|Arts in the A.M.||
I like finding the interesting (and challenging) views of subjects to paint - and have had fun with this painting! The dramatic background makes this duck pop - or lift - off the canvas!
I may change the name of this picture, but this Canadian Goose really reminds me of a great conductor beginning a beautiful piece of music! See the progression of the painting from start to finish! Maestro if you please!
Sorry - didn't realize my post of this girl didn't get published!
One of the only species of birds where the female is more brightly colored than the male! We saw one of these gals in action on the Choptank River - spectacular!
Quite a few hours later, the Great Blue Heron emerges! This painting is 24"x 48" Acrylic on Canvas, and was a lot of fun to complete!
I am looking forward to painting some more large pictures - using the big brushes is a lot of fun.
In the meantime, however, I've got a local fishing buddy I'm working on......stay tuned!
When I approach a new painting, I am fanatical about proportions - so much so that I will grid my subject to be sure I'm not going to end up with something out of whack.
My background is then put in so I don't worry about having to run it into my finished subject. I always try to keep in mind the lights and darks in my background so my subject stands out when completed.
But the first thing I always paint on my subject is the eye - if the eye isn't alive, the painting won't be.
I'll post my finished painting shortly.....stay tuned!
I'f you're anything like me - you often think "life can't get any busier" - and just like me - you'd be wrong! I am not complaining - a busy life is good - as long as you make time to slow down once in awhile. I have been trying to make some time for artwork since my kiln is not operable right now, and you can see the results on my Prints page - my "Mighty Maryland Crab" is 12"x36" Acrylic on Canvas and is being offered in a Limited Edition of 200 prints. The prints can be ordered in color or black and white, and are Giclee on Canvas ready to hang - so garner some Maryland pride and contact me for your print today!
How is it July already? After checking in back in March, I painted a Dancing Crab paddle in April - seen above, and painted my Maryland Crab at the end of May - seen below. My Maryland Crab is 12"x36" and has had great feedback on facebook through the MathewsBros site (aka my day job). I'm working on getting a limited number of 12"x36" ready-to-hang canvas prints - in both color and black and white- that will be on sale for $350 plus shipping (unless you want to arrange pickup), so if you are interested, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm working on getting the contact email changed here on Weebly - but haven't had much luck....I won't give up though!
Thanks for checking back in with me - I truly do appreciate your interest, and I promise to try to post more often!
After over a two year hiatus, I am finally getting back into the studio! We have moved to Greensboro, MD and I have a new studio! It's great to have a new space and even though it's not complete, figuring out the best way to set it up is going to be an ongoing - yet fun - process.
It's been fun unwrapping all the artwork that has been packed away for a couple of years, and the watercolor bug is definitely pulling at me; there is just nothing like it. Thinking backwards to keep the whites their whitest and the paper from getting muddy. I love the clean hard lines you can achieve with watercolor, the incredible blend of colors that a drop of water can provide - and even the bloom- embrace the bloom! It is unique. I will be digging out the watercolors as soon as I get my Art desk re-covered; the heat in storage was not kind to the vinyl.
In the meantime, I've had a few requests for paddle art - so I will be digging out my paddles and acrylics and getting back to the business of being creative.
I'll do my best to keep you in the loop!