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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Vertical abstract landscape, image

vertical abstract landscape

This painting began with a few brush strokes across the panel board, using earth tones.  It evolved and evolved, into a brightly colored abstract that has vague landscape elements.  Part of the painting looks like it's in the air; part looks like it's on the ground; it keeps changing all over the composition.

Native American abstract, image

Native American abstract

This painting was originally inspired by a trip to Oregon, then it grew into this Native American abstract theme.  It uses earth tones, with the patterns used by Native Americans in their craft work.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

painting walls

I'm taking a break from the easel and am painting the walls of the studio: walls, ceilings, wood trim, over hanging light fixtures, etc.  Sooo many surfaces to cover!  The color is a light tan, which will keep the space open and bright, but will provide a warmer background for displaying paintings around the gallery/studio.  Many hours, and several gallons of paint, still to go.