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Captain Planet

After finishing this painting at 3 a.m., I wasn't thinking straight.  I was exhausted and just happy to be done.  This morning when I woke up, I looked at it again and and realized it had most of the elements that form "Captain Planet". If you don't know what "Captain...

Rise

This painting is based on an idea that my friend Kirsten gave me. Instead of explaining it to you, I would love to hear your interpretation. The words at the bottom are:  Dark, Loss, Debt, Pain, Decline. The words at the top are:  Freedom, Hope, Rise, Peace, Unity,...

Femme Florale

"Femme Florale" - french for "floral woman".  You can't get much more girly than that! I usually try to use a variety of colors and symbols in my artwork in order to appeal to both sexes, but this painting obviously has a woman's touch and I'm okay with that. Early...

Wacky Cackalacky

I named this painting "Wacky Cackalacky" because it sounds like "wacky tobacky" but I can't blame the hallucinogenic qualities of the work on drugs and I do live in South Cackalacky. Ever since I learned to shade, I would come up with trippy doodles almost always...

Citrus Sunrise

Citrus and the sunrise just seem to go together.  There's nothing like a big, juicy pink grapefruit or glass of fresh squeezed orange juice to start your day off right. Citrus fruits seem to give a natural burst of energy; the sweet/sour taste and refreshing smell are...

The Little Things

I went to church late on Sunday, actually really late, but thankfully in time for Jeff, our pastor to convey the message: STOP COMPLAINING and realize your many, many blessings! Wow, this hit me hard!  He gave example after example of people giving thanks for the...

Pathway to Paradise

For each of us, paradise looks completely different, but for all of us, paradise represents more of a state of mind than a specific place. There are so many beautiful places that seem to be perfect- turquoise water, warm weather, sunny skies, swaying palms, sparkling...

Peacock

I once visited a university in southern Maryland that had peacocks roaming the campus.  I found this interesting, but not enough to make me want to attend the school, considering the students informed me that the only thing to do there was hang out at Walmart (and...

Melbourne

Melbourne, Australia - one of the cleanest cities I've ever visited. I know it probably seems like I'm obsessed with Australia, but I'm only extremely in love with the place, don't worry.  It's a country with a LOT to offer. I also spent about 5 months of my life...

Imagine

On a lighter note, this painting is just meant to make you feel warm and fuzzy.  I think the colors are calming and represent the subject. Imagine "Imagine there's no countries It isn't hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion too Imagine all the people...

Mad World

The song "Mad World" by Gary Jules, orginally written by Tears for Fears, was the theme song for the movie, "Donnie Darko".  The film came out in 2001 and was an instant cult classic in Australia, but gained popularity slower in the US.  I was pleasantly disturbed by...

Rock ‘N’ Roll Heart

I often find new artists to follow through tv commercials or movie soundtracks.  One of my favorite playlists is from the movie, "Garden State".  I'm sure that the film's impact and flow were significantly based on the music selection. Sometimes when I'm painting, I...

Southwest Flower

I've been obsessed with turquoise and brown together for quite awhile now, so I decided to use them both in a painting.  They always make me think of the southwest, especially New Mexico.  I've never been there, but I'm dying to go! Our friends, Ty and Ryan (the...

Temperatree

I titled this "Temperatree" because I enjoy a good play on words. After I was finished painting, I realized that the color variations between the branches reminded me of a temperature or swell map. I think we are all anxious to have some warmer weather and I know I'm...

The Blues

The best blues songs are always about matters of the heart, so I thought it was fitting to put the two together. Everyday we struggle with right and wrong and if we should follow our heads or our hearts.  Sometimes God makes it obvious and sometimes we have to dig a...

Cherry Blossom Meditative

This painting is a tribute to Salvador Dali, my favorite artist of all time.  If I had a few days to work on it and didn't have to move on to my next one, I would have added more detail. I think he was unbelievably talented and disturbed at the same time.  I used his...

One Tribe

We are one tribe... "One Tribe, one time, one planet, one race It's all one blood, don't care about your face The color of your eye or the tone of your skin Don't care where ya are Don't care where ya been 'Cause where we gonna go Is where we wanna be The place where...

Peaceful, Easy Feeling

If I could transport myself into this painting and maybe add a fruity drink, I would definitely have a peaceful, easy feeling. Tonight I don't feel that way, though.  I am exhausted.  I'm not sure why I thought this project was a good idea.  I hate to be negative...

Better Together

I love Jack Johnson.  His songs speak to me... "There's no combination of words I could put on the back of a postcard No song that I could sing But I can try for your heart, our dreams, and they are made out of real things like a shoebox of photographs with...

Butterfly

I don't have a creative name for this one, sorry. I think butterflies are pretty and I like these colors, so, there you go! I'm really digging the textured backgrounds and bold brushstrokes lately. Off to paint some...