Koi Under Falling Leaves

Koi Under Falling Leaves

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Bluffs at Sully Creek

Bluffs at Sully Creek

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Fort Ransom Sunset

Fort Ransom Sunset

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Study in Reflections

Study in Reflections

Study in Reflections was intended to be a technique learning painting for me. I started it with the hope of learning how to paint complicated reflections. I lived in Portland, Oregon at the time and spent a relaxing Saturday perusing the shelves of the famous city-block size bookstore “Powell’s Books”. After a couple of hours, I finally found an image to use as my reference in a book about the Caribbean island of Grenada by Roger Brathwaite. Even with a good reference image, painting “Study in Reflections” proved to be quite challenging. I became frustrated enough while painting it that I resorted to using a technique I had learned in Betty Edward’s “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain”. I turned the whole 48"x72" painting upside down on my easel, as well as my reference photo, and tried to paint only what I saw, not what I "thought" should be there. Additionally, I gridded off the canvas (and my coordinating reference). I then cut the reference into labeled squares and painted each square independently and upside down. I really had to “trick” my own brain into painting only what I saw. I forced myself not to turn the painting right side up until I was totally done. About 25 hours later I did the big reveal and flipped it and was pleasantly surprised (and relieved!) that the technique had worked.

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Field of Poppies

Field of Poppies

“Field of Poppies” is my ode to the French Impressionists that I have always adored. I grew up in a family of artists where books of the Old Masters, including Monet, Renoir, Degas, Van Gogh and many more resided on the bookshelves and provided me with many hours of rapt enjoyment. I was fascinated by the way the impressionists could bring emotion to a scene. It wasn’t a photo-realistic interpretation-- it was so much more! They painted light, and movement, and the way being there would make you feel. In painting “Field of Poppies”, I wanted emphasize the vibrant color of the poppies filling the field and how overwhelming it would be to your eyes. Also important was the movement within the piece. I used loose, fat, loaded brush strokes to paint the grasses and convey the idea of a brisk wind whipping through. The azure blue of the sky makes it what in my mind is a perfect summer day in the French countryside.

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Pirates on the Port Side

Pirates on the Port Side

“Pirates on the Port Side” is a delve into a whimsical Caribbean sailing adventure. There is a sailing race occurring and the fancy yacht in the foreground is decked out and ready to take home the gold. The captain and his first mate are wearing matching sailing uniforms and are taking the race very seriously! Meanwhile, a band of costumed misfits in their modern day pirate ship come out of nowhere and are pulling ahead in the race. This makes the captain very upset and he shakes his fist in anger! The moral of the story is suppose to be this: Have fun, and don’t take life (or yourself) too seriously, and in the end you will win the race. Artistically, I was happy to experiment in this piece with some elements that I hadn’t done a lot of in the past; the rigging and mechanical details in the boats, the color nuances of ocean water, and how to add implied action into a piece.

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The Original 24" x 48" oil painting on canvas is available. Please Contact Me for details.

The Fraziers and the Mackenzies

The Fraziers and the Mackenzies

My last name “Frizzell” is actually derived from the Scottish name “Frazier”, specifically the Fraziers of Lovat from the highlands of Scotland, near Inverness. A couple of years ago, my dad opted to take part in a worldwide DNA study through National Geographic. In this study, they looked for “markers” on the Y chromosome (only males can participate). They then used their database to match participants around the world who had the same markers. More markers increases your likelihood that you’re actually related. It was a fascinating study, and as expected, my dad was matched up with many Fraziers. What wasn’t expected was that he actually matched up with far more Mackenzies (who happened to be the neighboring clan). This painting is my fanciful interpretation of how the Frazier bloodline became tainted with the blood of the Mackenzies! The castle in the painting is Castle Frazier, on the Beauly River. On the parapet is the young Lady Frazier, the daughter of the Laird, and she is flying her falcons, unaware of what is going on below. In the foreground is the boat of the Mackenzies with their distinctive plaids. The young Laird of the Mackenzies is standing and staring at Lady Frazier, completely captivated. Meanwhile, a boat of Fraziers (in the mid-ground on the right) see the intruding boat and start pointing and yelling threateningly at the unwelcome intrusion. The 3 groups of figures in the painting are intentionally arranged in a triangle configuration to emphasize the idea of a “Love Triangle”.

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Hollyhocks

Hollyhocks

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Koi Under Waterlilies

Koi Under Waterlilies

“Koi Under Waterlilies” is painted from a compilation of photographs I had taken while visiting Huntington Gardens in southern California. I found the gardens to be exotically beautiful, but also very HOT! Being born and raised in northern Minnesota had not given me the greatest tolerance for heat. So it was with great relief that I spotted the koi ponds and sat down to run my hands through the water and play with the fish as they nibbled my fingers. When putting together the composition for the painting I wanted to play with the idea of hidden symbolism. The koi are arranged in an implied swimming pattern in the shape of an infinity sign. I also wanted to experiment with creating depth in the water by making the fish less defined and harder to see the further down in the water they swam. Small water ripples and the leaves and floating lily pads on the water’s surface were layered on top to help further the 3 dimensional quality.

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The Original 21" x 14" watercolor painting on paper is available. Please Contact Me for details.

Drowning to Live

Drowning to Live

This was an experimental piece for me. It is quite a bit different than my previous styles. I wanted to create an emotional painting that used imagery and symbolism to portray people and times from my past. It was painted in part with rapid, forceful brushstokes in an effort to convey turmoil. The "floating" placement of different elements and softened brushstrokes gave this piece a dream like quality.

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A Man of Leisure

A Man of Leisure

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Tide & Roses

Tide & Roses

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The Triplets of Bedville

The Triplets of Bedville

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