Monday, September 26, 2011

Monday Blues

This is a painting I did a couple of years ago it has been in several local shows and won one Award. I think I'll put this in the upcoming Arlington Museum Show. Maybe it will sell this time. : )

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Decorate those walls!

Modern abstract paintings can add a focal point to a room and capture the overall design sense of a space.
You may find a suitable piece in the style and palette you need, or you may decide to have a custom painting made.

By sending me an image of the space you wish to beautify, I can then get a feeling for the overall design concepts and produce a custom painting that will serve as a centerpiece of your room.

*My custom pieces are very affordable and require no down payment.

Quote of the day; "Art is not what you see, but what you make others see." Edgar Degas

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Quote of the Day; A sincere artist is not one who makes a faithful attempt to put on to canvas what is in front of him, but one who tries to create something which is, in itself, a living thing.  William Dobell 

I'm feeling a little drained today. I know when I finally get into my studio life will be better. And this glorious weather! I love cool Summer days in north Texas, haha. For the record it is still Summer, hard to believe just weeks ago it was 110. I think weare going to have a wet snowy winter. I'm rabbling, all apologies, maybe I can post something relevant later.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Newest Series

This is my latest series, the last two of these paintings have been donated to Charities. The top two will be put on my website for sale.
Quote of the day;  "Great art picks up where nature ends."   Marc Chagall

I believe that is so true, to simply copy what we see doesn't reveal the emotions we felt when seeing what we saw. 

Monday, September 19, 2011

Omitting the details

By omitting details in a painting, an artist engages the imagination of the viewer and thereby a larger portion of their brain. Small barely perceptible lines and shapes can insinuate the presence of an object. With less certainty of "what is it" we activate the curiosity of our audience as they struggle to discern patterns in an abstract design. They say the space between notes is just important as the notes in music. I think in paintings what is left out is equally important, give them clues let them fill in the blanks.

Quote of the day; "Less is more" unknown

Saturday, September 17, 2011


Quote of the day: 

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” Einstein

My latest piece was entirely spontaneous from start to finish, no pondering over does this go here should that be lighter or darker. It just happened while my mind wandered.

"Let's  Boogie" 24x36 Acrylic on canvas

Friday, September 16, 2011

Collage Day

Sometimes when I feel blocked creatively I'll just pull out some old canvases and watercolors along with magazines,crayolas,markers,pens,pencils,stencils,plastic wrap,rollers,stamps,sponges,colored papers,printed materials,tissue papers,Oriental Papers,and anything else that catches my fancy and start playing!

At first I won't worry one bit about composition or design or creating a story, just draw paint glue print stamp ink and see what happens!

It's a great way to just "Let the creative juices Flow!"

Quote of the Day; "Let the creative juices Flow!"  ~ Me

You can join me at home if you like.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Where to begin?

Quote of the Day;  "A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art."
Paul Cezanne

When I first started painting 10 years ago, I would follow formulas for composition and design. I used my camera a lot and would attempt to duplicate the photo. Although my renderings were technically quite good they lacked "life" or vitality. Slowly I began to put more powerful brushwork into my art and my pretty little flowers became larger and more abstract. They now had emotion and that made all the difference.

My study of design and composition continues daily, through books but mostly through experience. Trying an idea and seeing what happens, learning by doing.

There are days I'm just not in the mood to paint. Should I paint anyway? I haven't been. But maybe I should develop a habit of painting daily even when I don't feel it. Maybe it will come as I paint.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Me Day!

Today I declare a "Me" day. I'm a little under the weather, and just feel like taking it easy. Oh I'll get a few things done, might even go for a long walk. Maybe go browsing at Half Price Books that sounds rejuvenating.

just fell down a huge rabbit hole started blogging about an hour ago!

Found this interesting site about humming.
Give it a try I felt wonderful afterwards, very relaxing.

Quote of the day; “No matter where you go – there you are” Confucius

Second time I ran across this quote today so that must mean something. Personally while tripping on mushrooms several moons ago I realized "Wherever I go there I am." same difference

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Long Looking

I've been staring at my 4 new paintings for a week now almost, and I keep changing my mind on whether or not they are ready For Sale. I really hope to show these to that gallery owner soon to hear her take on them.

Quote of the day;  "A painter paints the appearance of things, not their objective correctness, in fact he creates new appearances of things"  Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, German Expressionist Painter

Again a quote I agree with whole-heartily. Realism appeals to many people and that's fine, but to me even the best realism has structure and/or elements manipulated by the artist to serve their own personal take on the subject. It's all an abstraction of sorts.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Meditation Monday

Tonight I go to meditation for the first time in a long time. I'm hoping by resuming a practice of meditation, I can relax and become more resourceful. Lately I just haven't gotten as much work done as I planned. Seems time just slips away as I watch confused and uncertain what to do.

I need to recharge and regroup. Let go of my past and embrace a new reality, that celebrates the creativity flowing through me. I am a channel for the Universe.

Quote of the Day; "And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." - Anais Nin

Breathe in breathe out, repeat

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Day Off?

Hello Sunday! Going to be another beautiful day!

Thought about taking a day off but I just have too much work to do. Need to stretch some more canvases and get them ready for the coming week.

I'm so excited about the new direction my paintings have taken, and can not wait to show them to the gallery owner that has expressed an interest.

Quote of the Day: "Happiness is being present at that very moment." - unknown
(I stole this from someone's fb page)

This month I am focusing on learning and applying "non-anxious presence". This practice has taught me a great deal about myself and how easily I get distracted from the matter at hand. I believe this quote "Happiness is being present at that very moment", works well with the spiritual journey I am on, and fits nicely into the practice of "non-anxious presence".

Possibly hundreds of times each day I notice myself getting anxious or upset about events both imagined and real. Prior to this intentional practice, I did not notice how anxious I was. By calling attention to it I am gifted with the option of changing that paradigm and replacing it with a sense of well being and security.

Now to find that place of "mellow enthusiasm" a non maniacal excited state of calm. I'm just making this up, and what does it have to do with my art? We'll see.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Today is the first day of the rest of my life!

What a great day!

Not only did I create a new hummus recipe, and find my "favorite" wine at Walmart for under $6, but I also discovered something quite amazing.

Minor changes in value of a particular area of a painting can dramatically alter the overall composition of a painting. I had three new pieces all part of my latest series hanging on the wall. I felt like they were not quite ready, but I wasn't certain what to do. I thought long and hard imagining how different strategies would effect the overall feel. I was leaning towards very harsh changes black where there was white, and then it occurred to me "What would happen if I changed the value of that one problem area not a lot but just a very little"? In my mind it seemed ok maybe, I thought what do I have to lose? I can always change it back.

As soon as I put the first brush stroke to canvas I realized I had stumbled upon a profound truth that ALL the books on artistic techniques had never mentioned, that a subtle almost imperceptible change in value can make  the difference between an ok piece and one that soars!

Quote of the day: "The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel." - Piet Mondrian

I feel like this is appropriate for myself today.

I uploaded both pictures before and after but the difference is so subtle it really has to be seen in person during the process or possible filmed with HD cameras. So in lieu of the classic before after dealy I present you "Night of The Wolf"  54x72  Acrylic on Canvas

Friday, September 9, 2011

Pushing the limits

Quote of the day: "If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours." ~Thoreau

This morning I went to jog/walk out at White Rock Lake. I was planning on going 5 miles, but something said why not go all the way around. So I did and walking over 9 miles I had time to think about a lot of things. Recently I heard a phrase for the first time "non-anxious presence" and I've been noticing a lot of mental habits I have. Imaging undesirable situations as though they were really happening. Focusing on my past failures, reliving bad memories.

Today I decided I'm done with the past! Today I am advancing confidently in the direction of my dreams.
It might be awhile before I walk 9 miles again, but knowing I can do it will make many other tasks seem easy.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

up early

Yes I it's 4:56 and I have been up almost an hour. A quick breakfast and then down to the lake, for some cardio.

quote of the day: "You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus." - Mark Twain

Seems like all this exercising I've been doing lately is strengthening my imagination.
Tell me your thoughts on this quote.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Cool man cool!

Hard to believe my Studio was like 90 degrees just a week ago! This morning when I got out there it was about 68 degrees! I love it, and just in time as my supplies arrived. Working on three new pieces today hope to have finished Thursday. Now that I'm through with that huge Hotel Project I can get my assembly line up and running.

Soon I'll have 3 or 4 new paintings to show you each week.

Hope you're enjoying this cool weather. My friend Kent and I rode around White Rock Lake yesterday. Felt like October. I'm so lucky to live near the lake, an oasis of relaxing natural elements.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Back to Work

What a gorgeous day!

Just received shipment from Jerry's. I am so excited! Why? Because I now have 84 inch stretcher bars. That's 7 feet! I plan to do a couple of 66"x84" Paintings and this will be the largest I've ever done.

quote of the day: "Abstraction allows man to see with his mind what he cannot physically see with his eyes...Abstract art enables the artist to perceive beyond the tangible, to extract the infinite out of the finite. It is the emancipation of the mind..."
Arshile Gorky (1904-1948)

I agree whole heartedly.

What are your thoughts about this claim?

Have an awesome day, see ya tomorrow.


Monday, September 5, 2011

Prints on Demand

I am now offering Prints of some of my original paintings. You may view the selection at

I will be uploading new images frequently so be sure and check back soon.

In addition to offering prints and greeting cards of my Acrylic Paintings I will also be creating
digital abstract masterpieces that can be printed on canvas or paper!

Here is a sample of my digital work, with more to come.

I'm so excited! Everything is coming together nicely.

Stay Tuned!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Website redo

Working on making my website making the galleries functional on iDevices.
I believe it's working, but only have the first gallery completed, "Pre 2011"
will have two more galleries available to view soon.

Andy Morris Art