November’s Twelve Paintings:
I created five alcohol ink dreamscapes, effortless, relaxing intuitive play. All created in a few hours one morning, with a drop of gold of silver added the next day. Have any aspiring artists on your Holiday Shopping List? Consider: Alcohol Ink Dreamscaping Guide and DVDs
I had three commission requests which were of different subjects other than animals. A fun challenge and reminder, it’s all about shapes, edges and values, not subject matter. The landscape was an additional stretch in that it was created with a palette knife.
The remaining four animal portraits anchoring the corners of the above image were from photos I took when visiting a nearby festival early October and on another occasion, a sheep farm.
The alpacas stole my heart. Happy Girl, shown upper left, sold within an hour of being posted on Instagram, (which is where I normally show my newest paintings first).
Chowtime!, upper right, could not get enough to eat.
Butterscotch, lower right, loved all of the attention she was receiving. Happy Girl and Butterscotch were painted from different photos of the same alpaca. She was a little charmer.
The painting shown in the lower right corner, is personally, the most poignant. I titled it, Thankful. I took the photo while visiting a nearby sheep farm this past April. I took many photos on that visit and have painted many paintings from that magical, golden, late afternoon.
As it sometimes works, I happened to see the owner, the Shepherdess, just yesterday and got to tell her how much visiting her sheep had meant to me.
Upon which, Martha smiled and said, “You can hug me now.”
And I did.
The thankful heart opens our eyes to a multitude of blessings that continually surrounds us.
-James E. Faust