Encaged Man – Manuel Sarmiento
16.75 x 8.25 x 6″
I use whatever metals I can find, and I consider myself both an artist and eco-friendly recycler.
Begonia Floor Show 1
Framed 25.5 x 29.75
Oh, there it was… my next subject, a beautiful potted begonia plant begging to be painted. My studio partner had brought it for his class to arrange on a small table but he had left it on the floor. I liked the unusual concept of looking down on it like a map.
So I started painting on the nearest watercolor paper without much thought about the placement on the rectangle. The color was working well, so I laid another paper next to it so as to include the other objects on the floor. The long stems of the lotus pods helped establish the floor concept.
This became a diptych. The two paintings are framed separately, each signed by the artist, and hung side by side, or purchased separately. Either way they make a unique design.
26 x 32 Framed
The Magnolia is like the “Leading Lady” of the southern Flowers. The custom in the south is to allow the trees to grow with little pruning, so that the blossoms are often near the ground. In my paintings of the large blossom, I attempt to capture the sculptural quality supported by the strength of the also sculptural leaves.