My dad died over 20 years ago and I've had an old steamer trunk of his. In the trunk was a bag full of old matches he had collected. Matches from Chicago, Aspen, Playboy clubs around the country, and these matches and ash tray from Vegas. It just brought back a lot of memories of my dad. Even though I called this "Vegas Memories", it's really about him.
I really should have called this "Bella's Iron". My youngest daughter picked this out for me to paint, when we were at the local consignment store. That was 4 years ago. She kept asking me when I was going to paint the iron. I think she gave up on me. But, here it is. I knew I'd get around to it.
The last 6 months have been very enlightening for me. Since I have been painting full time, I have been able to really explore who I am as an artist. What I like to paint, what medium I enjoy working with. You know, all that art stuff. I have played with plein air, realism, acrylic, oil, back to acrylic, then finally landing on oil. I have found I am a studio realist artist. I do really love the freedom of plein air but will only continue to paint outside as an exercise to help me in the studio.
Another thing, I have been studying the works of artist Neil Hollingsworth and David Gray. Both fantastic artist. I unintentionally painted this piece that closely resembles Neil Hollingsworth's work. Oh well, I guess I've been looking at his work to closely. But, I assure you that this is 100% my work, this is not a copy.
Anyway, you can expect more work from me along the line of this one.
Not sure what to say about this. Except I had a blast painting this one. After 3 attempts I finally completed this piece. The first 2 attempts I used oil paint, then decided I can get the same look using acrylic and it will dry faster. And I was right, go figure.
Ahhh, spring is here. The snow has melted. It was a beautiful day when this house caught my eye. Everything was blue, the sky, the house and the car. My wife came up with the name. I was thinking "Feelin the Blues" But, she is so much smarter than me.
It's paintings like this that keep me painting. I loved painting this truck. Everything seemed to go right. I took my sweet time painting because I was afraid I would screw it up. The whole time I kept thinking I was having a stare down with the truck and who was going to blink first. I think the truck lost because I think it turned out pretty good.
Now, what to paint next? Any requests? (you know this is just a test to see who is reading these posts ;))