Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Flyer Framed

9x14 Soft Pastel
By Tom Willa
Hi happy Tuesday. I posted the framed image from last Wednesday. I had some trouble so it ended up a little smaller than I had originally planned. I also grabbed a different camera and shot this under incandescent light. I usually only shot in natural light but wanted everyone to have an impression of what it looks like in house light. The true color is closer to the blue in the original image. I try really hard to make my pastel paintings easy for anyone to buy, receive and hang up. Sometimes as an artist you finish your work controlling the process other times not so much. I think the cropping of the Flier painting gave the eagle a little more intensity which I accepted. Have a great week.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Haiku Mountain Meadow

Mountain Meadow
By Tom Willa
Soft Pastel
9x11/framed 11x14
Happy Day to all.
A framed mountain landscape
Sky, mountains, meadow
Trees wildflowers
Pathway morning shadows cast
Majestic beauty

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Winner Tulip Image Giveaway !

Vicky you have won , Royal Reds. Congratulations.
Thanks so much to everyone who participated. I appreciated the kind comments and appreciated hearing from all.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


10x14 Soft Pastel
By Tom Willa
$78 framed plus shipping
Here is first one of the eagle series. After working yesterday afternoon and all this morning on this painting it is done. I am going to frame it in a white frame we picked up at Daniel Smiths. It was painted to fit in the frame.
Last day of the Tulip Image Giveaway . I have to go get some lunch then do the framing for Flying. I hope you all have a great week, peace

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Rose Bloom

Rose Bloom
By Tom Willa
Here's the rose by another name, June is filled with opportunity for me to make cards. Everything from family birthdays, anniversaries, etc.. I sometimes just can't resist the temptation to do some digital editing so this is June Bloom being prepared for use on a card. It is a little more in your face, I used some channel mixer adjustments to bring out the yellow while posterizing after cropping it to format it for a card.
This is the week:
TWO DAYS left in the Tulip Image Giveaway Contest.http://tomsimages.blogspot.com/search/label/Floral-tulipsYou have to enter to win, one of these FREE original images, it would make an excellent gift for a friend or family member. They range in size from 5x7 to12x16. I will post and annouce Friday who the lucky winner is of one of these images.

Saturday, June 13, 2009


8x5 Pencil Drawing
By Tom Willa
First and foremost, thanks to Rich who took some awesome photographs of this eagle. He takes the best images of birds I have ever seen. He gave me permission to use some for paintings. I was working on some shading and light lessons with the number two pencil last night which turned out pretty decent. This morning I woke up and decided to do a study of this eagle for amusement. It has been about ten years since I painted any birds so it maybe time, that and movement of the water are my current inspiration. So I hope you like this and are amused, too.
On another note,
only five days left in the Tulip Image Giveaway: You have to enter to win, one of these FREE original images would make an excellent gift for a friend or family member. They range in size from 5x7 to12x16. Thank you to all of you who have participated to date, Floating Tulips and Royal Reds are tied for first place. Hoping all have a happy day.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Living Room Built-Ins

By Tom Willa
Kent, WA

Only one week left in Tulip Image Giveaway. Today I am figuring out how to use hyper links, a little more efficiently. It hit me like a sack of bricks that my posting of the links for The Giveaway may have add an extra step in the process, now I think I have that under control. The link on the photograph leads to a slide show of the property in Kent I shot on Tuesday. To my friends who I worked with in marketing hopefully you are doing well. You know I love making the bells and whistle images not those pesty mechanics. I got a little carried away with the links here but, I haven't figured out how to clear them on this site. Have a great day.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

June Bloom

June Bloom
5x7 Photograph
by Tom Willa
Tulip Image Giveaway only Eight more days left. Today was spent editing photos for real estate David Edwards had me shoot a new listing in Kent yesterday before my indoor cycle instructor audition. My focus today was very random but I managed (imagine is more fun than managed) to get the project completed. I snuck out sometime this morning capturing one of the roses in the backyard. I am little tired out, I did some yoga this afternoon which slowed down the internal chatter. I am considering this as an image to print on canvass and touch up with the oil pastel but that's another day. I wish you all well. Peace

Monday, June 8, 2009

Pink Bloom

Pink Rhododendron Bloom
12x9 Soft Pastel on Art Spectrum Color fix
by Tom Willa
Ten days left in the Tulip Image Giveaway . Painting is like life, letting going sometimes it is hard. I was trying to use an more abstract background for capturing this backyard beauty but, I didn't quite go completely down that road. It is funny because the sketch and notes I did looks a lot like the painting. What you plan for sometimes is what you get. Painting rhododendrons is a challenge after years of painting hibiscus in Hawaii. The similarity of the process works both ways, I did a lot of large floral in Hawaii, so I decided to paint up a smaller image just to keep my brain from using symbol of hibiscus. I think that worked for me but the challenge of the background may have to addressed in another painting. Sometimes you have to accept what you made, going with the flow and knowing when to move on.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Early Lupins

Early Lupins
By Tom Willa
Soft Pastel on Art Spectrum Color fix
8x12 $70
Lupins are another one of my favorite flowers. These beauties pop up a little later then the rhododendrons. I selected a split compliment palette for this painting. I wanted to keep the blossoms and the foliage in contrast, I think the palette helped achieve that end. The foreground details against the background abstract helps draw the focal area to the blossoms,too.
A reminder about the Tulip Image Giveaway get out there and make a choice to win.
Have a great day,

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Tulips Original Painting and Photo GIVEAWAY

Eight Tulips Image Creations 09
by Tom Willa


Choose your favorite and let me know which one you select by posting a comment on this blog.
You may also send an email, or message by carrier pigeon. I will confirm receipt of your choice within 48 hours (Longer if by carrier pigeon.). Everyone who votes will be entered in a random drawing to be held on June 18th, 2009. The winner will receive the creation they selected. It will be shipped matted, ready for framing. If you would like more information about individual images or want to view more details of each one, click on the label Floral-tulip in the sidebar. Thanks for taking the time to choose your favorite tulip image.
Best regards happy summer,

Hearts and Trees

Hearts and Trees
7x5 Photograph
By Tom Willa
Here's the last in image in the Tulip Series. That means later today or tomorrow, I will be posting the information about Winning a Free Tulip Image. Stay tuned it is going happen.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Luipin Rainbow

Rainbow Lupin
Photograph 4x6
by Tom Willa
I am always glad to see Lupins blooming. I used my creative license to merge a lupin and rhododendron photo creating this image which celebrates summer. Photoshopping the two images using layers is dramatic when one using the overlaying blending option with some opacity adjustments, a little bit of masking to soften the edges,cropping. I am runnig a little late this morning, I spent the morning filling out an entry form for a booth at Renton River Days July 24, 25 and 26. I have some yoga to do and more errands... where does time go?