This miniature is the last of the series to be sent to the MASF show in Florida. I used the same palette as the previous painting and was surprised to see just how different the two compositions turned out. Yesterday on my bike ride beside the DesPlaines River I spotted one of these magestic birds right beside a waterfall. He could have been posing for my painting! He looked at me as though to say, "Well...did you get the painting right?! Because here I am, with all my beautiful feathers on display for your personal observation!"
It's been a while but here is the next miniature on the list of those I need to complete for the fall shows. The painting is actually more smooth in real life. For some odd reason the scanner seems to highlight and emphasize the texture of the paper! It's very frustrating but I'll live with it. This little gal is protecting her home from invaders. She has to...I mean...who in their right mind wouldn't want a home tucked among cherry blossoms? She probably has a view too!
We have just come home from a marvelous, adventurous trip to Yellowstone! And what do I decide to render? Not bears, wolves, geysers or waterfalls. A Marine Iguana. I couldn't help it. I saw this guy last month at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago and fell in love with his complex, textured skin and wry grin. I love reptiles...especially lizards. Perhaps it's because they seem to thrive in the simplicity of their lifestyle. Sleep, eat, bask...sleep, eat, bask...they are content creatures indeed! This portrait is 2.5 x 3.75" Pencil. It will be entered in one of two fall miniature shows this year.
It's a little less than a week before my art friends arrive here in Chicago. I'm getting butterflies in my stomach and should be straightening things up around the house. But what do I do? I paint. Painting Koi is such a meditative practice. I think therapists around the world would do wonders with their patients if they just put a brush in the hands of the anxious and instructed them to paint these magic fishes!
"Double Vision" 3 x 2" And here's another miniature. I just can't seem to stop producing these fun little pieces. This Great Egret portrait is a composite from photos that, again, I had taken in Florida. That place is bird wealthy! We have birds here in Chicagoland but they are flighty little things! There was a group of vireos flitting about my garden today. They were so sweet mixed into the redbud brances. But trying to get a photo of them is futile. Perhaps one day I'll get lucky...
It is time I updated my blog with some new work. This piece is titled, "On Golden Pond" and is a 3/4 sheet watercolor. I had hoped to get it in the Birds in Art show this year but it didn't make it. I'll enter it in another show. I like the way the pelicans posed for me in this photo so I painted the image twice, (the other is in a miniature format). We are spoiled here with the Brookfield Zoo so close by. We get ample opportunities to photograph the wildlife.
I grew up in culturally diverse San Francisco Bay Area and indulged in all forms of creative venues varying from music and dance to rich visual treats at museums.
I earned a BFA in Graphic Design at CCA and relished in the fine arts and design courses offered there. I graduated just before the dawn of computer graphics applications and have always felt blessed to be one of the last students taught the disciplines of exacting, hands-on skills required of the pre-computerized field. We were trained to apply strict adherence to detail and almost Zen-like focus on precise execution. This disciplined arts oriented ideology has influenced my approach not only to what I do in the studio but to life in general.
Of course, I have learned computer graphics applications since. I would be deceiving myself if I didn’t embrace one of the most amazing and flexible tools available to the modern day artist/designer. I only hope my work reflects that of carefully thought out artistry and evokes sentiments of beauty and balance as good design is meant to do. Hopefully my passion for thought provoking art coupled with love of the outdoors brings you visual contentment and joy.