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Todays Funky Art Favorite: Swells


Sometimes when painting modern or abstract art, I just play with color with no intention of painting any particular object. That was the case here. Swells can be hung and enjoyed from any angle. I decided to call it “Swells” because it reminds me of ocean waves yet it also reminds me of hills. Mainly, I love the colors in Swells.

Swells was painted with a Deschutes River Ale from Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Oregon.

I hope you enjoy Swells and the fun it represents. Order your limited edition print of Swells now by going to the Shop Our Art section and the Modern and Abstract drop down category then click on the Swells image and follow the prompts through checkout!



Artist Mark Rothko (1903-1970)

645 swells CC web1000Mark Rothko was a Russian-born abstract expressionist who immigrated to America in 1913. His first solo show was held in Portland, Oregon in 1933. He is best known for his strong use of rich oil (and later acrylic) colors, often painted in large rectangular fields. Mr. Rothko, who has 836 of his paintings cataloged, has been described as merging surrealism and abstract methods subsequent to his famous 1938 “Subway Scene”.

Mr. Rothko is also well known for painting “Slow Swirl at the Edge of the Sea” (1945) and is displayed in the Museum of Modern Art , Museum of Contemporary Art and numerous other venues. Mr. Rohtko committed suicide in 1970 prior to the completion of the Rothko Chapel in Houston and before his 2012 Christie’s auction sale of “Orange, Red, Yellow” for $89.6 million dollars.

Swells (shown above) was painted with a great tasting Deschutes River Ale from Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Oregon.