Monday, February 27, 2017

ACEO BLACK & WHITE Drawings

DRAWING IN BLACK AND WHITE
Above Monterey Bay



I have been exploring drawing with a variety of mixed media including white ink, white pastel and pencil, black and brown inks and other pens.  It is interesting to see what a colorful scene looks like using just these medias.  I am working for a good NOTAN design and practicing for a possible painting as well.  I have been influenced by Vincent Van Gogh's drawings after reading Irving Stone's book "Lust for Life".  Vincent was an amazing observer of nature and used his pens magnificently!  


The drawings are small ACEOs.  An ACEO stands for "Art Card Edition Original" and they must always be to the standard size 2.5" x 3.5" a little bigger than a business card. Collectors are putting these into binders as well as framing them.  

Collectors trade these ACEOs like trading cards.
My drawings are on a variety of papers,  usually grays and dark greens.  I have some of them in auctions on eBay and on Daily Paintworks.  Below are a few I have been working on lately.  
If you would like to buy one of these contact me.  
Each of these have been matted to fit an 8" x 10" frame. 

You can click on an image to view it bigger. 

Calla Lilies in Pacific Grove - ACEO  - SOLD


Splashing Swan  - ACEO



               Sunset #1 - ACEO

             By the Sea -  ACEO







Sunday, February 12, 2017

Food Paintings on Daily Paintworks! Cakes, Cookies, & Lemons!

Chocolate Chip Cookies   5" x 7"  oil
Good enough to eat.
Painting food is fun, but so hard not to eat it too!  Yummy cake and cookies are a real challenge.  But I struggled through it to make these paintings.  Now I have a FOOD category on my gallery page on DPW.  


Carrot Cake on an Antique Saucer   6" x 6"  oil
Lemon   6" x 6"  oil
It was easier to paint this lemon 
since I did not have the urge to eat it!


Last Piece of Carrot Cake   5" x 7"  oilOh, but this piece of carrot cake....  yumm!



  










                                                              




Friday, February 10, 2017

Trip to Monterey Bay And Moss Landing - Boats & Sea Otters!

I really enjoy the Central California coast.  The smell of the sea, the sound of the waves and the seals and the flight of birds in the air.  We go to the Monterey Bay beaches as often as we can.  It is always difficult to leave.  While there last week we spotted a number of sea otters just off the dock in Moss Landing.  

I did not have time to paint this trip, but I have painted there in the past.  Here is one of those paintings:
Moss Landing Bird Haven    oil

I call this "Moss Landing Bird Haven"  This is a great place to go bird watching.  There is a power plant in the distance and many pleasure and fishing boats dock there as well. 
You can buy this painting on Daily Paintworks.

Moss Landing is just west of Monterey, CA.  There are many interesting things to look at there including Elk Horn Slough which is a haven for birds, seals and other aquatic sea life. 

Here are some photos I took on this trip.  Can you see a future painting here?
The day was very overcast and threatened rain.  It made the colors almost look like a black and white photo.  The tide was way out when we were there.  


Geebes are one of my favorite birds.  They have such elegant long necks and swim so gracefully.  Now you see them, now you don't!  They disappear into the water instantly!  There were lots of them at Moss Landing on this trip.  So wonderful to see!

I hope you get to go to Moss Landing one day.  

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

First Spring Rose in DPW auction

 Now on Daily Paintworks this 6" x 6" Daily Painting called "First Spring Rose".

This is the prettiest rose in our garden and it always blooms first.  It is called Just Joey and is a lovely rose.  As it ages it expands and changes colors.  It is my favorite rose to paint.

The little ceramic owl was bought in Mexico when I was on a painting trip there in 1968.  He gets into many of my paintings!

This painting is now on display at the Tracy Grand Art Gallery in Tracy, CA. 


Below is how this painting might look framed.