A Whale Tale

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”

The Story Behind “The Knot”, a straitjacket 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”

Selection – composing new work

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”