Abstracted Landscapes

 Abstract Paintings at Ann Dennis Designs 2915 Redhill Ave. Costa Mesa, CA
Ann Dennis Designs Showroom is a unique place of antiques, eclectic pieces and specialty represented lines of fabrics and wall coverings all displayed in beautiful and inspiring vignettes.  It is a wonderful place to visit and shop.

                                           Here I am with Ann Dennis at her showroom.  Fall 2013

Caravaggio Show at LACMA

Last weekend I had spent some quality time with my honey and we went to the Caravaggio show at the LACMA.
It was crowded of course, but to see these paintings in person that were painted in the 1500's and 1600's is amazing.

The first time I saw a Caravaggio painting in person, "Supper at Emmaus" was either at the J Paul Getty museum in Malibu for a special show, or it's home at the National Gallery in London.  I remember walking into a fairly dark room with the paintings lit.  When I saw this painting I just stopped, I was captivated by the light and shadows, the moment of the scene, and of course the hands.  It was a wonderful experience embedded in my memory.

Deck the Halls

                 Deck the halls with boughs of holly as we celebrate the birth of the new born King.

This is a painting of a clients limestone fireplace.  I just decorated it for Christmas in a watercolor and card for the designer.

Chinoiserie Vessel

This was a favorite size tin of a client of mine.  It was previously painted and was cracking and flaking off.
I first stripped it with orange stripper from Home Depot, then primed and based painted it.
She wanted each panel to be a separate scene in a classic chinoiserie style. As I drew it out, I tried to get each panel to visually flow one to the next.
After I had painted the four sides, it looked sort of bare, especially looking down into it, so I added the Asian scroll on the inside.
This tin vessel could be used in as a waste basket in a powder room, a vase for a dry arrangement, or simply an object d'art.

Dining Room Ceiling

This is the progression of a painted ceiling. 
The bottom sketch was submitted to the designer and homeowner.  The sketch was drawn to scale from blueprints.
I then blew up my drawing and perforated it with a tool and used charcoal bags for a pounce pattern to transfer onto the ceiling.
Then I lightly drew with a pencil my outlines and wiped the charcoal off.
Then I get to paint!
I made a stencil for the border, and connected the lines with a small paint brush, and put in the shadow tone.
At the end, I put a light antique wash to warm up and bring continuity to the painted space.