Sunday, June 30, 2013

Medical Illustration

These two paintings/illustrations - also in oil - are companions to the one posted yesterday. The bottom painting is actually my daughter's eye. I needed one for the illustration, so I used her as a model. The top portion is really the interior of the eye. Along the back of the retina, there are these rod and cone shaped objects. When light passes through your eye, it strikes these cones and rods. The cones pick up the color. As humans, we are trichromatic creatures. Tri, meaning 3, and chromatic, or chroma, meaning color - Red, Green & Blue. Humans cannot see the color yellow or purple. When light passes through your eye, it strikes these rods and cones, causing them to vibrate. When your eye detects something as being yellow, the red rods and the green rods vibrate and overlap, giving us the illusion that we're seeing the color yellow. The same goes for the color purple.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Yellow Jacket nest

Soooo ... I have a yellow jacket nest in my back yard. With two small dogs, and a small child, this works wonders for my Saturday. Great ... just great! I know, I know ... what does this have to do with art? Nothing. Just a thought. Because I only have a Facebook fan page, and not an actual "Facebook" page per se anymore, I no longer have an online presence where I put info out there that is ridiculous and redundant. Anyway, back to the easel.

Medical Illustration

Here is a medical illustration of the interior of the eye. Over the next few days, I'll post some more photos of some of the illustrations. Most medical illustrations are completed digitally, but every so often, I get an order for an hand draw/painted piece. This piece was completed in oil.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Painting a medical illustration of the inside of the eye.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Facebook Page

For those of you interested in just viewing work through Facebook, below is a link to my Facebook page. If the link doesn't work, just sign into Facebook, and look up John Price Art

Monday, June 17, 2013

Morning Mountains

Study in oil. This little painting is 9x12.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Beauty and the Beast

This is an oil painting 11x14. I called it Beauty and the Beast because of the misconception of what true beauty is. Of course, the flower is beautiful, but that's not the focal point. Here we see a black widow spider, moving toward a beautiful insect. The thing of beauty is the spider. A caterpillar destroys countless crops and trees before it turns into a butterfly. Spiders are nature's exterminators, and it's our first instinct to stomp and crush them when we see them. Personally, I like spiders, and I appreciate what they do. This is an example of that act, just a moment before she takes the butterfly out of this life. Email for price.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

The Jericho Leadership Institute

This is the logo design for The Jericho Leadership Institute. You can read more about this wonderful community leader, Vernon Henderson at their website,

Friday, June 7, 2013

The reason I paint is because there are no words to say exactly what I want. If I could put what I wanted to express in words, there would be no reason to paint. What you see on canvas are my thoughts ... I just had no way to say them.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Letting go

I don't think that many people who are not the creative type, truly understand how things we go through from day to day can affect us. For myself, things that I see can sometimes impact not only my creative spirit, but how exactly I'm inspired. In moving on from one thing to the next, be it personal, professional, or otherwise, truly letting go of someone or something is often the hardest thing to do.

For me, one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make in my personal life came today. While I will not go through the details, I feel it's best to at least take the time to explain it in a story. If you take a pork chop and offer it to a dog, naturally, the dog will take the pork chop from your hand. Let's say that the moment the dog bites for the pork chop, you kick it. If you offer the pork chop to the dog again, the dog, though reluctant, will go for the pork chop once again. If you continue to kick the dog as you offer him the meal, at some point, he will refrain from trying to take the food. He now associates your offer with pain, and even though he will want it, he won't make an attempt.

Some things in my own life have led me to the point I am presently at. Knowing that there is pain associated with certain things, I have decided to refrain from attempting to accept the offer thrown my way. It's best to move on, knowing that if I try to go for it once more, nothing but pain and misery will come from trying to go for something so utterly out of my reach.

Colonial Heights Baptist - Pandamania - In progress

Monday, June 3, 2013

Colonial Heights Baptist - Awana Club

This is a backdrop for Colonial Heights Baptist Church for their Awana Club. The final image was posted last year, but I couldn't find the in-progress images until today. Here is the backdrop. There are 3 sections to it, but this is the main section.