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Re-Creating Floral Fine Art Takes Time

Re-Creating Floral Fine Art Takes Time

Re-creating floral fine art takes time because a painting has to be created first. The inspiration for the painting is crucial. My desire to create must very strong and endure the test of time so want to paint the original and then re-create the art. It’s very exciting to know I have the opportunity to offer fine art to others at a lesser cost. With only one original, the floral collection has exquisite re-creations. Only the finest materials are chosen for all my art including the “Hidden Beauty” re-creation you see here. The original painting is scanned then the colors are adjusted to create a matching re-creation. Sometimes I hand embellish a re-creation with the original painting right next to me. Embellishing is the closest to the real painting. The beauty of embellishment is the re-creation appears more real and three dimensional. Re-creating floral fine art takes time since you can only slowly and meticulously add embellishments and then allow them to dry.   The re-creation above, “Romancing the Rose” is a one of a kind work of art on canvas that is surrounded by a brown fillet that matches the wooden brown frame. The inner white linen sets off the romantic natural beauty of this work of art. It is a large piece great as a focal point for an important entrance, fireplace or seating area. The meaning of flowers is universal emulating feeling such as Love, Passion, Happiness, Joy and the Memories we cherish. Flowers are a personal connection to the beauty of our world that also makes us feel beautiful. I want to share my art with...
Floral Wall Art Re-Creations

Floral Wall Art Re-Creations

Floral wall art re-creations capture the real likeness of the original painting. Every floral painting has a story. This story is vital for the painting and the floral wall art re-creations that follows. Besides the beauty of the art people want to know the story behind the art including the artist’s thoughts and creative process. For the painting “Simply Beautiful”, I gathered what I thought were the special flowers from a bouquet. Then gently I tossed the flowers into a wide mouth vase until they gave the subtle yet powerful natural organic arrangement I wanted to paint. The softness of the petals along with the bold colors all pulled together to express the harmonious beautiful floral art I wanted to paint. Choosing a background I felt would blend with all the flowers letting each explode with their own beauty. Preparing everything before painting is essential. It is not until the original painting is finished that the floral wall art re-creations are started. You can click on this link to view many beautiful examples of floral wall art recreations on my galleries page. My floral paintings and floral wall art recreations are beautiful expressions of the nature of our world. Painting the artistic beauty of the flowers living all around connects us to our earth. The floral wall art re-creations are beautiful and truthful representations from my original painting.  As an Artist I create paintings from my heart. My floral wall re-creations from the original painting will also endure the test of time because the subject matter is universal. Creating the art and framing allows every floral wall art recreation to...
Unique Cherished Art

Unique Cherished Art

Unique cherished art is a gift of love for every occasion especially over the holidays.  Creating a commission custom portrait by hand becomes a unique cherished art piece. The Mother of these “Two Sisters” wanted a very casual painting of her two beautiful daughters for her husbands surprise birthday party. Even though the younger dark sister was taller I made sure her older sibling posed higher so they both looked equally important. Sisters resting on a large orange rubber beach ball, cuddling casually together naturally expressing sincere family love. Evolving over fifteen years I have created this collection of flower paintings, powerful organic natural expressions of our world. I create one original and for years I have worked on amazing matching re-creations. Re-creations express creatively in materials, framing and embellishing giving each a special look. Even hand embellished “one of a kind” re-creations are available. Hand embellishment can be added to any re-creation you prefer if not already included to make the art your own.  Duplicating each color hand layered embellishments, select framing each re-creation becomes unique cherished art. Click here  gallery on-line. Here is a “One of a Kind” re-creation of the original painting, “Romancing the Rose” set in plexi-glass. Contemporary art is very in vogue with the furnishings we have today. The art is so colorful that is becomes a focal piece for any room. The owner will surely cherish this unique work of art. Contact me and experience being involved creating unique cherished art with a commissioned original painting or choose your favorite floral hand embellished re-creations. from L.A. CLINE Fine Art. Happy Holidays! Sincerely, L.A. CLINE Click Here...
Creating Nature’s Beautiful Flowers

Creating Nature’s Beautiful Flowers

Creating nature’s beautiful flowers brings nature to our doorstep. Beauty for the sake of Beauty. Although unfinished, “Simply Beautiful” was posted on Facebook and LinkedIn. Allowing time between posting L.A. CLINE painted flowers to periodically update the painting. Showing an audience unfinished art became a big decision. Realizing people really liked seeing paintings being created I posted starting with one white center rose in the center of the painting. At this point, I have already worked on the sketch and the rose for a month. I try to post updates weekly or every ten days, adding a new flowers. Creating more flowers required building layers of pastel to match areas already painted. It was an adventure creating nature’s beautiful flowers.  I did not expect the overwhelming reaction to the post.  All the likes, comments, hearts, wows are so inspiring I no longer feel alone in my studio. In fact, I notice names that I recognize from earlier posts which is wonderful and seeing the new names is great! Next step, looking for the ultimate frame. The frame will be custom build and custom stained so I have to do my homework and choose something that will ultimately surround this extraordinary painting. By ordering the frame now, I will finish the painting in time for the frame to be should be built. I will continue to post updates on Facebook and LinkedIn until I finish this painting. Since there is only one original, my favorite thing is to create matching re-creations. Click here, view gallery on-line Watch video Facebook where I have posted a video about this painting. Like my...
Beautiful Inspirations

Beautiful Inspirations

Beautiful inspirations of flowers captures my soul to paint. To be inspired is something that comes naturally and cannot be rushed. The inspiration is all important for a painting because it has to endure the test of time, hold my attention to become a master piece. Flowers are beautiful inspirations representing, beauty Love, passion, celebration, peace, and memories are all a part of the way we see flowers. Flowers give meaning and beauty to our lives. For the last fifteen years I have been creating a Floral Collection. Each of my Floral pastel paintings take me months to create because of the way I layer the pastel. I work in various light conditions during the day and evening so the light peers through the 15 to 20 layers of pastel. Working with pastel is a challenge. I am so in love with pastel and the way it looks and presents itself that I continue to express and discover exciting ways to work with the pastel colors. In this fast paced world I slow down and become one with the flowers and enjoy combining the colors of each stick of pastel against the heavy cotton acid-free paper I use. Since there is only one original, it becomes very important that I able to show my beautiful inspirations by re-creations of my original. I hand embellish the Re-creation with the original painting right next to me. I use pastel sometimes adding acrylic and oil to create another texture. It feels like I am creating the original all over again only now it is a unique re-creation. Re-creations are a wonderful way...
“Flower Power”

“Flower Power”

“Flower Power” means love and peace. Flowers, toys, candy, music were all part of the street theater happy symbols transferred war protests to peaceful affirmative action during the Vietnam War. The Flower Children as they were called wore bright flowers in the hair and clothes. Even now Flower Power fills our world with Love in all sorts of ways. The flower power is remarkable. Flowers talk of beauty, love, passion, friendship, memories the reasons to love flowers are infinite. Creating a painting is another incredible way to recreate the flower power that touches your heart. Flower paintings are so wonderful because they still hold the visual meaning of seeing the original flowers and the loving thoughts of that day. Something you love to see that brings you joy and happiness every day. “Romancing the Rose” a bouquet my husband sent me on our anniversary. I love the Red Rose in the middle of the other flowers. I did some rearranging added personal touches cherries, Butterfly’s and a little lady bug that gave the painting even more meaning to me and now I will never forget that bouquet and that wonderful day. It is also an expression of a happy painting that would have a special meaning to whomever would view the piece. Flower Power is love!         A painting does not have to be of a bunch of flowers it could be one flower like, “Bellissima” a yellow Cattleya Orchid that you just wanted to see in full bloom forever since orchids take a long time to bloom but when they do it is a powerful...
Perfect Everlasting Flowers!

Perfect Everlasting Flowers!

  Perfect everlasting flowers  are dream paintings. Taking the beauty of nature and creating paintings that represent that incredible feeling of nature’s love is wonderful.  “Flowers in Paradise” in the gold frame  may be your idea of love with Roses for your perfect everlasting flowers. Perhaps for Valentine’s Day or any special occasion. “Flowers of Paradise is reminiscent of the Venetian painters from centuries ago when darker colors where used to highlight the beautiful flowers. Here the gold leaf framing accentuates the whole composition. The Red Rose is of course the flower of love. “Romancing the Rose” is an exquisite example of a re-creation that your special someone will never forget. This happy festive re-creation is certainly a focal piece for any entrance hallway or over a fireplace. This re-creation is embellished with three mediums, oil pastel and acrylic to enhance the lush rose and the perfect everlasting flowers surrounding the red rose of love.  “Hidden Beauty” with its ultra red Hybiscus and lush background would be your perfect everlasting flowers. This piece is a canvas re-creation that is embellished. In fact all three art pieces mentioned here are all embellished with either oil paint, pastel or acrylic or all three. I slowly with small brushed touch certain areas to give a more three dimension feel to each recreation.  Embellishing a re-creation that is closest art to the original painting. Contact me with any questions you may have and celebrate you special days with the perfect everlasting flower bouquet! I look forward to hearing from you! L.A. CLINE      ...
Super Bowl 50 is Here TODAY!!!!!

Super Bowl 50 is Here TODAY!!!!!

Can you believe that today is Super Bowl 50?  What a landmark in the world of the NFL and Super Bowl! Which Team will make History! Today it is the Young Panther Quarterback Newton with his grand smile and seamlessly fun attitude toward the game VS Manning the Broncos experienced Quarterback with his serious thinking attitude that has been through most everything in his lustrous career.  It’s going to be an incredible game! Way back in 1999 I attended Super Bowl XXXIII and went back to my studio to create a 43″X 50″ Pastel Painting featuring John Elway.  It was a tremendous experience being there and creating this now historic Painting.  In memory of all the past Super Bowls I have brought back this timely image of the painting Super Bowl XXXIII with the winning Broncos. Enjoy! Have a great Super Bowl 50 Sunday!!! http://laclinefineart.com/galleries/sports L.A. CLINE, Master Pastel Artist, www.LACLINEfineart.com, LAC@LACfineart.com   UPDATE AFTER THE GAME: Congratulations to Manning and the Denver Broncos Super Bowl 50 Champions....
Romancing Red Rose Love

Romancing Red Rose Love

Romancing Red Rose Love shows how important is it to protect love.  “Romancing the Rose” pastel painting is a beautiful rendition of romancing red rose of love. The all important rose is protected. This painting encompasses the important of what this one flower tells us of love. After five months of planning, sketching, creating and painting I can finally show you my Big Reveal! “Romancing the Rose” a 32” X 34” Pastel Painting that expresses the beauty of our world close up with feelings of romancing red rose love. When you look closely at the painting you the rose is guarded keeping it safe and secure. It still amazes me that from all the chaos of the pastels on my easel shelf and all over my studio I still can create a wonderful painting filled with inspiration that entices you to stop and notice how we love romancing red rose love. When I  began this painting I started painting the rose. I used many layers of pastel on the original to build the sumptuous colors. For the re-creation I used three mediums to capture the same feeling of the original. I also embellished the re-creation with the original next to me while applying the layers of embellishment. Romancing red rose love is something we all should consider thinking about. Roses means so very much to us and bringing them home or owning a painting that is everlasting will bring bring great joy  to your life. Nature close up and personal both inside and outside your residence is pure happiness. Take what this world offers and smell the roses.  Love...
Spring is in the Air at L.A. CLINE Fine Art

Spring is in the Air at L.A. CLINE Fine Art

When Spring is about to change our world, I think of the day I saw the most beautiful bright sun-kissed Yellow Cattleya Orchid. This incredible flower stood 10½” high and was truly magnificent. It was so bright I could see the Yellow color from about 100 feet away. This was a magical moment for me and something I had to paint. I was very surprised to see this Orchid that was in full bloom planted in an old pot under a tree with other empty pots. I started painting as close as I could to the orchid as not to disturb or move it. If you look at the painting, the dark green background symbolizes the dark area where this beautiful orchid was placed. There also an indication in the painting that there was a white plastic holder leaning against the bloom. The pink/orange part of the orchid allowed the orchid to bellow out with an even more vivid light yellow that at times had a translucent shimmer which made it even look brighter. The painting reflects the very same vivid yellow with the undeniable fantastic and beautiful shimmer that changes colors during the different lights of day. Floral paintings are a breath of fresh air. Mother Nature gives us the beauty of our world and if we surround our environment with flowers and their painted images the energy of this beauty makes anywhere a wonderful place to be. I have developed a process to make Giclee prints closely replicate the actual original painting by supervising the process and using the proper heavy acid-free cotton paper that the acid-free...
Do You Believe in Leprechauns?

Do You Believe in Leprechauns?

It is still a wonder that I can take all my beautiful thoughts and put them into action to create a sketch and then a painting about feelings I have imagined. Even after painting 40 years it still humbles me that I can take these thoughts and make them appear. It takes a tremendous amount of passion creating something you envision along with a great deal of thought before that breakthrough process that allows you to actually put a color on the canvas. When deciding to create an imaginary Leprechaun, I wanted the image in my painting to look so real that you would question if Leprechauns truly exist! Perhaps one would be dancing at your door and then disappear. I have always loved the stories about Leprechauns. Some of the more recent movies portray scary leprechauns, I prefer to take the more traditional versions that portrayed leprechauns as tiny, crafty, devilish, mischievous and intelligent older men that would disappear in a flash to avoid being seen. They do not like humans or open spaces and that is why I filled the background of this pastel painting with a forest of clovers so that this “Lucky Leprechaun” could disappear back into the forest if need be. Leprechauns are very difficult to catch since the fairies give them magical powers to use if ever captured. If you catch one, he still may be able to disappear or he may offer you three wishes. But be careful of what you wish for. Their traditional clothing is a Green Waistcoat, Green Hat and Buckle Shoes. They are shoemakers by trade. Leprechauns are...
Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

As an Artist, I am always looking for that beautiful inspiration to create another painting. Finding what you think is beautiful for a painting comes as a thought or vision that is undeniable and must be expressed. It is something you cannot get out of your mind. These types of aesthetic inspirations are very hard to find. There are so many different styles of art and what is beautiful to one is not to another. Not everyone sees beauty the same way that is what makes art so very interesting and personal. Beauty and art is a reflection of your personal taste. If you are drawn to a painting and would miss seeing the painting, you have made a personal emotional connection with the painting. Your space is your most personal part of your life. You live, work and relax in your home or office and it should reflect and be filled with images that bring you happiness. If you see a painting in a gallery or if you are working with the artist, request information or a letter from the artist that explains the point of view of why this was such an important image to paint. Once I bought I piece in California, and I asked the artist to write me some of his thoughts about the painting. When I received the letter, it brought me so much joy to read about the back story. Every painting has a back story. For example the painting you see here, “Flowers in Paradise” was created because of something I saw in Ocala Florida. I was meeting with a client who...
Shopping and Football are the Greatest Part of the Holiday Season

Shopping and Football are the Greatest Part of the Holiday Season

Shopping and Football are the Greatest part of the Holiday Season! Almost everyone loves to shop and buy something new for Holidays and Special Occasions. Having something new to wear or a decorative piece of fine art for your home, is a wonderful feeling of delight and happiness. Let’s face it, it never gets old to receive a present or go shopping for something you really want. It’s exciting and fun to give and receive. Now combine that with the Holiday Season, the lights, decorations, parties and Football. Football is the link that brings all the rushing, tackling and running to get all the things done before the Christmas TD. With Football comes the spirit of your home town, past memories and watching the games with new friends. Football is the glue that keeps the excitement and entertainment of the Holidays alive. Going to a game is a thrill. It was very difficult as an Artist to find the opportunities to get on the field so I could create a Collection of Sports Memorabilia Paintings. Our athletes are the gladiators of our world playing in different coliseums. The noise of 60,000+ fans cheering for their team to conquer and win is overwhelming, exhilarating and addictive for the creative process. An original pastel painting takes me a minimum of 3 months to a maximum of 7-8 months for one painting. Time brings perfection. I carefully apply at least 20 layers of pastel to each legacy painting to develop the depth, true colors and light within the subject portrayed. Since there is only one original painting, I have discovered that the...
Why Do People Become Artists?

Why Do People Become Artists?

Why do people become Artists? Out of all of the career choices out there, why do some people feel they must create art as a profession? Certainly, there are safer, more financially predictable ways to make a living. What exactly is it that drives a person to make this “unpractical” life choice? The passionate need to express one’s self, experiences, opinions and visions can manifest itself in many ways. While we are born with this need and taught by parents, teachers and others as children, it is the few of us who fight to keep and develop the skills as an artist. It seems as though as soon as we begin our lives as artists, those of us who choose to keep, harbor, nourish and hone the inner artist are often thought of as flighty dreamers. Yet the reality is, few people live with the kind of passion, dedication, integrity, and commitment that gives persistence and will to believe you are truly born an Artist. The artist feels a marrow-deep need to document the legacy of being alive in this era, in this place, in this moment. The artist needs you to see the things that you are overlooking in your daily routine of “living.” The artist grabs you by the shoulders, stops you in your tracks, or alternatively shakes you out of your hypnosis to remind you that once the imagination is revealed it creates the wonderful world of Art. Art dares you to feel the emotions you’ve been suppressing in favor of the passion and persistence that it takes to see through completing a creation. The artist...
Original Pastel Paintings in the L.A.Cline Fine Art Store

Original Pastel Paintings in the L.A.Cline Fine Art Store

Almost all the Original Paintings created by L.A. Cline were commissioned works of Art that are permanently exhibited in Courtrooms, Corporate Offices, Universities, homes and businesses of many clients. L.A. Cline started the Sports and Entertainment collection in 1996 with a Pastel Painting of Dan Marino. These paintings were created from nostalgia or from the actual events like Super Bowl XXXIII. Each Painting has its own incredible story. The Artist went out and started this separate collection which became artworks featured on ABC Channel 10 TV and showings at the South Florida’s Sun Life Football Stadium and the BB&T Hockey Stadium. These pieces were show stoppers and the Artist received many commissions when these pieces were presented to the public. These two paintings featured here are from the Artists private collection that are now in the L.A.C. Fine Art Store. To create this Original Framed Pastel Painting L.A. Cline was at the game in the dugout waiting for Sammy Sosa’s turn at bat. Passes to the games were not easy to get so the Artist had to dig deep to find something extremely memorable to paint. You can feel Sosa’s feet planted firmly in the dirt while the force of his upper body twists to swing when the time was right. His cheek is puffed out with chewing tobacco or gum as he looked intently to see the pitch. It was an exciting forever moment. This image shows the painting framed. If you like to see a closer detail of the Sammy Sosa painting click the header above for Sports/Athletes and you can also visit the Fine Art Store....
Why Does a Masterpiece Painting Take So Long to Create?

Why Does a Masterpiece Painting Take So Long to Create?

I am L.A. Cline a Master Pastel Artist and I have just put the final touches to the new Pastel Painting the “Lucky Leprechaun”. It is an exciting part of the process of finishing a painting when you feel the composition is laid out, the placement of the of the subject this mischievous Leprechaun, all the colors, the background detail and the foreground perspective is where I imagined everything would be. This journey was a long one for a while there; I was not sure what the background should be or how I would develop the pathway. For lack of a better word, I was “Stuck”. Getting “Stuck” on a painting, is not what an Artist wants to go through. Even though you may have the best plans laid out, somehow things change and what you imagine does not always fulfill your thoughts for the background, face or whatever you are working on at the time. Nobody talks about getting stuck on paintings. What does an Artist do? The first thing I do, is to get away from the painting and do something else. Although you will have the painting on your mind, it is best to start working on other things, restock supplies or finish things that were set aside. In other words, try to clear your head. Eventually, you will have to go back and try to figure out how to finish the masterpiece you have on your easel. I use the internet and research the project I am creating. I read books and look at pictures to reach out and find that certain something to finish...
Historic Art Painting of Super Bowl XXXIII, Broncos Win!!!

Historic Art Painting of Super Bowl XXXIII, Broncos Win!!!

Sports has always been a passion for me. I have had to be very persistent to have had the opportunities to create the amazing collection of Pastel Sports Paintings I have painted over the last 18 years. It all started with a dream to paint Dolphin Quarterback, Dan Marino. Back in 1996, I started to paint two Pastel Paintings of Dan Marino, one a portrait and one an action scene, entitled, “The Game” measuring 38″X 45″. These paintings were the spark that lit the fire. Going to the games and seeing the head to head combat between players, the strategies and their passions to win, fueled my desire to paint a new kind of Sports Historic Painting, capturing that moment forever. For me, our athletes are like the gladiators, fighting against all odds to win and stay on top. Vince Lombardi said “The harder you work the harder it is to surrender.” Creating the Super Bowl XXXIII Painting, was an incredible feat; seeing John Elway actually make that last winning touchdown was a thrilling moment. To capture and immortalize that moment within a 45″X 52″ Pastel Painting, is a work of Art to behold. In addition to the Broncos painting of Super Bowl XXXIII, ©L.A. Cline, there are many other Sports Paintings I have created over the paste eighteen years. Watch the exciting Sports Painting Video and view the Sports Art on my website. I plan to continue this quest to create team paintings so the teams can offer their fans the opportunity to collect Art Prints as creative memorabilia. My name is L.A. CLINE and I am a...
A Corporate Portrait and the “Living Artists File” in Washington DC

A Corporate Portrait and the “Living Artists File” in Washington DC

This image reflects the rendition of the Original Pastel Memorial Portrait of  Lawson  E. Thomas 1898-1989, I created for the Lawson E. Thomas Courthouse Center Dedicated, October 13, 2000.   Now a reproduction of this painting can be seen in the “Living Artists File” at the Smithsonian Institute in their, American Art and Portrait Gallery Library, in Washington DC. I was blessed to have the opportunity to create this Memorial Pastel Portrait of Judge Thomas.  I remember sitting with the Judge’s wife, Eugenia Thomas at her kitchen table thinking how dignified and beautiful she was even in her seventies.  We sat for hours talking about their life and looking through a lifetime of family pictures.  Her husband was able to achieve so much from such humble beginnings, having worked as a janitor while waiting for notice of his law school graduation.  Thomas was the only Afro-American Law Graduate from the University of Michigan in 1923.  Eugenia Thomas and I had a wonderful afternoon and kept in touch every Christmas for years.  I was delighted that she approved of the portrait I created of her husband. As a side note, at the time I created this painting of Judge Lawson E. Thomas my last name was Charnack and since my marriage in 2007, I sign all my work L.A. Cline my older works go by L.A. Charnack/Cline. A Fine Art Giclee Reproduction of the original memorial pastel portrait of Judge Lawson E. Thomas and a Fine Art Giclee Reproduction of another original memorial pastel portrait of Judge Sidney M. Aronovitz, are both now in the “Living Artists File” at the Smithsonian Institute, in Washington...
Is a Painting Ever Really Finished?

Is a Painting Ever Really Finished?

This pastel painting I have created of two Grevy Zebras experiencing their “Tender Moment” may look finished, it is not.  Now that all the stripes are in place, and the forground and background have been painted the finishing process begins. It takes many layers of different Pastel color pigments to make the background color complimentary, the stripes the right amount depth of color with contrast and the foreground colors that indicate a base line so that the animals look weighted down on the ground. The finishing process takes me about a week or more to complete.  This is where I use a magnifying glass to look at all the intricate patterns to make sure they are as they should be.  I will move from right to left looking to correct details and perhaps add a few more.  After I finish this process I look at the painting in all types of lights: morning, noon, evening, sunny and cloudy days and in different rooms, this way the lighting will not be any issue in most every day and evening settings.  I will also finish my spraying so the pastel stays in place.   It’s hard to finish a painting but after working so long with pastels you just know when it’s time to stop and if you know when to stop then you have finished the painting. This painting will be available as a Fine Art Giclee Print .  The painting reproduction will look exactly like the original pastel  painting and would be a masterpiece work of art for any home or office.  The original painting without a frame measures 33″ Wide X  22 1/2″ High.  The painting reproduction will be very close to those measurments. One of the main reasons I painted these magnificent animals is for everyone to be aware that Grevy Zebras are an endangered species.  The Grevy Zebras are the largest of the African Zebra’s nearly 7...
The cost of a portrait painting and what determines it’s value?

The cost of a portrait painting and what determines it’s value?

Whether a famous artist, emerging artist, an artist starting out, or a gallery, auction house, collector or anyone else is in the art business, cost is of the upmost importance.  Art is, ultimately, a business. A portrait’s cost, or selling price for the art community, is based on the sell-ability of the artist and their particular segment of the market.  The basic thought that is always present remains: whether or not the client is going to like and buy a piece of artwork. The part that many do not understand is that most artists don’t just “whip up” their portrait creations.  It takes many years for an artist to perfect a commitment to their style.  That is not to say that earlier paintings are not as good as paintings later on in an artist’s career; If the Artist is very good, their growth is natural and seamless – whether their styles change and evolve after many years, like Jackson Pollock – or their style continues unchanged throughout their career like the genius of Norman Rockwell.  Either way, every artist starts out with a particular style, and when the time is right that style takes ahold of the artist.  This perfection-over-time increases the value, cost or price point of an artist’s work and the finished painting. People must like the painting, of course, for without public appreciation, any art will be hard to sell.  So an artist has to reach out to the public that will like and purchase their work. Again, artists start with a blank canvas.  This is hard for many to imagine because they simply see the finished product...
“Enchanting Bloom” in memory of “Greenma”

“Enchanting Bloom” in memory of “Greenma”

L.A. Cline creates the “Enchanting Bloom” Pastel Painting I am painting the beauty of  life.  The moment we all want to hold on too. This is a wonderful thought to have for the approximately three months I will be painting this piece.  The hard part is that I cannot rush a painting but must remain calm so the Pastels will flow easily with color and thought.  Remembering wonderful people and thinking of the people you love in your life now are the great inspirations that allow me to create. From the small start of the last image posted on July 14th, you can now see the center more clearly developed and expanding to the petals.  There are some dark areas within the Rose however most of the colors are light with highlights and transparencies. For the past two weeks I have made color studies and painted.  The petals are very fragile and delicate so the application of the chalk must also take on this feel.  I am now starting to work on the areas outside the center bud.   As I work outward I constantly go back and blend colors.   Although still in a rough state the color palette is beginning to develop. If you click on the image to enlarge you can see that I hand-draw the Artwork and use a grid-system that is unique for every painting.  When finished this Pastel Painting will be about 28”X28”. I look forward to see what another ten days of work will reveal.  Be sure to check out my next Blog and read the “Family Matters” Blog the story behind the painting the first post in July. Comments always welcome! L.A....
Family Matters – Beginning the Nature Painting

Family Matters – Beginning the Nature Painting

Family Matters Like all families there are the good times and the tough times.  This has been a tough time for us. For any family who has lost a loved one this is for you. Mary, better known as “Greenma” was a wonderful 94 year old woman who I met about five years ago who recently passed on.  The story goes that her young Grandchildren could not pronounce Grandma so Grandma became “Greenma”. “Greenma” and I met at family functions and there was an immediate connection between us.  We really adored seeing each other and could not stop chatting when we did. I still can hear the sweet Southern tone of her voice.  She dressed so modern yet it suited her.  Even at 94! she looked like an elegant perfect Southern Lady.  She was slim wore little or no makeup, was beautiful with light blue eyes and striking white hair to her chin all one length parted on the side with a lovely wave.  Even young women were envious of her glamorous look.  She will always remain my idol. She had an adoring family and an extraordinary Daughter who was the main caretaker. Her other loving Daughter also pitched in when she was in town.  She was so loved by her Grandson, Granddaughters and Great Grandchildren. I feel so lucky to have met her and spent some of my life knowing her.  She is forever in my spirit. It is her life that I am celebrating with the two new nature paintings I am now creating.  Both new pastel paintings are Florals dedicated to “Greenma” for she loved Flowers.  As...