|Chambord, 30x22", watercolor|
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
|The Front Page: Fire, Earth, Air and Water, oil on canvas with mixed media, 12x36"|
This group exhibition explores the myriad ways our local newspaper, which recently went to a three-day a week publication schedule, has been an integral part of our daily lives and is a tribute to the talented men and women who have contributed their extraordinary skills and dedication to a daily newspaper that was without peer in the southern United States. The exhibit features photography, paintings in oil, watercolor and mixed media. To see more images from the show, you can visit www.gardendistrictgallery.com.
Friday, October 5, 2012
|Commission for Longue Vue House and Gardens in New Orleans, in honor of Dr. Neil Odenwald.|
Friday, August 3, 2012
|Bearnaise Sauce, 15x30", oil on canvas|
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
|In Vino Veritas, watercolor, 20x14"|
In Vino Veritas (In Wine There is Truth) is a watercolor painting for a group show at New Orleans GlassWorks. Peinture et Verre opens this Saturday, August 4th. It's a show that pairs painters with glass artists. We were invited to choose from a huge array of GlassWork's vessels and sculptures to use in our still life paintings. For the show, the actual glass pieces will be on display in front of our paintings. The pieces I chose were challenging but interesting and great fun to paint. The grapes? I added those - the artist gets hungry after all that work...
Thursday, June 14, 2012
|Wally Kujala, A Life in Music, watercolor, 22x30"|
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Thursday, March 15, 2012
This oil painting - 12" x 12", Marble Shake, oil on canvas - is part of a March group show at the Garden District Gallery in New Orleans. The old-fashioned sundae glass was given to me by the owner of Creole Creamery, our favorite ice cream parlor in New Orleans. I have a collection of glass marbles and love painting them. It's a perfect melding of two passions - painting glass and eating ice cream! For information on purchasing this painting, contact the gallery at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Mardi Gras in New Orleans - not only is it a great party for hundreds of thousands of folks but it also provides wonderful opportunities throughout the year for innumerable local artists. For example, designing, painting and building all those parade floats, creating amazing costumes for Mardi Gras Day and the formal gowns worn at the many balls that occur throughout the weeks of festivities. For me, as a calligrapher I spend weeks creating "royal scrolls" honoring kings, queens, maids, debutantes, dukes and pages; and as a painter, creating the ball invitations. These take many months of painstaking research before beginning the drawing process. Then begin the months of actual painting, all done in gouache. This is the ball invitation I created for this year's Rex Ball, the theme: The Lore of the Ancient Americas. All the panels fold in and out to create a compelling journey through iconic scenes of ancient North and South America. Hope you enjoy seeing it.
Monday, March 12, 2012
Back in September, I was given a wonderful commission - To create sixteen banners illustrating the story of Christmas to hang in the sanctuary of one of the most beautiful churches in uptown New Orleans, St. Charles Presbyterian Church. I began sketching and photographing inspirational elements of this beautiful building and finally began painting in earnest by the end of September. The paintings shown below are two-sided 8 foot banners - the painting faces the congregation and the illumination side (featuring the title of an appropriately titled Carol) toward the pulpit. The banners were hung in the sanctuary by Thanksgiving weekend! I've included captions to share the meaning and inspiration behind each banner.
The Angel Gabriel appearing to Mary was inspired by the colors of the sanctuary: deep blues, russets and golds, along with the luminous stained glass windows teaming with understated elegance and beauty.....
|The stained-glass window in the sanctuary’s narthex is found in this illumination. The window is lined with acanthus leaves, found frequently in the borders of ornamented initial letters of Medieval illuminated manuscripts. The sacred geometry of the window’s patterns speak to the eternal cycle of life. The inspiration for this scene was taken from a Raphael drawing of an angel I saw in the New York's Morgan Library.|
|The color and shapes of the leaded glass window at the State Street side entrance of the church became a perfect frame for the journey of Mary and Joseph. The textures provided contrasts: for the earth tones & the isolation of their journey.|
|Another State Street side entrance window is the background for this illumination. The patterns and symmetry of the shapes represent the Holy Trinity and eternal life.|
|The background texture of this illumination is inspired by the shimmering limestone of the sanctuary. The vesicas piscis of the painting’s frame symbolizes the sacred life that is being born in Bethlehem.|
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
|Lily, Lily, Rose: A Tribute to Mr. Sargent, oil on canvas, 24x18"|
This 24"x18" oil painting I did in tribute to John Singer Sargent's painting Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose. (I'm not a fan of carnations so I left those out of my painting!) It was done for a flower themed invitational at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Art. Here is Mr. Sargent's luminous painting, a virtuostic masterpiece that has always inspired me:
|Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose John Singer Sargent|
Saturday, September 3, 2011
|Sunset, Pal's Peak, 2011|
Back to reality in New Orleans....and just in time for the Great Deluge! I guess it's just that time of year... tropical storms, new students, the orchestra and art gallery season opening...but at least now we're reinvigorated after our time in the mountains.
Friday, September 2, 2011
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Today I painted a Daily Paintworks Challenge - using only adjacent rectangles of color to define the painting. It was way out of my comfort zone but I enjoyed painting this so loose. I'm calling this Rattlesnake Rock because over our twenty-two years on our mountain we have encountered twelve...yes twelve...rattlesnakes, that all seem to come from somewhere beyond these huge boulders. So, instead of hiking in these rocks, I paint them!
Friday, August 26, 2011
Thursday, August 25, 2011
|Our Mountain Bluebird Box|
|Home Sweet Home|
Here is this year's grand opening of the Bluebird Box. As always, the nest offers an amazing collection of materials - twigs, leaves, a few flowers and lots of feathers this year! The soft down in the center of the nest must have made a comfy spot to raise those babies last spring.
We cleaned out the box and look forward to seeing what creation they will have for us next summer.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
This is a value painting in gouache of our mountains - using black and white paint only. It can sometimes be intimidating for me - surrounded by all this magnificence - to attempt a full color mountain landscape. Colors change constantly with the shifting clouds and afternoon storms, plus evening sunsets bring a depth of color to land and sky that could take me a lifetime to capture - but I keep trying! The mist that can often cover the mountains after a storm has passed on a hot day, is represented by the lighter hues in this gouache painting.
Monday, August 22, 2011
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Here are a few pages from my mountain sketchbook, attempting to capture the magic of this place, in watercolor....
|Colorado Black Bear|
|Buck on the mountain|
|Mountain Bluebird Nest|
This summer our mountain black bear has been getting into everyone's hummingbird feeders. They love the sweet syrup! We're always careful to put away the bird feeders at night too, just in case.
Every summer, we have the ritual opening of the Mountain Bluebird Box that's hanging on one of our pine trees. The new nest we always find is so beautifully crafted and filled with the most amazing things - feathers, wisps of paper, string, leaves, even newspaper! Inside, the nest is lined with the softest down. We clean out the box and lay the old nest at the foot of the tree, anticipating that some other critter is going to use the materials for their winter abode. We like to think that the birdbirds, when they return next spring, appreciate the fact that we've spruced up their apartment every summer.
Squirrels and chipmunks are the worker bees of our mountain. Long about now, they're running around like crazy, carrying off all the birdseed, cheeks stuffed full to bursting, looking just like cartoon characters. They're getting ready for the long winter ahead. Good fiscal role models.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
|Gracie on the deck|
Our Old English Sheepdog Gracie has not made the trip to Colorado this summer - the first time in twelve years. She just turned thirteen and we figured the heat and altitude (7,800 ft!) might be a bit much for her. Today it got up to 95 degrees. I miss her, but I'm glad she's home in New Orleans in the air conditioning. This is her usual spot on the deck where she watches me paint.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
|The view from our deck - moon set|
It's August - time to head for the mountains! This is our little piece of heaven in the mountains of Colorado. We call it Pals' Peak. The view from our tiny cabin is breathtaking and a daily source of inspiration and serenity. Every evening offers a sunset of staggering beauty - the endless variety of colors and shapes are amazing in our huge expanse of sky.
Twice a week, we to drive into town (Fort Collins) for a newspaper, groceries, art supplies, etc. On the drive back up the mountain last Sunday, here's the double rainbow that followed me home!
|Jim, Gracie and me|