Monday

Abraham Lincoln - Decorating with Portraits

abraham lincoln art Abraham Lincoln Portrait 5 feet by 6 feet acrylic on unstretched canvas SOLD
I originally painted this wall-sized, black and white portrait of Abraham Lincoln just for the fun of it. I like the whole idea of using an iconic image in decorating. Most artists paint contemporary figures but, in this case, I wanted to paint the image of our 16th President which carries echoes of our historical past. I am looking forward to seeing a photo of the painting in its new home.
Your client may have a favorite person they may like painted. On a couple of earlier blog posts you will see interior decorated home with the Fed chairman Ben Bernanke and another post showing Jimi Hendrix. Whether it is a painting of a family member or that of a favorite iconic figure the luxury of painted portrait enhances a home's décor. Take look of the different portraits on the link on the left sidebar.

Friday

The Allure of an Animal Painting

Can a cow roam into the dining area of a contemporary home? Of course! See how my cow painting fits so nicely in this large, modern space. I think it show a bit of daring and adventure from the interior designer. It adds an earthy and spice to the home. An animal painting, like this cow or maybe a dog gives the homeowner something unique. You can see from this photo above how my cow painting adds a dose of chic to the room.

If you click on the links on the left side of the Blog you might find something that sparks your client’s décor and enhance their home. If not then contact me for a commission. Maybe the client owns a dog or cat they would enjoy painted. Maybe they ride horses. Whatever your needs in art the results of my paintings will be striking.

Monday

Intervening Between Walls and Furnishings

"Los Angeles River Bridge" SOLD
24" x 36" acrylic on canvas.

Bridges capture my imagination. They not only join two sections but cross over a third. It is the beginning of one side and the end at the other - a symbol of the meeting and the crossing. Much like a painting in a room that bridges the gap between the decorative and the inspirational. It contributes to the nature of the space by intervening between the blank walls and the furnishings. Like the bridge the art cannot stand apart from the space but needs to reinforce the surroundings and relate to each part and to the design as a whole.

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Friday

Decorate for the man


Decorating s family room with a motorcycle theme is a great choice for a masculine look. The portrait of a client on his own motorcycle has that "born to be wild" feeling that gives the room a personal touch. It gives the man in the home the opportunity to express himself and surrounds him in what he loves, his motorcycle - a truly unique look. These motorcycle paintings can be painted in any size but the bigger the better. Life size is the most interesting
"Born to be Wild" motorcycle painting is approximately 6 feet by 8 feet on unstretched canvas. It hangs much like a banner or tapestry - or it can be stretched over stretcher bars and framed.

Decorating with Sports Art



A home does not need to look like a bachelor pad with the use of sports paintings in the decor. You can see this in the photograph above where one of my sports paintings has been displayed – giving a sophisticated look to a contemporary home. Both men and women have sports or teams or they like to support. One of my sports pieces, either existing or commissioned may serve the needs of your client. In this case the decorator took the risk and effectively used a sports painting which added a new dimension to this contemporary home.
Another View


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SPORTS IMAGES or I am available for commissions on specific images or sports

Monday

Art for a Finance Client Family Room or Den


You can see in this photo from one of my clients that a family room can afford to let loose a bit of color. The large-scale, colorful portrait of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke shakes up the standard look of a family room by incorporating a show stopping painting. I think the owner of the home might be a financial adviser and wanted an image that was in keeping with his business interest. I will post on this blog another portrait for a client who loves Jimi Hendrix. Commissioned portraits are available for your clients.

To see more portrait paintings available on this blog click on this link PORTRAITS or I am available for portrait commissions

Friday

Sports Art in a Home

Men love to have a sports painting in the home. The home does not have to appear like a dorm room to effectively display a sports painting. Take, for example, the look of one of my sports painting of a quarterback football player hanging in the modern/ contemporary home. The client who purchased this painting could easily used the painting a sofa in the living room or in a guest bedroom.
Another view of the painting
The painting is of a quarterback football player and is 40" x 70" on unstretched canvas. When one of my paintings is hung unstretched it gives the decorated room a casual effect.
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SPORTS IMAGES or I am available for commissions on specific images or sports

Monday

Large Motorcycle painting


Here is one of my larger paintings in a client’s home. The painting is 6 feet by 8 ½ feet on unstretched canvas. It is mounted directly to the wall. You can see how well a black and white painting goes in a large contemporary home. Even though the painting is in black white it adds warmth to the barren space.

Friday

Black and White Painting in Home

My "Venice" painting, photoed here, is used effectively in a small area. In one photo you will see the "Venice" painting by looking up the stairway. The other photo shows the painting from the side at the top of the landing.

The Venice paintings is 48" x 60" acrylic on unstretched canvas.

Wednesday

How to Make a Living as an Artist


I have been asked a number of times about how to make a living as an artist. I never looked at it as a way of making a living but as a way to live my life. The "making a living" is a by-product of doing what I love to do – which is to paint. An artist (and I include decorators in this) does something for a sense of being. By creating an environment that records their existence (the painting, the decorated room, etc) you feel a higher sense of purpose. How you do that may be enjoyed by others – but, as I said before, it is a by-product of the process – And when it is done in an interesting way others pay for that view.

The painting is of the grain elevators in the town of Bigelow, Minnesota population 231. Recently I visited Bigelow where my sweetheart’s brother-in-law has a farm. I've been there a number of times and fascinated with the prairie elevators. Painting is charcoal, ink, black acrylic on canvas. 24" x 36"

Tuesday

Arranged Today – Re-Arranged Tomorrow

You are faced with the same issues I have when painting a portrait. With good taste and education, I’m sure you do not have your work look as if parts have come together by chance - but have a fundamental relationship between them.
As an artist once said about painting portrait commissions, "There is always something wrong with the nose." That was said because the sitter has a certain expectation on how they should look and invariably feel the artist did not represent them fairly. And invariably there is something wrong with the eyes, nose, mouth, etc.
With me, they don’t purchase the work. With you they just change it after you leave.
"Musician"
50" x 70"
acrylic on unstretched canvas

Monday

Give Life to the Surrounding Environment

Everyone decorates. The best decoration flows through a creative mind. It is seeing the relationship between shapes and color. And with that in mind my recent creative challenge is to use only black paint on a white background. I have done so because black contains all colors. It is the most elegant and gives a sense of completeness. But it also can be the most intense. Depending on its placement, when black is incorporated into a color field it can bring into the space excitement or quietness. It can become aristocratic or base. Black paint is alive and gives life to the surrounding shapes and colors.

“Forest Stream”
40” x 40”
ink, acrylic, charcoal
on unstretched canvas

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Sunday

Can You Paint it if You Can't Outline?

It took me years to figure out for myself about how I should use color in painting. When painting, (and I wonder if this is true in other areas like interior decorating), it does not (so much) depend on where the color is on the canvas but where the lights and darks are put. It is about the form and shape of things. If you can’t organize the shapes of objects then can you understand how to use color?
"First Street Bridge, Los Angeles
" 60" x 72" ink and acrylic
on unstretched canvas.
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Monday

Randy’s Donuts and Interior Design?

Someone recently asked why I had painted "Randy’s Donuts" when there so many more attractive objects to paint. I try and paint only objects or scenes that have a personal connection to me. When an artist has a concern or personal interest in a subject then what shows up in the painting is the heart and soul of that connection. That is what I am really trying to paint – not the subject but the abstract connection between the subject and me. So, the case for Randy’s Donuts – . In my early twenties, and in college, I supported my family by driving a truck. For about four years I drove by (and sometimes stopped) at Randy’s. It was a landmark or milestone for my commute to the warehouse. When I passed by it on the way to work it was the starting point of the day. And on my drive home, in the evening, the large donut reminded me of my children whom I would shortly see.
What does this have to do with Interior Design? A site, or home or building that has a true relationship with the context (the owner, the environment, etc) may have little effect on first viewing but the more we are engaged with a good design, in its context, the more it attracts us. A site, an interior, etc. at first glance, may impress us by drawing us to its ornaments. But over a period of time it will leave us cold when we start to see the affected nature of its features. The beautiful interior or objects become just that – beautiful – and looks as cold as stone.
"Randy’s Donuts"
48" x 60"
ink, charcoal, acrylic on unstretched canvas
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Tuesday

Says it With Black and White

Black is such strong color - cool, bold. and physical. It always seems to make a statement. This monochromatic painting is a strong assertion about the ocean and the beach. It can anchor any contemporary space: a living room, family room or home office. It is a great focal point with it’s courageous simplicity. No matter where you place it, black paintings can always find a home.
Temescal Canyon Lifeguard Tower
45" x 72" ink and acrylic on unstretched canvas
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Monday

Black Flag

"Black and White flag
"50" x 70"
acrylic on unstretched canvas SOLD

One of the problems with art is people always want to read meaning into the painting. When I sold this flag the client asked if there was any significance to me painting a black and white flag. He knew I paint a lot of social/political art. Although he loved the painting he was also concerned with the perception he may give by hanging the flag in his home.

Years ago William Faulkner received the Nobel Prize for Literature. In an interview after his acceptance speech a reporter asked him, "What is the significance of the horse in your novel, "The Sound and the Fury?" Faulkner replied. "Sometimes you just need a horse."

So the answer to my client's question is, "Sometimes, some things may look interesting in black and white. But after I had painted the flag I did want to make a strong political statement and did another flag seen below. And, because of its political nature it has not sold.

"Prisoner on Flag"
50" x 70"
acrylic on unstretched canvas

Friday

Induce the Viewer to Take a Closer Look

The beauty of a landscape is based on the lushness and color. By painting a landscape in black on a white background, paradoxically, makes it possible to focus on the structure of the landscape that most people normally don’t see. The black interrupts the transitions in the landscape and reorders space. By painting a landscape in black I have taken it away from its usual perception by changing the visual form. This also occurs when you place one of my black landscape paintings on the wall. At best, in the hands of a good decorator it creates an interaction, a counterbalance to the decorative nature of the room.
"Venice Canals"60" x 96"
ink, acrylic, charcoal
on unstretched canvas.
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