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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Last Week of Celebration

This is the Final Week of Autumn Celebration

Aspen Mountain
30" x 15"
Acrylic on Canvas
Regular Price:  800.
Celebration Price:  400.


As the Autumn leaves continue to fall, the ground is covered with colorful confetti and we find ourselves in the last week of  the month.  For most of us the weather has changed to cooler temps and winter seems to be edging in.  


Aspen Colors III
20" x 16"
Acrylic on Canvas
Regular Price:  500.
Celebration Price:  250.


And this is the final week to purchase any of my Fall Leaf paintings and prints at 50% reduced prices.


Aspen Colors I
16" x 20"

Regular Price:  500.
Fall Celebration Price:  250.


Take a look at the web page of Leaves, by clicking HERE


Contact me by clicking HERE


Final shipping date of ordered paintings and prints will be next Monday.


Thank you to those who have purchased!  Having a Fall Leaf work of art in your home is a great way to extend the season.



Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Color


Color is a Funny Thing
(Autumn Celebration Continues with reduced prices on all Fall Leaf paintings and prints)

Embrace II
Acrylic Painting on Canvas
48"x48"
Regular Price: 4000.
October Price: 2000.

It surrounds us.  It acts in funny ways.  But in some ways it is very predictable.


Split Rock with Leaves
48" x 60"
Acrylic on Canvas
Regular Price:  5000.
October Price: 2500.

The other day I was invited into a home to talk about a commission.  The colors in the home appealed to me immediately.  I felt right at home, and even commented, complemented the owner on their choice of colors for the walls, cabinets, etc.


Work continues on the diptych.  The upper canvas with sky and beginning to paint in the  light and shadows of the boulders.



I knew immediately, exactly what I would create for this commission.  It all had to do with the palette chosen for the home.

More boulder work on the upper canvas of the diptych



The funny thing was, that when I left I drove straight to the paint store, the Kelly-Moore paint store, to pick up a sample of the wall color, because I wanted to make sure the paintings would have definition against the wall. Well, you know those color strip cards that all the paint stores have that show the original dark hue at the bottom of the card with let down, or lightening,  of the color as the samples move up the card?  You know those cards.  I pulled the card with the appropriate color and then realized I was wearing, had been wearing, a jacket that was in this color palette.  A color that is repeated over and over in my closet.  Is it a wonder I was so happy with the colors in the house, so quickly ready to decide on the subject and palette for the commission?  Maybe it's that I am predictable along with color.

Click HERE to see all Fall Leaf paintings and prints on my web site.

Click Here to contact me.


Monday, October 18, 2010

Words


Autumn and Fall
Still Celebrating with Price Reductions on all Fall Leaf Paintings and Prints


Fall Aspen Leaves
40" x 25"
Giclee Print October Price:  200.
Also available in 20" x 12.5" with October Price: 100.

These two words represent the same, a period in time, a season.
Did you know that Fall is actually an old English word that was used prior to the French word Autumn became fashionable as the descriptive for the season?

Why do you think this season might be called "Fall". What happens in the natural world during this season? The leaves on many trees die and fall to the ground. About five hundred (500) years ago, when Middle English was spoken, expressions like "fall of the leaf" and "fall of the year" were quite common, and the season name "Fall" comes from them. It is interesting to note that although Old English, spoken about one thousand (1000) years ago, had a word "fiæll" (or "fyll")--meaning "fall" as in "a falling from a height"--this word not only did not mean "the season following Summer", but did not even change into our modern English word "fall"! Instead our word comes from the Old Norse word "fall" which, like Old English "fyll", also meant "a falling from a height". However, during the period after the Scandinavians (who spoke Old Norse) settled in England (between 800 and 1100 CE) their word "fall" was borrowed into English and replaced the Old English word "fyll". There are many other Old Norse which were borrowed into English at this time. But the word "fall" only came to refer to the season "Fall" in the 1500s.


The word "Autumn" is a little more mysterious. It comes ultimately from Latin "autumnus", which itself is of uncertain origin. In Middle English, spoken about five hundred (500) years ago, it was spelled "autompne" having been borrowed from old French "autompne" found in modern French as "automne". Middle English "autompne" was sometimes used as early as the 1300s, but only became common during the 1500s. 
Click HERE to see all available Giclee prints.


Click HERE to see all Fall Leaf paintings and prints.
Make sure you use the scroll bar under the paintings to see all.


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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Celebrate with Giclee Prints



Autumn Celebration Continues


First I want to show you the progress on the diptych.  If you will recall I was talking about the xenoliths that are starting to appear in the painting.  This photo shows you what has happened with the xenoliths as I add high lights and low lights:



 I am still working on this painting, so come back to the blog to see additional photos of progress.


Now back to the Fall Celebration:



   Oak Leaf Print (Fall Leaves V) matted and framed.  Outside frame dimensions:  11.5" x 13"
 Normal pricing 100.  October Price: 50. with the frame!

Because I offer 24 of my original paintings in Giclee Print,  I get asked, repeatedly, "what is a giclee"?  The easy answer is:   absolutely the best, highest quality, museum quality, art printing available today.

The Definition : Giclee (zhee-klay) - The French word "giclée" is a feminine noun that means a spray or a spurt of liquid. The word may have been derived from the French verb "gicler" meaning "to squirt". 

The Term : The term  "giclee print" connotes an elevation in printmaking technology. Images are generated from high resolution digital scans and printed with archival quality inks onto various substrates including canvas, fine art, and photo-base paper. The giclee printing process provides better color accuracy than other means of reproduction. 


The Quality : The quality of the giclee print rivals traditional silver-halide and gelatin printing processes and is commonly found in museums, art galleries, and photographic galleries. 


                                                                                     


Oak Leaf (Fall Leaves V) giclee print 16" x 12" normally 150.
October pricing:  75.00




Frequently I hold a giclee print next to the original to demonstrate the quality of the print.  It is very difficult to tell the print from the original.  And  because it is a print, it is an affordable way to purchase and own wonderful art.  


And that is what you can do this month, with even less expense, due to my Autumn Celebration with 50% reduced prices on all Fall Leaf paintings and prints.


Click HERE to see available paintings and prints.

Click HERE to contact me with questions, etc.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Let's Celebrate More


October is Celebration Month!

To celebrate Autumn, all my Fall Leaf painting and print prices are reduced 50%.  It is a great time to purchase colorful art for your home or to give as a gift.


Aspen Colors III
20" x 16"
Fall Celebration Price:  250

Since the autumnal equinox has passed, the days are rapidly growing shorter and the sun's path across the sky is lowering.  The shorter days mean less sun light and with that, less chlorophyll to make plants' leaves green.  That is why they turn color.  And glorious colors at that!


Aspen Colors I
16" x 20"
Fall Celebration Price:  250

Click HERE to visit my web site page where you can see more Fall paintings and prints.


Click HERE to visit my web site page where you can see all available prints.


Click HERE to contact me with questions, to get prices and availability.


The first shipping date was today.  If you already ordered, your package is on its way!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Celebration


Slip Slid'in Away

A price reduction celebration.  All Fall Leaf paintings and prints reduced 50%! 



Fall Aspen Leaves
Giclee Print regular price:  40"x 25" @ 400;   20" x 12.5" @ 200
For the month of October 50% discount on these prices.

Have you noticed we are into Autumn?  It wasn't immediate.  It wasn't an overnight thing.  It didn't happen in a snap-of-the-fingers time span.  


Aspen Mountain
Original Acrylic Painting on Canvas
30" x 15"
Regular pricing:  $ 800
October pricing:  $ 400

Here we are with golden, apricot, red and burnished leaves hanging on the trees and scattered over the ground like 
confetti.  


Aspen Colors II
16" x 12" Original Acrylic painting
Regular Pricing:  $ 500
October Pricing:  $250

Here we are with pumpkins and gourds in the local markets.  


Photo taken at Ikeda's Market


Here we are with shorter, cooler days and much cooler nights.  We slid into Autumn, we didn't fall, and here we are.

Fall Aspen Leaves
Giclee Print regular price:  40"x 25" @ 400;   20" x 12.5" @ 200
For the month of October 50% discount on these prices.



To celebrate Autumn, I am offering a month long 50% discount on ALL my Fall Leaf paintings and prints.  That makes most of the prints under $ 100.  

Click HERE to see all of the available paintings and prints in this category.  Some are already framed, some are matted.  Some look great when paired together.

Click HERE to e-mail questions and obtain pricing.

(I am still working on the diptych, but just had to share this.  Make a return visit  to see more work on those life size, huge, Tahoe Rocks and how the xenoliths are taking form)



Monday, October 4, 2010

Same photo, New Information

Xenoliths


Take a look at the Xenoliths that are starting to show up in the painting.  What's a xenolith?
Everyone asks that when ever I point them out as we kayak past the immense Tahoe boulders.
Occasionally they sneak their way into my paintings.  And then I sometimes get asked about them by people looking at the painting.

The word xenolith in ancient Greek is a "foreign rock". It is a rock fragment which becomes enveloped in a larger rock during the latter's development and hardening.  In geology, the term xenolith is almost exclusively used to describe inclusions in igneous rock during magma emplacement and eruption.  Xenoliths may be engulfed along the margins of a magma chamber, torn loose from the walls of an erupting lava conduit or explosive diatreme or picked up along the base of a flowing lava on Earth's surface.  At any rate, many of the boulders along the shore at Lake Tahoe are filled with little rocks;   rocks within the rock.


Take a look just below the water line on the left boulder in the painting, and there you see the beginning of a xenolith.  There are others beginning to show up in the middle rock above the water line, where the light begins to turn to shadow.  They are faint, but they are there.



As I push the paint onto and around the canvas they will become more obvious. 
 Keep watching.