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Father Christmas

November 1st, 2016

Father Christmas


Weekly Featured Painting - Father Christmas

From now until Christmas my weekly featured painting gallery will have all my Christmas paintings in it. These paintings I designed and created for Christmas cards. Each year I add one or two new ones. This year's Santa painting is "Surfing Santa". I'll feature him later this month. All my Santa and Christmas paintings are available as a single card, a box of 10 or a box of 25. Unfortunately the box sets can't be mixed. Some of the original paintings are still available for sale, most have sold.

This week's featured Santa painting is "Father Christmas". This is an 11x14 acrylic painting. For this Santa I decided to give him an old fashion look. Gone with the red velvet Santa suit and hat. In with the hooded cloak. Father Christmas has the look of a wizard. Maybe he'll bring a bit of magic to your Christmas this year.

Santa Claus or Saint Nicholas, is my favorite icon to paint. He is known world wide by the young and old. I went searching for some true facts regarding this beloved caricature. The story of Santa Claus begins with Nicholas, who was born during the third century in the village of Patara. At that time the area was Greek but is now on the southern coast of Turkey. His wealthy parents, who raised him to be a devout Christian, died in an epidemic while Nicholas was still young. Obeying Jesus' words to "sell what you own and give the money to the poor," Nicholas used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering. He dedicated his life to serving God and was made Bishop of Myra while still a young man. Bishop Nicholas became known throughout the land for his generosity to those in need, his love for children, and his concern for sailors and ships. In the 16th Century in Europe, the stories and traditions about St. Nicholas had become very unpopular. But someone had to deliver presents to children at Christmas, so in the UK, particularly in England, he became 'Father Christmas', a character from old children's stories (in Scotland he's more commonly known as Santa). In France, he was then known as 'Pore Noel'; in Germany, the 'Christ Kind'. In the early USA his name was 'Kris Kringle'. Later, Dutch settlers in the USA took the old stories of St. Nicholas with them and Kris Kringle became 'Sinterklaas' or as we now say 'Santa Claus'!

Thank you for taking the time to view my work.

Saint Nicholas

October 17th, 2016

Saint Nicholas

From now until Christmas my weekly featured painting gallery will have all my Christmas paintings in it. These paintings I designed and created for Christmas cards. Each year I add one or two new ones. This year's Santa painting is "Surfing Santa". I'll feature him later this month. All my Santa and Christmas paintings are available as a single card, a box of 10 or a box of 25. Unfortunately the box sets can't be mixed. Some of the original paintings are still available for sale, most have sold.

This week's featured Santa painting is "Saint Nicholas". This is a small 8x10 acrylic painting on canvas. Own the original or buy a print. Santa Claus or Saint Nicholas, is my favorite icon to paint. He is known world wide by the young and old.

I went searching for some true facts regarding this beloved caricature. The story of Santa Claus begins with Nicholas, who was born during the third century in the village of Patara. At that time the area was Greek but is now on the southern coast of Turkey. His wealthy parents, who raised him to be a devout Christian, died in an epidemic while Nicholas was still young. Obeying Jesus' words to "sell what you own and give the money to the poor," Nicholas used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering. He dedicated his life to serving God and was made Bishop of Myra while still a young man. Bishop Nicholas became known throughout the land for his generosity to those in need, his love for children, and his concern for sailors and ships. In the 16th Century in Europe, the stories and traditions about St. Nicholas had become very unpopular. But someone had to deliver presents to children at Christmas, so in the UK, particularly in England, he became 'Father Christmas', a character from old children's stories (in Scotland he's more commonly known as Santa). In France, he was then known as 'Pore Noel'; in Germany, the 'Christ Kind'. In the early USA his name was 'Kris Kringle'. Later, Dutch settlers in the USA took the old stories of St. Nicholas with them and Kris Kringle became 'Sinterklaas' or as we now say 'Santa Claus'!

Thank you for taking the time to view my work.

Special Offer

October 8th, 2016

Special Offer

Now through October 31st 2016, I'm offering free shipping when you order a signed copy of my book "The Art of Painting in Acrylic' published by Walter Foster, authored by six talented acrylic artists; Alicia Vannoy Call, Michael Hallinan, Varvara Harmon, Darice Machel McGuire, Toni Watts and Linda Yuigensen. This book is ideal for beginning and intermediate artists seeking to develop or polish their acrylic painting skills. The Art of Painting in Acrylic features a range of techniques and valuable instruction for working with this classic medium.

This offer is for U.S. residents only.

Colors Of Autumn

October 3rd, 2016

Colors Of Autumn

Weekly Featured Painting - Oct 3, 2016

Fall is here and so is this week's featured painting. The colors of Autumn are warm, rich and beautiful. I don't often paint abstracts but when I do I really enjoy them. The inspiration for this one came from a photo of trees reflecting onto a still lake. The Fall colors were so rich and vivid and the pattern they made on the water stirred my creative mind.

I created this painting for the 2010 "Patchwork Puzzle Show", a fundraiser for the Chico Community Labyrinth project. All artists were given plywood broads in three different sizes to create a piece of art work. I covered my boards with a linen fabric then added a layer of gesso before painting them. All three of my pieces sold.

The original acrylic painting is in a private collection in Chico California. However, you can buy this as a beautiful canvas print or as a matted and framed print ready to hang on your wall.

Thank you for taking the time to view my work.

View Of Lake Tahoe

September 26th, 2016

View Of Lake Tahoe


Weekly Featured Painting - September 26, 2016

This week's featured painting is a blast from the past from my life in Tahoe. This setting is a very cozy scene from a rustic Tahoe cabin, with a view in the summer time. The clear blue skies and crisp cold water is glorious to look at any time of day. Painting this scene came with a few challenges, such as coming up with ideas for what I was going to put on the table and adding the blanket on the chair to help give the scene a more cozy feel. The color palette I chose gives the scene a feminine feel. I like to imagine myself sitting at that table with a cup of tea while staring at the lake. I can't think of a better way to pass the time, can you?

The original 24x30 oil painting is in a private collection in Northern California. However, you can buy this as a beautiful canvas print or as a matted and framed print ready to hang on your wall.

Thank you for taking the time to view my work.

Fall Still Life

September 12th, 2016

Fall Still Life

Weekly Featured Painting - September 12, 2016

Fall, what a great time of year. When I was living on the mainland in California, it was my favorite season because of all the warm rich colors and cooler temperature. September is my birth month, October has one of my favorite Holidays, Halloween, and November is when we can get this crazy election done and over with. So what's not to like about the Fall? This still life study has a lot of great elements, showing the things I love.

This painting is a still life study I put together for one of my weekly art classes. The group of students in this class had just entered the 7th grade. Each student had a different view point which made this study fun and challenging. The painting is a 16x20 oil on canvas.

Thank you for taking the time to view my work.

Kokopelli

September 6th, 2016

Kokopelli

I don't know if you've been following the news about the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Standing Rock Sioux and their allies for standing up to protect our Earth for future generations. It's been breaking my heart reading and watching what is going on. I wish I could be there standing next to these wonderful defenders of our Earth and I feel sad that I can't. But I can donate to their cause by giving them my profits from sale of any prints or products of my painting Kokopelli.

So this week when you buy a print or throw pillow or tote bag of Kokopelli I will donate 100% of my profits to help them. If you want to know more about what is going on here is their FB page https://www.facebook.com/CampOfTheSacredStone/

Kokopelli is known as a fertility god,prankster, healer and story teller, Kokopelli has been a source of wonder throughout the country for centuries. He embodies the true American Southwest, and dates back over 3,000 years ago, when the first petroglyphs were carved. Although his true origins are unknown, this traveling, flute-playing Casanova is a sacred figure to many Southwestern Native Americans. Carvings of this hunch-backed flute-playing figure have been found painted and carved into rock walls and boulders throughout the Southwest.

The technique I used in creating this painting was done by layering tissue paper onto the canvas with a base color of red acrylic acting as my glue. This creates a wonderful texture. After this layer dries I start to build colors on top of the base using green-gold, unbleached titanium white, yellow ocher, burnt Sienna and metallic gold and copper. Then I painted the subject on top of this abstract background. By keeping the subject simple and using the same colors as the background the paintings take on a spiritual effect. The original painting has sold. I have many print sizes available and this image comes on various products such as tote bags, throw pillows and shower curtains.

Thank you for taking the time to view my work.

Honorable Mention

August 25th, 2016

Honorable Mention

I just found out I was one of 10 Honorable mentions in the Turner 2016 Spring Painting contest hosted by Jerry's Artarama. I pretty excited and the prize comes with a $50 gift card. I'll be buying more art supplies soon!

Click on the link. My paintings thumbnail is in the lower right corner.

Makila Beach

August 22nd, 2016

Makila Beach


Weekly Featured Painting - Makila Beach

This week's featured painting is currently on display and for sale at the Old Jail House gallery in Lahaina. It was my second entry to the Lahaina Poster Contest. The painting is an oil on a 24x18 canvas.

Makila Beach, also known as Breakwall, 505, or Shark Pit, this is the most happening stretch of sand in Lahaina. Most visitors access the beach from Kamehameha Iki Park. This is the area where most of the surf schools set out from. There is also a beach volleyball court which can get busy during the afternoons. This is where you can see Polynesian voyaging canoes on display as part of the Hui O Waa Kaulua Canoe Club. The area was once the playground of Hawaiian royalty. You can hear the drums of the Feast of Lele luau while watching the sunset from here the north end of the beach, which can be busy. Wandering down to the south end of the beach where palm trees hang out over a secluded cove is a great treat. Locals call this area Shark Pit, referencing the harmless reef sharks which hang around the offshore ledge. The swimming here is poor due to the offshore reef, although it provides calm water for wading with small children. There is one shower but no restroom at this beach.This beach is within walking distance from lodgings such as Pioneer Inn, Outrigger Ainu Nalu, and the 505 shopping center. It's right off of Front Street in Lahaina and is a convenient park to take a quick dip. It's picturesque and near the harbor. 

My oil painting is the second I've done of this beach and it won't be the last. 



Thank you for taking the time to view my work.

Lahaina Harbor Sunset

August 15th, 2016

Lahaina Harbor Sunset


Weekly Featured Painting - Lahaina Harbor Sunset

This week's featured painting is an exciting one. Not that all the others aren't exciting, It's because it just won two awards in the 2017 Lahaina Poster Contest. There are a total of five awards presented in this contest. The grand prize is $2,500 and having your art made into 1000 posters that are distributed throughout retailers in Lahaina. The other four awards are the "Lahaina Arts Society" award, "Honorable Mention", "Most Promising" and the "People's Choice". My painting won the "Lahaina Arts Society" and "Honorable Mention" awards and I couldn't be more thrilled!

I started this painting with a red under-painting to help keep the color temperature balanced throughout the painting. You will notice how the red is carried all the way through starting with the sky. My favorite time of day is just before sunset. The light is warm and soft and everything seems to glow. "Lahaina Harbor Sunset" has that warm glow. Sometimes I wish the light of day could be this warm all day long. My painting shows the resting fishing boats tied up for the night. The little blue fishing huts are all cleaned up and all the hard working seaman have gone home for the night.

Lahaina Harbor Sunset is a 16x20 oil painting. I have prints available on paper, canvas and metal. You can also purchase this image on a tote bag, beach towel ( including the round ones ), phone cases, throw pillows and much more.

Thank you for taking the time to view my work.

 

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