The Red Forest is a new collection of paintings which portray whimsical birds, trees and graphic elements. Working on this series has been really been a joy; the playful, bright imagery always lifts my spirit as I'm painting!
To get a feel for the process I use in creating these paintings, see these videos which depict the different layers as they compose into the final piece:
My white paintings are one of my most popular series. Working on them is relaxing, almost meditative, and even when I take adventures to work on other subjects or styles I find that I return again and again to the layered, organic structure of the sweeping trees.
Other than subject and style, another interesting thing about the white tree series is that they are almost all done in a particular media: water media on masa paper. The masa paper is what gives a crinkled, almost batik-like visual texture to the surface.
florals and still life
Most of my florals are small works, generally smaller than 9x12, and are created during my "warm up time" when I first sit down in the studio for a painting session. My goal in creating them is to allow a real freedom of expression, to capture unexpected visual treats and to avoid over-thinking.
Still life paintings, on the other hand, are more planned and I will often have sketches that I'm working from and which I'm using to guide the structure and palette of the painting.
Birdies, Figurative and Fun
This is an eclectic category for a variety of styles and subject matter. My upcoming series falls into this category (something you'll be seeing more of soon!)
The defining characteristic for the category I refer to as "landscapes" are outdoor scenes that depict anything other than white trees. Naturally this is a broad category.
While I don't work on mini's all year long, every year in the spring I do a set of miniature paintings for various shows, most importantly the Annual Parklane Gallery International Miniature Show.
True miniatures are not small paintings; there is a very strict definition of characteristics that must be followed in order for a painting to truly be a true miniature. The maximum size for a miniature is no bigger than 5x5", or 25 square inches.
Working on mini's is a very specialized art. it's done under a large magnifying glass and it takes much concentration to create these beautiful little gems. Every year when I work on them I learn a little more and become a little more proficient in the craft.