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November 27, 2016


424 Friend of Mine


Wire portrait424 Friend of Mine

8x10 inches :: acrylic, wire, and staples on wood

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The more I paint, the better I am able to sculpt with wire.

Wiremixed


423 Serious Monkey


Monkey423 Serious Monkey

6x6 inches :: oil on gessobord

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Today, I decided to stop being silly and get super serious and paint a portrait of my sock monkey.

November 26, 2016


422 About Shoes


All Day422 About Shoes

6x6 inches :: oil on gessobord

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I decided to paint my Adidas sneakers that I love to wear while painting. Can you tell?

 

November 25, 2016


421 She Will Become


Chair
421 She Will Become

18x24 inches :: acrylic on stretched canvas

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I referenced a photo from @huffingtonpost for this work, while thinking of this poet and this poem:

THE GIFT OUTRIGHT #RobertFrost
The land was ours before we were the land’s
She was our land more than a hundred years
Before we were her people. She was ours
In Massachusetts, in Virginia,
But we were England’s, still colonials,
Possessing what we still were unpossessed by,
Possessed by what we now no more possessed.
Something we were withholding made us weak
Until we found out that it was ourselves
We were withholding from our land of living,
And forthwith found salvation in surrender.
Such as we were we gave ourselves outright
(The deed of gift was many deeds of war)
To the land vaguely realizing westward,
But still unstoried, artless, unenhanced,
Such as she was, such as she will become.

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


Overtures

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.

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