Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Rosy-fingered Dawn
9" x 12"   oil on canvas
Daily Paintworks, $75.


The Virtual Paintout is in Greece this month, and while there are many fine works depicting the whitewashed houses and church domes against an azure sea, I wanted to find something of legends and myths - but not too obvious. I resorted to the Homeric epic:
"When the child of morning, rosy-fingered Dawn, appeared, we admired the island and wandered all over it..." 
From Chapter 9 of Homer's "Odyssey," this quote seemed to sum up perfectly what this painting is about... the scene itself is on the island of Lesbos, and seems to capture a sense of timelessness. It might be dawn, today, or it might be a dawn three thousand years ago.

This piece is painted on all sides, it can be framed if you like, or you can just hang it up as it is.





To see more of my work, please visit my gallery page at The Daily Paintworks, or visit one of the other sites I show at.  Facebook has several great art page, Landscape Painters is one of them. Thanks for looking!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

724 Central
(Late Afternoon Light)
9" x 12"  oil on canvas
$75


Is it the artist's job to find beauty in everyday things, or is that person an artist because they want to share the beauty they see around them? 

It's hard to know why an ordinary, not very old or fancy scene would attract my eye, but this one did. Perhaps it was the slanting late afternoon light on the trees and buildings. Maybe it was just that this place, like so many others around Mountain View (where I live) is existing on borrowed time, and I wanted to paint it before everything changes.  724 Central used to be part of "Motor Car Tune-Up," a local business run by a friendly, honest mechanic named Angie. People came to get their cars fixed, but stayed to visit because Angie was such a good guy. Well, the years have passed, and so has Angie, but the building is still there, empty now, but full of memories of how it used to be.

This piece is painted on all sides; it can be framed if you like, or you can just hang it up as it is.

  



To see more of my work, including more Mountain View paintings, please visit my Gallery page at The Daily Paintworks, or visit one of the other sites I show at. Plein Air Painters, has lots of wonderful work,  and Facebook has several great plein air art groups. Thanks for looking!

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