i really like this painting, and i'm so happy that it's
going somewhere i'll get to see it every now and
again. i like to visit my babies whenever i get the
chance. i miss em...
on another note. an old friend asked me recently "why the sad eyes all the time?" a question i've heard
a few times before. my mom asked me once "why don't you paint a happy painting every once in
a while?"! so where do i begin? how do i explain without explaining everything?(art should have a certain amount of mystery i've always felt). so here goes... i've always gravitated towards art that has a certain
amount of emotion involved. some weight to it. it's what i like and what i try to produce. it's reflective, i think,of this world we live in and of this thing called existence which we have to try to cope with and puzzle
out. the world to me seems mostly not such a happy place so that's the way i paint it.
there's more though...
i'm fascinated by duality. by appearances and realities. the real emotion hiding just behind the mask. i
return again and again to the theme of jesters, harlequins, kings and queens in moments of sadness or loss
or meditation. moments that you would never see normally because these are emotions not
typically associated with these characters.
there's more though...
i love the juxtaposition of bright colors and dark emotion.
i can't deny the influence of new orleans and mardi gras on my art. it's a part of me and i'm sure part of the reason i am attracted to costumes and masks and the hiding of one's true self. but again, it's the
quiet moments after the revelry or before that i always gravitate towards.
nah. i think that's enough for now. it's a start...
So i've been threatening to get another web site up and running for months now and can't seem to manage to find the time or motivation to make it happen. instead i think i'll give this blogging thing a try. not as easy to see a bunch of pieces together on one page but at least it will give me a chance to get some images of new work out there for anyone who's interested in seeing it and if i decide to blabber on about anything i'll have a venue for that as well. so here we go...
this is one of the fairly recent paintings. underpainting/sketch on the bottom and finished painting on the top. still experimenting with a more muted palette and a less pointillistic paint handling. not sure if either will hang around for long. but that's where i am right now.