Thursday, May 4, 2017

Mainstreet Gallery

On the move, again! It's Done! After a month of remodeling our new space, we have officially opened the new gallery and studio in the Flagship Landing here in Port Townsend. This will be my permanent studio and gallery for a while. Stop by and check us out!




We are located at 1015 Water street in the Flagship Landing. This door is the entrance to the gallery as you walk into the mini mall. very accessible and inviting.



It is a bright, clean, happy space to display art. We installed some great lighting and the paintings look great! This is the view as you walk through the door and enter the gallery .




It is a smaller space than I am used to but there is ample room to step back and enjoy each painting.



This space will be my new studio where I can work on some of the commissions that I recently acquired. it will be a nice place to paint, I even have a sink!





It is exciting to have room to display my larger works. The Madrona piece is 6 foot tall and 8 feet wide! 





I can even display some of my connected pieces. Each panel of this series is 24"x48"










Saturday, April 22, 2017

Painting large

This madrona tree series is made up of five custom made panels. Each panel is 72 inches high and 18 inches wide. The panels are cradled two inches deep so I continue the look by painting a "gallery wrap" around the edges of each panel and they look very impressive hanging with a one inch gap between panels.


Reaching Out, acrylic on panels, 72x90

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Fields and Fences

I have been busy painting a new series of my "Fields and Fences."  Here are a couple that I just recently had photographed. It is fun playing with some new color combinations. I am intrigued with shapes and the fields and roads can be whimsically manipulated in so many ways!


Around the Bend, acrylic on canvas 36x36




Morning Light, acrylic on panel 36x36

Friday, February 26, 2016

Summer "Pop Up" Gallery

 Well, it is official. We will again be occupying the lower corner space in the historic Hastings Building for our "839 pop-up Gallery" in downtown Port Townsend.. This is an awesome space. It has fairly good light, high ceilings and the art shows very well. I am again partnering with Jim Jacobson another local artist who works with oils and creates popular local and marine scenes.





We will be moving in the first of April and staying through the summer. I am looking forward to meeting all kinds of fun and exciting people and talking about art.  And, hopefully, we will be shipping a few paintings to new locations around the country.





Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Roby King show



I am excited to announce that fifteen of my newest paintings will be on display at the Roby King Gallery on Bainbridge Island. My art will be featured in a one person show for the month of August. 

This is the postcard front and back that was featured along with a short article in the current August issue of American Art Collector.










This painting is a good representation of what you will see at the newly remodeled Roby King Gallery if you should happen to stop by in August. I created these works especially for this show so they are brand new. Here is a link to the gallery  where you can check out the rest of the work. http://robykinggallery.com/don-tiller/



"Dappled Shadows" 48x60 acrylic on canvas







Thursday, March 12, 2015

The eyes of the beholder

Last Spring I had cataract surgery on both eyes. Because the actual surgery only takes about ten minutes and is "relatively" painless, I decided not to have the anesthesia during the left eye procedure so that I could remember the experience. As I lay there during the process trying to squelch my panic I focused on the almost painful bright light and the image I was seeing/experiencing. I thought, wow, this would make a great abstract painting so I began to make mental notes of exact colors and tried to find shapes in all the brightness. As soon as I was wheeled to the recovery room I found a scrap of paper and scratched a few notes before the memory began to turn fuzzy. When I got back to my studio I chose an 18"x18" stretched canvas, dug out my notes and proceeded  in my attempt to capture the shapes and colors from my experience. On my next trip to the doctor who performed the surgery I carted my painting along with me. He was amazed that I followed through with such a bizarre undertaking and was so enamored with the work that he purchased it that very day! They convinced me to try the right eye with a small amount of the anesthesia and I felt certain that I could make another painting to compare to the left eye. Well, guess what? Whatever the drug is that they use works even in small doses, I couldn't remember ----!


"Cataract" 18x18 acrylic  on canvas
This is the finished painting. I am happy with the result and it does bring back the experience. I am disappointed that I was not able to recall enough detail from the right eye surgery because I was really looking forward to comparing the two paintings.




Sunday, May 25, 2014

Dark or light?

When I begin a painting I usually start with a black gessoed canvas or panel and draw my shapes in with chalk. It can take hours to get the drawing right but it is easy to erase with a damp sponge and redraw and adjust the chalk lines until the composition works.



I then start layering and glazing with color leaving the black of the background visible in selected areas kind of like a watercolor artist uses the white of the paper to represent the light areas.  They work from light to dark and I paint  from dark to light, just the opposite.


Evening Hues 20"x40"
"Evening Hues" is painted on a black background and the colors are very saturated and bright.
 

Sunrise in Lavender 30"x40"
On occasion I will start a painting on a white or lighter colored background. Sunrise in Lavender is painted over a white background and you can see the dramatic difference in the final result. The colors end up softer with an ethereal feel.