Saturday, November 29, 2014

What's New?

all the while reading a Bill Buchman book on Expressionistic painting, and experimenting towards that...
I titled this piece the longest title I have ever used...
When You're Over Sixty and You Get an Erection, It Makes You Feel Like Stripping Down Naked and Dancing Around the Room (However, the Mall Security May Not See Your Reasoning to be Good Enough)

Quite a title, eh?
Not exactly studio photos, but I like the style, so, now I'll go put oils to canvas and see what turns up.

I dunno...
no, really. I have no idea... drawn with a mouse and wordpad.... and
It seems a bit strange....

Saturday, April 26, 2014

the One that got sold....

I sold one painting.
for $25....

basically I only painted it to fill the wall because David likes salon style hanging... s0 the lizards being acrylic were fast drying (a lot of my paintings had wet spots)

comedians, the pair of them.

 THE  Larry and Izzie  SHOW
starring Larry Lizard and Izzie Lizard

"hey, Larry... Why did the dinosaur cross the road?"
"yeah, Izzie, I dunno. Why?"
"Because chickens... hadn't been invented yet,"

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Largest Cats in the World

Yeah, ten feet long and 550 pounds.
My usual joke about painting an animal doesn't work here...there is no way I would appraoch a Bengal Tiger with a paint brush.
"Here, kitty kitty kitty. How about PINK? Wouldn't you Love a pink tail?"

A bit rough, but not bad. Internet capture for the photo, but so inaccurate, I won't link to the photo.......
(why dishonor the photographer, eh?)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Long Ago, and Far Away.......

from a perspective unexpected, and for that, also a fail. Unless, of course, you happen to like lighthouses or phallic symbols. The structure is 175 feet tall, the largest in the state of Florida and second only to Cape Hatteras (North Carolina) in the united States of America. Due to my ineptness of dropping a memory drive and losing some 600 GB of photos, music, paintings and drawings, writings, and various other trivial matter, I have very few photos left of this place. I have heard that I may be able to retrieve at least part of the information lost, but it is an arduous path, and I am thinking I'm the only one who cares about it. My very favorite picture is lost, and I should just face it that she is lost as well.

So, what alternative do I have to paint these scenes? The interweb, as Judi Dench would say in the
Best Exotic Marigold Hotel...a marvelous movie that pries us away from the past and onward into the only place we can count on. The here and now.
In the end, everything will work out well. And if it doesn't.... It is not the end.

Ponce de Leon Inlet Light
16" x 20" (acrylic)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

slower than van Gogh, faster than Homer

I'm painting the Gulf Stream, a favorite of mine, but I dare say it may not make it to the April Show. And, that's alright, because as I was studying the story behind the painting HERE, and discovered that he had fist started watercolors of it as far back as 1885. He finally started the painting in oils around 1889, and sent the "finished" painting to Philadelphia in 1900. Upon it's return (about a year later) he painted on it more, and congratulated himself on the improvement.
So, now I don't feel so bad about improving a few other pieces I have had that never did sell.
For example this, which also had a larger impressionistic sister....

Tetons in the Morning 
16" x 20"

The painting before had overemphasized the light from behind instead of relaxing the light somewhat. The sun is actually higher up, and therefore will show more (reflected by clouds) detail and color in the face of the mountains and trees. In other words, as human eyes relax when seeing something bright, this painter also relaxed the overzealous brightness, too. Improved? Yes, I'm sure of it, and, at this point, I can only apologize for the cheapness of my camera. In person, the trees at the very base of the mountain are also better seen.

In trade for a canvas, Elise Tomlinson, a fantastically excellent artist from Alaska, sent me oil paints, the likes of which I had not ever bought myself. Thank you, Elise. Turquoise? Holy cats, I've been so danged cheap, I made my own turquoise with ultramarine blue and white with a hint of veridian. I suppose that would be one of the reasons I would run out of my base colors so fast...along with them being weaker in strength. (read that last phrase as "cheap")
In any case, where I had geared myself up to create a plethora of pen and inks (of which I had sold upwards to one all last year) indeed even buying several good inks, extremely fine brushes (where I had almost always used bristle on my oil paints) and paper, plus built my own light table....these past weeks I have been banging away on prestretched canvases with new colors and new products that are ...WOW! Very different from my previous painting.
So, it isn't unusual for someone like me to see if I could meld into ancient paintings, hit the very colors I needed, and improve small points...all in the spirit of improving...

Yosemite in the Fall
16" x 20"

Again, the lower right hand corner was so dark, one could barely make out the trees. I knew they were there, and I knew why they seemed darker, however, not everyone goes to Yosemite National Park in the Fall, so, it just looked like a dark corner.

But, onward and (being as it is the only direction to go) upward....I'm painting up a storm. Today I'm setting aside the Gulf Stream and forging ahead on my path of bringing light into folks' lives. It is work. I have to forget my own emotional trials, however, just as in comedy.......

all great comedy is born of pain.

(of course, being just a lil faster couldn't hurt, now, eh. Two weeks to the hanging party)