Inspired by many trips to San Francisco, this mixed-media piece is a combination of acrylic panting and my own photographs.
The background painting features a heart referencing the “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” song and theme as well as the many heart sculptures that have been placed around the city. Two white lines lines form a sailboat mast. A photographic image, in archival pigment ink, of the Transamerica Pyramid building was transferred to create the sail of the mast. A yellow cable car, blurred and in motion, is sailing down the hill. To the left, of course, is the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. At the bottom, forming the “hull of the vessel”, is a silhouetted panoramic of the San Francisco skyline within which once again the Transamerica Pyramid is featured and aligns centered on the mast.
This painting was completed by the artist on a flat piece of canvas before being stretched on 1.5″ thick stretcher bars. The edges are painted, so it does not require framing unless desired.
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Add a permanent fall feeling to your home with Fayetteville, a landscape with abstract tendencies.
Fayetteville was inspired by the spectacular fall colors of the Ozark Mountains and named after Fayetteville, Arkansas. It's part of my lifelong body of work of artwork about the state. Almost all of the work on this painting was done using palette knifes and slowly worked over many months as I allowed the oil paint to mostly dry between each layer. For the tree's foliage I built up thick layers of impasto. I also cut layers of paint to allow underlying layers to show through. Highlights were created with several coats of glazing. The tree shimmers with beautiful reds, oranges, and yellows. I think of it as representational with abstract tendencies.
The heavy canvas is hand-stretched over thick 1.5" stretcher bars, and the gallery-wrapped edges are painted so no framing is required. As always, I offer custom framing if requested.
At night in the flat Delta farmland of Northeast Arkansas the stars are incredibly bright. With no city lights and no lights on the horizon, except for perhaps the flashing lights atop a radio tower far off in the distance, it is dark. Very, very dark. In the summer the mosquitoes will eat you alive, but from autumn to early spring the cool nights are a wonderful time to go out with binoculars and look up at the stars.
As a kid I remember taking a notebook with me that I was trying to use as a journal. I wanted to fill it up with something, but I didn't know what to write about. I think at the time I wanted to be poetic, or to at least record some type of memory, but as a child no words came out. I didn't realize until later in life that I should have created a visual journal instead. I needed an art journal instead of a writing journal.
"Arkansas Telescope" is inspired from those childhood memories of the colorful celestial sky that I observed from my grandfather's farm in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. The particular scene that it depicts is an imagined one. My grandfather didn't have a grain silo, but there were others nearby. The frame for this painting was created by me using barn wood from my grandfather's barn which I collected and saved after it had collapsed.
-- Terry Smith, 21 June 2017