Monday, August 2, 2010

Inspiration in Unlikely Places

I am often asked where I get my inspiration for painting, which is funny to me since when I look at my paintings it seems obvious. And for the most part I can easily answer... "on my many hikes/walks observing the wonders of nature." (Or something like that).

Recently, however, I found a new place for inspiration that would be much less obvious - one I never would have expected: The Rice Museum of Rocks and Minerals near Portland, OR. We took the kids there over the weekend and were amazed by the size and variety of their collection. I also was struck by the amazing colors created by nature, and their natural cohesion. I loved the way reds mixed with earthy greens, blues mixed with rich golds and browns, and so many other lovely combinations. The patterns formed within the rocks, too, were some of the best abstracted works of art I've had the pleasure to witness - not too sound to gooey here, but they were really cool!

Here's a couple shots I especially enjoyed. I'm planning to go back and take some more pictures, as I realized much too late in the process how much I'd like to turn them into paintings.

Have fun finding your next inspiration! And if you're in the area, I would highly recommend the Rice Museum (especially the Rainbow Room!)

p.s. My photos do NOT do them justice! I'm definitely a painter, not a photographer.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

The Daniel Smith Reference Catalog 2010-2011

The much anticipated artist materials reference catalog is out! Check out this back cover for a look at my artwork, "A Bend in the Road" (bottom).

As many of you know, I have long been an enthusiastic customer of Daniel Smith Paints. In college I often used their artist oils, and now professionally I almost exclusively use their acrylics. I especially love the Quinacridone colors. As their catalog states:

"When you use a Daniel Smith product, you support a community whose passion for color and quality has fueled some of the most inventive developments in the art materials industry. We were the first to bring Quinacridone colors to the artists' market, we raised awareness and standards for lightfastness... Our goal is to maintain the highest standard of excellence in manufacturing while continuing to provide artists with an unrivaled selection of the most intriguing colors the world has to offer."

Now off to spend my Daniel Smith gift certificate 3rd place prize on a new easel, paints, and brushes! Yea!

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