Friday, November 27, 2009

A river runs through

6"x6" oil/panels

atmosphere, shape and geometry seem to be of particular interest again.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Annapolis revisited

16"x20" oil/canvas

A study from materials collected during Paint Annapolis 2009. I am fascinated with the overabundance of subject matter yet the calm, serene sensation that exists while being on location. I've tried to capture that.

For me, there is an attraction in finding calmness within the darkness.

Thursday, November 19, 2009


36"x48" oil/canvas

The last set of paintings had a purpose. I was very delibrate with the brush strokes, I maintained a minimalist approach, and I paid very close attention on how I mixed the paint. I also knew they were studies for a much larger painting that I wanted to do. I learned alot from those small ones. The main goal was to get the feeling of something big, ie a weather phenomenon, with as little detail as possible. Let the paint do the talking. I had an epiphany while doing the 3rd 6x6. I dont know why it took me so long to figure this out. Mix all the primaries individually with the stand oil first.... THEN mix the desired colors very loosely allowing many color varieties to happen in each brushstroke!!I should note I use only 3 warm red, yellow, and blues and 3 cool red, yellow and blues plus zinc white. As I appproached this big painting and started mixing I felt really good about the new approach. In fact I felt good during the entire session.

As usual, emotional impact is an important element in art for me. I seem to be gravitating towards a real theme. I've always been a weather freak, and the possible metaphors behind the various atmospheric conditions seem to be endless.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

clearing skies

6"x6" oil/panels




As the massive cloud formations build overhead, the strength of breeze and the distant blue sky to the west confirms-a break in the weather.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

flow and obstruction

6"x6" oil/board

I've been preoccupied lately with the idea of thought patterns and wellness of being. I attended a seminar years ago that addressed the issue of: our thoughts and the relationships of our thoughts on our health. Most of us have preoccupations of some sort with a particular issue. These preoccuopations manifest within the body. Certain preoccupations manifest at particular spots within the body.

Ok, I digress. The ancient greeks treated health as a lifestyle not a chronic disorder. How many chronic disorders do we all have now? How many people call art a health pursuit? Yes, people died from plague, malaria.... but not everyone was treated for a lifetime disorder in the "old days".

These 3 paintings represent my attempt to confront this issue. There is a current blockage of positive energy flow. The creek represents the flow and the few out croppings are the blockage. I'm working towards a dam break!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

burgundy and yellow iris

8"x8" oil/ panel

I've finished the third iris for my mom. They will make a nice display hung together. I've used an inferior camera for the photo of this one. Liz has the good camera this weekend.