We embarked on a cruise ship, aboard the Eurodam, part of the Holland American line, traveling from Seattle WA to Juno Alaska in August of 2017. We had several excursion ports including Sitka, Ketchikan, and Victoria BC. This was one of those bucket list trips, being able to see amazing glaciers like the Mendenhall glacier in Juno as well as traveling deep into Glacier Bay National Park to actually view the Margerie Glacier in the Tarr inlet cracking off into the bay. It moves about 6 to 8 feet per day and sounds like a thunder/lighting storm as it breaks apart. This particular painting was inspired by one of many views we enjoyed while traveling through the region. It is the first of several new Alaskan theme paintings in this new series. Hope you enjoy...
Hi all. The last of the set of paintings inspired from our wonderful Alaskan cruise. We did some whale watching and did see some whales. None of them were jumping out of the water that we saw but if they did , I hope they would have looked like these. Humpback whales migrate every year from the Hawaiian islands to the north to places like Alaska to feed after giving birth in warmer waters. I hope you enjoy this painting I created. I am looking forward to the next collection to share with you.. until next time.. John Garland Tyson www.tysonart.net
Hi everyone... I hope all is well out there in the world for you. I've been busy creating these 3 canvases meant to be sold as a triple set..Photos being manipulated in a computer program can often look lighter or darker than the original. There are at least 5 different colors of acrylic and oil paint used to create the background. The dolphins are multiple hues of brown, blue, yellow, gray and white, to get the final result. Anyone who thinks dolphins are easy to paint is.......well perhaps not as picky as myself. i try to show the animals unique personality. There are many artist out there that paint dolphins and whales as part of their collection. If you look closely, each of us has a unique style , some looking animated and some going for a realistic look. What ever the artists style is, its always going to be their signature look if they produce enough work to gain that recognizable distinctive look. I just keep producing as much work as I possibly can so that eventually the art enthusiast can say... "oh, that looks like a Tyson painting". If you would like to purchase this set, do so through my website at www.tysonart.net(see home page) or go to second page on same site to purchase a prints(see Fine art America info) of all three to make your own triple set painting or buy an individual print of your favorite. Getting ready for a hopeful show soon in the Bay area.. will keep you informed . Until next time Enjoy.... John Garland Tyson Tyson environmental art
Hi everyone.. Hope your June is going great.. I have been pretty busy getting into the swing of creating new work. One of my fond memories is standing on many look out points and cliffs near the ocean's edge as the sun is starting to go down beyond the horizon. I love the light that it starts to reflect on the water and lands end. Looking down into the water as it moves in and out over the reef and rocks. I see the many shades of depth and color, with foam trails, waves crashing, tides drifting in. Wild life, sea birds surveying while traveling off to their next great hunting grounds. All of this gives me a sense of peace and completion for the day. All of these thoughts inspired me to create this painting, now available on my website for purchasing the original at www.tysonart.net and on Fine Art America for many forms of the print(see second page of my site's link).http://www.tysonart.net/additional-ocean-theme-with-print-and-framing-ordering-info-fine-art-america-link.html I hope you will spread the word like my friend Melissa did, last time she was in Maui, going into a gallery and telling them about my work.. You never know how just a small referral like that, can potentially blossom into a great new place to showcase and sell my paintings. The more folks have them, the better chance of my work enhancing the world and hopefully saving a few of these special environments for the future.
Hi all... finally finished Luna light.... a painting that I created starting with acrylic and then adding oil to for a more 3 dimensional image.. The moon is always a much larger challenge than folks might think. Attempting to use the correct brush that can make a "near" perfect circle.. Once the foundation for the moon is painted, multiple layers of color, shadows, edges etc.. have to be applied till it starts taking on a lunar form. Some artists will just give up on it, painting a simple smaller white ball and covering it up with clouds.. It is more difficult to deal with it the way I do, having it stand out, hoping to have it look like you could reach in a grab it out of the painting. Not sure why I feel led to make things more difficult but I figure its my constant wanting to perfect my craft on many levels. Yes, the wave is probably a bit lighter than it might appear in real life but its always nice to be able to use a spot light with a dimmer to create the illusion of dark to light on what's existing rather than being stuck with limited changes in contrast.. A photo of this painting will be sent soon to Fine Art America so collectors can create it into an amazing print with whatever size and framing they wish.. Original is for sale as well through my site at www.tysonart.net
Hello all.. I have shared a bit of the process for creating my latest painting in some previous postings but this has the final result in a better quality of the photo taken this am. I shot the painting outside under natural light. I am especially happy that I am able to paint again after my left eye surgery that had compromised my sight to the point of not being certain if my depth perception would return to create better work this year. Painting for me is a process with many layers and steps of progression, some of which comes from the depths of my soul. I start out with a blank canvas working from the top down and forward. Light for me is an essential aspect.. if its coming from above, how would life be effected by it, where the shadows would happen, subtle background images to create depth. If I were to dive down and hold a camera , shooting at the reef and other wildlife visiting it, how would the image appear? What do I want the attention on ? Lots goes through my twisted mind as the brush touches the canvas. Being an artist is very much a part of who I am and what I create is hopefully going to go on, for generations to admire and become inspired by. Life is so short and we all hope to make our mark on it somehow. Often times we do not realize the impact till we are not around anymore . I am really hoping my paintings inspire the collector , admirer or even an art student who goes on to be way more famous, to appreciate wildlife and want to preserve it. Making a living at it is an ends to a means as well and of course any purchases of either prints or originals, helps me afford to continue to create and travel for more inspiration. Look for some amazing new pieces from me coming up soon.. take care and Enjoy.... John Garland Tyson
Hi all. Glad to be back after my eye surgery ordeal( a left eye cataract surgery that went wrong with another surgery on same eye a week later to correct issues including a fragmented lens). I was finally able to finish this painting. The concept is coral life at the base of a natural rock arch with an ancient forgotten pagoda. There are so many layers of work on this painting, with multiple fish, a Buddha head , lots of coral, jelly fish etc.. The waterfall at lands end above with sun rays accenting life below. If you look close up , you will discover something new each time you look at this piece. Hope you like it. Get ready for some interesting new posts coming soon. So glad to be able to paint again now that my sight in the eye is gradually coming back. Don't forget to take a look at site... www.tysonart.net and remember to get prints of any of my pieces, go to second page of site and click on the Fine Art America link Till next time.. Enjoy
Hi all. Hope you are having a great first month in the new year of 2015. This year for me is going to be more of an attention to detail including my paintings. I have several friends in a past few months who have had the privilege of being able to travel to someplace tropical. This has inspired me to create this simple palm tree with a sunset on the horizon. Note with this painting, I tried to capture the light and where it would be as the sun goes down. I am trying to create work this year that a collector could blend into their environment and remind them of a place they might have been or a place they would like to go to.. This painting was totally from mind, brush to canvas. If I use a photo to create something, its usually multiple photos just to get the shape or color of something, but I never try to replicate a photo of something as I want it to be my creation , something from my mind and heart directly onto the canvas. I have received some really nice reviews from posting this work , of which I am pleased that it has touched some folks out there already. This piece is of course for sale . Details of purchase of the original or print can be found at www.tysonart.net. Sorry for the delay on blogging... the holidays seemed to keep me too occupied to blog about new work. Until next time Enjoy..... John Garland Tyson Tyson environmental art
Hello all. I was preparing for an Art Walk I was participating in , in Los Gatos Ca recently, and I came across this painting that I originally called "Who's looking at who". As I looked at the painting in it's original form, I was thinking it needed some changes and enhancements. I decided to fine tune the fish, add an upper level to the waterfall, enhance the sea fans, add some anemones, remove some fish and add some new ones. I have heard of artists who refuse to change their paintings once its finished but for me, unless its been sold or prints have been made of it, I feel I still have the freedom to change if I want as I'm the one who created it in the first place. The image below shows the way the painting used to be. I just find it "better" now with these changes. So much fun to now see several of my paintings showing up in Google search when looking for tropical paintings, split views etc.. Guess the postings are getting me noticed more out there in the world as now galleries, consultants, and shows are soliciting me instead of the other way around. Hope you all enjoy seeing some of my work and hope you still all keep me in mind when looking for an original piece or print for yourself or someone else. Take care and till next time "Enjoy" .
John Garland Tyson
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