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June 22, 2017


509 What Would Michael Do?


Mcarson509 What Would Michael Do?
6x6 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord
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I'm a big fan of painter Michael Carson and frequently find myself asking "what would @mcarson1999 do?" whenever I'm painting portraits. For this work, not only did I ask that of myself, I also referenced a photo of his model @indianpyton that he posted on his IG. I'm so grateful that he did. I learned a great deal with this work, which I approached very very differently than I normally do as I continue to pursue new ways of knowing and understanding.

June 19, 2017


508FM Nolite


Nolite508FM Nolite
6 inches diameter :: original watercolor/gouache painting and free motion stitching on cotton fabric
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I referenced a photo of @elisabethmossofficial from @handmaidsonhulu for this work. I first free motion stitched the portrait and text on cotton with a sewing machine (without any pre-drawn marks), then added watercolors and gouache. Basting stitches keep excess fabric pulled to the back side of the work, which can be unbasted and the entire work released from the hoop if desired. "Nolite te bastardes carborundorum" is a Latin-derivative term from The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, which loosely translates to "Don't let the bastards grind you down."

June 17, 2017


507 Jar of Beauties


Jarofbeauties507 Jar of Beauties
18x24 inches :: original acrylic painting with oil pastels on stretched canvas
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I painted most of this last week as a demo painting when I was teaching my acrylic flowers class. I finished it today.

June 16, 2017


506 Peonies Everywhere


Peonies506 Peonies Everywhere
6x8 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord
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Yep. It's peony season. They're everywhere right now. And that's a good thing I think. I referenced a photo of a photo of peonies from my flowers workshop I taught last week.

June 05, 2017


505 Tardy Donut


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505 Tardy Donut
4x4 inches :; original oil painting on gessobord
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It was national donut day a couple of days ago and I ran out of time and couldn't paint the donut that I had intended to paint. So here it is ... the tardy donut with sprinkles ... on a smaller size than what I usually paint. I referenced a photo of a donut that I found on the Internet.

Donut


504 Petal by Petal


Rose504 Petal by Petal
6x6 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord
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No matter how many times I paint flowers, I always get intimidated by them before I start. And then I begin. Petal by petal, stroke by stroke.

I referenced a photo by @lisa_heaney for this work.

June 04, 2017


503 Crunchy Petals


Driedroses503 Crunchy Petals
6x8 inches :: original acrylic painting with oil pastels on stretched canvas
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I referenced dried roses that I placed in a small blue pot for this work as I continue my pursuit and practice of  #representationalabstract or #abstractrepresentational

June 02, 2017


502 Cello Waiting


Cello502 Cello Waiting
18x24 inches :: original acrylic painting with touches of oil pastel on stretched canvas
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I referenced my cello for this work as I tried very hard to simultaneously represent and make abstract, the subject. As much as I love my cello, I also love the red case that it sits in. As it waits so beautifully ... hoping to be played. 


#resistancelog (contemplation issue)


ContemplateSometimes, in response to what I see happen in the world, I find my art responding. The response could be:

  • an illustration of 22 pink balloons floating into the sky as I contemplate the lives that were lost by a radicalized suicide bomber in #Manchester, England.
  • an oil portrait of a 15-year-old #JordanEdwards as I contemplate how another unarmed Black male was shot to death by a cop in Dallas, Texas.
  • an illustration made with crumpled receipts to point out the ironies of my ecologically-aware yet consumption-driven lifestyle.

Sometimes I hear people ask "What's the solution?"

And I guess what I want to say in response to that is that I don't know, AND
I don't think solutions are linear or simple. X + Y doesn't necessarily = Z.

With social problems so deep-rooted, I wonder if an artist's ability to feel and express and contemplate increases our ability to empathize and better understand matters. And perhaps this is a mightily high service that art delivers to the world ... a service that inspires critical thinking and deep-end feeling ... and moments of honest contemplation ... about society and about self. 

#manchesterunited #blacklivesmatter #contemplation #artandactivism #resistancelog

May 31, 2017


501 Vase of Abstract


Abstract501 Vase of Abstract
18x24 inches :: original acrylic painting with oil pastels on stretched canvas
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I recently made a small oil painting of flowers in a vase. I referenced that painting to make this work, this time in acrylics, and much larger, and with touches of oil pastels. Also, I tried very hard to mix my representational mindset with a decisively abstract one to paint this work, all the while trusting the values. I think representational abstract is different from intuitive abstract.

 

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