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ART GALLERY – January 2018

Welcome to my Art Gallery!

In this presentation are my latest paintings and drawings.

These series contain a variety of subjects and media and technique.  I hope you enjoy them!

The first selection called Fawn is drawn first with ink and then the main subject is colored with pastel pencil.  This style seems to be very popular lately, where I believe because the main subject starkly stands out from the background.  The most important part of any animal are the eyes.  Get them wrong and the whole portrait is lacking.

I was very tempted to draw in the grass, since the color is a beautiful shade of green in early spring.

The initial size is 12 x 18 in.  Normally I like to use 10 x 14 in. since it is easier to frame.

Fawn

 

The second selection called Musick Chapel Statue (Memorial) is located on Seminole Island on Indian Lake, Ohio.  Yes, his name is Mr. Musick who had this chapel build as a memorial for his daughter.  I have never seen it used since living here at the Lake for over three years now.  This is the picture of the statue in front of the building, which is rather large and can be used as a music hall for recitals.  I am hoping to use the building myself in the future just for that purpose.

The drawing was first done in ink and then colored using watercolor.  I like watercolor for the delicate play of the shadows in the windows and the leaves of the tree in front of the statue.  The picture was drawn on 12 x 18 inch paper.

Musick Chapel Statue

 

One can take a bike ride around the lake, but most of the roads go through farm country, like this old barn that I sited driving back from the gas station.  In this third selection, called Indian Lake Barn,  I painted in watercolor on 10 x 14 in. paper, and made great use of layering or washing the painting to get a darker color.  Layering or washing a painting gives the artist greater control of the subject.  The sky with clouds is done by laying the blue sky color first and then dropping plain water in a pattern.  The blue color retreats away from where the droplets are placed leaving the white of the paper behind.

Indian Lake Barn

In the fourth selection, Green Heron, was done in watercolor on 10 x 14 in. paper.  Most of the watercolor paper that I use is “Arches Watercolor Block”, since warping or wrinkling is kept to a minimum when using a block of paper.

In painting the feathers, I waited until the blue and the brown color was dry and painted in the pattern using opaque white.

Green Heron

 

The last selection that I want to end with is painted in watercolor, The Purple Fringed White Iris.  I painted this on an Artists’ Retreat in the foothills of Zanesville, Ohio.  The purple frill around the Iris was created by wetting the individual petals of the flower first and then dropping in the color, which is called “Wet on Wet” technique.

White with Purple Trim Iris

 

Thank You for visiting my Web-Site.  Hope you enjoyed my paintings as much as I have drawing them!

 

ART GALLERY – Collection of Acrylics

!Welcome to my Art Gallery!

Here you will find a sample of my latest paintings, some of which are entered in 2016 showing at the Mount St. John’s Art Gallery in Dayton, Ohio, on Patterson Road.   My paintings are in oil, acrylic and watercolor.  The topics vary but mostly I love to paint and draw flowers, buildings old and new, and outdoors.

In this selection, I have drawn from my acrylics collection to show a development of style.  Hope you will enjoy them.

The paintings were photographed with a digital SONY Cyber-Shot DSC-W800.   I am quite pleased with the results of this camera, since digital photos are much closer to the original drawing.  Feel free to write your comments, since I will be interested in knowing what is you favorite.

The first selection is called Autumn Beach Trees.  This piece is pretty close to my first attempt at using acrylics.  The original picture was of a grove of beach trees taken locally by Bro. John Lemker, SM, a well known photographer in the area.  I thoroughly enjoy his photography, prime example for painting subjects.  This painting does not look at all like his photo, on purpose!  I guess it was the perspective or the focal point, right in the center of the picture that caught my attention. 

autumn beach trees

The second selection is called Field of Wild Flowers.  This composition was also taken from a photo of my favorite wild flowers, purple cone flowers and black eyed Suzans.   The difficulty is deepening the background color of green.  I tried not to get hung up on the details, which seem to make for a better painting.  So this is a free style painting.

Field of Wild Flowers
Field of Wild Flowers

 

The third selection is called Mother and Calf Manatees.  The main difficulty in this composition is getting the water right, especially with the rays of sunlight coming through the water onto the mother and calf.   I enjoyed painting this picture, which is usually a good sign for me that all is well with the piece.

Manatees
Manatees

 

The fourth piece is called Snow Bunting.  This is a common bird to Ohio during the winter, and a beautiful subject.  I was caught in the beauty of the picture with the result that I don’t think I could do it again, unless inspired again.  That is rare for me, as I have learned over the year.  I love the interplay with the background sky and clouds, where I used negative painting of the blue sky, rather than just paint clouds.  I added just a touch of brown to the clouds below the bird and a touch of blue to the white feathers of the bird’s belly and head.

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Snow Bunting

 

The last selection is called Yellow Bladderwort Flower.  The flower within the dark or black background captured my attention, especially with the slight reflection of the flower on the water.  The hand-made frame is painted flat black and complements the picture quite well.

Yellow Snapdragan
Yellow Snapdragon

I hope you have enjoyed my selection from previous pictures. 

My work will be on display at “Made In Ohio” Country Market, at Hurley Farms, State Route 117 Ohio, just outside of Huntsville, Ohio, 30th July, 9 am -5 pm!

Please feel free to leave your comments, very much appreciated.

 

ART GALLERY – February 2016

!Welcome to my Art Gallery!

Here you will find a sample of my latest paintings that I will be entering in early spring 2016 showing at the Mount St. John’s Art Gallery in Dayton, Ohio.   Several of the paintings are in oil, several in acrylic and watercolor.  I hope you will enjoy them.  The paintings were photographed with the digital SONY Cyber-Shot DSC-W800.   Please feel free to write your comments, since I will be interested in what is you favorite drawing from below.

The First Selection is called Casanova in watercolor, 15″ by 20″.  This was first draw in ink on paper and then filled in with watercolor.  The ink drawing allows me to add detail to a picture, unlike acrylic or oil.  I enjoy drawing houses, buildings, cafes, and other structures, especially in context, like this picture.  This restaurant is quite popular in California because of its unique ambiance.

Casanova
Casanova Restaurant

 

The second selection is called Orca, marker and pastel pencil on blue paper with black paper as trim, 8″ x 10″.  Unfortunately, the picture was already set in a frame-less glass when the picture was taken.  This is a beautiful creature and simple to draw.  That is why the setting may be the most important part of any picture, like this simple blue tank at the aquarium.

Orca
Orca

 

The third selection is Manatees drawn in acrylics, 8 1/2″ x 11″.  Another beautiful but simple creature threatened more by our motor boat blades than its own natural enemies.  Acrylics are great to work with except that they dry quickly unlike oils and even watercolors.  The artist needs to know ahead of time, though,  where he is headed with his composition.

Manatees
Manatees

 

The fourth selection is another study in acrylics and called Field Of Wild Flowers (purple cone flowers and black-eyed susans), 10″ x 18″.  As you can see, I enjoy painting with acrylics simply because they are easy to use and clean up, but one needs to know that they do have their own technique compared to watercolor and oils.  I enjoy flowers and always make room for them as a favorite subject in painting.  This piece is done in a little more free style, that is, not worrying about detail as much.

Field of Wild Flowers
Field of Wild Flowers

 

The last piece, called Lake Tahoe Pines, is done in oil.  I love the pine trees, they are, after all, the center of the piece.  This painted at my art class.  Yes I still take lessons!

Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe Pines

 

Thank You, for visiting.  Hope you enjoyed the selections!

ART GALLERY – December 2015

!Welcome to my Art Gallery!

Here you will find a sample of my latest paintings that I will be entering in early spring 2016 showing at the Mount St. John’s Art Gallery in Dayton, Ohio.   Several of the paintings are in oil, several in acrylic and watercolor.  I hope you will enjoy them.  The paintings were photographed with the digital SONY Cyber-Shot DSC-W800.   Please feel free to write your comments, since I will be interested in what is you favorite drawing from below.

The First Selection is called Orange Poppies in watercolor.  It was painted with a special technique called bleeding, where the orange-red and orange-yellow colors were added on the wet pedal (one pedal at a time) and allowed to bleed into each other, mixing and making a unique pattern.  This is my favorite.

Orange Poppies
Orange Poppies

 

The Second Selection is called Outside Cafe and is also a watercolor piece.  This painting was done using another technique called negative space, which was mainly used on the table cloth, filling in the negative space of the shadows on the cloth.

Outside Cafe
Outside Cafe

 

The Third Selection is called Wildflowers on the Beach which was done in oils.  This piece was painted under the guidance of my Art Teacher at the studio in Lakeview, Ohio.  The oils are water-soluble and very easy to clean up.  The kelp beds in the ocean stand out well in this piece.  The flowers, even though not detailed, are clearly noticeable.

Wildflowers on Beach
Wildflowers on Beach

 

The Fourth Piece is called Indian Paintbrush Flowers to distinguish from another piece that I had done earlier.  This is a watercolor, using a technique called washing, where the color is slowly darkened in specific places by adding another wash.  In this case, the bright flowers are given depth and contrast by darkening them as shown.

Indian Paintbrush Flowers
Indian Paintbrush Flowers

 

The Final Selection is called Butterfly on Blue Leaf using black paper.  The drawing was done using pastel pencils, one of my favorite ways of coloring.  Notice the difference in using black paper as opposed to white!  What a contrast!

Butterfly on Blue Leaf
Butterfly on Blue Leaf

 

Thank You for Visiting.   Hope you enjoyed the pictures. 

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READING CHAIR – Poem: If I Were The Wind

If I Were The Wind

Michael F. Nartker, SM

If I were the wind,
I would fly across the land,
Visit all the country sides,
See how far I can.

If I were the breeze,
I would skip across the sea,
Feel the moisture in my face,
Giant waves I’ll please.

If I were the wind,
Sweet scents of flowers I’ll pick,
And with supper in the air,
The people I’ll trick.

If I were the breeze,
Here and there I’ll warm you up,
And trough the fields chase you ‘bout,
Laughter in the air.

Send your Spirit, Lord,
To stir us and move us on,
Dream our dreams and sing our songs,
Do not tarry long.