Saturday, August 30, 2014

Into the Leaves © #abstractoil #smallwork #sidexside

©2014 Debbi Smith Rourke
Into the Leaves  10"x8" 
Oil on canvas board 

This painting is a Daily Paintworks Facebook picks of the day today / Labor Day! Yay!
Hope you'll come by our "Side by Side Exhibit" artists reception this Friday at Old Bakery and Emporium (10th and Congress) from 5 - 7 pm. You'll see this work and the photograph by Bill Oakey that inspired this abstract. Well, here you go....Thought you'd love to see my inspiration whether you can come or not.

Purple Iris / Large © #sidexside2014 #largefloralart

©2014 Debbi Smith Rourke
Purple Iris / Large   30"x24"
Oil on gallery-wrapped canvas
$1300 + $70 sh/h in US
Contact me for local pick-up or to view in studio

Here is another image for my "Side by Side" exhibit with photographer Bill Oakey, starting next week!!!!! Yay!!! Our new works will be installed this Thursday, September 4. And our reception is this coming Friday, September 5, 5 - 7 pm. I had such fun working with Bill's amazing photograph pictured below. I did a small 10"x8" using the palette knife and thick, juicy paint, a more abstracted version, and this large expression that is powerful, more representational though still impressionistic. Hope you'll come see all three images in person.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

"Lake Shore II" © #sidebysideexhibit #abstractedlandscape

©2013 Debbi Smith Rourke
Lake Shore II  24"x30"
Oil on gallery-wrapped canvas
$1300 + $70 sh/h in US

I painted this from a photograph by photographer Bill Oakey for our 2014 Side by Side exhibition Sept 1 - 30 downtown at the Old Bakery and Emporium Gallery. (Reception Friday Sept 5, 5 - 7 pm!!) I painted a smaller version that was an abstracted landscape with a bit more detail - see "Lake Shore 8x10." As I created this larger version, I simplified the image even further. Isn't that interesting? You'd think you'd put in more detail but I keep trying to simplify everything down to basic shapes. Enjoying this road to further simplification. And digging these colors.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Purple Iris © #abstractfun #sidexsideexhibit

©2014 Debbi Smith Rourke
Purple Iris 10"x8"
Oil on canvas framed in natural wood and black  frame
$350 framed + $25 sh/h

Here is another abstracted image for my "Side by Side" exhibit with photographer Bill Oakey next month at Old Bakery and Emporium. (In our "Side by Side" shows, I paint my interpretations of Bill's photographs.) This is all palette knife work. No brushes. Fun. Makes for easy clean up, too – no brushes to clean. :-)
I may do another larger version. You'd think larger versions would have more detail, but the larger I get, the more I simplify. Interesting! Love the process and exploration. Again, you'll have to come to the exhibit at 10th and Congress during the month of September to see Bill's stellar photo of one gorgeous iris.