Tuesday, December 10, 2013


20" x 20"
oil on panel

Inspiration can come from many areas. 
I knew I wanted to paint a marvelous carrot. 
I had been thinking about the orange colors 
leaning to the reds, and the wonderful
playful greenery for a while. 
But what did I want to do with it?
What did I want to do to take it to the next level?

My inspiration:

 The Great Wave Off Kanagawa
by Katsushika Hokusai

Born in 1760, Katsushika Hokusai was a Japanese artist 
in the Edo Period. His life's work is an amazing study 
of design, line, and composition. Here is a link to his 
known works: Katsushika Hokusai
His woodblock print seen above
"The Great Wave Off Kanagawa"
was an inspiration for Carrot-O.

Those that know me well, know that I love the 
puzzle of figuring out how to set up my compositions
once I have sketched them out.
Next I will show you how I set up this painting.
Sooooo. . .
If you do not want the magic spoiled
I would not go further here.

I used wire to get the cut carrot 
in the circular shape I was looking for. 
I was able to move and slide the
carrots to get just the right spacing.

 Then everything was tied up,
 even the greenery was tied and stitched
to get it in the shape I was looking for.
I was really looking for the greenery to create a wave.

Wonder what a carrot looks like 
after it has sat around the studio a bit. . .
nice and shriveled.

Finished painting. . .
20" x 20"
oil on panel

 Detail from painting.
Detail from painting.

will be showing at
Elliot Fouts Gallery
15th Anniversary Show
January 4th- February 6th, 2014
Sacramento, CA


  1. Thanks for sharing! Love...love...love to see artist's inspiration. Awesome painting.