July 30, 2009

To Russ O'Brien

Today I want to thank Russ O'Brien , an amazing artist that I just reconnected with online. Russ gave art lessons at a craft store in So. Florida early '80's, and although acrylic wasn't my medium, I did learn many things from him. He was an inspiration and mentor . Later on he did a painting of Christa McAuliffe the astronaut who tragically lost her life in the Challenger accident. Copies of his painting hang in many schools to this day. Years later when I was asked to teach a watercolor class to the seniors in my community, I remembered and tried to model my class the way he did it .. tons of fun. Thank you Russ for all you've done.

July 15, 2009

Pots and Posies

For lack of a better title, because the flowers are just in my imagination, color splashed on top of pots. Terra cotta pots are easy to paint. Wet in wet technique. Burnt sienna, drop it in, and the shadow side is indigo blue. Thats a color that I always have on my palette.