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Day Six, Like Counting Down to Christmas!

Day six, and this is almost as exciting as counting down to Christmas! And speaking of Christmas, today’s piece is another Christmas themed piece. Titled “Mele Kalikimaka,” this is the result of what happens when you combine Christmas with Hawaii. This 20″ x 16″ painting will embolden any room with its presence, and get the festive holiday Aloha spirit going!

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Day Three: “Along the Road to Cape Cod, 2”

“Along the Road to Cape Cod 2″ $99 for today only as a part of the 10 day, 10 paintings, cyber week special.

Oil on board. Optional frame as seen in picture. Size of art: 11″ x 14.” Size of framed art: approx. 17″ x 21″ Comes with a certificate of originality.

Being a Colorado native, what amazes me about the East Coast is how much water can be found in the area. On our way to Cape Cod, along the New England coast, we were greeted by several bogs, lakes and eventually the ocean. These dreamy landscapes are not exact locations, but inspired by our drive.

Made to coordinate with “Along the Road to Cape Cod 1”.

Sailboats – Work in Progress

This is an unfinished piece that I am currently working on. I started it in late January, mixed all my colors and was ready to dig right in.

But then life happened and I experienced a loss I had never known before when my father passed away February 2. My world was rocked and the painting remained unpainted as my colors began to dry on my pallet.

When I was finally ready to get back into it, most of my acrylics were on the verge of drying out. I scraped and squeezed whatever remaining wet pigment I could get from them before they finally dried out on me. The underlying color structure has been set, but I still need to push and pull more values into the piece to make it stronger, crisper image. As soon as I am able, I’ll crack open the acrylic tubes once more and finish this piece in dedication to the man who encouraged me to chase after my dreams.

 

work-in-progress-sailboats

 

Surfer’s Crossing: The Story Behind the Art

The painting began as inspiration of the wet island of Kauai. However, after scumbling in a few cliffs and some virga in the background, the painting was lacking something. It needed… a story. It wasn’t enough that these were beautiful cliffs with some tropical trees; what’s going on in the foreground? Eventually Benjamin came to the conclusion that there was only one thing that would perfectly compliment this dreamy Hawaiian landscape: a classic woody with surf boards on top.

This painting encapsulates the Hawaiian free spirit. Even if you have never been to Hawaii, you can appreciate the mood of the painting, as it draws you in and invites you to hop in back for a day at the beach. It is a wonderful addition to our Road Trip series, paintings created to celebrate the open road. This painting is the quintessential perfect “dude” art.

The original is for sale. Make me an offer!

“Surfer’s Crossing” framed original
$700.00

 

Montauk Point Lighthouse original oil painting

Out on the tip of Long Island is a quaint little town called Montauk. Soft, sandy beaches churn up the Atlantic and the vegetation and humidity is thick. Take the road all the way past the town and to the end of the island and you’ll end up in a parking lot, and at Montauk Point, home of the famous Montauk lighthouse.

It was on such an occasion that we found ourselves recently, admiring the beauty of a structure that was commissioned originally by George Washington himself. The lighthouse is filled with rich history and legends, and of course, gift shop merchandise.

There are a number of trails surrounding the lighthouse, some that go to the rocky coast and some that submerge you deep into the lush New England greenery. This painting was created from one of those trails, looking up at the lighthouse. It invites the viewer in, to be a part of the hiking expedition. The sun was bright, but being late spring, there was still a slight chill in the air.

This painting is not that big, only 8″ x 10.” I wanted to create a textural feeling to the canvas, to reiterate the lush feeling of the environment. As with all paintings, I started with a rough under-painting in color. This formed the basis for my light and shadow patterns. On top of that, I was able to go back in and add details, such as leaves, blades of grass and sticks.

Prints of this image will not be made until the original is sold.

This item will be on auction until August 25th, 2012. Starting bid is $100. Email friends@paintingforlife.com to place your own bid. Highest bidder will win the original oil with a signed certificate of authenticity.

or “Buy Now” for only $250!

Montauk Lighthouse Original Oil
$250.00