Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Monday, June 11, 2012

5 pieces in progress

24" x 36"
Oil on canvas

I'm working on about five pieces, including the above and have found that moving from one to the other is actually a great way to paint.  This one is just about done; I added some light after I took this photo so maybe I'll post the completed version next week or so.  I'll keep poking at it, I know. Again, my apology for the really poor photography....but I do want to have it seen!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Venus in Transit/2004-2012

Venus, the god of beauty, some time ago morphed with Aphrodite to become the god of love.  The planet with her name will, some time this evening where I'm situated, begin to slide across the Sun in a transit which won't occur again for 100+ years.  Venus will align with Earth, between it and the Sun, and appear as a tiny dot as it moves.  Scientists, from what I gather, are exercised beyond ecstasy at the prospects of gathering data to assist in searching the universe for other planets, some of which might support life.
I find the science fascinating but the myths much more appealing, compelling.
This rendering of the goddess in a realm of fantastic surroundings high above Earth still challenges me in the sense that she continues to ask questions about what it means to be human, with or without love, how we see our relationship with objects in the universe but mostly how we constantly try to reach understanding.
It also reminds me of a favorite work:  "Eros, the bittersweet" by Anne Carson, a philosophical examination of erotic love with chapter titles like "What does the lover want from love?" , "Finding the edge"  and  "Ice- pleasure."

Sunday, June 3, 2012


In a bold move (for me) I chose these six images to submit to
a regional, museum-sponsored, competition for selection to a group exhibition to take place later this year.  The application required that I give them "titles" (!), provide their dimensions (!) , put them on a CD at 100 dpi (?) and label them in a digital code as jpg's from me.  Oh, and if I wanted, provide an artist's statement.  Much more exhausting than the actual painting process...one that depletes energy rather than cranks it!
If someone likes these that would be great.  I know that I do!

Friday, June 1, 2012