September 22nd, 2014
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" .
March 24th, 2014
Our family beach house has to be one of the most peaceful settings on the Monterey Bay.
Located near Moss Landing, about half way between Santa Cruz and Monterey,
one of those special environments we are blessed to enjoy.
As I get older, I seek out the serenity of this place when ever I can, putting a chair in the sand and watching the waves , getting inspiration for paintings and relaxing. Often we have pods of dolphins and whales that breach, right in front of you. The area in front of our development is pretty private and one can be the ONLY one on the beach at any given moment. There is a wooden runway and stair case going down from the dunes onto the sand below. As the artist, I am able to create a bit more rustic looking staircase. I decided to add some children playing with their dog in the waves and a flock of water birds in flight heading down towards the Monterey peninsula. This painting has been created as a present for my sister's birthday. I hope she will like it. If you have any special places you would like for me to create an artists impression of, contact me through my site at www.tysonart.net and I can do something special for you. Perhaps you would like something already created. Each original painting featured on my site has a suggested price but I am totally willing to entertain any reasonable offer unless the piece is being shown on another site like Laguna Art . Prints on canvas can be created through myself, at approximately 40% less than the original price for a similar size. Sorry for the self promotion, but I have a goal this year of actually selling more of my work to the public. Until next time.. enjoy... John Garland Tyson
February 10th, 2014
Point Arena memories...
Hello all. We recently visited the rugged northern coastline of Mendocino County and I took several photos of the area for painting inspiration. One of the places we went to was Point Arena Light house. The land 6 miles north and south of the light house was donated to the public to enjoy. Many great rock formations carved by the pounding waves clearly show the land being slowly removed by water, now a wonderful natural habitat for wildlife. One of my favorites are the pelicans that soar effortlessly on the wind . I had to put one into the painting. The light house is open to the public but show up on a non-foggy day so you don't miss out on the view from the top. I highly recommend this trip up the coast for all you soul searchers out there. It will add a new breath of life into all who venture there. Hope you like it... till next time enjoy...
September 05th, 2013
Out of great tragedy lessons to be learned and love to continue, life goes on . It is difficult to keep going, keep the movement of the brush on the canvas. Our family lost a beloved member, my only niece, who had just turned 18 years old. This is the first painting I have created since that great loss a couple weeks ago. I have to take this tragedy and become inspired to do better with each artistic creation. This painting came totally out of my head, starting out as an island with basic water for a class I was teaching at my sister's school for K-6th grade basic techniques. The canvas had barely been touched. Just enough to inspire the kids to create their own work. I took the partially completed canvas home and there is sat for several weeks with a stack of other canvas. When my niece past, I decided to finish the canvas and it totally took on a different design. The little red fish that was painting on the original , swimming under the surface, became a boat anchored just off the beach of an island lagoon. There is no one in the boat which leaves the impression to the viewer that the person who was in the boat swam ashore. Perhaps my niece helped me paint this piece, knowing that she has moved on to a different beautiful shore. Tragedy inspires us to do better. Hopefully you will see this in new paintings to come...
This sunset was a labor of love for me, attempting to come up with some vibrant colors that I am actually now getting known for... this seascape could be most anywhere from the California coast to a more tropical beach environment. A seascape believe it or not , is one of the more difficult paintings to create. There is a very fluid technique that the artist has to deal with .. How would the water move ? Where would the light hit the water?Where is the light coming from, the sun , the moon...? How bright can the painting be ? When the wave falls onto a lower level , how does it crest and how large is the main wave in relationship to the rest of the painting. OMG.. just so much to deal with , its enough to stress an artist out. There is a thing called the anatomy of a wave that definitely helps when creating it but of course the light inside the wave is yet another element to think about. At the completion of the painting, you are either proud of it or irritated by it and if you don't like it you have to keep going until you feel its right. Well I hope you like it. It is a larger painting 40" wide by 30" high so there is a lot of canvas to cover. I now finally like the painting and figured when I could stand there and look out to sea and feel relaxed with a sense of serenity like my friend Cindy's comment about it after seeing it, I am ready to show it to all of you. Enjoy!! until next time...
Hello all fellow artists and fans of my work. I have been fine tuning old paintings and creating some new ones getting ready for a new showing of my art at Rivas Fish House on the wharf in Santa Cruz Ca beginning May 1st for 6 weeks. I am very excited to have my art on display and for sale at this location as it is right out on the ocean in a beautiful restaurant with full walls of glass viewing the light house and beaches of lovely West Cliff Dr from the water perspective. It will be the start of the tourist season there, a great time to be seen and better possibilities of sales. As a child we came over every other Sunday to the wharf to hang out with my family and have lunch there in Santa Cruz, which was my parents old stomping grounds(literally). They used to drive over in the 40's every weekend to dance to the big bands at the boardwalk. We have a family beach house at Pajaro Dunes near Moss Landing part of the Monterey Bay, that I go to as much as I can to lock into my mind, what the waves look like for painting inspirations. This new painting is of course completely out of my head but feels a bit more tropical than the area my paintings will be showing but there are several areas in Monterey and Carmel that do have similar waves and water color. Seascapes remind us of our travels, vacation with family and friends, and a ocean that we are all drawn to from all of our common beginnings. I love painting the going's on under the sea as well as whats on the surface , on land and beyond... anything natural environment wise. Stay in touch to see the latest paintings by John Garland Tyson artist of environmental wonder... Tyson environmental art.. TYSON...
Hello all. I just finished creating this tropical wave gently landing on a beach somewhere from my mind. As more folks are complaining about the cold and getting ready for the winter, I thought I would create this concept of warmth for them to view. If you have been to Hawaii or Tahiti , you know have wonderful the water is there and how nice it is to stroll along a quite deserted beach. No matter how chilly it gets in your life, a tropic beach warms your heart and soul and instantly takes away all your stress. Enjoy... until next time
John Garland Tyson
Artist of environmental wonder Thoughts behind the paintings