I just finished this commission of a lighthouse. The family contacted me and wanted their mission statement incorporated into the piece. Although hard to find the words, I enjoyed making this one.
Recently, I dug up a photo from a trip I took years ago in Pasadena, CA. There was an amazing botanical garden there that was so peaceful and calming. Here's the photograph I took and the painting I made. Enjoy!
So here we are in a new year AGAIN. And a strong emphasis on again, because some of you are thinking the same thing as me. Am I going to try to set new goals...again? Am I going to try to lose weight...again? Am I going to expand my art creatively in a new direction...again? Am I going to try to live more relaxed with less worry...again? And the list of agains go on and on. Again and again.
We start off each year with the same brilliant plans and positive feelings only to make it one or two months before we give up. I'm talking about myself here, not just you. It's hard to live an inspired life with strong disciplines that push us forward with growth. It's just not easy.
Right now, I'm reading a book called "Before happiness". Because, of course, we always start off the year with that motivating non-fiction read...again. However, I'm encouraged because inside there's a great section of research on how negatives have more strength and can outway positivity easily. The author basically says we need a higher positive ratio. In fact, statistically if we have 3 to 1 positives to negatives our success and happiness levels rise. In relationships we need 5 to 1 ratio. That means if you say a negative comment to your spouse, you better buy 5 bouquets of flowers, not 1. He goes on in much more detail and I encourage you to read it.
My point, before we start AGAIN on all of our hopes and dreams of the year, is let's be realistic in understanding we must have a positive ratio. And so I want to start you off with some positive images in my Good Vibes series. Enjoy! And rock your year. Here's to next year, no agains.
This holiday week I was able to work on a commission for a client in Canada. He sent me an image of one of his favorite places to visit during summers. I took that image and created this mixed media collage (There's no Can't in Canada-36"x36") for him. Here our my process pics of the whole piece. Enjoy!
If you have a picture and are interested in a commission, feel free to email me. Let's make it a permanent memory.
Make sure to snag a print, art block, wrapped canvas, or even an original mixed media at 25% off this week. Everything at my etsy store is on sale. Take advantage and buy that print for a friend. Happy Holidays! And remember to put in the coupon code: blackfriday when checking out. Enjoy!
Well I don't know about you, but my summer vacation was amazing. In fact, I wish I was still on the beach, sipping a beer, watching my girls play in the ocean, smiling at my wife and letting my soul breathe in the salt air. However, I'm back and you probably are too. And now it's time to make the memories into paintings for me.
I hope you do the same in some creative way. I have a jar full of collected shells to transport me back to my summer. Maybe you have a screen saver. Whatever the case, I hope you carry those incredible moments with you. Here's some of mine in process:
I have finally finished my two commissions. They will be delivered this week.
One is a speedboat, the other an abstract dyptch. I'm very proud of how they came out. Enjoy!
I'm super excited about my recent commission. I'm doing an abstract piece with my backgrounds. The piece will be a total of 40"x60" (2 canvases together). Here is my rendering and progress. Enjoy! The client loves bright expressive colors and loves the water. Perfect. Enjoy!
This Summer I have 54 products coming out through a company called Demadaco. I'm super excited for these to hit stores. Check out some samples: