A woman sits on a sailboat with a small dog in her arms, enjoying a tranquil sunny day on the sea. Inspired by the color of the ocean, artist Javier Ortas rendered this modernist painting in a predominantly blue palette offset with neutral tones. Part of Javier's long-running series of people enjoying everyday activities, painted from his imagination without any visual references. He starts with a single sketch to determine the composition and then begins drawing, with most of the colors already mapped out in his head.
Measurements are for the full size paper 19.68" x 13.77", and the approximate painted area is 16.14" x 9.84". Under the painted area in the right corner in pencil is the title of the work in Spanish, "Chica con perro," the signature and the year in two digits (19). It is also signed on the back.
Artist Javier Ortas presents a playful and romantic view of the world in his signature geometric style. Javier paints entirely from his imagination, creating whimsical scenes from daydreams and encounters on world travels. As a child growing up in Madrid, he took private lessons, learning to draw and work with oil paint, acrylics and watercolor. Later, living in California, Javier pushed himself to perfect his technique drawing with pen, ink and colored pencils, producing thousands of drawings. Today, he resides in Madrid where he grew up and feels the most inspiration. "When painting I use my imagination," he says. "I do my best to include what's personally on my mind to motivate my creative process." Javier likes to escape the noise of the busy city and spend time in nature. His artwork has been exhibited at galleries around the world, including in Spain, France, Holland and Italy.