When life gives you lemons, draw them, 11 x 14 inches dry pastels, graphite on paper

"When life gives you lemons, draw them". (Nikki)

"...the painting has a life of its own. My mission is to bring forth this life". (Jackson Pollock)

"Trust your intuition, it's just like goin' fishin'; you cast your line 'til you get a bite." (Paul Simon)

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Paper Places

Home is where the heart is.


Blue Gum Eucalyptus Tree, Queensland Australia, 14 x 11 Oil Pastels on paper

The Paper Places series portray landscapes across the U.S., Canada, Australia, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Singapore…up to 2011 so far; an ongoing series. Styles are deliberately varied to impart the unique nature of  different locations.

During 2002 we changed residence to Texas from Canada. Moving to a new country offered the opportunity to fresh-start my career in new directions. Nine years later, extensive travel these past few years and a move to Oregon finds me re-orienting once more, reestablishing home and business.

Works on paper are much more convenient than doing the large paintings I’m accustomed to, so I expect to be adding a lot to the Paper Places series the next year or so (2012-13). At the personal level, every piece in this series celebrates an appreciation for the places I’ve been fortunate to visit or live. Home is certainly where the heart is.

The series also inspired the following poem:

It remains
When things are gone
and people
passed and roads
and paths and places
we belong
to the essence.

In this series there are oil pastels, dry pastels, graphite, and watercolors pieces. Sizes vary, and are so listed.
The 11 x 14 inches Oil Pastels on paper are framed in 22 x 26 inch custom made white wood frames. Other pieces may have dark frames, but intentions are to hang groups fairly close together in limited gallery spaces, and still be appreciated individually,
Using oil pastels in particular feels like I’m sculpting, when the colors are layered then scratched away using pottery tools, fingernails, or whatever else works. Surfaces are built up, removed and rebuilt again; a process typical of all my work no matter what the medium. Pure bits of color showing through the layers emphasize textures and liveliness.

Moon Over Cypress, 11 x 14 inches Oil Pastels on paper January Thaw, 11 x 14 inches Oil Pastels on paper January Thaw details of process Northern Delights 04, Ottawa Ontario - 14H x 11W Oil pastels on paper, white double mat, 26H x 22W white custom wood frame
Goldenrod, Alberta, Canada, 11 x 14 inches Oil Pastels on paper Fields of Scurvy Peas, Grapevine, Texas, 11 x 14 inches Oil Pastels on paper Calgary In September, 11 x 14 inches Oil Pastels on paper Textures of Southern Utah, 11 x 14 inches Oil Pastels on paper
Northern Delights 01, 11 x 14 inches Oil Pastels on paper Grand Canyon Juniper, 11 x 14 inches Oil Pastels on paper Eucalyptus Tree, St. Mary's Falls, Queensland, Australia, 11 x 14 inches Oil Pastels on paper Galahs in Traffic, South Australia, 11 x 14 inches Oil Pastels on paper
Texas Paintbrush, 11 x 14 inches Oil Pastels on paper March Winds, Coppell TX, 11 x 14 inches Oil Pastels on paper Tennessee Poppies, 11 x 14 inches Oil Pastels on paper Dancing With Trees 02, 11 x 14 inches Oil Pastels on paper
Speeding By The Poppies, Hwy 40, Tennessee USA, 11 x 14 inches Oil Pastels on paper The Twelve Apostles, eastern Australia, 11 x 14 inches Oil Pastels on paper Weathered, The Great Ocean Road, eastern Australia, 11 x 14 inches Oil Pastels on paper Gold In The Mountains 02, Kananaskas Valley, Alberta, Canada, 11 x 14 inches Oil Pastels on paper
Coconut Palm, Costa Rica, 11 x 14 inches Oil Pastels on paper Lake Cote Cloud Forest Reserve, Costa Rica, 11 x 14 inches Oil Pastels on paper Arkansas in July, 6:25 a.m., 11 x 14 inches Oil Pastels on paper Moon Over Myrtle, 11 x 14 inches Oil Pastels on paper
Arkansas Rice Fileds, 11 x 14 inches Oil Pastels on paper Mattipaul Trees: Ailanthus triphysa, Costa Rican Grasslands, 11 x 14 inches Oil Pastels on paper Redbuds, 11 x 14 inches Dry Pastels on paper Redbuds, Spring morning, Coppell, TX USA, 11 x 14 inches Dry Pastels on paper
The Campsite, Maine, USA - 15 x 22 inches watercolors on 140 lb cold-pressed premium The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas 11 x 14 inches Graphite on paper Bonsai Garden, 9 x 12 inches graphite on paper Salt Spring Island Fog, 18 x 24 inches pencil, eraser, dry pastels, colored pencils on paper, framed size 28.5 x 34.5 inches.

Sold or N/A: Weathered, Australia, Arkansas in July, Tennessee Poppies    
Texas Paintbrush, Moon Over Cypress, Scurvy Peas    
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