Thursday, July 17, 2014

Oil figure/portrait

c.18" x 24"/oil on canvas/2013
This is one of those paint-overs I do far too frequently or so I feel.  Maybe if I could afford to keep a flow of materials headed to my work space I'd be less inclined to re-use what I consider failed on some level.  Anyway, here it is for what it is.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Broken Whelk/2014

c. 3" x 7"/ink on paper
I'm working on a series of smaller (12" to 24" on the longest side) oil pictures of shells I've scavenged on my frequent trips to the family house on Buzzards Bay this summer.  As part of the exercise, I've done many ink drawings trying to learn about the subject and how to represent the curves and more or less simple complexity of the objects....the features I most appreciate.  These whelk shells are the most difficult to understand and render and finding an intact one on the rocky stretch of beach I wander is a rare occurrence.
So, I've completed four pieces and am well into the fifth.  Whelks in various stages of fractured status have been the subjects so far but I'm going to move on to oysters and clams next.  The image below is my rendition of an oyster shell.  More later!

6" x 9"/ink on paper

Thursday, July 10, 2014

More abstract

Gouache, watercolor, graphite, pastel on foam board.

Friday, June 13, 2014


Watercolor and gouache on foam board.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Project for summer/visualizing the margins, edges in personal connections

I tried to get this clip positioned differently but alas without success!
I think Ron Sexsmith is a wonderful lyricist and I'm a fan of his "wordsmithing" to the point where I'd describe him as eloquent and on the popular music plateau as one of the really good ones.
Just sort of a coincidence that this piece popped into my listening cache once again. I'd been reading and writing trying to sort out a concept to pursue over the next few months, perhaps longer, that will would put into image(s) my examination of individuality, ego, boundaries and edges....just can't quite put it into better words right now......not too eloquent myself, huh?
Ego development, its strength and weakness is maybe a weird subject for a painter to examine but it seems to me it is a topic loaded with visual possibilities.  While the ego mediates the messages of the external world and establishes a "self" it must, or so I speculate, find room for and integrate with other "egos" and perhaps a particular ego or partner on a more intimate level since our species is social, among other things.  The "spaces between" the lots of other egos around and possibly another ego on a more intimate level is where I want to look.....I think.  Boundaries, reaching, edges, respect, eros, ice and fire, friendship. 
I guess I'll have to challenge my introverted tendencies to see where I'm going with this.
To start, I'm going to consider life in shells!