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.