These are a few of the acrylic paintings on canvas that I've completed over the last year.
I enjoy switching from one medium to another on a frequent basis, and have been on a roll lately with acrylics and oils, alternately. I seem to prefer oils for landscapes and plein air work, but gravitate to acrylics for larger, more illustrative work.
The top one recalls a chance encounter in the woods. I was hiking and a fox met me on the trail. We both sat within a few feet of each other for quite a while, just staring. It was wonderful to be able to look so closely at the beautiful fox in front of me. It's eyes were so compelling ! At last, the fox made a little sniffing sound, turned and calmly walked back down the trail. Apparently we had come to some sort of agreement. I turned around and returned respectfully back down the trail. The painting is called Messenger in the Woods.
The second painting was done later. I just couldn't stop thinking about foxes, so decided to paint another. I haven't given this one a title yet.
There are two things in my life that have been constant, no matter what: art and the need for unstructured time to play. I am a compulsive maker-of-things who believes that every day must have some time set aside to feed the creative spirit. This would include making art, looking at art, reading about art, experimenting/playing with materials, learning new skills, and general studio art-play. To support my habit and spread the joy, I have been an art educator for 38 years. I have recently retired from public education. I will try to share some of my adventures in both art and play here in this space.