Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Here is another in a series of paintings I'm working on based on my interpretations of works by William Bouguereau (http://www.artrenewal.org/pages/artwork.php?artworkid=28557&size=large). As you can see by comparison, I still have a lot to learn, but I believe I'm developing a style of my own based on the works of many artists that I admire.
As I mentioned in a previous post, Daniel Gerhartz (http://www.danielgerhartz.com/) has had a profound influence on my recent work. His first book will be published soon! You can preview and pre-order it at http://www.lilipubsorders.com/Book-DG-1-Not-Far-From-Home-by-Dan-Gerhartz/productinfo/BK-DG1/.
Please contact me for more information, or to purchase this painting, by e-mailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
This painting was inspired by my sister-in-law and her little one. I love the feelings a Mother and Child painting gives me -- peace, love, admiration, courage, and hope. With 6 children (so far), Holly is the epitome of motherhood. I'm humbled by her strong, gentle nature, and her amazing faith! I painted this as a Christmas gift for their family, but had to show it to Holly for her permission to post it on the internet. I loved painting this one, and couldn't wait to show it!
If you'd like to commission a painting as a holiday gift, please contact me as soon as possible! I can be reached at email@example.com.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
During my recent workshop with Daniel Gerhartz (www.danielgerhartz.com), he had suggested that we study the works of artists we admire and practice developing our style based on those paintings. Needless to say, I love the work of Mr. Gerhartz, but want to develop a style of my own based on my studies with him and other contemporary artists. So I went back to one of my other favorite artists who worked around 1900 -- William Adolphe Bouguereau. He was incredibly prolific, and his work literally brings me to tears. I realize it's not for everyone, but I am in awe. So I hired one of my favorite young models to dress and pose in the style of some of Mr. Bouguereau's paintings. I want to make it clear that I'm not copying his work. That is terribly unethical and I would love some feedback on this issue.
This piece is loosely based on one of Bouguereau's works called Juene Bergere Debout. (http://www.artrenewal.org/pages/artwork.php?artworkid=66&size=large) The actual size of my painting is 12" x 24". Most of Bouguereau's work was virtually life-sized. He also did one called The Goose Girl, which is not at all like this one. (http://www.artrenewal.org/pages/artwork.php?artworkid=29995&size=large) This one of mine is a nice complement to a recent painting I did called Gathering.
Thank you for checking in! I'll look forward to your feedback. I would be remiss not to thank Daniel Gerhartz for his generous time and talent!
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
I've been working on a variety of different paintings. But this monochromatic style keeps calling me. And as it gets closer to the holidays it will be difficult not to post those that I'm working on as gifts! This one was intended to be a gift for my daughter, but she kindly agreed to allow me to post it. It was done from a photo taken at her wedding -- is it seven years already??? Can't be... how time flies!
I'm re-visiting The Artist's Way, a book about bringing out your best creative self. It's not just for artists. The foreward explains that all professions have used this program to help make their lives more creative and enjoyable. This is the third time I'm attempting to get through it. Right up front it says that most people quit about half way through due to frustration, anger, or lack of feeling fulfilled by it. I'm much more motivated to complete the program this time. Maybe the third time's a charm?