Sunday, August 6, 2017

Are my paitings busy?

I am asked quite often why are my paintings so busy.

I don't see them as busy, I see them as 3 or five paintings in one.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017


Huxley's Dream:  clay board panel, acrylic paint and gold leaf, varnish,  6"x 12"x 2.25. 2/2017.



I was reading "The Doors of Perception " by Aldous Huxley during the painting of this work.
One does not need to be under the influence of mind altering substances to understand the malleability of reality and how we consistently change our perception of the now to assess and comprehend our present.
My art de-focuses focal point in order to challenge the viewers perception of what they are looking at. My paintings are meant to "visually change" as moods, sounds and environment change.
The work is not so much about the image, but more about the perception of the viewer.
My goal is to get the viewer to actually "see" themselves think.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Don DeLeva: painting : She War Heels.


She War Heels:  Wood panel, acrylic paint, varnish,  5"x 7"x .275. 1/23/17



Don Deleva art: painting My Black Cape, 2016

Don DeLeva Art, painting of an abstract woman, architectural,

My Black Cape:  clay board panel, acrylic paint, varnish,  5"x 7"x .175. 2016
SOLD : Steve Nelson Collection, Indianola, IA


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Don DeLeva art : vulnerable

Don Deleva art

Madison Price :  .250 Ply wood, acrylic paint, varnish,  8"x 10" 10/2016
SOLD: Marty and Tony Price.

This painting brings me to a place in my work that is easy to criticize. It's a cat dressed in a jacket...

Why do I feel the need to explain this?
One, I painted it as a gift.
Two, I have a cat and yes I think she is cute as hell.
Three, I have come to a place in my 30 years of painting that I am done with the critics in my head and hands.

I just want to paint. I have only about 15 to 20 years left and I just want to paint and promote it the way that is most comfortable to me.

Maybe you get to a place in your life that you realize the things that are truly you are the most powerful for you.
For example, I would much rather be painting then socializing. I think this has been a major component in why my work is not more commonly known.