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starless cypresses

Starless Cypresses Where Darkness Reigns Supreme

I’m not sure if this one is “after” Van Gogh or not. There certainly is inspiration in the sky, but I went a different direction with Starless Cypresses . . . no stars . . . many cypresses . . . and a village swallowed by an eerie mountain slope. Darkness tends to highlight the natural environment in a special way. Of course, I don’t mean total darkness because then nothing would be highlighted. But even on a moonless cloudy night there is minor light from stars or bouncing off the cloud cover, especially if civilization is nearby.

Vincent’s Original Sketch
Starless Cypresses – A Cosmic Disturbance

My swirling clouds in the sky have their own special blueness, therefore illuminating the scene. It’s alien, mystical, and ethereal, but I don’t think it can be called unnatural because nature has a great number of weird effects. Maybe the clouds came through fronting a storm, or perhaps they are the storm, or even a tornado. It could be a cosmic event because it transcends normal atmospheric activity.

Dark, Starless Cypresses Embrace the Frail Mountain Village

So let’s consider those poor souls in the tiny cottages clustered together in the mountain valley. Why would people live there, it doesn’t seem safe. They could live in a town or city. Are those safe? Where is the greatest threat? Is it nature, or is it humans?

A Wall

The starless cypresses form a wall of security and safety for the people. They stand tall in the dark mountains as if to defy them. They are unaffected by the harsh conditions, they are not afraid of heights, and the darkness only makes them bolder. Peering through their windows, the people see sentinels and guardians. They sleep peacefully.

34″ x 42″ acrylic on canvas
mounted in a frame with a white mat,
no glass, the texture is exposed
# 17-011

$850   $600

ABOUT the artist, Ed Lowe . . .
Email: ed@edplanet.com
Text: 407.267.6977
KellGrace Salon / 110 S. Park Ave / Winter Park, FL 32789

Lonely Tree

The Lonely Tree Awaits Fellowship in the Mountains

The Lonely Tree is A Noble Subject

Surviving the harshest elements on earth, the mountains stand firm, because the lonely tree stands with them. Mountains are one of the most magnificent parts of creation, hence, they were made to be painted. As far back as my memory goes, I’ve loved drawing and painting them, and I think I can paint the Lonely Tree with my eyes closed. Getting the shape of the hills right has almost become a muscle-memory reflex for me. The same for shading and texturing the individual slopes.

Mountains and hills are often harsh natural environments, while cities and towns are controlled. There is hard rock, steep slopes, and above all, snow in these scenes.  The snow, of course, conjures coldness, whereas the tree signifies life and strength. Similarly, this contrast infuses the painting with inspiration.

16″ x 20″ acrylic & gesso on canvas
on a MightyWood Stretcher
# 16-038
On display at KellGrace Salon, 110 S. Park Ave, Winter Park, Florida 32789

$600   $400 

My companions are of stone and not wood, yet they are my friends

Also, the scene conveys a sense of fellowship or companionship while the solitary tree awaits others. It’s possible, and likely in nature, that seeds have fallen nearby that hence will yield more trees. But who can say the tree doesn’t find companionship and fellowship with the hills? I’d like to think they do, and my painting shows it!

However, solitude is a relative condition. Those who isolate themselves from only those of identical attributes will inevitably be alone. And if there was a way for them to be with only clones of themselves – they would be at war forever!

ABOUT the artist, Ed Lowe . . .
Email: ed@edplanet.com
Text: 407.267.6977
KellGrace Salon / 110 S. Park Ave / Winter Park, FL 32789

JAX White Enlightens, Enthralls, Entertains

JAX White Described

JAX White is a expression of a clear path, therefore a bright future. The living lines and colors represent the inner activity of the soul, therefore an unrestrained presence of life surging forward. Yet there is evidence of a raging struggle, perhaps a bit of anger. The lines criss-cross with what seems to be a random movement, but the synchronization of the whole remains intact.

I’m not certain of the vision of Pollock, but I know what is in me. With Jax White, I respond to that inner force and participate in the action of painting, but the only thing that transcends the vigorous process is the satisfaction when it is complete. That is when I stand back and wonder what happened. Never quite fully able to know, because the feeling is overwhelming and inspiring. The deep inspiration drives me forward to the next project and the next after that. If I cannot glean this passion, then I cannot paint.

26″ x 18″ acrylic on oakwood
poured on a 2″ deep wooden box-frame
# 16-006

PRICE: $234 MSRP, reduced to $150 or if you buy the pair, JAX White & JAX Black as a set, you get both for a total of $250.

The path is the way and clearly all things are in position for change

This piece is “after” Jackson Pollock, who was a key artist in the era of Abstract Expressionism (1946 – 1956). He is known as the creator of “Action Painting,” which he created on very large canvases. 

I was born in the middle of this era, therefore senses an affinity with the genre, and has managed to replicate the style in a smaller format. But his largest piece (53″ x 77″) is on private display in Winter Park, and can be viewed on request. Many of his paintings are also on display at KellGrace Salon.

Jax White

JAX style original paintings pricing

I sell them upon request at: .50 cents per square inch on stretched canvas.
Here are a few cost examples:

8″ x 10″ on canvas = $40

12″ x 14″ on canvas = $84

16″ x 20″ on canvas = $160

24″ x 30″ on canvas = $360

36″ x 48″ on canvas = $864

The same pricing applies to the RT collections. Click HERE to view.

ABOUT the artist, Ed Lowe . . .
Email: ed@edplanet.com
Text: 407.267.6977
KellGrace Salon / 110 S. Park Ave / Winter Park, FL 32789

JAX Black Penetrates Darkness, Engulfs All Things

JAX Black Described

JAX Black is an example of abstract expressionism, and inspired by the 20th century artist, Jackson Pollock. Using the drip technique is challenging and messy, but the results are worth it. The dark background emits an aura of despair and loneliness, but the darkness can be overcome by LIGHT. All of the colors trailing the wooden surface represent pathways and byways of life and energy, and they stand out in brilliant contrast to the darkness.

In 1939, Pollock began visiting a Jungian analyst to treat his alcoholism, and his analyst encouraged him to create drawings which would later feed his paintings, and they shaped Pollock’s understanding of his pictures not only as outpourings of his own mind, but expressions that might stand for the terror of all modern humanity living in the shadow of nuclear war.

JAX Black is my interpretation of a dark setting with light overwhelming it. It is a picture of chaos, but also a transformation by light. The surface or palette begins in chaos, but then it emerges as a beautiful masterpiece!

26″ x 18″ acrylic on oakwood
poured on a wooden frame
with 2″ deep wooden box-frame
# 16-007

PRICE: $234 MSRP, reduced to $150 or if you buy the pair, JAX White & JAX Black as a set, you get both for a total of $250.

Darkly the path transcends ethereal realities for a new future

This painting is “after” Jackson Pollock, who is a major character in the Abstract Expressionism (1946 – 1956) movement. For what it’s worth I was born in 1951, which was exactly in the middle of that movement. I admit it is difficult to get into the mind of Pollock, but I admire the energy and passion of this great artist. He painted in an old barn near East Hampton, Long Island, New York. It is interesting that being in nature brought out such divergent artwork, therefore he was like Vincent van Gogh, but in contrast they were so different in style.

Jax Black

… A major figure in the abstract expressionist movement.  Wikipedia

Jackson Pollock was a primary influence in the abstract expressionist era, hence his style was revolutionary as he would splash, throw, and drip paint unto a canvas. He had fame and fortune during his short life, but sadly alcoholism killed him in a car crash. He was married to Lee Krasner, who was another artist of the era and the steward of his legacy.

JAX style original paintings pricing

I sell them upon request at: .50 cents per square inch on stretched canvas.
Here are a few cost examples:

8″ x 10″ on canvas = $40

12″ x 14″ on canvas = $84

16″ x 20″ on canvas = $160

24″ x 30″ on canvas = $360

36″ x 48″ on canvas = $864

The same pricing applies to the RT collections. Click HERE to view.

ABOUT the artist, Ed Lowe . . .
Email: ed@edplanet.com
Text: 407.267.6977
KellGrace Salon / 110 S. Park Ave / Winter Park, FL 32789

Let's Dance

Hi, Let’s Dance

This is a large composition of layers of dancers. “Hi, Let’s Dance” is a festive piece that looks into the invitation to dance.

I’m bashful about dancing, but love to watch others, but would never say, “Hi, let’s dance.” I wasn’t that Junior High kid who went to the dance and never got to dance with a girl – I just skipped the dances! Or, I went to them for the wrong reasons. It seemed I was drawn to trouble. I don’t think I was the cause of it, but it cannot be ruled out either.

So there I was, a 10th grader who made the wrestling team walking around a dance at the YMCA. I was fit because to beat out a dozen guys in my weight class I had to lift weights all summer, and it paid off. But it might have been convenient if I also took dance lessons that summer.

Then this Japanese guy spotted me because the week before I got into a fight with his cousins. They were a year or two younger, but there were four of them, and only two of us, me and my friend. We won, but it was for a righteous cause. That’s another story. This kid was obviously trained in Judo or Karate because he took up a really scary stance that scared the acrylics out of me.

So, since I was in wrestling practice every day after school, I did the logical move . . . a TAKE-DOWN. In wrestling that would be 2 points, but this was life or death. So little Bruce Lee Junior started chopping and making strange sounds. My panic was a controlled slamming of his head to the floor. He got quieter, but kept chopping harmlessly at my back because I had him in a bear hug and would not let go. I sensed if I did he would’ve had the advantage of mobility. So my theory was not to give him the ability to move and use his lethal weapons, his hands and arms.

Next thing I know security had their hands all over us and tossed us out the front door. After they left, Karate Kid ran back in for back-up. I saw them earlier, about five or six nasty looking asian gangsters. Don’t take this as racial or anything, but we all knew these guys carried blades. So my inner wrestler acquiesced to the tactical field commander. I got in a taxi and went home, and I lived to fight another day.

50″ x 64″ acrylic on canvas
on a MightyWood Stretcher
# 17-001

$1,200   $950
On display at NSB Ballroom in New Smyrna Beach, Florida

The girl danced and I was drawn to her. With my greeting, I swept her away in my arms. There’s nothing better in the world than to dance freely.

Original art inspired by the dancers of New Smyrna Beach Ballroom: Tony & Renae! They epitomize DANCERS, and they love to say, Let’s Dance! And it’s contagious because they have a rave following of clients that love to come to any event and dance. Seriously, they dance in the ballroom, in the streets, on the beach, and anywhere once the music starts. I am very proud of the great fellowship my daughter and son-in-law have built in their niche.

ABOUT the artist, Ed Lowe . . .
Email: ed@edplanet.com
Text: 407.267.6977
KellGrace Salon / 110 S. Park Ave / Winter Park, FL 32789