Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Happy Birthday Vincent!

Sunflowers in a Vase
22" x 28" 
oil on canvas

Today we celebrate the birth of Vincent van Gogh, one of painting's finest. Not only because he was such a gifted painter, although very few said so at the time, but because he painted in a style that was uniquely his own, as he thought was right, and opened a world of possibilities to the rest of us painters. Though considered unremarkable in his time, he is an icon in ours - a face and story known to all. 

But if you go deeper and think about it, he is important for many reasons. His style of painting helped create the expressionist movement as no one else did - he painted with his emotions every bit as much as he did with paint and brushes. He painted "outside the lines". He painted to please a deep inner place inside himself. He painted, I believe, to be loved. And though he was hardly considered lovable at the time, he is now one of our most beloved artists.

So, Happy Birthday, Vincent, you are, to me, very much loved.

To see his work and learn more about Vincent van Gogh please visit:

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Virtual Paintout, Hout Bay

"Along the Highway, Hout Bay"
oil on board, 13" x 9 1/2"

I painted this piece for The Virtual Paintout challenge, which features Cape Town, South Africa this month. This challenge, to paint something you find on Google Maps, is especially inviting to me because I love landscapes and ruins. How could I resist!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Frosty Morning Moon

Winter Morning Moon
11" x 14"
oil on Canvas
The leaves clung to the trees and the season changed slowly this year.  I hoped this painting would be the first in my blog, but it took me longer to learn the technology stuff than to do the painting! Well, it's still winter - barely!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Almond Trees at Cuesta Park

Cuesta Park Annex, Spring Blossoms
24" x 24" 

Welcome to my Blog! Though not my first post, it is my official "Welcome"! 

I have started this blog to share work, my love of painting, and many of the ideas and sites that I have found. I hope you enjoy it. It is a work in progress! It will, like me, be evolving.

Thank you for visiting. In my great pleasure of spring's approach, I am posting this tribute, although the painting is no longer avialable. 

Wednesday, March 2, 2011