Monday, December 14, 2009

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Monday, November 2, 2009

Monday, September 21, 2009

More Diana.

In celebration of this year's upcoming Wonder Woman Day:

This one will be hanging in the Lara Sydney Gallery throughout the month of October, along with several other artists' depictions of fair Diana. I'll be at the show's October 1st opening; if you're in Portland, feel free to drop in and say hi!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Monday, February 23, 2009


Here's a painting I ran across at Art Renewal, a website devoted to the celebration of classical art.

It was painted in 1907 by Peder Monsted.

I've always been troubled by the portrayal of sunsets and other naturally gorgeous scenes, in that it's hard to portray such things without seeming to have exaggerated for sentimental effect. No matter how faithful one is to reality, the viewer thinks,"Was the sunset/beach/parrot/rainbow/woman REALLY that pretty, or is the artist just dolling it up for a sweet image?" Without photographic proof, most viewers in this cynical world must assume the latter.

What I like about the above piece is that, while Monsted doesn't shy away from the sunset's splendor, he tempers it with the dark, foreboding foreground, and that swampy crap in the water. Looking at the water, you can sense the moist chill setting in, you can smell the reeds rotting in the silt, you can hear the buzz of insects and the occasional plop of a frog... maybe even feel a few mosquito bites. By acknowledging nature's dark, damp, dirty twilight, and placing it right beneath our noses, Monsted earns the credibility he needs to serve up that gorgeous sunset without provoking our skepticism.

And the sunset isn't diminished or compromised by the murky bog. If anything, the juxtaposition enhances both elements: while the bog assures us of the sunset's reality, the sunset alerts us to the beauty of the bog. Reciprocal gains; three cheers for smart painting.

Here's the dessert-only version that Thomas Kinkade would have painted:

Monday, February 2, 2009

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Monday, January 19, 2009


I posted a couple of prelims for this one at my other blog.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Saturday, January 10, 2009


For fellow studio member Cat Ellis, whose character it is.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Friday, January 2, 2009