Wednesday, December 4, 2013

First Snow: Winter Morning by Paul Wolber

                                  First Snow: Winter Barn in Morning Light
5” x7” (12.7 cm x 17.8 cm) original acrylic on hand primed board $125 w/free shipping in US & and Canada

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Fewer and fewer of these places exist, so even more rare are the times when light and season come together to show us the spirit of these great old barns. This one shows "Michigan Stone" foundation brought to this northern location by glaciers of long ago.

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Loons on Lake Bellaire by Paul Wolber

  Loon Pair on Lake Bellaire, Michigan
5” x7” (12.7 cm x 17.8 cm) original acrylic on hand primed board $125 w/free shipping in US & and Canada

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The eerie call of the common loons echoed across Lake Bellaire in late May evening in North Michigan. This is a painting that has been in the planning for several months now. As we walked along the lake several deer darted out of the nearby woods and an owl hooted in the distance. As the loons glided into an inlet they left a trail of rippling white water behind. The quite of the evening was disturbed only by the sounds of the calling birds.

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Turning Colors: After First Frost

Turning Leaves After First Frost
8” x 6” (20.3 cm x 15.2 cm)) original acrylic on hand primed board $175 w/free shipping in US & and Canada
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Painting can be more than just the subject. Here colors create a pattern of shapes, textures and movement.

Fall leaves are turning color after a first frost in Michigan. This year cold weather is coming slowly and color on the bike path explode with lots of contrast in red, green, blue and yellow. After first frost colors change rapidly, however these vines still show a whole range of colors
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Monday, October 7, 2013

Backyard Apple and Pear on the Mantel

 Backyard Fruit on a Mantel
5” x7” (12.7 cm x 17.8 cm) original acrylic on hand primed board $125 w/free shipping in US & and Canada
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Fall is harvest time when beautiful fresh fruit and vegetables become available. In Michigan apples and pears were abundant this year. Backyard pear and apple trees drew lots of deer to steal low hanging fruit directly from the trees. On this mantle sit an apple and pear that escaped the deer in my backyard.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Eagle's Nest: Northern Michigan Wetlands

Eagle's Nest: Eagle landing on Nest in Northern Michigan Wetlands
10" x 8" (25.4 cm x 20.3 cm) original acrylic painting on hand primed board $325 w/free shipping in US and Canada
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A pair of eagles landing on their nest in northern Michigan. This quite site is located in a remote wetlands area. This nest was moved from the local baseball field to this quite site located in a more remote area of the wetlands about a mile east of the town. Apparently the eagles have accepted the new location that gives them greater safety and protection.

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Tibetan Racing Ponies

              Tibetan Racing Ponies (click photo to see more detail)
6” x 8” (15.2 cm x 20.3 cm) original acrylic on hand primed board $195 w/free shipping in US & and Canada
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These ponies were being prepared for a race we observed in July. This Tibetan horseracing event was several kilometers long and the small Tibetan ponies are pushed really hard. They have colorful harnesses and are ridden bareback. The two races we saw were first the adult race, next teenagers of both genders competed in the second race. The races started in a crowd of about 20 horses and continued for three or four rounds around the one half kilometer track. The ponies are well groomed with brightly colored harness and decorative tassels.    
Photo of Race

These young Tibetan riders seem to live close to the earth, yet most of them have cell phones or smartphones. One young man pointed to his phone and declared “píng guǒ” which is Chinese for “Apple”. He wanted me to know he had an iPhone.


As we arrived here, we were told that authorities had just shut down Internet throughout the area. There had been “Free Tibet” protests and police roadblocks were checking vehicles to see who was traveling in and out of the area. I tried to be as unobtrusive as possible, since I didn’t want to be asked to leave the area before seeing the festival.


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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Illinois Cornfields August 2013

Illinois Cornfields in Late August 2013  (click photo to see more detail)
  4" x 12" (10.160 cm x 30.480 cm) original acrylic painting on hand primed board w/free shipping in US and Canada
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Recently, driving through Central and Southern Illinois, the area where I was born, I was struck by the fact that all one sees now is miles and miles of corn and beans. Of course the flat prairie emphasizes the horizontal lines of the horizon, so I wanted to paint this flat land.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Incredible Travels in China July 2013: Two Buddhist Novices

Young Buddhist Novices Before a Tibetan Temple  (click photo to see more detail)
  10" x 8" (25.4 cm x 20.3 cm) original acrylic painting on hand primed board $400 w/free shipping in US and Canada
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One reason there have been so few postings on this blog recently is because of our summer travel in China during July. We’ve had some incredible experiences so I’ll try to relate some of those in paintings. This painting shows two young Buddhist novices before a Tibetan temple we visited in Northwestern Sichuan. I chose this subject because of the attractive young children, but sometimes a painting has a way of transforming into a larger story.

Here the story became one of looking to the future as represented by the two young novices with the historic architecture and older monks in the background, looking out at what is evolving or developing in the years to come. We can all wonder about the future, yet in this complex culture one can only speculate or dream, but never really know what will develop.

So that you can get a better idea of our travels, I’ve written a six-page paper in Word format about these travel experiences that I’ll be happy to email to anyone who requests it. To receive the paper please go to my Daily Painters gallery and click on any painting, then send an email requesting the paper titled “Incredible Travels in China – July 2013”.

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Cardinal Couple

Cardinal Couple  (click photo to see more detail)
 8" x 10" (20.3 cm x 25.4 cm) original acrylic painting on hand primed board $325 w/free shipping in US and Canada
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The cardinals are singing early in the morning this time of year. I hear them in the willow tree next door and in the evergreen tree beside my deck. This pair keeps showing up in the driveway every morning, inviting me to paint them so everyone can see.


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Sunday, February 3, 2013

B is for Ball: Alphabet Blocks

B is for Ball: Alphabet Blocks with a Baseball
5” x7” (12.7 cm x 17.8 cm) original acrylic on hand primed board $125 w/free shipping in US & and Canada
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I’ve been looking for this baseball for some time now and finally found it. This is a continuation of the alphabet blocks paintings that I set out do some time ago. I have acquired a set of antique alphabet blocks made by The Embossing Company of Albany, New York made around 1911, however they were never used so they are still in the original box and appear to be brand new with no marks or scuffs, so its been fun to paint them. The ball however was one that my kids and I played with many years ago, so it has a lot of scuff marks and is quite weathered. This was a fun painting to do.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Through a Glass Darkly

Through a Glass Darkly  (click photo to see more detail)
 8" x 10" (20.3 cm x 25.4 cm) original acrylic painting on hand primed board $325 w/free shipping in US and Canada
 
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In 1961 Ingmar Bergman wrote and directed a film titled Through a Glass Darkly (Swedish translation: Sȧsom i en spegel) literally meaning As in a Mirror. In the film a family comes to understand some of the mystery of life as Bergman takes them through the process of discovery and understanding.

The artist often realizes what we see directly does not always tell us the whole story, but rather is conditioned by what we have already learned or things that are reflected around us. The title is taken from a Biblical quote in I Corinthians 13:12. It suggests that we only know ultimate reality in a partial way, but will eventually understand the truth more fully.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Pennsylvania Barn Door

         Pennsylvania Barn Door: Open Half Door  (click photo to see more detail)
 8" x 10" (20.3 cm x 25.4 cm) original acrylic painting on hand primed board $325 w/free shipping in US and Canada
 
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I photographed this barn many years ago but only recently zoomed in to see this open half door and interesting latch. The barn interior intrigued me and enticed me to create the painting. This barn was once owned by the grandfather of a colleague in my university, so there was some talk of doing a painting of the barn, but that never happened.

Now I am revisiting some of those old images and this painting is one result of that look back into history. I don't know if this barn is still standing since many of these old barns are now being taken down.

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Simple Things: Old Door Opening

Simple Things: Old Door Opening
5” x7” (12.7 cm x 17.8 cm) original acrylic on hand primed board $125 w/free shipping in US & and Canada
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Sometimes it’s the simple things that are the most engaging and beautiful, such as a simple image or a simple idea. The textures and shapes of this old door are simple and beautiful, but for me the idea is the most compelling. The door has been opened just a crack to suggest something new, a new life, a new freedom, new beginning on the other side. Moving through the open door implies a new birth or transformation. It gives us hope of the possibility of seeing the world from a completely new perspective. I think this is why I find these old doors so intriguing.



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