Thursday, December 10, 2009
This is a painting I am currently working on for my show in May. I am sure I will regret posting it, but that is the beauty of the delete button. At this point I think it is about 50% of the way there. Part of me wishes I had the guts to take a painting about this far, or a bit more, and leave it. It is still fun and abstract and it is more about the paint, marks, and mood than about "what it's supposed to be". Painting is fun, but at the same time it is PURE AGONY, on so many levels. Robert Henri said, "A work of art is the trace of a magnificent struggle." That is the truth, that guy knew what he was talking about.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
I am hammering away at about a painting a week right now to get ready for a one-man show this May/June in Portland Oregon. I hope to have 25 paintings at the show with a few trickling into the galleries leading up to that. I have not decided yet when to start posting the work here or on my site, but when I get time I will try and get some up. I am looking at doing a mix of urban interior stuff, cityscape stuff, and some portrait work. I feel like the paint has been a bit more expressive and confident in the pieces thus far, I am excited to get them out there.
In the meantime, here is another guy that I like to keep an eye on, Stephen Hayes. I fell in love with his work in 2003 when I first saw it in Portland at the Elizabeth Leach Gallery. A lot of his stuff is pretty large, 5'+, this one I think is 40"x40". If I ever break some of my barriers and get past some artistic and mental blocks I hope to approach my work this fresh one day.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
I ran across these a couple weeks back as I was going through a bunch of my old stuff. I was pleasantly surprised, it is rare I like my work, especially OLD work. I did these back in 2006 when I was experimenting with some different supplies and approaches. These are oil and charcoal on vellum. They are at the framers right now and they may show up at one of the galleries in a couple weeks if I don't hang them on my own walls.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
I guess I am bored, and in the mood to share today. I thought these were two great variations on the same subject by two of my favorite artists, two of the best, Alex Kanevsky and Quang Ho (Image from Gallery1261). Quite a bit more abstract than what I am used to seeing from Quang Ho, but still VERY nice.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
This is a painting I finished this week for some very dear friends of mine. I titled it "Concorde" and It measures 30" x 30". I like painting for friends, family, or people I know, but it is FAR more stressful than painting for myself or galleries. I guess I just want to make sure they really like it, and that it meets all their expectations. Plus I know I will see them and the painting again, so I have to try my best. This way I don't hate it in a couple years when I see it, rip it off their wall, and attempt to re-work it. I am sure most artists would understand that feeling or urge. I had a string of commissions and paintings for friends to get done, that was the last one scheduled, back to painting for the galleries.
A bit of news...it sounds like I may have a one-man show scheduled for mid 2010. I will post more on that later when I have final word.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Here is a clear shot of the painting "Two" from the previous post. I also added "WP" which is basically a redo of a boxcar painting I did earlier this year. Intrinsic Design wanted the original boxcar painting for their vendor space on the Street of Dreams, but it was unavailable so I painted a new one. I do not like painting the same painting twice, and have only done that one other time. This is pretty similar to the first, but I changed the graffiti, the train logo, and the birds.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
So, I am hoping to bring this thing back to life a bit. I am not sure anyone is even looking at this anymore. But if you are, awesome, thanks! I am not really sure what it will become, mostly painting work I would guess, since that is what I am working on the most. However, some drawing, design, process work, illustration, or other artist's work I appreciate, may appear now and again.
I must have an image for a post, so here is a shot of a painting I did for Intrinsic Design to display in their 937 Condo space for Portland's 2009 Street of Dreams. It may have been the most fun I have had painting in awhile. It allowed me to work larger than I have in the last couple years, and loosen up on some slightly different subject matter than most are used to seeing from me.
This painting will be hanging at the 937 Condos for the next year. If no one buys it directly from me it will make its way to one of the galleries I suppose.