Thursday, December 31, 2009

A New Year and a Clean Slate

As we close out this roller coaster ride called 2009, I have vowed that 2010 will be an improvement, even if only in my own mindset. I am throwing the negative out with the bath water, so to speak, and focusing on the positive.

My art endeavors have opened up a whole new world of opportunities to me and connected me with many great new friends in the process. The art has spoken. Communication without a word. If only the rest of life was so simple.

This new year will start tomorrow by putting paint on canvas for a brand new commission piece. I have before me a clean slate awaiting my best efforts, just like this new uncharted year ahead is waiting for me to decide what to make of it.

May 2010 be great for you. Clean your slate. Be positive. Give to others. Change the world.

Monday, December 28, 2009

"Citrus Burst" Almost Daily Painting Series on Canvas Panel

©2009 Mark Yearwood
"Citrus Burst"
8''x8'' Acrylic Abstract Palette Knife Painting on RayMar Canvas Panel
$80 (shipping in US included, Frames also available)

While painting in blue mode yesterday, I had a sudden urge for orange! Seriously, I like to play cool and warm colors against each other and it really made this painting vibrate with life.
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Sunday, December 27, 2009

'Shaken, Not Stirred" Almost Daily Painting Series on Canvas Panel

©2009 Mark Yearwood
"Shaken, Not Stirred"
8''x8'' Palette Knife Acrylic on RayMar Canvas Panel
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Saturday, December 26, 2009

"Spiaggia" Abstract Painting in January American Art Collector Magazine

The latest issue of American Art Collector features a group ad by several of us at Daily Painters Abstract Gallery. We have seen quite an interest in our work since being visible in AAC and it is a fine magazine for the art lover and collector. To see some of the other daily painters, go here to have a look. They are a great group of artists who love to paint.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas From The Frozen Tundra of Oklahoma

I shot this photo looking out the window today. We are having a white-out Christmas here in Oklahoma! I stayed up until midnight working on some art gifts for family and finished those up this morning. As I type this, the sun is setting and the sky is clearing in the West. Some snow is still blowing with the hard North wind, but it looks like we will be able to travel to see some family tomorrow after all.

I want to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous new year. Thank you for following this blog and my art. I hope to hone my writing skills, so that these posts remain interesting enough for folks to read.

For some good reading, follow this link to a great article today on the gifts of artists by Clint Watson, editor of Fine Art Views. Clint Watson Article

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

"Mixed Emotions II " Almost Daily Painting Series on Canvas Panel

©2009 Mark Yearwood
"Mixed Emotions II "
8'' x 8'' Acrylic Palette Knife Painting on RayMar Canvas Panel
$75 (shipping included in US, Frames available)

I continued last night with the new train of thought - another spontaneous palette knife piece with rythm. Painting these small panels is really helping with my creative process and I enjoy doing these more every day.

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

"Sand and Surf" Almost Daily Painting Series on Canvas Panel

©2009 Mark Yearwood

"Sand and Surf"
8''x8'' Acrylic Palette Knife Painting on RayMar Canvas Panel
Winter is here, although today it was more like fall. It was nice to get outside and enjoy the weather before another cold snap arrives. I still think about times on a warm beach in the sun when it is cold and this painting today came from visions of the ocean lapping over the warm sand.
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Thursday, December 17, 2009

"Mixed Emotions" Almost Daily Painting Series on Canvas Panel

©2009 Mark Yearwood
"Mixed Emotions"
8''x8'' Acrylic Palette Knife Expressionism Painting on RayMar Panel
Since I made the switch to the new RayMar panels, I thought I would do a completely new look for a series of the 8x8's. Most of these have been more linear, but I'm trying to loosen up and be more expressive. This painting immediately had an energy to it and I just kept going tonight, putting wet-on-wet layers in quick, light strokes until it felt right. It was hard to stop and not overdo it, but I am happy with this one.
It has calm and energy rolled into one, so the title fit.
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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

A Collection of My Mini Abstracts in Contemporary Frames

This whole collection of my Almost Daily abstracts goes to one of my patrons. I think they will make a nice group and can be arranged many ways. They are 10x10'' overall with the frames.
A nice Christmas gift to themselves, I would say. I've grown a little attached to them myself.

Monday, December 14, 2009

"Rain Street" 8''x8'' Acrylic Abstract Daily Painting

©2009 Mark Yearwood
'Rain Street"
8''x8'' Acrylic on canvas panel
Almost Daily Painting Series

This painting is inspired by photographer and artist Brad Rickerby's shots of city scenes at night. One photo on his site is of a street in China at night with the lights reflecting in the wet pavement. His photo is titled Nanjong Road Rain and has a blurred effect giving an abstract feel that I really liked.

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Saturday, December 12, 2009

"Marina" 8"x8'' - Almost Daily Painting Series

© 2009 Mark Yearwood
8''x8'' Acrylic on canvas panel
Almost Daily Painting Series
I talked about jumping in water yesterday and this is what I painted today. Kind of looks like reflections in a marina full of boats, doesn't it? Funny how the brain works.
This series will now be painted on RayMar portrait quality canvas panels. I just got my first batch of them in and they are the best! Carol Marine, a daily painter from Austin uses them and I thought I would give them a try.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Jump in the water.......

Ok, I finally made the plunge into Facebook. I tell myself I will just use it as another tool to keep in touch with followers of my art. We'll see.........
If you would like to follow along in that venue and be a "fan",( sounds kind of celeb, huh) I'll see if I can put something up on there worth checking out.

Now..hit the Facebook thingy over there on your right to jump in, too.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

"Vento Rosso" floating panel abstract

©2009 Mark Yearwood
"Vento Rosso"
22''x15'' Floating panel acrylic abstract on wood
Available at Old Katy Glassworks & Gallery in Denison, TX

I've had this piece up on the main website for a while, but I wanted to show it after mounting the pieces up in this floating format. It really gave the piece some dimension since the art is hovering about 1/4'' above the black panel. Each panel is 1/2'' thick wood. I will post another similar piece tomorrow.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

"Redscape" 24x18'' Acrylic

©2009 Mark Yearwood
"Redscape" 24''x18''
Here is a custom commission piece just finished. I explored a little with the style and painted colors requested by the client. I actually painted it horizontally, but when I flipped it over it looked like a red sky. Could be I had red sky on my brain since that is the name of one of my new galleries. Anyway...the person loved it, which is always good.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Lightplay II and City Nights - New Almost Daily Painting Series

© 2009 Mark Yearwood
"City Nights" 8x8 acrylic
© 2009 Mark Yearwood

"Lightplay II" 8x8 acrylic
Two more additions to the series and two different styles. Lightplay II is mostly done with a palette knife and City Nights has more brushwork over the top. Both of these started with textured black backgrounds.

Monday, December 7, 2009

"City Limits" painting featured in ArtBeat Oklahoma

"City Limits"

Available at RedSky Gallery
This piece was featured in the November issue of ArtBeat Oklahoma, a great free monthly publication dedicated to encouraging and promoting creativity and the arts in Oklahoma.
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Sunday, December 6, 2009

"Impulse" 1&2 Diptych

© 2009 Mark Yearwood
"Impulse" 1&2 (Diptych)
Well, I went all purple on these. Not my usual colors, but hey...I was feeling I needed to experiment with some new color ideas. The textures look much better than the photo.
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Friday, December 4, 2009

"Lightplay" 8x8'' Canvas Panel

© 2009 Mark Yearwood
8''x8'' acrylic on canvas panel
Almost Daily Painting Series

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

"Contorno" ...the dog story continues.

© 2009 Mark Yearwood
Acrylic on gallery canvas
Even though there was a doggy mishap in the making of this art, it turned out fine. The name means "boundary". I doubt the dog learned anything about boundaries in the incident, because he is, well...a dog ...and Bone Black paint must be too good to resist.
This one was hard to photograph and has lots of subtle glazes and texture.
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