Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Top of The Cliff
  oil on panel 8" x 10"
If one is trapped long enough indoors with only indoors things to paint, sooner or later one will resort to imagery drawn from sketches, old paintings of lesser success, or even successful ones of a different size. Thus a rocky promentory somewhere in Vermont, with high summer foliage and sunny summer skies, comes to life in the wintry studio (we had some more snow last night). 
One clings to sanity any way possible.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Bag 2
  oil on panel  10" x 14"

Well the death rattle has passed off me and I am able to stand upright for more than a half hour without exhaustion. So over to the studio and back to my Giant Food giant leaf bag. I layed it down and went into battle - keep it simple; allow seeing to take over; find value structure and form - who would think one could spend a joyous afternoon with a paper bag? 

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Pasture Creek
  oil on canvas  28" x 40"
This one just went up in the George Washington University Alumni Exhibit at the Virginia Campus. A little taste of high summer in the midst of the melting ice and mud of late February. I have slowed to a standstill this week, afflicted with a monster cold and feeling punky. It is seeming to lift now and the weather man is dangling better weather in front of me like a leather chew before Angel, the wonder dog. (She's a wonder because we puzzle over what she thinks and does) Back to the hot tea and tissues and hopefully, fresh work for next week.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Brown Paper Leaf Bag
  oil on panel  11" x 14"
There are former students who, during their time in my class, have been traumatized by this sort of bag. As I ignored cries for mercy begging to have bags set before them no more, I assured them that 'a lifetime's joyful work' might be found in bags such as this. The form, the varied surfaces, the opportunity for color exploration within the neutral brown, ... one could go on. They didn't believe me so, thus is launched a series of bag works. I'll show them!    Tomorrow, multiple bags.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Winter Geranium
  oil on panel  8" x 10"
I'm not certain why I placed this pot of Geraniums on the striped cloth but it must have something to do with a desire to set chaos up for myself and fight my way through to some semblance of understanding.
Otherwise it would be cry for help by someone unbalanced. 

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Dark Vase
  oil on panel  6" x 9.5"

Ok - here's the second one of the crazy vase - different color / tonal feel to it but still the same source for potential instability in the painter. How can you trust someone so unbalanced? 
Thats it for this week - enjoy the Super Bowl commercials and see you here on Monday.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Light Vase
    oil on panel  6" x 8"

In a fit of miscalculation, I chose to paint a pressed glass vase - after all, I love painting the battle between reflective surfaces and transparency. This particular subject has, as I discovered, a most complex pattern of facets and swirls. All these tiny shapes and swirls inter-connect and form repeating patterns and they each pick up reflective color from the light boucing off nearby surfaces. It is a certain path to insanity to attempt to come to grips with all this while manipulating brushes and paint and even hope to get an image. What I have given you is a record of this slippery path to the rubber room. Then I decided to try it again. Something to look forward to tomorrow!