Monday, August 10, 2009

Some Paintings I did Earlier This Year

Those of you who follow me on Face Book, have already seen these, but I wanted them to be on my new blog, just for the record.

Hungry Eyes - SOLD

This is a mixed media collage, painting I made in the Spring. I adhered images from magazines, scrapbook paper, vintage Italian text and some numbers onto an 9x12 canvas and painted acrylics over it. I also used stabilo pencils and numerous mark makers to create the textures and patterns. I wanted to use a limited palette and love the soft look of it.

Pink Circles - SOLD

Here's one I did after reading Kelly Rae Roberts book, "Taking Flight." You can check it out
here. She has some good tutorials for simple techniques. I used bubble wrap for the small circles and a toilet paper roll for the larger circles. I really love circles a lot and love pink, hence the title, Pink Circles, for this piece.

My sister, Melanee Herrera, suggested I Google "circles," so I did. That's where I got the images of the circles on the dress. Check out her blog here, called, "Early Works." She's an artist and the person who convinced me I should start making art again after not doing it for so long. She reminded me of the oil paintings I did many years ago and helped me realize that the need to create is still inside me. She was right! It's been patiently waiting for me. You can Google "circles" here to see some incredible images you might want to use in your own art. My sister collects and sells antiques, as well as creates many different types of art.

This is an 8x8 canvas with collage, acrylics, stabilo pencils and a dress form on watercolor paper. I adhered butterfly wings to it from a collage sheet I picked up somewhere online, but I forget who sells them. I used a lil' cat eye as the jewel in her necklace, which is made of clear glittery, Stickles.

Fantasy Flower Garden

This is my first watercolor painting: Fantasy Flower Garden. I call it a fantasy, because I live in a small apartment and don't have a garden, but love flowers of all types. I painted this in a class at The San Diego Art Department in my North Park neighborhood on Ray Street in San Diego. Brian Sheperd was my teacher and showed me how to use only red, blue and yellow to create these colors. I found an image of some flowers I liked and he showed me how to draw the shapes of the leaves and petals on a half sheet of 350 lb. Arches watercolor paper. I recently made greeting cards from copying prints onto photo paper. Please let me know if you're interested in owning a set of these.


  1. I meant look up meanings of circles. Such as CIRCLE (sacred hoop, ring): An ancient and universal symbol of unity, wholeness, infinity, the goddess, and female power. To earth-centered religions throughout history as well as to many contemporary pagans, it represents the feminine spirit or force, the cosmos or a spiritualized Mother Earth, and a sacred space. (See next item) Gnostic traditions linked the unbroken circle to the "world serpent" forming a circle as it eats its own tail. (See serpent)
    The circle symbolizes infinity, the circle of life and the eternal unknown. You, the dreamer, may have come to a greater degree of spiritual awareness, so the dream could be spiritual in nature. Carl Jung called all circular images a "mandala." It is one of the most important dream symbols which represent the psychic center of personality. It is symbolic of wholeness, completeness and unity of the self. However, as always, examine all of the details in the dream, as well as its tone and mood, and rule out the possibility of "going in circles" as the primary message in the dream.

  2. Your art looks great on here!!!

  3. This is a beautiful painting. Is it for sale?

    It has a very impressionistic feeling to it, and I've always been a huge fan of the emotive qualities of the genre. I can't wait to see more of this style from you.

    I love your show!

  4. Hi Aragorn,

    Glad you like my paintings! I'm not sure, but it sounds like you're talking about the first painting called Hungry Eyes. That's been sold. But no worries, there will be many more to follow. Collage/paintings are one of my favorite types to create.

    FYI - The Pink Circles has also benn sold, but the pink flowers watercolor painting is still avaiable, although I haven't framed it yet.

    Thanks for your interest Aragorn!