October 1, 2017

From Dark Ages to Renaissance

Filed under: History,PAINTINGS,Religious — Colby @ 7:46 am

With 2017 being the 500th year of the still-ongoing Reformation of the Christian church I thought it appropriate to do a painting of Martin Luther, the guy given most of the credit for starting it all.

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My goal was to illustrate how this movement helped bring the world from the stark, black and white of the Dark Ages into the color of the Renaissance. But there is also the hint of flames and smoke because with every great advance the world is also set afire.

Acrylic on canvas, 18″ x 36″

April 16, 2017

Mary!

Filed under: PAINTINGS,Religious — Colby @ 12:07 pm

This painting is based on John 20:11-16, especially verse 16. It is dedicated to a high school classmate and good friend, Mike Minick, who died in 2014. He had given the canvas to me and after his death I decided to do a painting with a religious theme. I was inspired by that instant in time after Jesus says Mary Magdalene’s name but before she realizes it is Him. I feel that she represents us all because we have heard Jesus’ name but we don’t yet fully realize what that means.

I was also inspired by a sculpture by artist Bruce Wolfe of the same encounter between Mary and Jesus. I used his Mary as my ‘model.’ I originally had Jesus in the painting but I removed Him because I wanted the focus to be on Mary.

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It was unveiled December 11, 2016 during a concert at the Dallas Museum of Biblical Arts and dedicated on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017, Pastor Rich Pounds officiating, at Central Lutheran Church in Dallas, where it now hangs in the narthex.

Acrylic on canvas, 62″ x 62″

February 12, 2017

Learning to Swim

Filed under: Fantasy,PAINTINGS — Colby @ 8:27 pm

An idea popped into my head: Baby fish start their lives already knowing how to swim, its instinctive. Human babies work on walking for months, even longer. What if you’re half fish/half human? I depicted a Mermaid Mom teaching her little boy how to swim. Do we call him a Merboy; a Merkid?

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Acrylic on canvas, 18″ x 36″

December 25, 2016

Happy Hanukkah!

Filed under: PAINTINGS,Religious — Colby @ 10:39 pm

I offer a sincere Happy Hanukkah to my Jewish friends.

hanukkah

Acrylic on matboard, 9″ X 11″

October 16, 2016

Poppy Field at Sunset

Filed under: PAINTINGS — Colby @ 9:02 pm

It is what it is: a painting I really didn’t want to do in the first place and didn’t want to continue once it was started. But I was determined to struggle through. I finally reached a point where I thought, “I’m done.”

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poppy-field-at-sunset

Acrylic on canvas, 20″ x 24″

September 4, 2016

Knowing Frida

Filed under: PAINTINGS,Portraits — Colby @ 7:10 pm

This is my tribute to Frida, of the phenomenal Swedish pop group, Abba. It’s from the video for “Knowing Me, Knowing You,” which is on their Arrival album.

Knowing Frida

Watercolor pencils and wash on watercolor paper, 10″ x 14″

May 8, 2016

Moms

Filed under: DRAWINGS,PAINTINGS,Portraits — Colby @ 12:02 pm

For mother’s day: a collage of drawings and paintings I have done over the years of my favorite moms.

Moms

Top (L-R): my paternal grandmother (digital drawing); my maternal grandmother (pencil); my Mom, young (chalk and charcoal), older (color pencil).

Center: My daughter (acrylic); my daughter (pencil); my daughter-in-law (color pencil).

Bottom: My precious wife (pencil, water soluble pencils, pencil).

November 22, 2015

Girl in Color 3

Filed under: PAINTINGS,Portraits — Colby @ 4:45 pm

Even though I love watercolor art I haven’t used that media in decades, maybe since college. I decided to give it a try. I looked in the cabinet and found a typical, school art class tray of Crayola watercolors; 8 colors. The box has my son’s name on it. I’m not sure if it’s from his high school days or junior high.

Girl in Color 3

Watercolor on watercolor paper, 9″ x 10″

November 8, 2015

Glasses

Filed under: DRAWINGS,PAINTINGS,Portraits — Colby @ 3:09 pm

One of the basic coordination skills to learn early in life – putting on glasses.

Glasses

Water soluble color pencils, wash, on paper, 8″ x 10″

August 16, 2015

Girl in Green

Filed under: PAINTINGS,Portraits — Colby @ 10:38 am

I had been working on a different painting. It was going poorly. So poorly, in fact, that I did something I haven’t done in years. I gave up. Most of the time I’m committed enough to work through problems. Not this time. I didn’t think it was salvageable. But I needed to paint SOMETHING! So, I experimented with this.

Girl In Green

Acrylic on canvas, 16″ X 20″