Monday, June 28, 2010

"Pacifico" - A Peaceful 12x12'' Abstract

©2010 Mark Yearwood
12''x12'' Palette Knife Acrylic on Canvas

All went well with my wife's surgery last week and after a week of recovery, she actually returned to work today! Whew! What a relief.

I'm now rested up mentally and also fired up to paint again. It will be a busy few weeks creating new works, prepping the display and tent, and getting ready to travel to Crested Butte, CO for the arts festival July 31- Aug 1. We will look forward to the high mountain getaway after a stressful couple of months.

Here is the latest small canvas completed. I used a little softer palette on this one and it feels peaceful to me, thus the title. "Pacifico" (It.)

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

"Release!" The painting...The mindset.

©2010 Mark Yearwood


"Release" 40''x16'' Abstract on Gallery Canvas

This is the last post for the next couple of days while I go with my wife for her surgery. It has been a stressful few days and I escaped to the studio earlier in the week as a "release" to clear the mind, find a happy place, think on the positive, and pray for a good outcome tomorrow. I believe all will be well and that complete release will be felt soon!

Keep us in your thoughts and prayers.


Monday, June 14, 2010

Take time to look around...

Image ©2010 Carlos Gauna,

Life. It can be wonderful, hectic, and full of surprises.

I wanted to just stop and post this great pic by a photographer friend of mine from Malibu, CA to remind you to slow down know... smell the flowers.

My wonderful wife has been having some health issues and is facing a surgery later this week. It's really hard to focus on work, art or anything really until we know all is well. It puts things in perspective and makes us realize that we need to enjoy life with gusto. Stop sweating the little stuff, because it just doesn't matter...really.

Cherish those you love today and smell a flower or two....or dozen. 

Friday, June 11, 2010

Updates to the blog...

I'm test driving some new blogger templates and this one appealed to me. Clean and simple, but still has a dark backround, which makes the art look good in my opinion. If you have feedback on the new format, please write your comments.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

"Impromptu Blu" is a Winner!

I'm happy to announce my recent 12x12'' painting "Impromptu Blu" was chosen as Finalist-"Outstanding Abstract" in the May 2010 Fine Art Views Online Painting Competition!
It was also the only abstract in the Judges Favorite 15% picks as well!
I'm honored to be in the company of so many outstanding painters. Click the link to see all of the May finalists.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

A Hot Day at Clinton, OK Art in the Park

Here is a pic of a HOT and windblown, but overall happy artist at the Clinton, OK Art in the Park this past Saturday. Next to me is my Honorable Mention award which, along with sales of art (always a plus!), made the hard work and 100 degree temps a little more bearable.
Clinton's show is always under a covered pavillion, so that helps a lot. It is also a one day show. I want to thank my art patons and the show staff for their help and hard work.
Next show....Crested Butte, CO July 31-Aug 1. I think the mountains will be a little cooler.

Friday, June 4, 2010

"Escape to Dreamworld"- Large Abstract Painting

©2010 Mark Yearwood
"Escape to Dreamworld"
36''x36''x1.5'' Acrylic on Canvas
Life has been somewhat stressful lately, so I have been trying to escape late in the evenings with my art. Self-imposed art therapy. As this painting took form, I imagined traveling through a different time and space, escaping if only for a brief period of time.
The funny thing is...the painting actually fought me in the first stages. I went to bed that night a little frustrated with it. The next evening I started repainting areas, blending and softening until it started to feel more soothing. I guess the night of rest took me to a place that I could envision in the next painting session.
Ahhhh...I feel much better.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

"Ripreso" - Triptych- Mixed Media Abstract

©2010 Mark Yearwood

Triptych- Canvas mounted on wood panel with reclaimed materials.

I have been experimenting with mixed media again. I really like putting things together and creating textures along with the paint, so here is my latest...called "Ripreso" which means "reclaimed" in Italian. I used 8x8'' canvas mounted to a reclaimed wood panel and applied papers, corrugated cardboard, bamboo sticks, and sandpapers. I didn't count the layers of red glazes, but these are rich under good lighting. Each canvas is 8''x8''.

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