A Brush With Rusty
A Brush With Life

Friday, January 22, 2010

Amazement and Anquish

Price Original: $550 (Prints are available)
15”x 22"
Acrylic Ink on 140lb cold press paper

To quote Dante’s Inferno: “There is no greater anguish than in misery to remember the happy time.”
The majestic scene represents our glorious memories.
Misery, grief, torment can melt our majestic scenes.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Mineral Painting Azurite & Malachite

Azurite & Malachite
Oil Painting on Masonite
11"x 14"
This was one of the first minerals I painted. As an artist, I enjoyed the vibrant colors and the contrast of rough and velvet smooth textures. Painted from a specimen on loan from Matt Black of Ohio. The original painting and prints are available for purchase.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Naming Abstract ACEOs

"Quixotic" ACEO

A romance of impractical ideas

Naming pieces of artwork of any type has always been a challenge for me. Unless there some extraordinary connection to a piece I often resorted to some gratuitous name. I found that names come easier if I have determined the story or purpose for the paintings early on in the creative process.

As for non-object or abstract paintings the story comes when the piece is finished. Now I live with the artwork. Whether a large painting or a miniature ACEO, I notice my emotional response to see the piece. I take pictures of them and view them in a slideshow, hang them on my wall, and sometimes carry it in my DayRunner. Recently, I have been enjoying having my friend, Linda, look at the ACEOs with me. One of us will start a thought and then we volley it between us. Each time the idea comes clearer and often profound . As in the title, Quixotic.

Quixotic comes from Don Quixote, the hero of Cervantes's novel. He was inpsire by lofty even chivalrous ideas but completely unrealizable.

The ACEO was full of colors that reminded us of romantic or idealistic notions. The color is right for it. Maybe it was our mood but we weren't having it.

I see figures walking away from one another, what do you see?

A preying mantess?

Friday, January 1, 2010

Why Collect ACEOs?


ACEO (Art Cards Editions and Originals) also known as Art Cards are affordable miniature works of art. Perfect for collecting, displaying in small spaces, rotating, and affordable gift giving.

I enjoy the big impact of the miniataure art work. When I select pieces they tell me something about what is important to me in a personal way. The one I selected for this week's blog reminds me of the earth reclaiming its space yet inviting us to be sharers of its beauty and bounty.