Wednesday, December 14, 2011

blues

This is a new one.  Part of a series
called "flood" which has been
going on for a few years.  Still
experimenting with the drippy
paint application, and still mostly
liking it.  This is like 12x12 inches.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

some sketches



some recent sketches.
still pursuing that unattainable
goal of "loosening up".
these are satisfyingly loose,
but boy is it a struggle...

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Self Portrait




The evolution of a self portrait.
I love being able to go back in
time and see the different incarnations
of a painting.  The problem is I
forget most times to take progress
pictures as I am painting.  I like
where this one ended up, but I'm
surprised that i also like where it started
with just one quick loose
application of paint....

Friday, November 11, 2011

Painting again...


Well, after a long and frustrating forced hiatus I've finally
managed to get myself into the studio on a fairly regular basis
over the past month or so.  Which means I finally have some new
stuff to show anyone who might be interested in seeing it.  I'm
going to try and keep updating the blog with new and old stuff
on a more regular basis, but my true goal is to have a new
bonafide website up and running by early next year (by mardi gras,
come hell or high water!).
This is one of the first pieces I did when I started pushing
paint around again.  it was a conscious decision on my part
to change things up.  To get looser and hopefully a bit more
expressive.  I'm pretty happy with it and I'm excited about
the direction it's leading my art.
More to come soon...


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

madonna

Not the singer, but the original virgin.
I am constantly fascinated and amazed
with religious iconography even if I
don't consider myself overly religious.
There are so many incredibly beautiful
portraits of the virgin mary throughout
history, I can't help but try my hand
every now and again. 
Still not painting with color but I am
enjoying these monochromatic
drawing/painting things I've been
doing.  i consider them drawings,
but they are done with acrylic paints
on watercolor paper, so maybe
they are paintings...

Friday, April 8, 2011

jesters


Well I am getting into the studio lately but
seem to be more focused on sketching and
preliminary stuff than actual paintings right
now.  I'm not going to fight it.  Rather. I'll just
let the muse take me where she will...

Monday, March 28, 2011

colored pencil

another recent drawing, this one with colored pencils. 
6x7 inches. Nice enough but ENOUGH LOLLYGAGGING!
Time to start painting again....

Saturday, March 19, 2011

jester study

Sometimes it's nice to throw all color decisions
out the window and just paint.  I need to do some more of
these...

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

a couple


of small watercolor pencil drawings.  haven't been able to get
back into the groove yet since mardi gras but here's a couple
of drawings.  both are around 6x7" and both should become
paintings someday...

Thursday, March 10, 2011

doubt #2

well, needless to say, i haven't gotten much ( ergo; anything.) done in
the studio over the past week or so with mardi gras and all.  thank goodness
all that is over with.  i'm not sure i could stand much more fun.  all that
fun is hard work!
this painting is something else.  the top version was the first session which
i ended up not liking at all the next day, so i continued to struggle and fiddle
with it off and on over the next couple of weeks.  on more than one occasion
i was on the verge of just painting over the whole thing as i alternated between
kind of liking it and outright disgust.  something made me stick with it though
and finally after a war of attrition i ended up with the finished painting on the bottom.
and i thought i was pretty happy with it.  now though, seeing the different stages
next to each other, i'm not sure i don't like the first version the best after all...
cripes!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

after

another thing i'd like to explore more is the juxtaposition
of figures against a patterned background.  it
always seems to add a certain amount of depth
and added interest to a piece.  this one's from a
few months ago.  it was a bit of a struggle but i enjoyed
the end result.
20x24"

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

another color study

i've been really unfocused in the studio lately. 
all over the map, drawing, random painting,
some studies.  not altogether unpleasant but not
very productive either.  this one's another
little 8x10" color study.  trying a little different
style.  i like it.  be interesting to see how it
translates to a larger piece.  all in due time
i suppose...

Thursday, February 17, 2011

revel #2

This painting pretty much kicked my butt. I hadn't done a large
painting in so long I forgot how much work it is.  Well 2  1/2
weeks later I remembered!  How artists can work on paintings
for months and months is just a mystery to me.  By the end
of this one I didn't want to look at it anymore.  I like it alot now
though.  The struggle was worth it.  I joked that I should call this
"mardi gras gothic" but that seems a little gimicky to me and I
really didn't have the iconic painting by Grant Wood (see link) 
in mind when I started, so it became "revel #2.

Monday, February 14, 2011

mask #3


the top one is the underpainting done after a really frustrating
few hours painting something else.  i was mad and it was quick
but i actually kind of like the looseness of the paint handling. 
the bottom is the finished painting with a new palette of
purple/greys and a much more pleasant evening of
painting...

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Blue #10

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.
and more...
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.
and more..
nah.  i think that's enough for now.  it's a start...

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

blue #9

this one started out as a quick study
and developed into a painting.  mostly i like
it but  i'm not 100%
sold on it and i can't figure out what
bothers me about it...
frustrating.


Saturday, February 5, 2011

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

veneer #2


this one's from a couple of months
ago.  i like the colors which
came about more or less accidentally.  always nice when it
works out, but not so fun when you spend 2 and a 1/2
hours painting and realize at the end that you
don't like the colors.  that happened last night.
maybe i'll like it better after a day away from it...
we'll see.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

blue #8

another small one in the blue girl
series.  8x10  acrylic on paper.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

harlequin 5

latest in the series of harlequins
i've been doing.  16x20" acrylic
on canvas.  generally i like the way
my paintings end up looking when
i paint on canvas but i really don't enjoy the
process so much.  too much tooth to fight
against.  maybe i need to try a smoother
canvas and see if i like it...

Thursday, January 20, 2011

mask #2

the second little cropped face painting.
this one's a bit smaller 8x10", and involves more than
2 colors.  like this one too.
more to come...

Monday, January 17, 2011

mask

i've been thinking about doing a series of close up cropped faces for
awhile now.  done a few drawings and this is the first
painting.  don't imagine they will all be monochrome,
but i like this one.
11x14"
acrylic on paper

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Well, here goes nothing...


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.