Saturday, March 28, 2009

Open Rose (SOLD)

After so many portraits I felt the need to do something completely different so I chose to return to an old subject - a macro floral. This is from a photo of a rose that was completely open - right before the petals begin to start falling. I still find the drama of these large florals very appealing though this one is smaller than some I have done. I loved abstract feel of this flower.

Acrylic 20" X 20"

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Buddhist Beauty - SOLD

This is the final in my beautiful women series...This has been the most difficult. I think the Oriental face has more subtle planes and in general is more smooth and less contoured. Whatever the reason I've difficulty with this one.

Acrylic 16" X 20"

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Hindu Beauty - SOLD

This is the second in a series of beautiful women from around the world.

16" X 20"

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Islamic Beauty - SOLD

A friend and I went to see A Powerful Voice recently on International Womens Day. After seeing this amazing film, she & I had a discussion about women in various roles in different countries around the world. That was the inspiration for this and hopefully a few more. In varying degrees, womens roles are similar in cultures all over the world. And they are beautiful regardless of religion or country of origin.

Acrylic 16" X 20"

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Ramon (Private Collection)

Meet Ramon. He is one of the gardening crew that comes through every week. Ramon is older than the rest of the crew they usually leave the heavy lifting and sweeping to him. He never stops working and does a careful job. One day I asked the supervisor to ask Ramon if I could take a photo so I could paint him. After a fair amount of translation and the rest of the crew getting involved, Ramon put down his tools and came and stood at attention in front of me. I wanted to laugh but - he put his shoulders back and stood up straight and tall. He looked so proud. I think I will frame this and give it to him.

Acrylic on 140# cold press Arches paper 11" X 14" NFS

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Altogether now - one, two, three......

Lora III - (SOLD)

I'm on a roll I guess. Here's the third and final version of Lora. They look amazing hanging together - a colorful and interesting statement.

Acrylic 24" X 36 "

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Lora II - (SOLD)

Another artist made a comment on my previous version of this painting wondering how it would look in other colors? Well, that made me curious too - so I painted her again. The black was at first a dark green but it just didn't have the same "pop" so I glazed it over with black. In the very beginning I wasn't happy with the the blue but it's beginning to grow on me. I also decided to leave the strokes on the diagonal rather than radiating from the center - I like that change. I have them side by side in my house and am considering perhaps doing a third one....stay tuned.

Acrylic 24" X 36"

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Lora Dangova - (SOLD)

Lora and I have a mutual friend in Boston. She is a fabulous Bulgarian photographer and artist living in San Diego. I have been comtemplating this idea for some time but I wanted just the right likeness to apply to the idea. I've searched and searched and suddenly had that "aha" moment when I realized that Lora was the face I needed. I loved the idea of capturing the essence of an indiviaual with the fewest strokes or lines. The whole idea that one can be reduced to a handfull of brushes strokes is appealing. More than that, I wanted a background with texture that radiated this feeling of warmth. Thanks Lora!

Acrylic 24" X 36"