Southern Winter Storm Nostalgia

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A contrary regional event that stands out in my mind growing up in the hot, humid south is the “Snowjam” of ’82.

Mention this to anyone who lives in the metro Georgia area and you’ll get all kinds of tales of where people were, how they got stuck (or unstuck as the case may be ), and what they hadn’t expected when snow and ice covered every square inch of homes, businesses, and roads.

Now I know people in the north are smiling and laughing at the tales of our trivial amount of inclement weather that trapped thousands without power, stuck in homes for days. I still chuckle to myself about the wonder and excitement the snow created for my brother and I as kids.

Mostly what I remember though was how incredibly bright and still it was. All the trees and power lines looked as if they had turned into sugar sticks heavily glazed with transparent ice which distorted the sticks and stems inside their winter casing.

How quiet it was standing outside listening to the crisp crackels of bits of vegetation break and fall here and there, landing in silence as their landings puffed up little bits of the snow cushioning below.
My brother and I made bowls of snow and ate them. We threw wadded crushed balls of it and pelted eachother with stinging, painful, cold, well aimed throws.

I must have spent every hour I could outside in the snow crunching it under my feet between breaks to come inside and bake frozen fingers by the stove. What I enjoyed most though was how very bright and still it was.

There were a few birds rummaging about to the feeders back and forth.  The stillness of the world around me framed and exaggerated the movements and location of each bird going through their daily routine.  I watched as whole bushes seemed to wiggle and snap, or limbs of trees swayed up and down under the my new found outside companions in contrast to the hard brittle branches frozen perfectly still.

With these thoughts and memories I wanted to impress the idea of this bright morning light in which the sun and snow reflected   light, transmitting it back and forth to eachother as if lost in their own private conversation. I especially wanted to paint dispersed light which created a vast, cold, and still landscape where even the smallest of movements became a dramatic clip in time isolated for the moment to be played over and over again in future recollections.

So here’s to the progress and thought intention that “Snowjam” ’82 inspired my drive to create my snowy owl as it it continues ‘s painting progress. May it remind me to stock up on food, flashlights, and blankets,  but mostly to remember to take time to enjoy the injections of life inbetween the stillness of winter.

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Undercoat Change

Change from gold to blue

Most of the time I use a yellow / gold undercoat on my paintings, but the piece I’m working on at the moment I wanted to feel much cooler in color. So I’ve opted for a blue undertone this time. Maybe it’s the cold weather that has me in the mood for a different color palette.

Blue Undercoat on Snowy Owl

Blue Undercoat on Snowy Owl

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Beginning Sketch

The cool weather has inspired me to work with some snow. Well see how it goes 🙂

Owl Sketch Started

Owl Sketch Started

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Potential

I love the start of a new piece. Here in this time, the piece can be anything. Of course as always I have plans lined up for what will go on each one. Sometimes getting to the piece is the issue due to working on other pieces at the moment. I’m pretty excited about the new piece! I’ll keep you updated, it’s going to be awesome.

Blank Canvas

Blank Canvas

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Blue Heron – a joy to create

Sometimes there are animals in this world that really are fun to create through art. I have to say the latest heron piece has been a pleasure.

Blue Heron Art

Blue Heron Art

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Painting in 30 Min or Less

What people think I do

Let’s face it, in the world today as we process files and orders in the blink of an eye, our expectations for processes in all areas of our life is that 30 minutes or less should work for everything.
Compound that with broadcasts, classes, and programs geared to show with a little bit of pre-planning even art can be spit out with rapid-fire pace. Now, to dispel the myth that I can crank our pieces in the span of a network slot.
“So how long does it take to create a piece really?” This is a frequent question I receive. While I can’t answer for other artists as each artist and their works are different, my oil painting takes often times hundreds of hours. I don’t time or track the hours. I feel that would be a bit miserable. Instead I concentrate on making the pieces match the vision I see in my head. Pair the painstaking actions of using tiny brushes with long drying times an oil painting may take months to over a year to create.
Is there a solution to the difficult timeline factor? For me personally I work on multiple pieces in various stages of drying so that while one may be too wet to keep painting I can dive in to another piece that’s ready for it’s next session.
30 Min or less may not ever appear in my process, but creating multiple pieces at the same time is a great way to never have to stop working.
What People Think I Do

What People Think I Do

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Making an entrance?

Do it in style. http://tiny.cc/5mk86w

Modern Interior Prints

Modern Interior Prints

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