Green isnot usually one of my favorite colors, but, of late, it is one that I seem drawn to. The new small works of leaves, rocks and water intrigue...
Color of interest
June 30, 2014
Trust you are enjoying the new website. It is great to be able to share the work I have done and, as the weeks go by, the paintings I am working on....
My New Website
June 26, 2014
SpottedSerpents are not my first thought as I greet the day, and yet they have been popping up in my mind the last few days. I did a series of serp...
July 5, 2014
Early September thoughts
September 3, 2014
Two red roses sit bathed in the hot morning light radiating a fiery aura across the table into the living room like a beacon. The cool mornings have been replaced with the warmth of the new days of September. Nights prolong their visits and it takes longer for the stars to wave their good byes before dawn hides them.
Mother surveys the scene through the windows with anticipation hoping to see something that she can share with me. Always some bird or cloud that catches her attention and needs to be commented on. Her observations have evolved to comforting messages of her wellbeing and contentment, that in her world she can enjoy the images she sees. Am not sure anymore what she sees. Her memory of words fails more. She loses the names of the familiar and replaces them with ones she still has; regressing to a smaller vocabulary and is less articulate in her speech.
These bright clear days are wonderful for the light they bring. Colors pop, shadows are sharper, textures more apparent and everything is drenched in energy. It is a fantastic time to paint and feel the hot sun on the body when walking through the garden. How fast the hues change on the plants as the hand of fall touches them and prepares them for the coming time of sleep. Swarms of small butterflies descend on flowers and spiders set their nets wide to catch what flies by. There is a relaxed feeling as though all has been done and now to rest before the last sprint to prepare for winter and the wait for the spring equinox.
Things are going well for the art. Took 47 paintings to get their pictures taken so they can be shared in the galleries. Hope to have them there in a few weeks. Paintings have been finished for the show at the Coos Art Museum for the October show and soon will be bundled off. New serpent paintings are doing well as they develop and start to show themselves. The big bridge seems to be getting more exciting each day as new designs and colors weave themselves together. Water begins to shimmer, shadows create mysteries and clouds tower high above keeping a eye over the massive form of the bridge. Utilitarian, beautiful, elegant, inspiring and powerful all seem to blend as it emerges from the canvas toward what it will be. Have painted bridges before as more of a color shape or way of exploring the composition; not as the subject of the work, this stretches me to guide the viewer to experience the bridge in various aspects. To share what impacts and catches my heart as I think and paint the image. To turn concrete and steel into a thought, then into paint on canvas, then share with others to let them come up with their own reactions is exciting.
Sometimes the viewer, when talking about the work, exposes more of himself than the painting. Some create a narrative that only draws on a bit of the work to hang their story on. (A sort of Rorschach test done in oil paint rather than ink.) I once attended a workshop where we were asked to write about an object. It was most revealing. The result was a projection of my concerns and experiences; not the plant that I chose. Of course that is the bottom line of art, it is the artist revealing themselves in ways, sometimes clearly sometimes obscurly and always revealing more than they think they are.
Hope you will find in the warm days and pools of sun peace and the joy of being alive and see beauty in every place you are. Take extra good care David