Friday, April 24, 2009

Dots and Dashes

I don't know how I started painting like this, it wasn't a conscience effort. I do think these paintings will show well with the glass work in the Fall. Then I will have a show at the Thomas Center with glass blowers, Sarah Hinds and Sky Campbell.

I am finding sketching more and more valuable, which I think is a positive leap for
me. I don't consider photos of much value in my process. I am thinking to myself "I wish I had a sketch book right now" rather than a camera.

In subject matter, I want to get back to creating a fantasy world, an utopia. I am thinking I will try not starting my process in such a wet fluid state for the next couple of paintings and see if I can get to some more defined bold strokes and layering. I am constantly amazed about how the beginning of a painting process dictates the final product. I expect it to change drastically but it ends up returning to where it started.

Misty Cedar

Water Hyacinths II

Water Hyacinths I

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

A Walk in the Rain

Two Boys
A walk home in the rain
Pouring boots onto the porch in brown puddles
White socks turned to dark gray
Stripped of clothes at the door
Bits of black mulch and brown leaves stuck to their scalps
A long deep bath
After a "walk" in the rain
Two boys

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Evening BBQ on the Bay

This party was my last adventure in Open Air Arts until the Gala reception on April 11th. (I am going on a family trip) The weather was glorious and I turned in three paintings. It was a perfect ending. I loved talking to other artists about their works in progress. I can't wait to see all of the finished products. To see pictures:

Friday, April 03, 2009

Open Air Arts

I made a slide show of my experience so far at the Open Air Arts event in Melrose, FL. I made an old fashion animated gif and do not know how to post it here. It is too late at night to figure out new tricks so please see my web page.
I am having fun on my plein air painting adventure but I am exhausted. I also fully intended to paint in my abstract style but I guess I am too close to the subject matter. Too close physically and mentally. For my abstracts I do a series of quick sketches and become removed from the subject matter before beginning a painting.