I have started checking my archive files for paintings I did in my earlier years. I find this process interesting and inspiring to review my journey and growth as an artist. The journey is not over yet. I will always feel like a novice yearning to learn more and become a better painter. Back to where I was going with this post, take a look at this bluebonnet painting composed in an oval. The petals at the bottom are painted coming out of the oval providing an interesting illusion. The original was done in oils using the oval idea Bob Ross (one of my favorite artists) and others were doing on TV.
I enjoyed the work and will be posting more of my older works, and of course, new paintings as I finish them; so, check back to see whats going on. Prints are available.
Portrait of Klara done by her great grandfather and artist, Jimmie Bartlett
Klara is my great grandchild and as you can see, she is a beautiful little girl.I never thought I would live long enough to see my great grand children, much less paint a portrait of them. Klara is the oldest of the three so I started with her. I was able to get her to stand still for a pose, even if it was only for a couple of minutes. The painting was done with water mixable oils on a 14 inch by 11 inch canvas.Blessings My Friends,Jimmie Bartlett
Springtime Fields was painted in acrylics on an 8 inch by 10 inch gallery wrap canvas with edges painted black. I was inspired to paint this road side scene along Highway 35 because of the beautiful bright yellow flowers growing in front of the cattle shed and round bales of hay lined up in a nice composition. I brought the scene closer to the viewer and planted more flowers in front of the fence line.
I didn’t know at the time I took the photo, to paint from, a customer and friend of mine owned the property. When she saw the painting on FB, she contacted me to purchase Springtime Fields. So social networking does work! I also want to say Thank You to Cindy for her purchase.
I finished a study of this Sandhill Crane today. It was a nice challenge to place a macro photograph subject with a realistic background which came out of my imagination. The marsh and pond with reflections worked out fine to push the subject forward. I want to thank my great photographer friend Gary for allowing me to use his photo for the painting.
The acrylic painting is on an 8 by 10 inch canvas with edges painted black. The bright red color of the bird’s head in this setting establishes instant attention. The darker pond added more contrast which required some use of color not in the reference and a small amount of reflected light to the edges of the bill. The reflections in the water is a nice touch for realism.