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Busy Times are here again

After completing “Eagle Eyes” I got motivated to complete some of my other unfinished works. I’ve started working on the 3 in the picture below and have another much larger piece waiting for it’s turn on the easel. Just as I jumped into this I was commissioned to do a landscape. One of the pieces in the picture is slated to replace some works that sold recently in Juno Beach. All in all I have much painting to do and I couldn’t be happier about it. I’m already planning my next works after these

Eagle Eyes Completed

After many delays and interruptions, I have completed my acrylic on canvas painting “Eagle Eyes”. This the first work completed in my new studio. It measures 40″ wide by 30″ high. It feels good to have it completed and be painting again. I have let too many things interfere with my art in the last several months. I have made a conscious decision to focus more on my art going forward. Besides completing this work, I have several more in progress as well. I hope to here is a look at the completed work.

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Doodling, Drawing, and Painting

Even when I’m not actively working on a painting, I sometimes doodle, sketch, or just play around with my paints. More often than not it doesn’t develop any further. Other times the initial sketch will become the idea for a painting, finished drawing, or linocut. ┬áHere are a few examples.

Even when I’m not actively working on a painting, I sometimes doodle, sketch, or just play around with my paints. More often than not it doesn’t develop any further. Other times the initial sketch will become the idea for a painting, finished drawing, or linocut.  Here are a few examples.

This first sketch I call “Blue Girl” is a quick Color pencil sketch i did just to try out some new colored pencils.

Blue Girl

This next one is a quick pencil sketch I did to pass the time when I was waiting on something. It is a cup my wife made me in a pottery class she took long ago.

Cup sketch

 This is a A quick pencil sketch of a Greek Fisherman . It was an idea for a painting I never did.

Greek Fisherman 

The next pencil sketchis also a quick study for a painting that was not done.

Jesus carrying a woman

This colored pencil sketch is a study of textures and found objects.

Outdoors sketch

 I did this next sketch way back in 1975 just for the fun of it. Someone saw me doing it and liked it so much that I gave it to them the second it was finished. I never saw it again.

Leopard sketch 

The next sketch is a study for what later became the oil painting “Osprey Breakfast”. I gave the painting away and it has since been lost.

Osprey Breakfast study

 The sketch below is ans unfinished sketch of the Peanut Island Coast Guard station I did in the early 1990′ while I was in the Navy Reserve. I was on the Island one day and did this at lunch, but never had time to finish it.

Peanut Island Coast Guard Station

 The watercolor sketch below is a study of a large pine tree in a park where I used to sometimes eat lunch. I did it to try out some new water color paints.

Pine Tree

 The charcoal sketch below was a quick study of a dead pine tree in a nature preserve.

dead tree

 The following pencil sketch is of  a retired Teddy bear that was sitting in our living room one night.

Boo Boo

The acrylic koi and Kanji on the feeders below inspired me to later do some colored marker pieces of koi and ultimately an acrylic painting called “Wabi Koi” which now belongs to my oldest son.

Koi Feeder

Block broken, New Work Begun

Well, I as if I didn’t have enough unfinished pieces sitting around my studio, I have started another new work.  It’s seldom that I have only one work in progress. When I’m working in oils I have to wait for things to dry.  With acrylics drying isn’t a problem but I sometimes come to a point in a work where I will stop to rest, or the piece isn’t going the way I want, or I just loose interest or get tired of working on it.  I might leave the piece untouched for hours or days or weeks.  And there are times when I seem to be blocked. Nothing appeals to me and I just can’t get the spirit back to paint. If I try to paint when I am like that nothing works, it is frustrating and unproductive. So I have learned to walk away and wait. Then suddenly, like today the inspiration strikes. Something re-ignites that spark and I MUST paint. Normally when that happens I most often have an overwhelming desire to create a new work no matter how many I already have in progress. So I go with it. I know the passion to create new work will not only take me through it, but will also keep me going and allow me to complete other works and start even more new ones. The way I approach my art is not science, it’s not technical, it’s something creative within me driven to be expressed. When I do express it, I am most fulfilled. When I create a piece I truly love it brings me something I struggle to express. It’s like a part of me was missing and now is whole.  Anyway, I  have given you another peek inside my mind and now here is the peek inside my studio at my latest work in progress “Eagle Eyes“. 

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