Tag Archives: Original Paintings

Tiny Artwork

7 Jul

Painting For Ants is a Tumblr blog that documents a South African artist’s mini-painting project. The artist, Lorraine Loots, produced one mini-painting per day in a year’s time, for a total of 365 insect-sized masterpieces. Fascinating work.

Sample Paintings of Joni Mitchell

27 Jun

Some samples of the paintings of singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell are on display at this art blog. Her work features many self-portraits, as well as those of some famous friends, including Leonard Cohen and Neil Young.

I enjoyed the obvious, probably tongue-and-cheek references to Van Gogh and Edward Hopper. Her work is worth checking out!

New Abstract Work Listed

22 Jun

“Jungle Cat 2” is my latest abstract work. It’s acrylic on birch wood cradle, meant to be hung without a frame as all the sides are painted in copper metallic paint. I couldn’t accurately capture the true interplay of color and texture, due to the use of a lot of shiny gold and copper metallic paint. It’s a lot richer in real life. Here’s the link to the listing at Etsy.

Early American Folk Art On Display

19 Jun

The St. Louis Art Museum has a show currently running called “Self-Taught Genius,” a collection of artwork and craft items made by self-taught, early American artists.  I particularly like the wooden American flag that’s depicted at the top of the article; it reminds me of the American flag series of paintings of late 20th Century master Jasper Johns. If you are in the St. Louis area, it might be worth checking out.

New Abstract Work Listed

18 Jun

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“Encroaching Autumn” is my latest Abstract Expressionist work, listed at my Etsy shop. It’s acrylic on Ampersand panel (Masonite). It’s got a lot of accents in metallic copper and gold, so in some lights it’s “very shiny, very shiny” as Rainman would say.

At 18″ x 36″, it’s pretty large, and I’d like to find a buyer because it’s taking up a lot of space in my little house. Listing is here.

Nonfiction Work Traces Lost Velazquez

10 Jun

The great 17th-Century Spanish court painter, Diego Velazquez, once painted a portrait of the future King Charles I of Great Britain as a young prince; then the painting disappeared. In the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, there’s a review of a book by Laura Cummings which investigates a 19th Century English bookseller’s life-long association with the missing masterpiece.

The book is entitled The Vanishing Velazquez: A 19th Century Bookseller’s Obsession with a Lost Masterpiece.   According to the newspaper, it “captivates as detective story, art criticism and page-turning entertainment.”

This title sounds interesting. I don’t know that much about Spanish painters, so I put it on my Amazon wish list. Here’s a little bit about Velazquez.

I’m Way Behind the Times

7 Jun

Look at this artist’s cool site that was apparently crafted from the paid WordPress tools and services. (I use the free stuff because I’m super-cheap.) But I’m way behind the times. I need to get serious about building a real site, and maybe separating my writing posts from my art posts. What do my readers think (all five of them?)