The End of My Portrait Spree

acrylic painting, Day in the life

I went through my parent’s photo collection and painted a number of family portraits, the two below being the last ones.  I was drawn to the light in the images and the expressions.  I like that people were relaxed.  Looking through family photos allowed me to see interesting moments and a lot of moments that I did not remember or had not experienced.

I think I’m at the end of my portrait spree for now and the use of my parent’s photo collection.  I will have to see where inspiration takes me next.

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“In Shadow” 2020

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“Happy Moment” 2019

 

MFA Art Show

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“Mystery” acrylic on canvas

The end of 2019 has been really exciting for me.  I had one solo art show in Brookland, DC and participated in a large group show in Silver Spring, MD.  In keeping with this trend I am starting the new year with a group show in Annapolis, MD.  It is a privilege and a thrill to have my painting, Mystery, accepted into Maryland Federation of Art’s Winter Member Show.  There were 61 entries accepted out of 438.  The reception will be January 12th from 3 to 5pm.  The exhibit is up from January 4th through the 20th.  The address of the gallery is Circle Gallery, 18 State Circle, Annapolis MD 21401.

I am looking forward to the new year and hope to pursue more art related activities. 🙂

Investigating Portraiture

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In this past year I have been drawn to painting my friends and family.  I paint from photos.  I think I like them because they connect me to past moments.  That is why I like the snap shot instead of an official looking portrait.

I am currently working on a double portrait of an aunt and cousin of mine.  For me it’s nostalgic.  It’s from a visit we had when I was a child.  I found it looking through old photos.  I don’t remember what was going on at the time but my connection to the people in the portrait draws me in.

 

 

Kristin’s Valentine

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Kristin’s Valentine to Life

 

I painted this portrait of my friend Kristin.  I am constantly inspired by her and feel so fortunate to be her friend.  Below is her description of her struggles but also, I hope, a testament to what she has overcome.

Was very ill and had several unsuccessful surgeries. Gradually lost ability to walk, developed cerebellum damage, and went into organ failure. After a final life-saving surgery in 2014, have been in recovery, relearning how to walk and function. Because was so ill, recovery included developing epilepsy. Very frequent seizures caused further damage in left temporal lobe, making it impossible to continue 12-year career in international development and so changed careers. Currently an LMT in WV.

Potential

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For me, sometimes things are more beautiful in process than they are finished.  It’s about their potential.  When I’m working on something I don’t know how it is going to turn out in the end.  Sure, I have an idea and I might even be trying to emulate something I see.  But there are endless decisions in the process of making art, and painting and drawing allow a lot of spontaneity.

Snakes

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I recently was inspired by my continuing education in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST) to paint snakes.  I know that probably sounds like a big jump in topics.  However, some of my classmates said that’s what they were seeing when they were receiving or giving BCST sessions.

The snakes below are Brazilian rainbow boas.

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30×40 inches.  Acrylic on canvas.

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16×20 inches.  Acrylic on canvas.

 

My Elephant

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IMG_0353Recently, when I got back from Santa Fe I felt the urge to get back into painting.  So I did about 7 fast paintings.  Most of them were not great but I was excited that the trip got me going again because I mostly work in my sketch books.  The first three paintings were still lives, then I did a couple portraits for my cousin’s engagement/wedding and I also did this depiction of a stuffed animal that I have.  I think out of everything this was the most fun to paint because it was the simplest.  I actually have repeatedly drawn or painted this elephant since college.

My painting spurt is over now, but I’m hoping that I will do more since I have some free time coming up.  Maybe I’ll do something else with my elephant or portraiture.

Color Studies

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I started working with watercolor studies about a month ago.  It’s a pretty simple concept of letting watercolors mix and using washes as well as concentrated blobs of color.  The challenge has been to take these studies and blow them up into acrylic paintings.  In some cases I got the flow of imagery and in others I didn’t.  Part of the fun is the transformation that switching mediums has on a concept though.  In any case, I hope to find a place to display the work and in the meantime am happy to share the work here online.

 

Explorations in Watercolor and Acrylic

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Since abrupt flowers I’ve been working on exploring more about what acrylic can do.  I’m mostly interested in layering colors and blending them.  The painting with the flowers below was started the same week as the last post and helped me to get out some extra energy while exploring those ideas.  If I’m able to have a show I’ll explore it more with the studies I started in watercolor…or maybe I’ll go ahead and do a series without a show.  In any case I’m having fun working with bright colors and learning new techniques.