Tuesday, March 29, 2011

'da hood

8"x10" oil/linen

This is a view towards the capitol dome from a less than desirable section of the city. I find boarded up buildings and junk cars incredibly interesting all the while recognizing the depressing state of things that create this situation. Finding beauty in the ugly. An artists job indeed!
I'm getting grounded again and can see things I need to do.
ps. I left the dome out.

Monday, March 28, 2011


5"x7" oil

A quick sketch based on an image burned in my brain predawn today. It's ok to play I say. Formula may please the mind, and representation might pay the rent, appreciating paint for what it is is what soothes my soul when all is said. Done.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

St. Patricks Cathedral

24"x20" oil/linen

Yet another attempt at the local dome I see from my house. It is a truly impressive church to see in person. I still try to capture it. I suppose most cities have similar structures. I'm sure others are as fascinated with their own as I am with this one.........

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


20"x24" oil/linen

This is a theme I do every spring. I love Van Goghs orchard paintings. I just have a different approach and result. More tonalist I suppose. Minimalist perhaps. At any rate, spring is close and snow is in the forecast. @$fu#@. Yes, I've had enough of winter. This creepy spring orchard piece found its way out of me today. We will see if any more do.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

wreck-less abandon

40"x30" oil/linen

I am painting like a mad man. A brief thought leads to multiple strokes. Big brush.... hint of light.... a structure perhaps... it's all  meaningless unless there is cohesion...a few thoughts along the way....

Saturday, March 12, 2011

still kickin'

40"x30" oil/linen

Trying to get back in the groove.

Friday, March 4, 2011

different mindsets and perceptions

14"x12" oil/panel

As my mind altering cold fades I find the energy to at least tweak 2 pieces that I felt needed changes. The top is a piece that is a Gruppe study. The bottom is from 2 posts ago. I couldn't stand that dark value in the water. Somehow I saw like that when painting but thankfully I see it differently now!

5"x7" oil

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

still sick

24"x30" oil

My apologies. These new cold bugs seem to be "super bugs". Everyone I know thats had this one is down for a week and I'm on track with that. This is a piece from a few years back. It represents clarity, which I wish I had in my head right now.

On a sad note, the first neighbor that I ever had at an art show passed away from lymphoma the 27th of February. A mere 2 years ago he and his wife Trilla stayed at our house while doing the Longs Park show in Lancaster with no signs of illness. It's amazing how quickly artists form bonds and just as amazing how quickly they can be dissolved.
You will be missed Robert