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
Room Enough but Not to Much
September 6, 2014
Summerblasts it wayintothehouse;as itroars, filling every nook and cranny with a luxuriant warm glow. For a few days we are having a taste of weather not usual for us and is most enjoyable. Light glitters on the bay as we gaze out the windows and a flight of pelicans skim over the sparking water. More often in the morning the sounds of birds on the wing fill the morning breeze and the smell and cool edge of fall waft in the open windows. Energy pulses from golden vibrating light. The sun chases shadows from their hiding places and turns the vegetation a dazzling yellow green. The hues have changed toward the fall palette, more gold, orange and russet parade in the garden as bees work feverishly to harvest the nectar before the blooms fade. It is a great time to paint. We have the doors and windows open and the breeze has not yet become too cold.
The bridge is getting more colorful and the trees in the background are becoming rich and textured with the symbols of ancient peoples and geometrics that defy easy categorization. Verdant colors mix, blend and dance with each other as they follow the contours of rain carved canyons forming an enormous mantle draped on the immense hillside. Arches soar over the river as the bridge stands, feet in water head in the sky offering a thoroughfare to the distant forested mountains. Serpents continue to meander across golden backgrounds in search of something while displaying hues of red, orange and blues mixed with black and white.
Have the panels ready to start a new series of works exploring the boundaries we set for ourselves and how they change us. By limiting our actions we place some areas out of our experience for our good and sometimes for our harm. Our prejudices, beliefs, traditions and choices can be productive and destructive. It is the size, shape and strength of a surface that you are going to work on. It limits you by the nature of what is available for you to create on. Where we place ourselves, who we come in contact with, what objects we surround ourselves with, what we read, all impact the canvas we live/paint on. What brings the best of ourselves out? What environment gives us the freedom to achieve the most excellent satisfying life?
Have been watching the lack of development in a group of people I know. The holding onto traditions and the past has become a poison that is killing their growth. The group gets smaller and frailer as the apathy becomes more pronounced, answers become nothing more than shared despair. The vitality is replaced with lethargic fatigue, purpose with indifference, and a clear vision with aimlessness. Since I do not think anyone would start out to fail as a goal, there must be something that changes the intent from success. Is it the lack of consideration of what the commitment would require or was it a poorly articulated goal or an unforeseen change? I know that, in painting, if you do not understand scale the work will not fit the space. Either too large and the image can’t fit in the space or too small and it becomes insignificant. Either way the viewer is lost to know what the object maker was trying to communicate. Just like groups that really don’t understand why they have gathered together. So am going to try to think while I wander around and smear paint on a canvas, giving visual form to my thoughts.
Hope you will be able to figure out why you have made the choices you have and if they are good keep them and if not get rid of them. Life is too short to waste away doing things you don’t love. Build a better place for you and others.