Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year

New Years Cupcake
New Years Cupcake, painting by Delilah Smith

About This Painting:

Happy New Year:

Creativeity can be nurtured and developed. I find ideas around every corner and deliberity make choices about their possibilities. All anyone has to do is look around and really see.

Each New Year we toast the happy moments of the past year and I have had many. Most of us will ring in the new year to the tune of

So tonight I will raise a glass and reflecton my blessings,my accomplichments of 2007 and my hopes for 2008.
Happy New Years from the daily painters. A new years cupcake.12x6 in oil on gallery wrapped cavas.

CHORUS: For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne, we'll take a cup o' kindness yet, for auld lang syne.And surely you'll buy your pint cup !And surely I'll buy mine !And we'll take a cup o' kindness yet,for auld lang syne.

CHORUS: We two have run about the slopes,and picked the daisies fine ;But we've wandered many a weary foot,since auld lang syne.

CHORUS:We two have paddled in the stream,from morning sun till dine? ;But seas between us broad have roaredsince auld lang syne.

CHORUS: And there's a hand my trusty friend !And give us a hand o' thine !And we'll take a right good-will draught,for auld lang syne. CHORUS ---------m

media: oil
Size: 6 in X 12 in (15.2 cm X 30.5 cm)
Price: $100 USD

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Saturday, December 29, 2007

The start of a series

I hope everyone is having a happy holiday season. I have started to work on a new series that I have been thinking about for about 6 months now. It has taken me that long to get it organized in my mind. The concept is still coming together but I think I will start on a few small paintings and drawings as I work up to the large paintings that I have in mind. The below study is the first of many small paintings that I have do for a much larger work.I am hoping that over the next few months it will all come together as a cohesive body of work that makes the statement I am thinking about.As I start to work out my idea I will post lots of small paintings and drawing here.To get a feeling for the larger project that I want to put on canvas.I want to have a finished series of 12 works that are 20x24 and larger. I will post them as they come off the easel and let you see how each get tweaked,changed or rejected as I work things out. I will also post the final large works.

After the Party
After the Party, painting by Delilah Smith

About This Painting:
Kick your shoes off after the party. 8x10 oil

Media: oil
Size: 10 in X 8 in (25.4 cm X 20.3 cm)
Price: $100 USD

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Saturday, December 22, 2007

The History of the Wreath

History of the Wreath
The wreath has a long history and many religious associations dating back to the ancient cultures of the Persian Empire. Originally, the circlet was called a "diadem" and took the form of fabric headbands which were sometimes adorned with jewels. Beginning in 776 B.C., wreaths made of laurel leaves were used to crown victors of Olympic Games. Later, when the Games began to move to different cities, each host city would award head garlands made of branches of local trees. Exactly when the transition from head ornament to wall decoration occurred is unclear. It is likely that celebration attendees simply hung the leafy headbands on their walls as souvenirs. Today, beautifully decorated wreaths are not only an integral part of the December holidays, but they're popular throughout the year, decorated to fit each season. Perhaps the loveliest use of this symbol is the Advent wreath. Although its true origin is not know, some believe it was inspired by the Swedish Crown of Lights, a candle-bearing crown worn by young Swedish girls on St. Lucia's Day. St. Lucia was a young Christian martyr who gave her entire dowry to the poor

The making of wreaths is an ancient and honored art that began about a thousand years before the birth of Christ. The Christmas Wreath symbolizes the strength of life overcoming the forces of winter. In ancient Rome, people used decorative wreaths as a sign of victory and celebration. the custom of hanging a wreath on the front door of your home probably came from this practice. At Christmas, the wreath is symbolic of Christian immortality. the circle and the sphere are symbols of immortality. The use of evergreens and wreaths as symbols of life was also an ancient custom of the Egyptians, Chinese, and Hebrews among other people. The use of evergreens for Christmas wreaths and other decorations probably arose in northern Europe, Italy and Spain in the early 19th century. The traditional colors of Christmas are green and red. Green represents the continuance of life through the winter and the Christian belief in eternal life through Christ. Red symbolizes the blood that Jesus shed at his crucifixion. but for most of the 20th century, the word "wreath" conjured up visions of rings of evergreens with red ribbons hung on doors at Christmas. The traditional Christmas wreath is hung anytime from right after Thanksgiving to mid-December and left hanging through the winter months.
Did you Know
In the early days in Europe, people would put wreaths on their doors to identify their home in the same manner that house numbers are used today. Each house would have a different wreath made of quite exotic flowers, most likely grown by the home owner right on their own land. Today, wreaths are a common custom in New England, with a different wreath for each season.

The word wreath
most often invokes thoughts of Christmas, but its roots can be traced back to the ancient cultures of the Persian Empire, where they were originally used as a sign of importance and victory. Originally, the circlet was called a "diadem" and took the form of fabric headbands which were sometimes adorned with jewels.

Beginning around 776 B.C., The Greeks placed wreaths made of laurel on the heads of victorious athletes in the original Olympic Games. Later, when the Games began to move to different cities, each host city would award head garlands made of branches of local trees.

In ancient Rome wreaths were worn on the heads of leaders such as Julius Caesar much like the crown of a king.

Exactly when the transition from head ornament to wall decoration occurred is unclear. It probably came about when a warrior or athlete decided to save his or her award as a memento of victory.

Perhaps the loveliest use of this symbol is the Advent wreath. The origin of the advent wreath is claimed by several groups although it is now thought of as a Catholic custom.

It probably originated in Northern Europe at a time when Pagan customs were practiced. The evergreen circle or wheel was a symbol of the recurring seasons or the “circle of life” and the candles were to symbolize the coming of light, or spring. The candles were lit to ward off the dark and cold of the winter night in anticipation of the light and warmth of the coming season.

The Swedish custom of the wearing of the crown of lights by young girls on St. Lucia’s Day is another popular explanation for the origin of the Advent wreath.

Others claim the custom was started by the German Lutheran’s and taken up by the Catholics in the early 1500’s

Which explanation is the true one will probably never be known, most likely it evolved from all of them into what is known today as the Advent wreath, the circle of greens decorated with four candles to signify the four weeks prior to Christmas as the Advent weeks and the coming of light.

Today, beautifully decorated wreaths are popular throughout the year, having taken on many different meanings plus using many different types of vegetation.

But by far the most popular use is the Christmas wreath made from evergreen boughs which is hung on a wall or door to invoke warm feelings of Christmas cheer.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Leave a Trail

Do not go where the path may lead
Go instead
Where There is no Path
Leave a Trail
Art is not an easy profession to work in but it is a sanctuary, a silence,a place of concentration. My studio is where I create. It is my sanctuary where I travel with out a path.Everyone needs a sanctuary a place of silence a place to creat.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

What Lies Within

Wild Poppies
Oil on Canvas
20x24x1 1/2

What lies behind you
and what lies before you
are tiny matters compared to WHAT LIES WITHIN you.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is at the end of the year that we think about our past year of accomplishment's. The goals we set for ourselves. The 5lbs that never got taken off. So we set down and plan for the next year to do better reach higher. The artist in me knows that I must look within to find my artist voice to meet my own challenges and as always to paint on.

Monday, December 03, 2007


What is impasto?

Sometimes you will see me using the term heavy impasto to describe the painting technique I use. It is a painting technique of using thick textured paint that is almost three dimensional in appearance.

Using an impasto technique often leaves visible brush strokes in the finished painting. Many times those brush strokes are actually as important as the subject matter itself because the brush work is telling you something about what the artist is thinking while painting.

You could almost say impasto is a type of sculpture—but for painters. My area of concentration was sculpture in art school so sometimes I get carried away with the globs of heavy paint on my canvas.

On my trees by the lake there is heavy impasto.

From the front, impasto paint is highlighted by whatever natural light is in the room (since it sticks out so much) and with heavy impasto you’ll be able to see shadows underneath the paint too.
Impasto really makes a physical statement, it is very expressive. I often call my style expressionist/post-impressionism because of my use of heavy impasto and brush work.

You can see some if it here in my painting circle of friends.

People often say I paint like Van Gogh because I use impasto like he did however my subject and colors are nothing like that great artist and impasto was used long before Van Gogh, artists would build up layers of paint to add realism to their work, making objects appear more three-dimensional.
But Van Gogh was different. He used impasto to gave weight to his brilliant colors, movement to his skies, and emotion to his landscapes.
He could have painted with the exact same colors without the impasto, but what would have happened? There would have been no movement, no feeling in the painting. I don't always use impasto only when the subject or the mood feels right.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

G is for Gum Drops

G is for Gum Drop
part of my alphabet series of paintings.

Gumdrops are a type of confectionery (candy). They are usually brightly-colored gelatin- or pectin-based pieces, shaped like a truncated cone and coated in granulated sugar. Gumdrops come in (usually artificial) fruit and spice varieties; the latter are also known as spice drops. They are often used for decorating cakes and cupcakes. Around Christmas time this candy is a key ingredient in making gingerbread houses.
In the USA, National Gumdrop day is February 15. This is a day where all gumdrop lovers can join together and appreciate the sugary candy.
The Apollo 9 Command module was called Gumdrop, on account of the blue cellophane wrapping in which the craft was delivered. Christmas is a good time to enjoy the spicy ones.

Giving Thanks

This is a great time of year to give thanks for everything that you have. We are celebrating Thanksgiving in America, which is one of my favorite holidays. It is my favorite because it is focused on spending time with family and friends and being thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving!
I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving;
full of family, friends, food, and of course, LOVE.
I am so thankful for everything in my life. Blessings to you all....

Here are some famous quotes for you:

Let us be thankful for the fools. But for them the rest of us could not succeed." Mark Twain

"It is another's fault if he be ungrateful, but it is mine if I do not give. To find one thankful man, I will oblige a great many that are not so." Seneca

Hopi Elders' PrayerHold on to what is good, Even if it is a handful of earth.Hold on to what you believe, Even if it is a tree that stands by itself.Hold on to what you must do, Even if it is a long way from here.Hold on to my hand, Even when I've gone away from you.Hold on to what is good.Hold on to what is good.Hold on to what is good.

All the best for a Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Art as a Gift

Art as a Gift

How do you find the perfect gift?

Everyone wants to give something unique, evryone wants to buy american made. When you buy art from an American artist you don't have to wonder if there will be a recall due to some danger,you know who made it.Orginal art is a smart present for friends and family as well as business clients. You can visit the daily painters Daily painters blog where many paintings are for sale for under $100.00.

Four Sour Cherries
Four Sour Cherries, painting by Delilah Smith

About This Painting:

If you would like to give this painting, or any of my paintings as a gift they can be wrapped and sent directly to that person for you with a lovely card at no extra charge.
Oil on gallery wrapped stretched canvas with painted sides. This painting is wired and ready to hang or it can be framed if you like.

Media: oil
Size: 6 in X 6 in (15.2 cm X 15.2 cm)
Price: $100 USD

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E is for Eggplant

E is for Eggplant
E is for Eggplant, painting by Delilah Smith

Eggplant got it's name in the 18th century because it was thought to resemble goose or chicken eggs. Yes, eggplants do come in white but why would you want a white one when you can have this wonderful pendulous purple one?

About This Painting:
E is for Eggplant. Eggplant,tomatoes,and a green bean some great vegetables for a daily painting. I love Eggplant. When I was a little girl my great grandfather would plant eggplant just for me. Now you know I was always a little crazy. At the age of four I was in love with the shape and dark purple almost black color of the vegetable. Who's says, kids don't like there vegetables? I love this one. Daily painting number 219.

Media: oil
Size: 6 in X 6 in (15.2 cm X 15.2 cm)
Price: $100 USD

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Monday, November 19, 2007

Alphabet Series of Kitchen Art

C is for Cupcake

D is for Dessert

D is for Dessert

These are the two latest paintings in my alphabet series of kitchen art.

If I am not painting everyday. I feel that I lose my momentum. I have so many ideas: so many things I want to paint. These small daily paintings I do give me a feeling of accomplishment. The large paintings take weeks to be complete but these little gems are the bright spot in my day.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

A New Series

I am creating a new series of small paintings. They will be small 6x6 and 6x12 paintings with a central theme of kitchen items food,vegetable,fruit, and utensils. Prices at $100.00 each. I will be posting paintings here as I complete them. They will start with the alphabet A-Z in the title and who know where they might go after that. The first in the series is A is for Apple.

A is for APPLE

6x6x1 1/2

oil on gallery wrapped canvas

I love doing these small contemporary oil paintings. Working small is a challenge. The second one in the series is B is for Beets. I just had friends over for dinner and Steve told me the only food he hates are beets. Hummm I love beets, especially when it comes to painting them. The deep purples and cadmium reds with those lovely heart shaped leaves. The stems and leaves have purple reds running up into the leaves.

B is for Beet
oil on gallery wrapped canvas

House art is fun and visual art makes a great gift.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

The Color Black

Morbid, Powerful, and Timeless

Black isn’t a primary, secondary, or tertiary color. In fact, black isn’t on the artist’s color wheel and usually isn’t considered a color at all. Instead, black appears when you bring ANY color to it’s darkest value .

This is the time of year we think about Black.
Halloween,black cats, bats.

more information on the the color black .

What the color black means to us psychologically:

Black means a few different things, and almost all of them have negative connotations. That’s because humankind’s instinctively fear the darkness, and anything that lurks in the night.
Black also represents another great fear—being underground, again with no light to see by. Because of these two associations, death, depression, and fear all are part of the color black.
In a different way, black also represents space, specifically outer space and infinite space. There’s also a mystery to things that can’t be defined, or seen, and the color black often accentuates anything with those mysterious or indefinable qualities.

Black is also one of the boldest, most powerful colors; and the most intense against a white background. As a result, designers and advertisers often use just black and white for greater effect, despite all the other colors available.

Is black a “girl color” or “boy color?”
Neither. Black has no gender-specific qualities at all.
When it comes to clothing, the color black is used equally by both males and females, and often for formal occasions—the timeless “little black dress” for women, and the traditional black tuxedo for men.

On the other hand, “gothic” or “goth” styles of clothing primarily uses the color black because of its association with death.

Black in society: black is sometimes worn as a symbol of authority, like with court judges and their long black robes. Referees of many sports wear black as well, or a combination of black and white or black and yellow.

Need to know more about mixing the color black.

A black belt in almost any martial art shows expertise at a high level, if not the very highest level possible.
More often than not, however, black is used to reference things that are bad. “The black market” is one such term which describes stolen goods sold at reduced prices. Bad guys wear black hats.
Blackmail also uses the word “black” just for it’s negative qualities, and there are many more occurrences as well. The bubonic plague, for instance—responsible for millions of deaths during the middle ages in Europe—was known as the Black Death or Black Plague.

I think it is time to do a Black painting.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

sky 9/19/2007

This is number two in the series of sky paintings I am doing.

Sky 9/19/2007
Sky 9/19/2007, painting by Delilah Smith

About This Painting:
8 1/2x11 oil on paper matted in a white acid free matt to 11x14 ready to frame.

Media: oil
Size: 11 in X 14 in (27.9 cm X 35.6 cm)
Price: $50 USD

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Sky 9/18 2007 by Delilah

I am starting a series of sky paintings all done at the same location. This is the first in the series.

Sky 9/18/07
Sky 9/18/07, painting by Delilah Smith

About This Painting:
A series of sky paintings that I am doing, this one was done on September 18 2007. It is 8.5x11 matted in a white acid free matt to 14x11 ready to frame.This oil is done on paper and it is matted.

Media: oil
Size: 14 in X 11 in (35.6 cm X 27.9 cm)
Price: $50 USD

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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Wow Poppies watercolor painting a day by DELILAH

I just finished my last art show for the summer. This fall a will be traveling and painting. I'm off to France for a few weeks. I want to see the grape harvest there. I went to California last year to watch all the wonderful wine being made. I want to see if they do it any differently in France. I will be adding paintings to my painting a day blog that I have done over the summer and just did not have time to post.

Wow Poppies watercolor painting a day by DELILAH
Wow Poppies watercolor painting a day by DELILAH, painting by Delilah Smith

About This Painting:
Bright colorful poppies on 140 lb watercolor paper dance in the wind 12x9 matted to 14x11. Matted in an acid free matt ready to frame.

Media: watercolor
Size: 11 in X 14 in (27.9 cm X 35.6 cm)

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Friday, September 14, 2007

Watercolor Poppies painting a day by Delilah

Watercolor Poppies painting a day by Delilah
Watercolor Poppies painting a day by Delilah, painting by Delilah Smith

About This Painting:
12x9 watercolor done on 140lb cold press watercolor paper matted in a 14x11 acid freee matt ready to frame.

Media: watercolor
Size: 11 in X 14 in (27.9 cm X 35.6 cm)

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I have started doing a few watercolors. I work in oils 90 percent of the time but it's nice to take a break a try something different. It refreshes the artist soul in me.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Good Morning watercolor by Delilah

Good Morning watercolor by Delilah
Good Morning watercolor by Delilah, painting by Delilah Smith

About This Painting:
12x9 watercolor matted to 14x11 in an acid free matt

Media: watercolor
Size: 11 in X 14 in (27.9 cm X 35.6 cm)

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Gesture Drawing by Delilah

Gesture drawing is the act of making a sketch with a relative loose arm movement. This practice is common practice to warm up before you start to work on more detail projects. A gesture drawing is sometimes used to begin a more finished drawing or a painting. It is used to block in the layout of the largest shapes in a composition.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Two Limes

Two Limes
6x6x1 1/2
Oil on gallery wrapped stretched canvas

Two Limes
Two Limes, painting by Delilah Smith

About This Painting:
6x6x1 1/2 oil on gallery wrapped stretched canvas

Media: oil
Size: 6 in X 6 in (15.2 cm X 15.2 cm)
Price: $100 USD

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Painting on Mackinac Island

One of my current goals is to get the camera out and take more pictures as I travel. What I see in my daily life influences what I paint. I often do quick Plein Air paintings and later develop them into larger work in my studio. I also use reference photos to paint from.

I painted last weekend on Mackinac Island with the Great Lakes Plein Air Painter. I was so glad that I took my camera with me. There were so many interesting things to paint it just could not be done in four days. In fact I filled my disk and had to down load the photo so I didn’t miss taking pictures of the great boat race.

I stayed at a lovely bed and breakfast, the Lilac House and painted from their lovely front porch one rainy morning. It was the weekend of the 100th

Chicago to Mackinac Yacht Race. Here is a link to see more photos of the race and the winner the Winquest. If you have never visited Mackinac Island in Michigan I suggest you do it is a wonderful day or a great weekend on the island. Don’t forget the camera!

Monday, July 23, 2007

Birthday by Delilah

Birthday, painting by Delilah Smith

About This Painting:
6x6x1 1/2 oil on stretched gallery wrapped canvas

Media: oil on canvas
Size: 6 in X 6 in (15.2 cm X 15.2 cm)
Price: SOLD

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Vincent Van Gogh

Did Vincent Van Gogh know his art would hang in galleries and museums? Did he ever think his art would be worth millions?

If he had know how would it have changed him. Did he think he was only average? Is my art only average? Will it ever be hung in galleries and museums? Should we paint thinking that someone in the future will look at this and wonder about us the way I wonder about Vincent?

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Bay City Studio 23 Gallery Show

Salsa Dancing
Oil on gallery wrapped stretched canvas
This painting can be seen at the Bay City Studio 23 Gallery

Studio 23 Bay City Michigan
for more information check the galleries web page. The Exhibition is from July 20th to Aug 24th. There is an opening reception July 20th 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Please come and meet soom of the best artist in the area.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Studio Space

I spent the weekend working on my studio space. Putting storage shelves and rearranging the general work area. I now have a big mess to finish organizing this week.It seem that the days are not long enough to get it all done.

I love working in my flower garden but now I have the grass to mow also. Now I paint for two hours and do yard work for one then back to painting after I toss some wash in the machine.

Somewhere I have to find the time to update that mailing list of mine and finish the news letter that should have gone at last month.

It's not all work here at the studio. I took a long break today at 5PM and paddle boated around the lake for two hours. It was 80 and sunny.Life is good.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Shows/exhibits for summer 2007

Representing the positive with uniquely radiant paintings.
2007 calendar ,

Next Show
Lyndhurst Ohio June 9&10 07
12th Annual Art Fair Columbus Ohio June 23&24 2007
Luddington Mi, 40th annual West Shore Art Fair
June 30& July1 2007
Mackinac Island July 13-15, Great Lakes Plien Air Painters ( painting on the island )
Marquette Mi ,49th Art on the Rock
July 28-29
Nappanee Indiana, 45th Annual Amish Acers
Aug2-5 2007,
Rochester Michigan, Spotlights Market
Sept 7-9 2007
Sedona Arizona, painting with William Scott Jennings
Oct 15-19, 2007
Updates on events added monthly

Delilah travel through out the United States painting.

Fresh Plowed


Fresh Plowed
Fresh Plowed, painting by Delilah Smith

About This Painting:

It's spring in Michigan and if you are in farm country you see lots of freshed plowed fields. I love the smell of the fresh turned earth.
Landscape painting on hardboard 5x7 oil ready to frame. A fresh plowed field,ready for seed.

Media: oil painting on hardboard
Size: 7 in X 5 in (17.8 cm X 12.7 cm)
Price: $100 USD

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Monday, May 21, 2007

Plien Air Paintings

Here are two paintings done on Saturday in Marshall Michigan with the Greater Michigan Plein Air painters. If you are in the Michigan Area and would like to join them for a paint out or to take a workshop please look at their web site at
The group is wonderful to paint with and I will join them again in July to paint on Mackinac Island.

Great Lakes Plein Air Painters

The Plein Air painters painted this weekend in Marshall Michigan. The Brooks mansion,Avery Garden and the Brewer Estate were the sites of the paint out. Marshall Framing Studio had a reception for us that evening. The weather started out drab and cool almost cold then warmed up in the afternoon with lots of sunshine. I am posting some of the view we were able to paint from and I will post the finished oil paintings that I completed later today.

The grounds were in full spring bloom. Warm fresh green was everywhere.

This weather vein was very interesting as were many sculptures in the gardens around the old mansion. The owners were so kind to allow us to paint for the day in their private gardens.

This little nook of the house was very interesting. I started painting it and the large pine tree that you can just see in the corner of the picture in the early morning. It was such a dull gray morning that I had a hard getting the feel that I wanted and I think I will do a secound painting later.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Red Pear (click on picture to bid )

Red Pear
6x6x1 1/2
oil on gallery wrapped stretched canvas

The Color RED part 2

The eye is drawn to the color red, it is a very dominate color. The first reds were introduced by Egyptian artist who used madder root and cinnabar to add to their palettes of black white and ochres.

Cadmium Red: available in light, medium,and deep. A very strong, opaque color that blackens when mixed with other copper pigments. If mixed with cadmium yellow gives a warm opaque yellow. This Red is one of two reds I use on my limited color palette.

Scarlet Red: A bright red with blue under tones good for glazing and washes.

Alizarian Crimson: A dark, transparent cool red with blue under tones. You can add this to other reds to darken them. Good for transparent washes. This is the synthetic version of rose madder. I use Alizarian crimson on my limited palette.

Vermillion: A bright intense red. It can turn black if left in the sunlight.

Carmeine: A traditional red.

Rose Madder: A transparent red made from the madder root.

Permanet Rose: Mixed with ultramarine to get a great purple.

Venetian Red: A orange earth red made from iron oxide.

Indian Red: A warm, dark earth red with a blur undertone. Makes cool colors when mixed.

Earth Reds: red ochre,red oxide,mars red, burnt sienna,terra rosa, red earth.

Remember using a complementary color intesifies a colour. Red will advance in a painting when place beside a backround of dark blue or green.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Collecting Art number 3

Collecting Art
Part 3

Your collection should reflect your personality. Don’t be afraid to ask questions of the gallery dealer or the artist. Learn as much as you can. Determine an annual budget and buy a small work every year if that is what you can afford. Keep your collection momentum going and continue to build your collection. Buy original if possible. Be wary of large edition prints or photographs.

Monday, April 16, 2007

The Color RED

The Color RED
Red hair, red hat, red wine, red cherries, and of course red paint the list of things red goes on. I used to be a stockbroker and there was the red herring a business term not a color. We have the singing group "The Red Hot Chili Peppers" and several paintings that I have done of those hot little peppers. The red rose is a symbol of love and fertility. Red is an emotional color. It enhances the human metabolism, increases respiration rate, and raises our blood pressure.

Red is hot. It is the color of passion, always strong never mild. Red is power. Red is the flashing lights of danger…the call in the dark” The red coats are coming!”. It was a common belief that the color red had the power to protect against evil. Warriors wore red to battle to protect themselves. Wearing red bed cloths was believed to protect you from the fever. Aha! So that is wear those red flannel P J’s came from.
Madder was a European herb. The root was used as a source of dye to produce various shades of red.
Light Red: joy, sexuality, passion
Pink: romance, love, friendship, feminine qualities
Dark Red: vigor, will power, rage, anger, leadership, malice
Brown: stability, masculine qualities
Reddish Brown: fall, harvest

To read more of how we relate to color:

The color red is a bit sassy, hot and electric just like my mood when I paint. This week I will paint in red. The focus of the small daily painting will be subjects of red and I will do one large painting this week with the emotion of the color red. Neolithic cave painters, oh those old artists, ascribed magic powers to the color red. Maybe red will bring magic to my paintings.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007


Oil on Hardboard
A new friend of mine Charlie Spear who is an artist in one of my work groups recently suggested that the group start a group art critique of work we were currently working on and wanted some feed back on.

Now, I have been through art school and have had some professors who were brutal in their critiques. One professor comes to mind, that would take our precious infants of new born work that we had literally handled with gloves while creating so as not to smear them and would put them on the floor and walk on them as he critiqued them. I guess the lesson to be learned: was never to become to attached to ones’ work.

There are different kinds of critiques. There are the ones that come unsolicited, like at an art show I did recently when I over heard an older women telling her friend that one of my painting was the most god ugly thing she had every seen and to make it even worse I had made it so large, did I have no common sense? That would have been a killer and ruined my day, in fact it almost did but about an hour later another lady fell in love with it and bought it. Who knows?

Then there is the kind of critique that we all want. The one where we ask: what, where, why, how, do you have an idea and can you help me. Is this too moody, to light, to dark, to yellow, and should I just trash it and start over? The feedback comes and it is so helpful, just the icebreaker you needed to get you going again.

With this is mind I ask;” I have painted this small painting Sierra and now I am thinking about doing a much larger one. This one is 8x10 and I am thinking of doing one 20x24 what do you think?

It’s okay to say OMIGOD it’s so bad why would she want to make it larger. I have had worse critiques and after all I am strong, so go for it.

Monday, April 02, 2007

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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Collecting Art II

Collecting Art II

Develop a long term strategy in your collecting that reflects your personal interests. Collectors who speculate on art as an investment may be disappointed in their end results. Be suspicious of dealers who promote investment stories. When a collector buys art they love there is always a return on the investment every time you view the work. If it happens to increase in value, that’s just another benefit.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Collecting Art

Collecting Art

Are you a new collector wishing to start a collection or are you just searching for an additional work to enhance your environment. Many believe that it is out of reach. A collection can be started with as little as $500.00 to $4000.00 per year. When spread over 20 years of purchasing, one or two works a year, you can grow a modest but meaningful collection.