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Red Flames of My Heart

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Red Flames of my Heart
Oil on Panel
8×10″
$225 / Available

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Once in a while, you get up out of your bed and you’re thinking, “Ok, what should I make today?  Not sure.  Time to procrastinate and listen to some rock music on YouTube.  And the strange thing is, is that something comes over you and you decide to face your little easel with a little bit of courage and see what happens.  “Red Flames” is what came out of it.  Now sunsets are nothing new to me, but there are always challenges.  If you’re not careful, they will easily become just another mediocre painting.  But if you are using both your conscious and subconscious mind as a team, something interesting may come out of it.  I think hard about what to paint, what to do, but you have to turn off your mind and make room for the subconscious to take over too.  That’s where the love and passion come in.  To express what your rational mind cannot.  And you have to trust yourself completely, even if you’re unsure.  The most important thing is to trust the process.

I have started to use new colors, such as Napthol Red and Indian Yellow from Gamblin.  They were sent by my dad for the holidays, as I wanted to try out those colors and I have always loved those colors.  And the results were impressive, not just the technique, but the color of the sunset was exactly the way I wanted it.  Not just close or something else, but the exact shade, color, and feeling all worked at the same time.  The river is a constant source of inspiration and the composition was very simple, but the way to paint it to make it interesting and different than before is always the most challenging.  I can easily become bored of the subject and not afraid to repaint the whole thing.  Seems like when you get older, your standards for everything goes up.  Though my tastes may have matured, my passion has grown stronger.  My curiosity to explore and push the envelope has remained strong to this day, and that’s a good thing.  I believe an artist should always push his/her boundaries and risk failure or success.

There’s a thin line between failure and success.  The artist first decides it, then the public.  And if I’m fortunate enough, there’s someone who wants to own it.  It’s a win-win, because now you have spread your love, your art to other people and places in the world.  You have no idea whose flames you will lift higher.  That’s why I keep painting.

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Painting by the river makes for a nice afternoon

Sandia Red River
Sandia Red River oil on canvas board  11×14

It’s a nice day out in ABQ, NM and decided to paint outdoors, even though I don’t have a french easel yet (but I just ordered one), so I went to the Rio Grande River to paint.  I know some secluded spots and walked to a different spot I haven’t visited before.  This spot happened to have some red mud, like the earth was cutting into the river, and the reflections of the mountains were in the river.  And even though I didn’t have an easel, I brought along a smaller easel which was more like a stand, put my blank easel board on it and started to paint away.

I was sitting on the ground too, normally I don’t do these harsh conditions, but sometimes you do what it takes to get the scene down.  I started using a Permanent Rose color instead of my bright red color, just so I can mix it up a bit and try something different.  I also used a yellow ochre and created some great peach/orange colors in which you see in the mud.  It also worked for the mountains too, and I feel I’m learning how to use the purples for shadows more effectively.

The whole piece took about 2 hours to complete in the late afternoon.  It seemed like a softer piece with a whole lot of less brushstrokes.  I like saying more with less, and I saved the more textured areas for the foreground where the mud and trees meet.  It was a nice effort towards capturing this cool scene.