Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Merry Christmas!

Little Christmas Tree at Dusk

( 6x6 – Acrylic on Gessoboard – CLICK HERE TO BID – Staring bid is $100)

This is one of the few nocturnes I've created, one of the others being my my previous post, Light's Return. Both are from my imagination. Kind of my dream for a White Christmas, which is rare here in arid Denver. The littlest tree who always gets teased by the big trees, now gets to shine for the holidays. Its resplendent twinkle reflecting off the new fallen snow. Makes me feel like a kid again... 

Monday, December 24, 2018

“Blessed is the season which engages
  the whole world in a conspiracy of love.”

                                                                                                                                            – Hamilton Wright Mabi

Friday, December 21, 2018

Winter Solstice

Light's Return

( 12x12 – Acrylic on Canvas Sheet – CLICK HERE TO BID – Starts at $200)

Light's Return...in honor of the Winter Solstice. Looks like the longest night won't be so dark after all, with the almost full moon to be shining brightly!
This painting is 12x12" acrylic on canvas sheet. Canvas sheets come in a pad and are medium textured and light weight primed canvas made by Fredrix, which can be framed under glass or mounted on a panel or stretched canvas.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Last Day of Fall...

Teton Gold

Just under the wire on the last day of Fall. I wanted to show you an acrylic autumnal landscape I did back in 1983. Yep 35 years ago. I've been painting in acrylics a very long time! Since the early 70's actually. This piece was done in Liquitex acrylics, back when they were owned by Binney & Smith, manufacturers, at the time, of Crayola Crayons. Teton Gold is 18x24 on stretched canvas and was done from a photo in a book which I no longer have. But I just love the image and since it was one of my first, I decided, its a keeper...

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Forest Bathing

The book, Forest Bathing – How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness, by Dr. Qing Li, associate professor at the Nippon Medical School in Tokyo, and chairman of the Japanese Society for Forest Medicine is amazing! I highly recommend this read. He was one of the first scientists in the mid 80's to study Shinrin-Yoku, the Japanese term for Forest Bathing, which involves immersing yourself in a natural environment, using your five senses sans electronic devices and other distractions to decompress and restore. Tokyo is a particularly high stress environment, where people are being stuffed into commuter trains and workers are regularly dying from overwork. They have a word for that too: Karoshi. To counteract the detrimental effects of contemporary life, the Japanese have now set aside over 65 natural areas throughout Japan for the experience, which typically lasts from a few hours to several days. Dr. Li sites many studies from around the world of the positive effects trees and nature have on us. After all, the forest is where we evolved. Blood pressure and stress levels are reduced, immune and cardiovascular systems strengthened, energy, creativity, concentration and mood are improved. One study in London showed, in the areas that had more trees, fewer anti-depressants were prescribed! Even looking at pictures of trees has positive effects. I guess this is where I come in... Being an urban dweller myself, I feel the need, now more than ever, to spend more time in nature. That is why I have been painting more landscapes, both en Plein Air (outdoors) and in the studio. In some small way I hope to bring the healing power I feel in nature to the viewers of my work. Here's encouraging all to bundle up, get out there and commune with the natural world. Have you hugged a tree lately? 

Friday, December 7, 2018

Yellow Orange Red

(14.5 x 21.75 – Acrylic on Arches paper – CLICK HERE TO BID – Starting at $550)

With every snow event, the colors outside my window continue to fade. But in my mind's eye, the memory of them burns brightly. 

This work is on Arches 140 lb Huile (oil) paper. Which is compatible with all mediums.
Image size is 14.5 x 21.75".  Paper size is 14.75 x 22.25".

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Garden Trees

(6x6 – Acrylic on Canvas board – CLICK HERE TO BID – Starting at $100)

This is a piece I did last fall but never published. It gets its name from the trees' location near a multitude of raised bed gardens on the west side of the property where I live. The trees were 'early adopters' of the fall season, where most were yet to change...