Saturday, February 28, 2009

Never mind! - Large acrylic modern landscape painting on canvas

"Blinded by the Light"
18x36 Large acrylic modern landscape painting on canvas
By artist Derek T Collins
I'm really tired and don't feel like writing. So, I'm going to leave some space for you to imagine what I would have wrote , if I had been in the mood. --------------------------------! ------------------------------------,------------------------------------,-----------------,---------(run on sentence). -----------------------------------------------------------------------------.

Friday, February 27, 2009

I dare myself ! Large acrylic modern landscape painting on canvas

"Time and Space"

24x36 Large acrylic modern landscape painting on canvas

By artist Derek T Collins

I am starting to experiment with some bolder colors. I want to paint some landscapes that have a little more contemporary feel.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Tap,Tap,Tapping - Original Acrylic landscape Painting on canvas

"Sunset to Remember"
18x24 Modern Impressionism original Acrylic painting on canvas
By artist Derek T Collins

And I nodded, nearly napping, and there gently came a tapping.
Tap,tap, tapping,at my computer cabinets door.
My son lost his History notebook, so I'm sitting at the computer scanning and re-copying 65 pages of notes for him, so that he'll have something to study. It's been 1 1/2 hours and I'm still going strong. I figure while I'm here, why not tell you so that you can feel sorry for me. Why isn't he doing it you ask! He's studying for 2 other tests. My last 2 paintings ended up having a sun in them, go figure. The digital photos never do them justice. The darks are a little darker and have a little purple in them. This one is really lit up.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Melancholy - Large acrylic landscape on canvas

"Colorful Forest"
18x36 on canvas large acrylic landscape painting
By artist Derek T. Collins
This is my latest painting. I loaded all of my stuff up and went to paint with some other artist. I was the only one who showed up. This is the painting that I painted there. It was enjoyable none the less. I got a Penn Station sub and a cup of coffee. I was kinda, almost like a normal person,(I'll never be normal) actually being out in public and seeing other people. I don't have any shows in the winter and since my oldest son started driving, I can go for many days and really have no reason to go anywhere. Sometimes I have to go to town just to get away. The isolation sometimes can be a little maddening.
I've been thinking about the summer shows that are coming up.
The economy being as it is, I'm not sure if I looking forward to them, or dreading them. So, it has been one of those tortured artist melancholy days.

Monday, February 23, 2009

How to create depth in a landscape painting!

How to create depth in a landscape painting!
I think you are asking the wrong question. When I first started painting, I had that kind of mind set. It is the way most people are taught. The way that I learned, was to have your background colors paler, and to use a blue, gray, or a purple. Muted these colors will recede. Then, as you come forward in the painting you add more intensity to the colors, and add more detail. Don’t get me wrong, I haven’t totally discarded this principle. The problem with most beginners is that they are afraid of dark values (dark colors). When a beginning artist paints in this manner, they tend to end up with a pale and washed out painting. I was a beginner once. I remember not being able to paint green trees. I would start painting the leaves with a green, after all trees look green. Grass is also green, so I would paint the grass a different green. Before you know it, the whole painting was green and totally hideous, because there weren’t any darks.
I have an old friend who doesn’t know anything about art. Years ago, when I wasn’t yet making a living with my paintings, I showed him some of my latest paintings. He said , “They are nice, but why would I want them“. That is the question you should be asking yourself. What can I do to this painting to make somebody want it? Drama! You need drama, not depth. You need the painting to pop. You do this with dark against light. Without a dark, dark, the light isn’t very bright. The brighter you want the light to be, the darker you have to make the dark. If you concentrate on lights against darks, I promise you, your paintings will have depth. You are going to have to use your imagination here. First, think of a painting as a group of objects or planes. Imagine cutting each object or plane out ,and then stacking them from front to back, to make a 3D image. In the back you have the sky, then the clouds on top of the sky. then the distant mountain, the, distant yellow field, the closer green field, etc. Now lets go from the back to the front, and paint this painting in layers of light against dark


"Rural Drama"

An original watercolor landscape painting of a Barn at sunset!

If you focus on the lights and the darks, I promise you will improve your paintings. If one plane is light the next plane has to be dark and visa versa. If the plane or object is a middle value, you can go either way. Make it a lot lighter or a lot darker. You choose!

Here is the painting without the lines.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Can make up my mind! Large Canvas Abstract

large,acrylic,landscape,abstract,original,painting,on canvas,closeup "Time and Space"
24x36 Large Acrylic Landscape abstract painting on canvas

24x36 Large Acrylic Landscape abstract painting on canvas closeup

A lot of the texture was painted with a palette knife
By artist Derek T Collins

If you look at what I've been painting, you can see that I tend to bounce around alot. I keep thinking that I want do some abstracts. I am getting half way done with the painting and I see it as a landscape, and so I make it a landscape.. You can see in todays painting, that the landscapes are becoming more abstract. So, I am slowly moving in that direction.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Back to the knife! Large seascape on canvas

"Tumultuous Sea"
18x36 large acrylic seascape on canvas, with palette knife
By Artist Derek T Collins
Link to follow, it will be listed in my Ebay store late tonight

Closeup of a large acrylic seascape on canvas

Painting the last painting, got me in the mood to paint with a palette knife. The sky was painted with a brush, but the ocean was painted with a knife.
And now, I will wax poetic!
By Artist Derek T. Collins

"Crashing Waves"
From a distant shore, in an unknown place.
An unseen wave, over rock did break.
And the reef did sway, in the current below.
The seaweed churned, in the tumultuous flow.
The water raised as a giant hand.
To thrust itself on the rock and sand.
With it's quest fulfilled, it returned once more.
To the deep dark depths of the ocean floor.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Forget it!

I've been painting all day. I am too tired to blog anything but gibberish, so there!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

What was I Thinking! original landscape knife painting

Close up

"Sweet Water"

12x16 original acrylic impressionist painting on canvas

By Artist Derek T. Collins

Not sure what I was thinking when I got up this morning. I went to the studio to start painting and I thought, "I think I will paint a small painting today". Then I grabbed a palette knife and proceeded to paint a impressionist knife painting. You might think that doesn't sound like a big decision, but I have only painted about 2 knife paintings in the last 7 years. Come to think of it, they both sold very quickly. Duh! You would have thought that would have clued me in. I'm a little slow sometimes.
PS: Thank you for your kind words Julie B, I appreciate it. I really enjoyed doing the knife painting. I guess what has kept me from doing more knife paintings is that it is a slightly different way of thinking. The planning thought process is different. It is easy as an artist to get in a rut of doing the same thing, in the same way. It is a liberating feeling to get outside of your own box sometimes.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Perseverence! Large Canvas Acrylic Landscape

large,original,acrylic,landscape,canvas,"Cloud Movement"
18x36 original acrylic

This is my latest painting. I have been painting, frantically today to finish it, so that I could get it on this blog. This is my first entry. It is a painting that I struggled with. It started out looking pretty shabby. It seemed that I just kept correcting things. Then all of a sudden it just started coming together and it turned out really well. Sometime the ones that I struggle with the most, turn out to be the best. Sometimes not! There is a point at which I decide to keep going or to throw it away and start over. I'm glad I kept going.

Monday, February 16, 2009

How I made it! Large, Canvas, Landscape, Painting

This painting morphed a couple time before I finally decided what to make it. I painted the sky and the hill and then I stopped. It initially looked like a very high hill, with tall grass. The hill was too tall to see what was on the other side. The next day I decided to put the mountain in, cutting off the top of the tall grass. I really didn't want to do that, but I couldn't figure out what to do with the hill. Then I was stuck again for another day. The mountain looked flat just sitting on the hill, and because of the way the land tilted down and to the right, it seemed like I needed to make the center of interest in that area. So, then I created the green grassy area and the barns. With everything focused in that area, the painting was now out of balance. I needed a really tall tree to counter balance the painting. Painting done! The up side to painting without a plan is that it helps me come up with new ideas and subjects, because I let the painting tell me what it wants to be. I am really happy with the painting but, the down side as in this painting, is that it took me 3 days to work it all out.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Painting Adventure! Original Seascape on Canvas

A few artist have formed a group at the church that I go to. We are meeting to paint, twice a month. Below is the painting that I painted at our first meeting. This is the first time that I have ever painted or for that manner even been around other artists. We are isolated souls! It was a lot of fun. A little distracting, but fun.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Large acrylic Seascape on canvas

Majestic Sunset

24x36 large acrylic on canvas
It has been a long time since I have painted a seascape. I painted the sky and then I set it aside for 2 days, I just couldn't decide if it was going to be a landscape or a seascape. I guess I had it in my mind that I was painting a landscape. When I finished the sky, the first thing I thought was seascape! I guess that threw me, also it had been a while since I had painted a seascape. It took me some time to get myself in a seascape kind of mind frame.

This has some really nice detail work!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Large Acrylic Sky Painting on Canvas

Per the previous post. This is the painting that I set aside. Basically, I had painted some muted yellow on the horizon. The right third of the sky was a pale rust color. I painted over the yellow and I used the rust color as under painting for the dark clouds. You can see it peeking through the clouds, I'm hoping it looks like light behind the clouds. Well, that's what it looks like to me! It's my great big beautiful, accidental, unplanned, large acrylic painting on canvas.
I just repeated my blog title in that last sentence, so that the internet bots will be more likely to pick up this blog. Hey this is a business, I can't live on compliments.

"Proud and Majestic"


Monday, February 9, 2009

The Hidden Bridge

I am still painting large Acrylic Abstract paintings. Below is the painting that I painted today. I started a painting and I didn't like the way it was going, so I layed it aside and started another one. Below is the finished painting. Tomorrow I will go back to the first painting that I started and decide what to make of it. I will studying it, as if it were an ink blot, until it tells me what it wants to be.

"The Hidden Bridge"


Sunday, February 8, 2009

Large, Canvas, Acrylic, Landscapes

I'm working on some large, canvas, acrylics, landscapes, I'm never sure how to describe my style. So, I've just invented a new art form. I'm calling it Realistic Impressionism. Often my paintings are realistic looking, but when you look closely, you see a lot of expressive brush marks, reminiscent of Impressionism. Maybe I will become famous for this style. You know they say you need to be different, so you will stand out. I have always joked with my wife that maybe I should try to become known as The Naked Artist, anything for a sale! I have 2 teenage sons and they are already embarrassed to be seen with their parents in public, maybe that's not such a good idea after all. Realistic Impressionism may be my only real shot at fame.

"Trees in Glory"

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Nothing like a late birthday!

I went to claim my birthday present early this morning. So I spent the afternoon sacked out on the couch. If you don't know what I talking about, maybe you don't want to know (See previous Blogs) . I had to fast yesterday, to get ready for the glorious event. So, my son decides to make Brownies. That's just cruel! The snow storm from Hell should be melted in a couple days as the temperature is going up to around 50 degrees. I hope to do some painting tomorrow.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Snow from Hell!

Well it snowed again! It didn't seem like a big deal, only about 2 inches. It was a dry powdery snow. The roads are really pretty clear. Except for one road. If you have read the past few blogs, you gotta be thinking that something has happened, and you are right. My son went to a Basketball game to play in the band. We told him to go down the main Highway because the road is clear. We told him not to take the back road because it is very windy and the snow is drifting. Of course, he took the back road. So he calls,stuck in the road, NOT!! He had one tire in the road, the other 3 were in the ditch. He said that he saw that someone was in the ditch. It must have looked like fun, because when I got there, it looked as though they were taking their driving test. They were parallel parked in the ditch, right beside each other. God must have felt sorry for us, as I got there a Tow truck came to pull the car in front of him out. I found out the Tow truck guy only lives about a mile from us. Since he already got paid for pulling the other lady out, he pulled us out for free. He said, "Don't worry about it, there's are still good people in the world." I think he was right. I started painting some acrylic landscapes on canvas today. I will show you one, when I can get around to taking a photo of one.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Bar Harbor Lighthouse, Maine

It looks as though the threat of further snow was just mass hysteria. Now I can get back to painting. The painting below is Bass Harbor Lighthouse, it is near Bar Harbor, Maine. I believe it is in Acadia National Park. This painting was painted from a photograph that I took about 10 years ago. There was a sign that said , "DO NOT ENTER FALLING ROCK". I traveled all the way from Indiana, I wasn't going to let a little sign stop me from getting a photo. My Wife and I traveled the Maine coast line taking Lighthouse photos. We went in late October when my art shows were over. It was at the very end of the season and a lot of the shops were starting to close for the winter. It started getting dark around 4:00, if I remember correctly. We had to hustle each day to beat the setting sun. We started at Bar Harbor and traveled the coastline south to Kennebunk. I would highly recommend the trip.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Impending doom!

Well the snow is melting, afer 6 days we finally have all the cars dug out. It's not official, but I'm hearing different people say we are going to get between 6 and 10 inches of snow on Monday. Good grief, when will the madness end. No time to paint, I've been spending all my time clearing the driveway. After sitting in the house freezing our be- geebers off for a few days, you might be able to guess what we had for Sunday dinner. CHILE, yummy!Add Image In light of the past few days and the forcast of further snow, I thought the painting below would be apropo. It's called "The Coming Storm". It's a Miniature 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches.