Friday, August 31, 2012


 oil on panel 12" x 16"
Sometimes, painting just feels good - other times it drives one crazy - 
these are each preferable to painting being ho-hum.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Gonzo 2

Gonzo 2
  oil on panel  30" x 24"

“Where the hand goes, the eye follows; where the eye goes the mind follows; where the mind goes, the heart follows, and thus is born expression.”
Sanskrit writing

The thing about these is the required attention to surface and shape and mark and color - they are the subject rather than a landscape or naked lady or cheeseburger. These things are fine as subjects but there is something seductive about the risk involved when the relative comfort of things is removed from the equation. That and the fact that one cannot for even a moment loose focus on process.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Shazam 2
  oil on panel  16" x 24"
“‘Why’ is the most important word in this planet’s language, 
and probably in that  of other galaxies as well.”      
Wislawa Szymborska

One of my favorite poets here hits on the reason for any endeavor worth our time, asking ourselves 'why'. It is the repeated question of small children as they try to understand everything bigger and new to their experience. It is the source of adults' finest works in every field of knowledge, every constructive effort. It drives an artist to the absolute joy of working and 'absorbed-ness' in that work. 
It's the voice of curiosity and the source of exploration.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Shazam 1
 oil on panel  16" x 20"

“What you do when you paint, you take a brush full of paint, 
get paint on the picture, and you have faith”.   Willem de Kooning

“I can never accomplish what I want – only what I would have wanted 
had I thought of it beforehand”.   Richard Diebenkorn
I’ve included these two quotes because first, they are from two artists whose work has always been a kind of beacon for my own, and second, because they so well sum up my feeling about what painting must be, no matter what style or subject. I guess all my art is of one piece because it comes from my sensibility and experience.
Each brushstroke is a decision”.   Robert Motherwell

Monday, June 27, 2011

 oil on panel  8" x 10"
Just a small study to gear up my color and surface and space mojo as I'm moving toward some sort of melding with my representational work. Its an old challenge that's been hashed over by many since about 1907, but still relevant because of humankind's constant battle to come to grips with the internal life as opposed or in-sync with the external, visible world. My hold on the visible is always not to allow the work a certain lazy approximation of the visual structure because of freedom of color or brush handling - I have an internal wish to retain the discipline of remaining connected to what I see. In these works it just happens that the paintings evolution is what I see / am sensitised to/in love with.  We'll see how it goes (pun intended).

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Spring And All
oil on canvas  11" x 14"
What can I say? easter colors that I fought to a stand-still.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Study For Spring
 oil on panel 8" x 10"
Balance and freedom of handling the paint are the two strongest elements and, along with a high keyed color scheme, seem to battle and complement each other almost simultaneously. I will do these paintings because they force me back into the most elemental quality of painting - allowing or even insisting that I constantly consider only the needs of the painting - only what is needed to make the work complete. It is intuitive as well as a measure of all I have seen up to that point - it allows me to escape the tyrrany of the subject - after all, every painting, no matter what style or subject, is first and foremost an arrangement of shape, space, color, and a process toward understanding.