Saturday, February 4, 2012

Texas Landscape #1: Wildfire, and Valentines

From 15 November 2010 through 31 October 2011, Texas wildfires burned 3,959,040 acres of land and vegetation. During those 12 months Texas wildfires burned 2,862 homes and 2,700 other structures.  A whopping 47.3% of all acreage burned in the USA in 2011 was burned in Texas. (1)

Texas Landscape #1: Wildfire
oil on paper, 4x4 inches
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Painted with a palette knife and oil paint, this daily painting is from my imagination and was inspired by the Texas drought and wildfires that burned in the summer of 2011. This original oil painting was created on Arches 140 lb. paper which has been mounted on an archival backer board for extra support. As soon as the oil paint has dried thoroughly, a glaze of Damar varnish will be applied for a uniform glossy finish.  My muse has returned after what seems like a long absence.  

Throughout history we find oil paintings that have been painted on paper, and I decided to do a series of small Texas landscapes on Arches professional grade paper. The beauty of this application of oils on paper is that it gives us options in how we can frame an oil painting. This small 4x4 inch size can be matted and framed under glass, as you would frame a watercolor painting, or the mini oil painting can be framed in the traditional way of framing directly into a miniature frame (unglazed).

Approximately 150 million Valentine's Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine's Day the second most popular card-sending holiday after Christmas. (2)

Hoyt Valentine Siamese Daisy Rose
Mixed Media Original, 8x10 inches
Digital Collage and Colored Pencil on Paper
The valentine digital collage mixed media series continues with the Siamese cat enhanced again with colored pencil after the painting was printed as a digital collage on patterned background paper. I've been having fun with the valentines.

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Reference Links:

  1. Wikipedia, 2011 Texas wildfires
  2. Valentine's Day History