As I was working on a painting this weekend, I noticed the variety of colors on my palette and it occurred to me that the palette itself could be an abstract painting itself!
Each palette used in every painting looks different…different colors, different swirls and strokes of the brush applied when mixing the colors… And of course, each color and combination thereof can provoke different moods and feelings.
The painting I’m working on is of a boat anchored at a dock in a small Mediterranean village. The concept behind this painting is having the safe feeling of being “anchored” to something that is secure.
Lately my wife and I have been talking a lot about what it will be like to introduce a sibling to our son. We’re currently reading a book called The Birth Order by Dr. Kevin Leman, and I read that introducing a sibling is akin to the ‘dethronement’ of the first child! We’ll have to make extra sure that he feels just as loved as he does now. Of course, that adjustment will be just the beginning of a lifelong relationship. With the right parenting early on, I think he’ll be such a nice older sibling.
A few days ago I finished a pencil portrait of our friends’ daughters, one of whom just turned one year old! The way the older daughter is embracing her younger sister is very sweet, and it makes me think of the many dynamics at play in sibling relationships! I hope this drawing will be a nice keepsake as they continue to grow and become adults!
Now that the weather is warming up, my wife, son and I have been going out to ‘Central Park’ in the neighborhood we live in (One Loudoun). It’s probably the best residential park I’ve seen in Loudoun County. The landscaping is beautiful and the park is very well laid-out. There’s areas for kids to play that are built seamlessly into the landscape, there’s a dog park, there are benches, there’s a lake, and it’s within close walking distance to the downtown plaza area. So, being an Artist, I always find inspiration for paintings when I’m there. So after two years of living here, I finally started my first piece of Central Park. I just finished sketching it out and adding some color, with more color to be painted in. I envision pops of brick red, deep purple hues, dark browns, and a tad bit of orange on the ground, with luminous sunlight shining down.
Lately, my art studio has been used as an organization room, while I’ve been creating art in other rooms, such as the kitchen. However, the studio room that is supposed to have all of my art organized has been a tad messy. So, I’ve embarked upon an art studio cleanup this week, and have pulled out a few paintings from the past year to touch up! Not that they needed it, but I just wanted an excuse to paint for a few minutes without getting into a whole new piece!
Here is one of them – a beach sunset. Just imagine the waves lapping up to your feet and slowly watching the setting sun move along its eternal cycle, while feeling the warm glow of its rays upon the calm waves!
It seems that most dance paintings I find are of women, or a woman dancing with a man. Why not just men dancing? I think that in white American culture, it can be stereotyped as, well, you know. But in many cultures around the world, men dancing is just as common as women dancing. I think that’s how it should be.
This acrylic painting is on 11″ x 14″ heavy-weight, acid-free paper.
My wife and I went to Argentina in August with my mother-in-law, so I wanted to give my mother-in-law a gift that would be relevant to that visit. Since I’m an Artist, I thought of creating a portrait!
So, I drew a portrait of her father Marcos, who was from Buenos Aires and was the son of immigrants from Russia and Poland. He was known to my wife as “Lito Marcos.” “Lito” is short for “abuelito”, or “abuelo”, which means “grandpa” in Spanish.
Lito Marcos is one of two family members of my wife that I didn’t get to meet (the other was her great-grandmother “Mama Polita” from Ecuador). From all accounts, we would have gotten along great, as he loved to watch sports games on the couch, just like I do!