, so this is our family room, but I gotta try it out first, right?