New original art magnets
Recently, I have created some new art magnets. These miniature works of art (2.5x4.5") are created on wood panels with a magnetic strip on the back. The weight of the magnet is perfect for holding photos and papers to a magnetic surface. They are not only decorative, but functional!
I've been experimenting with new materials and approaches, so these magnets are a glimpse of whats to come... Here they are:
Dark Clouds, Lightning, Hail, Rain, and other stormy weather adjectives..
...have found their way into my studio. After spending three months in Europe this past summer, where I probably saw more rain that I have seen over the last five years living in Arizona, I've been hooked on storms.
From tornadoes to thunder storms to clouds dancing over mountains - the colors, mood and music of thunder has started to find its way into some new paintings and drawing. Working with new mediums like graphite powder, and a more limited tinted palette, I'm very excited about the abstract direction these are going. I have a feeling these stormy paintings are the beginning of a few new collections on thunder storms, tornadoes, and hurricanes.
Here is some stormy new work:
New graphic illustration - Lounging Sheep
Over the past week, I have been biking up the coast of Western Ireland - part of a summer traveling around Europe that has taken me from Munich to Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France, UK, Whales, and now Ireland. Spending the last two weeks of the summer in Donegal, Ireland, where daily bike rides pass by grazing sheep. On the rare sunny day, they lounge out in the sun too. This little illustration was inspired by a talkative lazy sheep.
Available for prints here... and as products:
New Red poppies graphic print.
This watercolor painting turned graphic was inspired by wild red poppies I have recently encountered in the fields of Austria! I am spending Summer 2016 in Europe for a few different opportunities. And I couldn't resist these beautiful poppies we keep seeing on our walks. They look so happy and cheerful.
However, the Red Poppy is not symbolically cheerful. It is used in Great Britain and America as a symbol of remembrance for soldiers who have died during wartime. Which makes it appropriate to see as I travel through Austria and Germany, two countries that have seen their share of blood in recent history. In many of the towns we have explored, we have seen WWI and WWII memorials reminding tourists and citizens alike the history the area has experienced, right under our feet.
It's interesting to walk these streets and think that 75+ years ago, there was a different daily story being told. Perhaps the poppy can remind us that life was lost for love to survive. And now, that love grows wild in the fields or on the sidewalks, freely.
This graphic gives form to the idea that love is growing wild as poppies. And now it's available to bring love into your world too.
Now available as prints, phone cases, duvet covers, and more...
Over the last six months, I've been inspired by some explosions...
Volcanoes in all their statuses - Active (Hawaii), Dormant (Mt. Vesuvius) or Extinct (Sunset Crater, Arizona).... and forms Shield (Hawaii again), Stratovolcanoes (Mt. St. Helens), and Caldera (Yellowstone)... and even subglacial volcanoes, submarine volcanoes, hotspots, lava domes... bascially any physical moment where a break in the crust allows for gases, lava, and ash to spew out into a beautiful explosion - has become my muse.
After reading dozens of books on volcanology, following amazing photographers like Brad Lewis, and watching YouTube videos of exploding volcanoes every night... the series on volcanoes began.
This series explores the mystery of volcanoes and how these amazing geophysical disasters are essentially our planet's heart beating.
I began this series with abstract paintings that captured the vibrant colors associated with volcanic eruptions - reds, blacks, grays, yellows (sulfur), etc...
But I also wanted to capture the explosive feeling Volcanoes have, and still keep the essential beauty of the cataclysmic event. Volcanoes, although destructive, are one of the most beautiful spontaneous natural occurring events on our planet.
So, I added a little texture to the mix...
Although the textures, colors, and even the action of the brush strokes made the volcanoes feel "alive," my paintings still weren't "active" enough. I wanted the active volcanoes to pour out lava, and feel like you are there - or at least feel like you are in front of them in some kind of reality where volcanoes are exploding in highly saturated colors.
So I thought, what about making the paintings on a different colored canvas? Would that make them 'Pop'?
So while discussing my dilemma with a friend of mine, and in the same conversation sharing with her my 3D DNA painting, she inspired me with the idea that what if the volcanoes were 3D? By using science (3D Glasses), I can make my paintings 'explode' -- at least when viewed through the glasses. Unfortunately, there is no way to share this effect on the screen, unless of course someone is reading this with 3D glasses on...
But that's how Earth's Breathing Lung and Exploding Volcano came to become 3D - adding a little science into more than just the inspiration. And how I got the paintings to finally become 'awake.' At least in a real life experience.
I'm still working on some volcano paintings in my studio, mostly the landscapes of the extinct and dormant volcanoes. Perhaps though, I always will be working on a volcano painting - continuously inspired by the muse of Pele, or Vulcan - so this series, like most of my subjects, is still in the works. Though, current and future volcano paintings can be found here.