Apr 292010

I just finished a new painting in acrylic called “After the Rain.” It is one that I have been wanting to paint. I have not painted mist in the air or fog before so it was a challenge. Being a self taught artist every time that I try something new it stretches me. I can remember the first time I painted water, I thought that I would never be able to get it, now it is second nature and only takes a fifth of the time it did the first time with better and more realistic results.

The afternoon that I took this picture it had just stopped raining and the sun had just come out. It was one of those moments that you just grab the camera and hope you get out there before that fleeting moment passes. This time I happened to get there in time. So often it is just a passing moment, that last only for a few seconds, that you wish you already had the camera in hand and didn’t have to go get it. This painting was inspired by one of those moments that I was able to capture with the digital camera.

After the Rain 800

This painting is 18″ by 18″ famed. I will be offering signed and numbered limited originals prints on canvas with the retouch done my myself. Each signed print will be protected by two isolation coats of a Acrylic soft gel and then two top coats of a polymer varnish with UVLS protection. If you are interested please contact Fred by going to the link Contact Fred to the upper tight hand corner of the blog page.

Apr 282010

This is a new release that I have been working on for a year and a half. I started it in November of 2008 and put it away for a wile. After painting the last twelve paintings for this season I decided to pick it back up again and finish it, really for my wife. She has been on me for years to paint a spring scene with lots of flowers. This is a natural for me since I love, and have always loved, to garden. Not vegetables as much as flowers. I used to do both but a few years ago when I got so busy, I had a decision to make. I gave up the vegetable garden and only do flower gardening now.  I have a great love for gardening that I got from both of my grandmothers. At this time I have five separate flower gardens and a couple other flower beds. One of which is a garden room that has a bench and a table and chairs. I also have two and soon three breading beds for daylilies that I have been hybridizing. With this years intros there will be a total of over fifteen hundred unique seedlings from the three year total. As you can see painting flowers is something that I have always wanted to do and comes natural for me.

A Perfict Spring Day. 800

This painting took between 250 and 300 hours to complete. I enjoyed doing it but, just like any rather large painting that you are painting almost entirely with a paint brush the size of the head of a sharp pencil with this kind of detail, it was challenging and time taking. The house that inspired this painting is in a near by town but I took a little artist license. It was beautiful with all kinds of flowers and flowering treas around it. It had three trees in full bloom in front of the porch almost blocking it completely. It was also in a town with houses all around it that you could see on both sides. I changed the color of the house from green to taupe. The large tree to the left of the house and the ones behind the  house were there but I added some of the pines and the two dogwoods on the sides. I also added the rhododendrons and azaleas in the garden that surrounds the house. They were taken from pictures that I took of the rhododendrons and azaleas that are in the gardens around our house. I took photos of them in bloom a couple of years ago for future reference.  The wicker furniture was on the porch of the original house but not in the same position. I added two robins from a photo from our yard taken the day I finished the painting and also a bird feeder with three gold finches.

You can’t see the detail much in the photo above so I will add a cameo of the painting below.

A Perfict Spring Day. Cameo #2

I will be offering Limited Original Prints, signed and numbered, on canvas of this painting in two different sizes. There will be 125 the same size as the original 24″ x 32″ for $395.00 each and 250  that will be 18″ x 24″ for $249.00 each. If you are interested please contact me with the contact Fred link to the right of the post. They are called limited originals because I take the print on canvas, apply four coats of spray to lock in the ink, add paint to it in such a way that it is different than any other print, sign it and number it, then apply two isolation coats of an Acrylic soft gel medium and finish it off with two coats of a polymer varnish with UVLS protection. It should last for generations. When I saw a Thomas Kinkade limited original print a few years ago it was retouched by a different artist than Thomas Kinkade. The retouch on these prints will be done by myself, personally.

Mar 222010

This painting is of the Erie National Wildlife Refuge and is also where I saw a Bald Eagle flying in the wild for the first time in my life, up close and personal. It was a magnificent, magnificent sight. I could, at that moment, just imagine what the first English settlers felt like when they looked up and saw a Bald Eagle flying for their very first time.

This area of the Refuge is right off of a busy road but if you could block the road out of your mind it reminds you of the wilderness and you can imagine what the early settlers would have experienced in their day.

At the same time I also imagined what the area would have been like during the time before the settlers arrived in this country. A time when Indians would have enjoyed the sight of the Bald Eagle flying just as much as I did. I have Cherokee Indian in my ancestry. My great, great grandmother was full blooded Cherokee.

I have seen a Bald Eagle at this location about twenty to thirty times since this first encounter.

Colors 800

This painting is 20″ x 26″ framed.

Mar 062010

This is a new release that I just finished on the 4th of March. It took a while to get a good photo because of the blue background and a couple other set backs like saw dust falling off of my tripod. It has been a busy couple of days.

In this painting I wanted to get the effect that you could see down into the water and see the stems of the lily pads as they disappeared into the water. When you place the painting on a flat surface, put a light over head and look down  it gives you the illusion that you are actually looking down into the water. As always, the original is soooooo much better than a photograph or print!!!!!

October Lilly Pads 800

This painting was done from a picture I took last October when I was taking the pictures for my fall paintings like “Where the Bald Eagles Fly”. The next painting that I will be starting today was also taken at the same time.

This particular painting I have wanted to paint for a long time but hesitated because it is only 11″ x 14″ which is somewhat small but is labor intensive. About four years ago I painted a row of grapes from a vineyard in Northeast, Pennsylvania and a fence post which was also of a fall scene and it took a long time as well because each grape leaf was a different color just like these lily pads. Below is that picture.

Abundant Harvest 800

Art can be so fun. On this painting of the lily pads, I painted for fourteen straight hours the third day but after it was finished I couldn’t go to bed until 2:00 am because I was so keyed up.

Feb 272010

This painting was just finished today and took about twenty four hours to paint. It has loads of color and a lot of different detail. It is of a scene in Crawford County of the beautiful Erie National Wildlife Refuge where I saw my first Bald Eagle flying in the wild. I was there taking a picture of this very scene in the middle of winter and was pleasantly surprised when the eagle flew overhead. It lasted all of one minute but my was that bird magnificent. It is so good to see them make a great comeback after almost becoming extincted.

Where the Bald Eagles Fly 800

This painting is Acrylic and is 18″ x 30″ framed.

Feb 232010

Let's Climb the Willow 800

In this post I want to give a brief description of the process of painting the Original Acrylic Painting “Let’s Climb the Willow”. This is a scene in Crawford County in Pennsylvania that I have taken pictures of on several different occasions. I just love this tree. It is a Willow, at least I think it is a Willow, and reminds me of the Weeping Willow that I used to climb when I was a kid. I would climb up until I could see over the top of the tree. I would see ten city blocks away. What a view, I remember it like it was yesterday. This painting was finished on the 22nd of February.

french creek #27b 800

This is the photo that I took and printed out with the same process as I stated in an earlier blog post. The photo is 16″ x 20″.

Let's Climb the Willow 800, transferring the image

This is a photo of transferring the image.

Let's Climb the Willow 800, the image transferred

I laid the color in on this one before I transferred the image because the sky needed to be done first.

Let's Climb the Willow 800 , after tree painted

The painting in the tree and doing the detail of the tree took about seven hours. After I did this step I almost turned it into a winter scene because I didn’t want to paint over any of the tree’s detail. I just fell in love with this tree.

Let's Climb the Willow, Camio 800

I included this cameo in the post because I wanted to let the viewer see the detail. The photo of the at the top of the blog of the finished painting is not a clear as I would like to have it. It is a little blurred and does not show the detail. I took about twenty photographs of the painting but this was the best one and I didn’t have the time to keep trying to get one that was not ether blurry or had a glare.

I purposely did not comer the main limbs on the tree with leaves because I love the tree so much. If you look at the real finished painting you see the tree much like the photo of the tree without the leaves. It just doesn’t come across in the photo of the finished work. This in one of my favorite paintings that I have ever done. The photo does not do it justice.

Feb 202010

This original artwork was finished on the 19 of February. It is a painting of the Historic French Creek in Northwestern Pennsylvania. This scene is located near Wilson Shutes in Crawford County, near Meadville. I love painting the whimsical aspects of clouds in the sky and water with its various reflections! This is number eight out of my goal of forty for the season.

Summer on the Creek 800

This painting is Acrylic on Hardboard and is 18″ x 16″, framed.

Feb 152010

Here is another painting just finished today. Loving winter because I have more time to paint. I have a goal of painting forty new originals this winter season which for me is from Thanksgiving to the end of May when the daylilies are planted. This one was fun to create and paint because I love, love color. It is number seven out of forty!!!!!!!

Moving River 800

This Original Work of Art is titled “Moving River” and measures 18″ x 20″ framed.

Feb 152010

This is a new painting of a willow that I took a picture of on two different occasions. This tree stands out to me every time I drive past by. The view that I painted reminds me of a childhood memory of playing in an old garage  in our back yard where I had my first pigeon loft. My what good memories! The purple martin bird house also grings back good memories!

Tree on a Hill 800

This is an Acrylic painting and is 20″ x 20″ framed. It is of a  scene located in Crawford County, Pennsylvania near French Creek.

Jan 062010

Edge of Creek

In this entry, I am posting the photos of four recently finished Original Works of Art  of one of my favorite subject matters, the Historic French Creek. All four of these paintings were completed between Thanksgiving and Christmas 2009.

Edge of Creek 600 #2

This is a  24″ x 30″ framed, Original Artwork painting and is titled “Edge of Creek”. It was finished around the 20th or December 2009. As you look at this particular painting on the wall it gives the viewer the illusion of looking out of a window and seeing a real scene, not even a photograph.  Of all of my paintings this one looks the most real.

Peaceful #2

This Original Artwork painting is titled “Peaceful” and was completed on or around the 17th of December 2009. It is 12″ x 22″ framed.

Tranquil 600

This Original Artwork painting is titled “Tranquil” and was completed on or around the 15th of December 2009. It is 20″ x 23″ framed.

Branches with Reflections 600

This Original Artwork painting is titled “Branches with Reflection” and was completed December 1st 2009. It is 18″x 18″ framed.

I love painting Original Acrylic Paintings of French Creek. It has so many different twist and turns and every one of them are just a pretty as the last one.