A beautiful whale bone was lent to me by an artist/collector who wondered if I’d like to use it for a painting. Yes! How could I pass this up? Bones are a subject I love to explore. It turned out to be a bone of multiple personalities, and it presented me with challenges. This is the story of the painting and the bone. Continue reading “A Whale Tale”
Several years ago during a visit to Santa Fe, I saw one of the most interesting presentations of fine art I’d seen in a museum gallery.* It left a big impression. Next to each painting, there was a display of relevant documentation by the artist. Field notes, sketches, photographs. Paste-ups with drawings and photos combined. It gave me a sense of something being worked out for that specific painting, not just appearing fully formed onto a canvas. I couldn’t get enough. Continue reading “Studio Records | the trail of a painting”
The story behind the straitjacket paintings is important, because every fold & crease has its history. These garments got their knocks in the institution of performing arts. My friend Bob Taxin, magician & performer, owns three, which he let me use for my series of still lifes. That’s him in the photo, escaping (successfully) from a straitjacket while hanging from Continue reading “The Story Behind “The Knot”, a straitjacket painting”
A river or an ocean. Puddle, pond, pool.
Do they hold your fascination as they do mine?
Staring at water is something I really get into.
Looking back, I’m surprised to find so much water in my paintings. It was not a calculated theme. Continue reading “Why is Water So Compelling?”
Chuck Close said it best, “… if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that’s almost never the case.”
In setting out new work, I sift through an abundance of ideas, rather than await inspiration. I was asked recently about how I edit these ideas, so I thought I’d write a little about that this month. Continue reading “Selection – composing new work”
Freshly returned from a trip up the Mendocino coast, my mind’s full and I’m back in the studio. Field trips are part of the fabric of my work; a chance to see in different ways. Continue reading “Coastal Trip – field notes”
An Atlantic article has been generating talk lately, “Death of the Artist – Birth of the Creative Entrepreneur” by William Deresiewicz. While some parts resonated, others certainly drew a “hey, wait a minute!” from me. Is it really the “end of art as we know it”? To whom, and why, is the image of artist important? The definition of ‘artist’, art as commodity, working in multiple forms, and the role of money – all worthy topics. One topic was on my mind anyway – the balance of primary art work with supporting roles. Continue reading “Finding Balance”
Watercolors are not tamed.
I can push the oil paint around, sand it out, paint it over, take time.
Watercolors are more like horse-whispering.
An immediate collaboration of medium, painter and subject.
Be ready and focused. Say it in a stroke, a wash. Continue reading “The Watercolors”
I take pride in offering only original artwork. It is important to me that the hand of the maker is evident in the finished art object. Printer John Sullivan taught me first hand why an intaglio print by a master meets this criteria. Continue reading ““Red Balloon” intaglio prints”