July 08, 2017

521 Great Big World

Landscape521 Great Big World
6x8 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord
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Usually I keep all of my photo references organized based on photographer but I seem to have misplaced the attribution of the photo I referenced for this work. If this looks like a painting that references your photo please let me know and I'll add the attribution.

Anyway ... I decided to squeeze in a second work today, shifting gears to landscape cause it's been so long since I've tackled one.

520 To Love the Problem

Her hands are never cold520 To Love the Problem
6x8 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord
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I referenced two photos: The first was a photo by @kjthompsonphoto of @onndreeuh and the second by @daveaharonian of @muirinafae.

There were many parts of this painting that were extremely challenging for me. The face, the figure, the hands, the hair ... I'm a drippy mess right now because I feel like I just ran a marathon confronting and resolving the challenges/problems. But how lucky am I that such things are my "problems" which serve as evidence that I am alive. To love the problem ... to work through it ... to not chase easy ... to be alive.

July 06, 2017

All I need is: more than love.

LoveIt's gotten a lot easier over the last couple of decades but honestly, I feel awkward when someone says "I love you" to me and even more awkward when I say "I love you" back to someone. Which is why I rarely say it.  I'm pretty sure it's a cultural thing.

Most people who are culturally Korean don't really say "I love you." We experience this other thing called jeong that we sometimes admit is happening to us ... but not very loudly nor publicly (unlike the Pharisees), and never in ALL CAPS. The definition of jeong is multifaceted and can include esteem, regard, affection, respect, attachment, and more ... including strands of love.

The reason I bring this up is because when our society is debating a delicate and complex matter I notice there's frequently someone who says "all we need is love." And though I respect the intent, I find that after that sentiment is spoken, the critical  thinking, contemplation, analysis, and debate slow down ... not in a good way.

It reminds me of when I was at this event and engaged in an important discussion with a person. We were interrupted by a third person who came up and put a piece of paper into my hand and then left. The paper said "dream big." It could have just as well said "all you need is love" or "be brave" or "shine bright" or "live love laugh." Lordy.

I do love love. Especially the compassionate-for-the-disenfranchized-and-poor-strand. But I need more than love on a strip of paper. I need tenacious audacity of those willing to speak truth to power, I need scientists and academics who research and study things for years and then share their findings, I need analysis, I need discipline, I need practice, I need competence, I need expertise, I need room for doubt, I need freedom to dissent ... I need a culture sensitive enough to realize that "I love you" doesn't make everyone feel exactly the same.

519 Becoming 2

Becoming2519 Becoming 2
6x8 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord
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I referenced the same subject (Caitlyn) as I did for 518 Becoming ... slightly different pose and this time with oils as I pursue the whole there/not there aesthetic ... where I try to practice an economy of strokes to not paint the shit out of my subject ... because I'm not painting baseboards ... I'm painting expressive emotions.

518 Becoming

IMG_1796518 Becoming
18x24 inches :: original acrylic painting on stretched canvas
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This was my demo painting from the private painting session I taught yesterday to a group of four people. The subject we referenced was Caitlyn, the daughter of one of the painters. Her features captivated all of our imaginations and I'm so grateful she allowed us paint her. Today, I finished the work and added the foliage growing from her eye. That's the "abstract" and "magical" part of what I call #representationalabstract in terms of my painting practice.

July 05, 2017

517 Floral Flag

Americanflag517 Floral Flag
24x18 inches :: original acrylic painting on stretched canvas with oil pastel
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This is the second painting I made yesterday, inspired by a vintage American quilt. Onward we go.

July 04, 2017

516 Seattle Rose

Roses516 Seattle Rose
18x24 inches :: original acrylic painting with oil pastels on stretched canvas
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This is the demo painting that I started while teaching my acrylic Expressive Flowers class in Seattle. I shipped it to my home and had a wonderful time finishing it today.

It made me think of all the wonderful humans who were in the class ... and how they let me rant and rave about many things including how a flower isn't just one color. It's many colors, including some counter-intuitive ones that can only come forth if we really really take time to observe ... as we pursue not the illustrative life, but the expressive painterly one.

515 Stay Woke

Staywoke515 Stay Woke
24x18 inches :: original acrylic painting on stretched canvas
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I referenced a vintage quilted American flag quilt for this work. I dedicate the work in for all who refuse to put our heads in the sand as we work hard to think critically, resist that which is not right and invest our sweat and tears to preserve that which is right and compassionate for nation and world. Thank you to all who dare to stay woke.

July 03, 2017

514 Fluidity

IMG_1418514 Fluidity
6x8 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord
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This is my demo painting from today's private painting session that I taught. I referenced a photo of a female model from a fashion book. The reference photo was intriguing to begin with because I felt the subject's gender looked fluid ... female in certain ways, male in other ways ... throughout the day, I saw that with certain strokes, the subject took on a female energy and with other strokes, a male energy.

I read a passage yesterday by Claudia Mesch regarding the history of gay identity art and how work by artists such as Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and others started to put forth through art, queer identity that had been too unworthy or too dangerous in conventional art to pursue ... and that the pursuit of such work by such artists has been to resist against not only patriarchy but against heteronormativity as it has been traditionally practiced within the medium of painting.

Heteronormativity. What a concept. It makes me ponder ... my life as a painter ... what I normalize, what I resist, what I dare champion as beautiful, to contradict convention.

So this work ... I am happy with the gender fluidity that it exudes ... and the boundaries regarding sexuality and gender that it pushes. After all ... we are all born naked and the rest is drag. #rupaul

#dailypainting #allaprima


June 29, 2017

513 Ofglen

Ofglen513 Ofglen
6x6 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord
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I referenced a photo of @alexisbledel 's portrayal of Ofglen in @HandmaidsOnHulu based on a novel by @margaretatwood for this work.

#nolitetebastardescarborundorum #resist #maidez #handmaidstale

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