Thursday, May 24, 2012

'The Curve'

                                         'The Curve' finished... a bit of trouble photographing the colors!

..a bit of trouble photographing these colors, colors may vary due to your monitor settings. posted below are 'in progress'... click on any of the images to view full screen... 'The Curve' is available with at my DPW site

                                            'THE CURVE'
                                                 24 inch oil on gallery wrap canvas 1 and 1/2 inches deep ready to hang complete with backer wire and professional varnish, no need to frame.


The process that I like to use most when painting is a bit like drifting at sea... I have my paddle and oars, and a sense of direction, getting to the island is another story.

I don't mind throwing in an experiment every now and again, to see where it takes me... in fact, that is what I love most about painting.  I can stay right in my studio and make the sun shine, or not.  

One of the things that bother most about painting is the lack of satisfaction.  While I am painting I am completely taken by the lull of the waves, but quickly this feeling comes to a crashing end when I am finished with the piece. 

                                          'Adrift'     oil on gallery wrap canvas, 24 inch square
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I don't quite understand it all yet, but somehow the paintings seem to connect with my feelings.  It is almost as though I wouldn't need to use words to express myself, but still I do, so that I can figure out what it was that kid inside was trying to say.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Inspirational Duckface.....

                                                          16x20 oil on gallery wrap
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                                *LINK TO THIS PAINTING ON CURRENT AUCTION*

... While admiring some masterworks of previous years I couldn't help but take notice that several of these lovely portraiture style works seemed to be of seated women crafting a needle work piece or some such 'hobby' of the time.   I had to then wonder, what is it that we do today, that wasn't a passion of the past.

It doesn't take a rocket scientist (I am not a rocket scientist)- to figure out that computers have taken hold of generations today.   Most non-rocket scientists who have surfed the net may also take note of the method that the generation today uses the internet to make connections for social purpose.  One seems to be by taking 'plumped up' photos of oneself while standing in front of a mirror- (some define this as duck face) or perhaps a friend will take a photo so you can share the great time you had with anyone else who happens to bump into your picture on the net. 

The rocket scientist who might occasionally browse my blog would know I love to paint faces.  That said, chances are good they might have to be an artist to understand exactly how the process of  inspiration works.  I really shouldn't assume that a scientist might be on another plain than an artist, just making an uneducated, but somewhat experienced guess.

The easiest way to explain how inspiration works for me would be to tell you what I can't do.

I am sure you have all heard similar expression such as 'creating from the soul', right?
Every once in a great while I get this hair brained idea to try something different, maybe abstract, or a folk painting (which I have did a fair amount of  in the past) ....  Have you ever tried to get lemonade from a cow?  It just doesn't work!

To make a long story shorter, the rocket scientist who realizes that I love to paint faces, would then put two and two together and understand why I might be inspired to paint 'duck faces'.   Hmmm.... sort of like someone who has lived on the plains of North Dakota... and gets the chance of a lifetime to see where the rolling hills take them.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Defiantly Green ...... Backers Update link

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 It just felt right to name this piece Defiantly Green- and yes, it is a bit personal. 

Have you ever experienced a moment like you have hit one of those bumps and havn't landed yet.. all in slow motion....ready to start rolling and then thunk... the stars come, lights go out... start flickering and then the answer stares down in your face.... dangled from the arms of an angel?  I am there.  The feeling is so strong that I hesitate to share the moment because I am not sure that is a moment anyone wants to share.  To work thru these bumps I try remind myself savor the sweets ... and am happy with the result of the painting.

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