November 23, 2016

420 Easy Bird

Facil Dificil420 Easy Bird

7x5 inches :: acrylic on cradled wood

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I referenced a photo of a bird that I found on the Internet for this work. It was enjoyable and in many ways, it was easy. Not necessarily easy to paint but a concept easy and relaxing to pursue. Easy bird.

Most of the art that I make ... I'd say about 80 percent is representational work, where I try to capture something that I think is interesting or beautiful. About 20 percent of my work represents commentary about the world in which I live. I sometimes get surprised when such ideas come to me and I'm grateful when they do because I don't want to avoid stepping into concepts that are more difficult to pursue.  Of that 20 percent, there is another sub-set of ideas that startles me. I feel that's when I have something extremely strong to support or denounce (like the recent surge of misogyny and Neo-Nazism) and the concept for the art is quite strong. It takes a huge amount of concentration for me to cajole and protect those concepts out and see them through and release them into the universe. And it takes extreme personal strength to not give up on these ideas.

I seek neither to be any person's role model or inspiration. I seek solely to express the art that wants to come out of me and participate with the universe by sharing my art. How my expressions activate the viewer relates as much to my expressions as the viewer's state of being.

More than ever, I am grateful for my family that never seeks to censor my art.



November 22, 2016

419 Overture


419 Overture

18x24 inches :: acrylic on stretched canvas

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This is the demo painting I made while teaching a private painting session today in the studio. I loved being able to infuse music into the work ... I actually referenced the cover of a fascinating new book about music titled Absolutely on Music: Conversations by Haruki Murakami and Seiji Ozawa for the musical notes in her hair.

In music, the word "overture" marks the part that is played to get things started ... before the meaty part of the work gets played. Apart from the musical context, the word describes the part of other things (like a conversation, a friendship, a performance) that precedes the main thing. I like the word.

November 21, 2016

418 Best in Show

BestInShow418 Best in Show

8x6 inches :: oil on gessobord

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I stumbled onto an interesting photo of a Dalmatian on the internet that I decided to reference for this work. I think it was from a dog show site. Love the perspective of the dog, trainer, and all the interesting cast shadows.


November 20, 2016

417 Pussy Bow Optional

Pussybowoptional417 Pussy Bow Optional

6x6 inches :: oil on gessobord

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Consent always precedes the proper untying of a pussy bow.

November 19, 2016

Finding 50 :: The Brevity

Finding50I'm not 50 years old yet. But in a couple more months, on January 31st to be exact, I will be. I don't want to be that person who bemoans this number for superficial reasons ... the graying hair, the issues with the skin, the vision, the memory, and on and on. I mean, none of that is really any fun but when it comes down to it, I'm grateful to be alive. I'm grateful that I've been able to experience all that I have up until now and that I have a few more decades to enjoy, learn, love, and contribute. (Knock on wood.) And knowing that it's so brief, I find every single moment to be so precious.

Today I listened to an interview that Marc Maron did on his WTF podcast with David Crosby (of Crosby Stills and Nash). There was one point in the interview where David said that if in fact the concept is true ... the concept that each person exists because that person is meant to do something ... then he's pretty sure that he exists because he is meant to make music. Marc agreed.

That exchange freaked me out. I mean, there's a part of me now who thinks I'm meant to be a painter. But at any other moment in my last several decades of life, I could have thought that I was meant to be a social worker ... a magazine editor ... a fundraiser ... because I have been all of that at one time or another. Which makes me I mourn for the musician that I never became. Or the poet. Or the chef. Or the professor, or the ... on and on and on. But maybe a good way to think of it right now, as I look at life's halftime that's coming my way ... is that I'm doing at this moment, what I'm meant to be doing. And I did back then what I was meant to be doing then. Who knows what I'll be doing 5 years from now? Maybe painting still. Maybe painting while singing. Or maybe painting while singing and reciting poetry ... in a cute little dress and sassy shoes. :-)

So I guess that's why every moment feels so urgent.

There was another interview I read about when Billy Graham was asked what had been the most surprising thing for him, about life. And he responded, "the brevity of it."

The brevity of it.

I resolve to not bemoan 50. I resolve to find it with an urgency to thoroughly, deeply, stylishly, and gratefully experience it.


416 En Route

Airforceone416 En Route

6x6 inches :: oil on gessobord

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I referenced a photo by @petesouza for this work. It is one that he took while aboard Air Force One with President Obama, en route to Germany from Greece.

November 17, 2016

415 Let it Shine

Shine415 Let it Shine

6x8 inches :: oil on gessobord

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I started this painting in the studio while teaching a private painting session today with a beautiful human being/artist/friend. I finished it in my home studio and while finishing it, thought about this lovely song:

This little light of mine
I'm gonna let it shine
This little light of mine
I'm gonna let it shine
This little light of mine
I'm gonna let it shine. Let it shine. Let it shine. Let it shine.

Won't let anyone blow it out.
I'm gonna let it shine.
Won't let anyone blow it out.
I'm gonna let it shine.
Won't let anyone blow it out
I'm gonna let it shine.
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.


November 16, 2016

414 All Together Now ...

Let's paint414 All Together Now ...

12x9 inches :: acrylic painting on gessobord

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All together now ... Fuck it, let's paint.

November 15, 2016

413 I'm Yours

Bike413 I'm Yours

18x24 inches :: original acrylic painting on stretched canvas

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It's rare for me to stay on the same subject matter for two days in a row. But there's always a first, I guess! Another painting of a bicycle with a basket of flowers. I referenced an image I found on the internet. And on repeat in the studio today was this:

I'M YOURS (Jason Mraz)
Well, you done done me and you bet I felt it
I tried to be chill, but you're so hot that I meltedI fell right through the cracks
Now I'm trying to get back

Before the cool done run out
I'll be giving it my bestest
And nothing's gonna stop me but divine intervention.
I reckon, it's again my turn
To win some or learn some.

But I won't hesitate
No more, no more.
It cannot wait,
I'm yours ...

November 14, 2016

412 To See You Again

Bicycle1412 To See You Again

28x22 inches :: original acrylic painting on stretched canvas

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I referenced a photo by @freepeople for this work. This is the third time I've painted a bicycle. Love the subject matter so much. If you see a beautiful bicycle photo, would love for you to tag me ... for potential future work. Thank you. :-)

And I love James Taylor, who was on repeat in the studio ...

You just call out my name
And you know wherever I am
I'll come running, to see you again


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