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November 13, 2017


583 King James


Kingjames
583 King James
8x8 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord
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I referenced an image of @kingjames as captured by @nick_knight for this work.

#allaprima #lebron #lebronjames #dailypainting

November 12, 2017


582 Take to the Oars


Full582 Take to the Oars
24x18 inches :: original acrylic painting with pencil on stretched canvas
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"If the wind will not serve, take to the oars." (Latin Proverb)

November 10, 2017


581 Tangerine Dreams


Tracey581 Tangerine Dreams
8x10 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord
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I had the pleasure of painting Tracey, who was our live model who posed in @studiocrescendoh for open studio today. The last time I painted her, her hair was purple. Today, it was more tangerine-ish.


580 Ring of Fire


Fire580 Ring of Fire
20x20 inches :: original acrylic paint with pencil and oil pastels on stretched canvas
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I started this work last week and finished it today. I referenced an image by @mehrandjojan for the work.

#dailypainting #johnnycash #ringoffire

November 06, 2017


579 You Make Me Feel


Consent
579 You Make Me Feel
8x8 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord
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I referenced an image of @biancaserenatruzzi for this work.

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Looking out on the morning rain
I used to feel so uninspired
And when I knew I had to face another day
Lord, it made me feel so tired
Before the day I met you, life was so unkind
But you're the key to my peace of mind

 

November 01, 2017


FEATHERS, RESISTANCE & FLIGHT


Feathers

FEATHERS
I recently read a review about a book titled The Evolution of Beauty by Richard Prum (David Dobbs, The New York Times, September 24, 2017). The book presents research that dates back to Darwin ... showing that though feathers eventually became instruments for flight, their original function was to enhance male birds' sexual appeal. Beauty first. Flight second. Makes me ponder the facets needed for existence and survival. Aesthetics affect how we treat each other. So do pragmatics and skills. They are all related to survival and evolution.

RESISTANCE
Recently, a person asked me regarding my resistance art: "When will the resistance be done?" In other words, when will you shut the fuck up? To which I said: "I refuse to answer such an absurd, hypothetical question." The question reflects a mindset that thinks that checks and balances are a waste of time because they are inconvenient for those who'd rather defer to power, give power a break, look the other way when power misbehaves ... even at the risk of ushering in totalitarianism.  The existence of a free press irritates those who want power to have free reign. They ask slightly differently worded yet equally absurd questions like ... "When will the reporting end?" "When will the probing end?" "When will the investigating end?"

Not too long ago, I saw an interview that a U.S. Senator gave a reporter. He was asked if our democracy was in jeopardy. And he said that though we have much to be concerned about, we still have a critical mass of people staying vigilant ... and we still have a free and robust press. For some reason, I burst into tears when I heard that answer because I feel we are at such a dangerous precipice where all of that could collapse.

FLIGHT
After reading that piece about feathers, I did some research about feathers and flight. I learned that in order to fly, we first need to overcome our own WEIGHT (i.e., gravity), then we need to create an upward force called LIFT, then we need to generate THRUST for forward motion, and finally, to keep moving and eventually fly, we need to overcome the RESISTANCE of the air called "drag."

As stated by artist Maya Lin, "To fly, we need resistance."

I can't help but get choked up thinking about the tireless, beautiful feathers who ensure that we evolve, survive, and fly not in spite of, but BECAUSE of our vigilance, and multi-faceted resistance.

#artandactivismlog #resistancelog #resist

 

 

 

October 26, 2017


578 Barbara with a Braid


Barb578 Barbara with a Braid
9x12 inches :: original oil painting on paper
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What a treat to paint one of my favorite models today: Barbara. I've painted her many times but this was the first time she had her hair in a braid. So cute.

Barbara

October 25, 2017


577 Avocado on a Plate


Avo577 Avocado on a Plate
6x8 inches
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Given that I almost painted an avocado yesterday, I had a slightly easier time than usual, deciding what to paint today. An avocado! From our tree, no less.

October 24, 2017


476 Another Day


Still476 Another Day
8x8 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord
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Took me a while to compose this still life and originally it was going to include an avocado but I replaced that element with the cup and saucer. Avocado another day.

October 17, 2017


475 You Still


Nude475 You Still
6x8 inches :: original oil painting on linen board
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I referenced a photo by @my_secret_dream2 for this work.

Who knows how long I've loved you
You know I love you still
Will I wait a lonely lifetime
If you want me to, I will

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