Size: 12″ x 16″ Support: Gallery wrap stretched canvas Description: A closeup representation of a tractor tire. This painting will not need a frame as the painted composition extends around the edges of the canvas.
Artist Comments: This oil painting was an interesting one to do. What I like most about it is all of the different textures present in it — the wood, the rubber, and even the rusty metal rim. It was a enjoyable challenge painting all those textures and getting them just right. In addition, there are the warm colors that contrast against the cool ones. There are so many neat things happening in this painting it was just a fun one to paint!
I believe an artist’s environment has a huge influence on the type of art they create — I know it does me. I can always find some interesting objects to paint here on our small Texas ranch, however, I don’t limit myself, I do paint other locations too. When we go on vacation I always take my camera with me to capture as much as I can in photos that will be used someday as reference material for future paintings.
This painting would be the perfect art piece for the man cave especially if you love farm tractors or even cars. I can imagine no one would have ever thought a tractor tire would be the focal point for a painting, but it isn’t the only farm equipment I’ve painted. A few years back I did a painting of some horse tack too. Check out Barn Door with Horse Tack.
Still Life with Tractor Tire reminds me of another panting I did several years ago. It also has a lot of texture. It is called Still Life with Boat Fenders.
Size: 14″ x 11″ Support: Stretched canvas Description: A traditional still life painting with bread and wine. Religious elements are also present giving it a spiritual essence.
Artist Comments: This is a typical still life painting of bread, grapes and wine, elements often used by artists when painting a communion still life. However, I added a few more elements to my rendition, a candle representing Jesus Christ the light of the world, and The Holy Bible the Word of God.
God is a very big part of my life. I felt inspired to do some paintings which contain an inspirational message and this painting is one of those. It depicts the bread and wine of communion and has special meaning to me.
Size: 14″ x 11″ Support: Stretched canvas Description: This painting depicts a traditional still life of objects which would typically be found in a study. The monochromatic, limited color palette, it is painted in gives this painting a vintage look. It comes in a complimentary frame and arrives at your door ready to hang on the wall.
Artist Comments: A typical still life painting using traditional subject matter. This still life was inspired by typical objects found in a home office or study.
The Study is the first painting I’ve ever done with a limited color palette. What this means is, I deliberately chose to restrict the number of paint colors I used when doing this painting. The sepias I chose to use in this still life give it a vintage look. This would be great wall décor for an office, study, den, or even a “man cave.”
Artist Comments: This painting is of common household items that would have been found in a typical kitchen in Israel or Jordan during the Iron Age (1200-586 B.C.). While visiting the Web site “Holy Land Photos” I came across some interesting photos of a reconstructed Israelite House on display at the Haaretz Museum in north Tel Aviv. This painting is from one of those photos.
The first reference the Bible makes regarding use of iron is found in 1 Samuel 13:19-21 when it mentions that the Philistines had swords. According to archeology, the iron age is the final technological and cultural stage in the Stone-Bronze-Iron-Age sequence.
Artist Comments: Artists will often use reference photos to compose their paintings from. Sometimes they will create their composition from only one photo and at other times several photos are used. There’s nothing wrong with painting from photos, artist do it all the time.
This still life painting is a combination of several such reference photographs which depicted the nautical elements I wanted to portray in my painting. One of those elements was coral. Coral can be found in so many different shapes, sizes and colors. Although, pinks and reds are the most common colors. They are tiny sea creatures which live in the ocean in large colonies that look like plants. They will live all of their adult lives in one place and prefer the places where the water is warmer. When they die their skeletons form a hard stony substance also called coral. Large deposits of coral often accumulate to form reefs or islands.
I had never used coral in a painting before, so as I considered painting a still life with a nautical theme, I felt it would be very interesting to include some coral in this one. I’m happy with the way it turned out and I especially like the nautical lantern to finish out this marine themed still life.