Wednesday, December 28, 2011

14444 Page Views and Hall of Fame/Shame

All right, all right... I log in today and see my blog had 14444 page views.  Whoa!  That's a lot of views.  I am not that frequent blogger, so if i do the math and divide these views on 3 years approximately, it comes to be around 13 views per day. 

So, what's going on for those who follow/view this blog?  Well, although I can't tell you all of my secrets, one thing that is sure is that I have jumped on a bandwagon and painted Des Moines skyline, lol.  Yes, every artist pretty much at some point did Des Moines, our city, and I am now either in a Hall of Fame, or Hall of Shame, not sure.. 

So, here are the two pics, inspiration pic and art pic, so you can see how it happened.  My reference inspiration pic was on my iPhone, and that's how I painted it.  Held my iPhone to view the tiny image, and kind of enlarged and stylized in my own way.  You can't say technology and art don't mix well, because yeah, they do.

Next, I took this image of finished art and posting here.  Not the sharpest pic, but hey, it was taken with a phone.  Let me know how you use technology in production of your art, or anything else you are doing.


Inspiration pic

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


On a recent art show in Perry, i was charged with demonstrating acrylic painting.  This is a result of two days in the show, plus preparation before I went there.  The thick texture was applied and dry before I started this demonstration.

One thing I have noticed demonstrating is nice, but it lets you pay less attention to the visitors of your booth.  I was in the bad mood during the show since I was in a somewhat crunched up space and my demonstration table was pretty much taking the entire space.  But, the art turned out beautiful.  It is my own interpretation of a boat race with colorful sails flowing around. 

 Regatta 3 (20 x 24 each)
Regatta detail


Monday, December 12, 2011

Dwelling in texture

Once again, I said my art is getting a lot better.   After hundreds of pieces created and sold, it is no wonder.  I know my medium as the back of my hand and now we are manipulating that medium even further.  Pushing the acrylic mediums to dazzle and amaze, pushing the texture and sparkle to an extreme.
At this point I feel that I am past the point of experimentation with glass and other additives to paint, I have finally learned how it behaves and what it will do.  Not that the result is always predictable, but I approach each new project with much more confidence.

Here is the latest result, artworks that push the textures and mixed media to an extreme.

 Aquarium 12 x 12 (SOLD)

Trepidation 6 x 6

Saturday, December 10, 2011

New Art - A Collection

I am working on an eclectic collection of small paintings for a client of mine.  The idea is to create a collection that seems acquired over time.  Here are some of the new artworks that go into this collection.  Let me know how you like these new pieces.  Thanks!

Small Forest 2 (6 x 6 each)
Basketball 2 (5 x 5 each)
Continental Divide 2 (6 x 6 each)
River 5 (6 x 6 each)

Monday, November 14, 2011


Title: DeCode
Medium: Mixed Media on Linen
Size: 24 inches x 96 inches
Where to buy: Studio Gallery in West Glen

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Emerald City

Size: 12 x 12 inches
Medium: Mixed media on canvas (glass, glitter, paint)

Thursday, June 30, 2011

New ending is a new beginning too

New ending, 36 x 60 on linen
New ending 36 x 60 on linen

Title: New ending
Size: 36 x60
Medium: Acrylic on linen, mixed media
Materials used in creation: glass spheres, acrylic mediums, ground white marble, glitter
Price: SOLD

This art is white. The white means a new beginning. There are traces of the past but yet, in every ending there is a beginning.

The canvas that was used in the creation of this art was stolen, ripped and repaired. On the back of the artwork, I wrote: "2 drunk buttheads stole this canvas from my studio gallery 4/23/2011, another man found it by the dumpster the following week, thief was scared, the man took the art home thinking it is nice, but after the news story turned it to West Des Moines police... We fixed the wounds painted anew, the new ending is a new beginning too!"

I hope you enjoy my art. Let me know what you think!

You can also see it at my studio gallery.

Saturday, May 7, 2011


Diptych, overall dimensions: 30 x 84 inches

Seen at indirect light

Size: 30 x 84 inches on cotton canvas, framed

Medium: acrylic and organic glass media

Price: SOLD

The new artwork titled Moonlight has a soothing quality of neutrals and moon-like silver shimmer dispersed with organic media: sticks, glass nuggets and small spheres. My new artistic direction consists of a lot of experimentation with glass and the reason is this: When I create a nice piece of art, and if you turn off the lights, the art is dead with everything else. However, glass is able to capitalize at any small, indirect source of light and creates a completely new refreshing feeling in the room. Instead of always having to have lights pointed at artwork, we can now enjoy it with limited light streaming from a neighboring room.

This art is only available at Art by Magic studio gallery. SOLD

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Pretty Necklace

Size: 12 x 12 inches - SOLD
Mixed media on canvas: acrylic, beach glass, glass nuggets, glass spheres

A necklace, well, to adorn your walls of course!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Take me to the River

Size: 8 x 8
Medium: Mixed media (beach glass, glass spheres, glitter and acrylic media on canvas)

The spontaneous progression of my 2010 work that started exploring dry mix-ins for art creation leads me to play with glass and other sparkly elements. If not lighted properly, paintings become dead objects. Through experimenting I have discovered wonderful properties of glass. It is not only reflective but it catches the faintest light source in the room. Therefore this new line of work is not only different but it truly capitalizes on regular living conditions, sometimes poor and indirect light. This and similar artwork may be available at my online store.

Monday, February 21, 2011

New way to reproduce art in a cool way

I invented this & totally take the credit.... I just think it is so cool to mount the photographic prints on wooden blocks. I am sure it has been done before, but I did come up with this idea on my own. The blocks rock! It makes an otherwise expensive piece of art affordable in a smaller but equally fun and interesting form. Well, I am keeping the original forever but you can have "Contrasts" reproductions on wooden blocks. Let me know if you like them!
This item has SOLD. Let me know if you would like me to make another one like this.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Passage of Time - diptych

Size: 2 canvases 24 x 30 each
Medium: Acrylic and dry mix-in media on canvas


This diptych is a commission for a very nice modern home. I love creating minimalist art since I am so good at it. It is deceivingly difficult to make, but I had fun these last 3 days working on this piece.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

New commission art

I have completed a 6 painting project for Iowa Health Cardiology. They have a wonderful office that has a lot of art, mainly local artists. It is superb when someone collects and supports art.
After all, artists job is to amaze, challenge your thinking and your perspective in some way.

I am very happy with this creative process and end result. I've also made postcards and fine art prints of this art available in my online shop.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Send some Heart-Beats for Valentine Day

These are sets of 5 postcards based on my original paintings: Valentine Day and Beats.
Both sets available at my online store. If you would like a larger quantity please contact me.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Wall Clocks

The gallery where I worked for 15 months is closing. We unfortunately were not sustainable. The feeling is bitter-sweet. For one, I have loved that gallery that was very much my creation, but on the other hand I grew tired of working for nothing. Therefore, I am looking forward to the next chapter in my career when I am going to reflect and analyze on the past 2 years of art making, and hopefully start exploring different avenues for not only type of product but also different distribution possibilities.

One important part of this growth was opening my Etsy Store, where I can now list items to be available to online purchasers. Not everything gets listed there, but many items do get listed and available to the International Etsy audience. Recently I have made an exclusive series of 12 wall clocks, and they are kind of interesting and artsy at the same time. You can see the new Clock collection at my online store, and I've posted a few examples here as well.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Midnight flower set of 2

Size: 2 piece (6 x 6 inches each)
Medium: Acrylic paint and mediums on cotton canvas

This beautiful flower diptych can be arranged with a flower center facing each other, or in a scrambled fashion. Two little canvases are 1.5 inches deep and the paintings appear sculptural on the wall. Pearlescent blue and glass spheres in the center add to the luminosity of this small art work.


Monday, January 3, 2011

Purity - set of 4

Size: 4 ( 8 x 8 inches each)
Medium: Acrylic, mixed media on canvas


This is a set of 4 completely white paintings that bring incredible texture and interest to your home. White is the color of purity and these four paintings are simple, minimalistic to the point that they are single color.
The interest is achieved by using natural sticks (painted white but some wood tone can be slightly seen), and glass spheres curiously catch light at right angles and even under indirect light.