COBALT COLOSSUS — Buy 12 get one free

COBALT COLOSSUS — Buy 12 get one free

Nothing says “Wow!” like giving twelve pieces of stunning art to twelve of your closest friends. Yes you can! This season’s selection is COBALT COLOSSUS. It is an endlessly interlocking assemblage of fractals crafted into one monolithic image. The result is warm, powerful and sensual. Lovingly sized and framed for maximum impact and enjoyment As shown — Finished size: 42.8″ x 29.3″ Print on Somerset Velvet Fine Art Paper: 32.0″ x 18.0″ Frame: Gold Distressed, 2.13″ width Top Mat: Cabernet, Width: Top 3″, Bottom 3.5″, Sides 3″, conservation suede Middle Mat: Porcelain, acid free paper Glazing: Non-glare Acrylic Normally ships in 6-8 business days All 13 Pieces — Under $12,000 The finished, framed COBALT COLOSSUS 12-Pack + 1 is priced at $11,172.60 plus shipping. Contact me to help you arrange delivery directly to the doors of your loved ones and special friends (surprise!). Or — if your sleigh is big enough — I can ship some, most, or all of the art to your house for personal delivery. And yes, the 13th piece is free, with my...
MAPLE TWIST

MAPLE TWIST

When it comes to creating art, I’m managing to stay productive. I completed MAPLE TWIST this past weekend and couldn’t wait to plug it into the blog. Once again, I worked extensively with various grayscale versions of this piece throughout its creation, and I have included the final grayscale for you here. When working with fractals, it is easy to get pulled off track and hypnotized by the copious detail, especially when applying the final colors and textures. I find that frequently referring to the grayscale image helps keep me focused on the overall impact and composition. I am especially pleased with how the greens fade to deep purples in the upper center of the piece, and how the maple-colored background supports the orangy-golds. As shown — Finished size: 43.5″ x 30.0″ Print on Somerset Velvet Fine Art: 32.0″ x 18.0″ Frame: Distressed Black with Gold Bead, 2″ width Top Mat: Digital White, Width: Top 3.5″, Bottom 4″, Sides 3.5″ Bottom Mat: Cranberry Glazing: Non-glare Acrylic Normally ships in 6-8 business days MAPLE TWIST is available for purchase (in a variety of sizes and substrates) as of this moment. You may contact me directly to answer questions or assist you with your order, or click here to order...
EDGE OF EDEN

EDGE OF EDEN

I plucked this beautiful sprig of leaves from a bush in my backyard. I wish I could tell you the name of the plant. However, when inspiration strikes I am only concerned with making art. From a botany point of view, I only know it’s hearty enough to withstand winter nights in Sedona. I brought the sprig into my studio and made a high resolution scan. Very nice. From there I adjusted saturation and contrast, then selectively embellished the image with drips and drabs of color. I made a digital collage for the background, parts of which include a rusted metal plate for texture. The detail is superb. It’s nice to get back to nature every once in a while. Art, as they say, is all around us. As shown — Finished size: 46.3″ x 39.0″ Print on Somerset Velvet Fine Art: 32.0″ x 24.0″ Frame: 3 3/8 in. Black/Gold Scoop Top Mat: Matte White, Width: Top 3.5″, Bottom 4.25″, Sides 3.5″ Bottom Mat: Matte White Glazing: Non-glare Acrylic Normally ships in 6-8 business days EDGE OF EDEN is available for purchase (in a variety of sizes and substrates) as of this moment. You may contact me directly to answer questions or assist you with your order, or click here to order...
Sedona Valentine (1 and 2)

Sedona Valentine (1 and 2)

I must be in my RED period; I couldn’t get enough red when working on these two ethereal pieces. That, and Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. For all you lovers. Hmmm. Is framed art more impressive than a card? Oh my yes! It’s fun to be up to your elbows in the art, isn’t it? Once I’m past the conceptual stages and it feels like things are going to work out, it’s exciting to push and pull the boundaries, work on detail and play with color. That I was able to produce two pieces from this concept is double-good. Once again, the marvelous detail achievable with fractals (shown above) astounds me. It is beauty within beauty; I never tire of the infinite permutations. The texture, which is generally lost at web sizes, is tasty at close range. Sedona Valentine 1, and, Sedona Valentine 2, as shown — Finished size (each): 29.5″ x 44.3″ Print on Somerset Velvet Fine Art: 18.0″ x 32.0″ Frames: Metropolitan Black with Gold, 2″ width Top Mat: Fairfield White, Width: Top 3.5″, Bottom 4.25″, Sides 3.5″ Bottom Mat: Digital White Glazing: Non-glare Acrylic Both VALENTINE pieces are available for purchase now. You may contact me directly to answer questions or assist you with your order, or click here to order...
Hey Sailor! You’re Not Lost Again, Are You?

Hey Sailor! You’re Not Lost Again, Are You?

Artists are a lost bunch. All of us. We’re always pushing the envelope, burning the midnight oil, biting off more than we can chew and forging trails where there aren’t any. I may look like I know exactly what I’m doing, but I can assure you I’m lost half the time. It’s my job, because it’s the quickest way to end up somewhere I’ve never been. Getting lost takes minimal skill. If you’re curious about things and a bit of an explorer, you’ll get lost. The trick, of course, is in finding your way home again. How many times have you started an art project — filled with optimism and certainty — and followed your creative muse around this way and that until, about halfway through, you’re in no man’s land with no clear path to the finish line? A key question to ask is “What am I trying to do?” Reestablish your original vision in your mind or — gut check — admit you were hoping things would become clear as you went along. Then push on. Move confidently into unknown territory and keep your eyes open for familiar sign posts: Emotional content, solid composition, pleasing color, visual hooks, tonal harmony and masterful technique. You can rarely think your way out of an art dilemma of this nature. Too many options, too much procrastination. Roll up your sleeves and get in there, even if you’re not sure where it’s all heading. Work it. Push it. Find the art. Illustration courtesy Lindsay Podd used under a Creative Commons...
THE JUPITER EXPEDITION — A Study in Tonal Harmony

THE JUPITER EXPEDITION — A Study in Tonal Harmony

I generally keep my work color-neutral until the final stages, preferring to concentrate on concept, composition, design, and focal point before developing a color palette. This insures that the work has a solid tonal foundation which isn’t lost when color is applied. Simply stated, tonal harmony is “a pleasing pattern in the balance between light and dark.” Before I introduce my latest work, THE JUPITER EXPEDITION, I’d like to point out a technique you may find useful when evaluating the tones in your own art: Convert to grayscale. Before you send your paintings, photographs or digital creations into the world, look at them in grayscale. Does the work hold up in a pleasing way, or is color being used to disguise tonal deficiencies? Some art is intended to be low-contrast, but if your work can benefit from balanced tonal separation and tonal harmony, there is no quicker way to identify areas of weakness than with grayscale. Now, on to the new art! I like lost civilizations, ancient tombs and daring expeditions. But…can those themes — and especially those feelings — be conveyed in abstract works of art? I think so, and with a fair amount of drama and imagination. THE JUPITER EXPEDITION was very exciting to work on, from the first tentative anchor shapes to the tattered edges and bleeding tones, to the final explosion of crimson and gold. For me, it is a remarkably satisfying piece. I hope it is for you, too. As shown — Finished size: 46.0″ x 32.8″ Print on Somerset Velvet Fine Art: 32.0″ x 18.0″ Frame: Wide Bronze Scoop, 3.5″ width Top Mat:...