Summer is here. The sun is shining. The sun is warm. Kids are done with school and life is just good in general. This month I wanted to take some time and explore art that exudes the joy and warmth of the summer season. The following three pieces of art that I’m about to share with you are so refreshing you’ll want to jump right in!
As an artist one of the most frustrating things you can experience is the inability to come up with new ideas. That’s why this month I’ll be focusing on ways you can get your creative juices flowing. From visualization to picture consequences, there’s a variety of activities you can do to boost your creativity and get back to the business of making art ASAP.
Spring is in full swing here in Georgia. The sun is shining more. The weather is warmer, and the birds start each morning with their chipper salutations. With that in mind, I thought this week would be a good time to take a look back in art history and find some inspirational pieces that celebrate this warm and friendly season. Which one is your favorite?
It’s spring time. The weather is getting warmer here in Georgia. The birds are singing and overall life is going well. Since Easter is coming up this weekend I thought we could have a little fun and play some holiday inspired trivia.
For the past few weeks, we’ve been discussing important art movements throughout history. So far, we’ve talked about the Golden Age of the Renaissance, the biblically inspired Baroque era, the focus of the common man in Realism, and the study of light and color in Impressionism and Post Impressionism. This week in our Art Movements Throughout History series, we will be discussing Cubism, Surrealism, and Abstract Expressionism. Let’s get started.
We’re continuing our journey through art history and exploring the major movements that helped lead us to the art world we know today. Last week we discussed how the Renaissance changed the pace in all areas of art, philosophy, architecture and science throughout Europe. We also talked about how Baroque art was inspired by the reformation and Realism turned its focus from the dramatic and theatrical to simple every day life following the French Revolution. This week we’re going to talk about impressionism and post impression. Let’s start.
Art is constantly changing. From the beginning of mankind’s history, humans have worked to express themselves in new and meaningful ways. That’s why I decided to devote some posts to the various movements throughout art’s history to help us better understand the art we see today. This week we’re going to review three of many movements, the Renaissance, Baroque, and Realism movements.
Color is everywhere, literally, everywhere. With something as prevalent in our life it would makes sense to assume that colors have a large impact on how we see, feel, and interact with the world around us. For example, the color red is strong and dominating. We associate the color with feelings of passion as in red roses, or we use it as a way to draw attention as in a red stop sign. But what about the color red brings those associations to mind? This week we’ll try to answer that in our discussion on Color Theory.
With reports of cold weather all over the country, I thought it would be nice to showcase some of my works that remind me of spring time and warm days. While I admit most of my works have a somewhat spring and summery feel to them, none exude that feeling quite as much as my Garden Series.
There’s a lot of talk on my blog about my art and my inspirations, but let’s take a moment and discuss what kind of art will work best for your home. For some, interior design can be a daunting task. From color pallets to size and all the extras, there’s a lot to think about when adding new art to your home décor. But it doesn’t have to be a scary task. Here are some pointers to help you find the perfect piece that will tie your whole room together.
As you browse through my catalog of art, you’ll notice the descriptions always include the medium. As a painter my primary mediums include oil and acrylic paint, but what is the difference between the two? Let’s find out.
The women share a sisterly bond, laughing and dancing together. As in Greek mythology, the Graces represent charm, beauty, and creativity. A golden apple, produced with a metal that looks like gold leaf, appears from another story, The Judgement of Paris, with the two stories weaving together, the women could be seen as competitors, each unmatched in grace and beauty.
It’s a new year and a new beginning to do something awesome. With the events of last year effectively flushing our good moods down the toilet, I can only hope that this year will be better. With that being said, I thought that I would take some time and offer a small collection of inspirational, and motivational quotes that may help to boost our optimism for the days ahead.
It’s that time of year. Christmas is over and a new year is just around the corner. Have you thought about what your New Year’s Resolutions will be for next year? Well, if you haven’t, here are a few things you might want to consider if you plan on participating.
With Christmas right around the corner, I thought it would be a good time to go over some traditional holiday symbolism. Every year the winter season is decorated with similar images and colors, but have you ever wondered why they become so popular during this time of year? Let’s take a look.
Miriam stands tall, joined by two women, in dance and song. Their tambourines are lifted in praise as their colorful gowns sway with their movements. The sky above is illuminated by a beam of light as if to highlight the women in their glee. The vivid colors and textures of the wilderness behind them seem to pulsate in the excitement.
It’s that time of year where red and green are everywhere. I know budgets are tight this year thanks to the ongoing pandemic, but that’s no reason to give up on holiday decorations. Here are some fun and thrifty ways you can spruce up your space and get in the holiday spirit.
Everyone who celebrates Christmas knows that the universal colors of the season are red and green. Red is the color of Santa’s suit and green is the color seen on trees, wreaths, and the holly hanging above our doors. But why and how did these colors become the visual ambassadors of the holiday season? Let’s find out.
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I thought it would be appropriate to take a moment and express my gratitude for all my blessings this year. While it’s true that this year has been particularly challenging, there are still many things to be thankful for.
The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood was a group opposed to the English Royal Academy of Arts and its promotion of the works of Raphael and Michelangelo. The association considered themselves to be part of a reform movement, returning art to the times of Quattrocento Italian art. Famous artists of the Brotherhood include William Holman Hunt (the founder), John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and James Collinson.
Halloween is over. That means the holiday season has officially begun! Bust out the pumpkin spice and dig out all those delicious family recipes because it’s time to be thankful for life’s blessings even in the throws of a worldwide pandemic.
It’s that spooky time of year again and if you’re like the majority of America, you may be considering a quiet night-in thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. That makes this weekend a perfect time to binge watch halloween movies. So in the spirit of Halloween, I’m going to go over some iconic movie posters. Here we go.
My art is often whimsical, vibrant, and full of symbolism, colors, and textures. I’m most inspired by pre-Raphaelite and post-impressionist artists as well as the beauty of the southern landscape. All these features are obvious allowing users to quickly identify my work, but what about the not so obvious images in my art? In the spirit of the ooky and spooky Halloween season, I’m going to share with you three mysterious figures taking the stage in my artwork.
Growing up living in the beauty and mystery of the famous Smokey Mountains, its no wonder that the natural beauty of the south would frequently show in the majority of my paintings. From Moon Rising to The Yellow Ribbon my art exudes southern charm and I’m just so gosh darn proud of it. Today I’m going to share with you some of my favorite paintings and I hope you’ll come to love them as much as I do.
Last week I featured “The Fountain,” a portrait of Marietta Square’s famous cast iron fountain. I talked about the fountain’s origins and about how the park’s beauty inspired me to create such a vibrant and moving piece. This week I want to talk about my personal connection with the fountain, the park it stands in, and what it means to me.
The Fountain at Marietta Square’s Glover Park is a central location for residents and guest alike to bask in the beauty of Downtown Marietta. The 3,000-pound cast iron fountain was the result of a $35,000 donation made by local politician Harold Willingham.
There’s no denying that technology is rapidly changing the way we live and do things today. With computer involvement in nearly everything we do today, we have come a long way from expressing ourselves by dragging ashes and dirt across cave walls. But how are these new technologies affecting our ability to express and create today and is it to our benefit or detriment? Let’s discuss this.
A well-maintained garden boasts vibrant colors and natural beauty provided by the earth’s fruitful offerings. The perfect garden can ease our minds and transport us to another world where magic and beauty reigns supreme. This week I’m going to talk about my Garden Series and how you can bring the magic into your own space.
COVID-19 caused a whole lot of trouble for us this year. With nationwide quarantine and the closure of all non-essential businesses, the United States came to a screeching halt over the spring and summer months. With social distancing and facial covering requirements, Americans today are still feeling the effects of the ongoing pandemic. But the virus didn’t kill everything. Thanks to newly found time spent at home and away from work responsibilities, people around the world have found the time and inspiration to create and express themselves through music and art.
2020 has been a difficult year for many. Fluke weather conditions, murderous insects, and divisive political sects have affected the everyday lives of Americans this year. While sitting at home in quarantine I could have dwelled on the bad and let myself get grumpy and miserable, but I chose not to. I think there are better ways to pass the time. I once said that “my art is like slow afternoons and daydreams.” Well now that I seem to be living in an eternal slow afternoon what else can I do but day dream?
The Royal Dream hangs in my foyer and is seen immediately by anyone who enters the house. A large piece, it measures six by five feet and boasts thick and vibrant colors of oil on canvas. On it, the meeting of Queen Elizabeth II and America’s beloved Queen of Pop, Lady Gaga, are shown in full color. While the costumes are similar to the actual meeting of the pair, the setting places them in a flourishing garden within the Sandringham Estate.
A lot of my work as an artist is inspired by post impressionism. There’s just something about the colors and textures that captivates my attention. Plus seeing as how I paint with razors, the textures are naturally inclined reveal a post impressionistic feel.
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