Posts Tagged ‘painting’

Flaming June commissioned?

November 8, 2011 1 comment

A few months ago a friend told me about a painting his fiance absolutely loves and he wanted to know if it was something I could reproduce so he could surprise her with a special gift.

This was quite a project and I now have a lot more understanding of what these classic painters went through in order to realize a vision.

The original painting is 47″ x 47″ oil on canvas and resides in a museum of art on Portugal. The story goes that it was originally auctioned for an asking price of $170 which no one wanted to pay so it stay with the auction house until a museum employee saw the painting and offered $10,000 for it has been safe and sound since then.

Here’s the original:


As you can see, there is a tremendous amount of attention to detail and it took him nearly two years to complete this piece.

I was asked to make my reproduction in a brighter orange and I did my version in approximately six weeks.


How did the cow get a antenna?

September 29, 2011 3 comments

Years ago I was in Aruba and was wondering around the marina and looked over to my left and saw an unusual sight. A restaurant had a full size sculpture of a cow on it’s roof with a antenna on the cow’s back.

Very unusual indeed. So, I photographed it and four years later I decided to make a painting of it. This is it. A 16″ x 20″ oil on canvas painting I like to call “TV Cow”. Enjoy!

"TV Cow" - 16" x 20" Oil on Canvas painting

New Work

September 20, 2011 Leave a comment

Years ago I photographed a flower that came out of a catus plant that I thought had seen better days. One day it wasn’t there and the next day it was. I decided to paint it. Here it is.

Oil on canvas - 16" x 20" painting - Cactus Flower

Look around and find something to paint.

September 8, 2011 1 comment

For quite some time now I’ve been noticing ordinary things that can become interesting pieces to transform into artwork. I was given a bunch of colored pencils wrapped in a rubber band and I imagined it as a large colorful painting. For months I’ve been using toy squirt guns to shoot water at a cat to remind him to stay off the kitchen island. They are very colorful and have almost a ray gun quality to them. I’ve finally decided to make oil painting sketches of the guns and here are the first two. Hope you enjoy them.

Oil on canvas board - 11 x 14 - Toy squirt gun #1


Oil on canvas board - 11 x 14 - Toy gun "squirt"

The Fine Art of Money

I put in a search to see what I would get for “oil paint”. There were the usual paintings one would think you’d get and then there were some other images that ranged from sexy women covered in paint to globs of paint and then also pictures of pizza with olive “oil” being poured on to the slices.

But, the most interesting image for me was this one:

The REAL value of money

As you can see, the value is illustrated by goods, services, actions and just about anything you could think of making me think money has a different value for everyone. Yes, it’s exchanged as energy you create by giving some service or product for some of it, but is there another value here?



Back to Art

Well, it’s time to paint again. It’s a very strange thing to be going along and then one day like a bolt of lightning it hits me that I need to create more art.

I’ve decided to do a series of paintings that I’ve had as digital ideas for a few years and stop wondering what I should do next. Just do the art and get back into the “habit” of being a fine artist. That feels like a healthy idea and a very productive thing at this point of my life.

This is the first image I’ll be working on. Let me know what you think. I call it TV-Cows! It’s based on a photo I took in Aruba. This cow sculpture was sitting on top of a restaurant with a antenna sticking out of the top of it. Strangely amusing!


Hat Trick

Last year I went to my first rodeo in Utah and was amazed at how those cowboys were able to stay on the horses and bulls for more than a second. After the event I took some photos of people wearing cowboy hats as well as a series of just hats stacked up for sale at one of the keosks selling them.

I turned it into a painting and gave it to a friend as a birthday gift.

It’s the modern day way of having reference to paint from instead of standing there for a day and copying what you see.

The trick is to take a good photo and convert that into a worthy representation.

Did I do it justice?

Cropped Photgraph Used as Reference for Painting

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