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Winter Scene

I started this new painting today, about 30 x 24″. I painted the sky but it was too soon – so I scraped that off. Too much paint early on (when I know I will be away from it for a few days) will make for unworkable opacity. The sky should be stormy but still […]

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Dry Cleaning, Alterations

I think that these night scenes are sort of like mirages; its a place that doesn’t really exist because no one sees it that way. The light is there and it has a life of its own – it might be your friend or a reflection of you – but its probably indifferent. These are […]

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Night scene in a shopping center

In anticipation of the holiday down-time, I primed several canvases with an oil-based primer around Thanksgiving. Its completely toxic (next time, a mask) but the best surface to work on. Its one of those shopping centers you see all along the main streets, with a dry-cleaners, chinese take out, pizza hut and 7/11. This one […]

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creative process watercolor

Summertime

[7/19] Just finished the watercolor I started Saturday. Still looking forward to doing it in oils – not that one medium is “better”,  just better at accomplishing certain things. I want those darks to be saturated and heavy – got to get that humid, portentous atmosphere. [7/17] Working on this today after finishing up most […]

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Painting the Neighbors

This is what happens when I hang out with Oscar on the porch instead of filling my time with “things to do” like errands and cleaning. Oscar’s way is much more relaxing. I might just spend the whole weekend away from my desk…

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Painting Winnemac Park

Working from a photo taken last summer that reminded me of one of the photos in the William Eggleston show in the Modern Wing of AIC. A similar palette of purples and greens; dusk, uncertainty – the little girl is holding a stick – petulant and bored, violent. Maybe. Some new progress paintings from the […]

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Get Thee to Thy Studio

Far too many weeks have gone by without a studio interlude. It’s easy to lose perspective when you (or I) am stuck on the hamster wheel of project deadlines, laundry, cooking, cleaning and everything else that we “have” to do to maintain our present state of comfort. I do feel a slight guilt at being […]

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creative process Exhibitions

“Jarvis Street” and new watercolors ready for CAB Open House!

Just completed the picture from last week. This painting and several new watercolors will be on view at the Cornelia Arts Building Open House, Friday, March 12th, 6-10pm.

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Art vs. Mediocrity

Branded: The Rise of the Artrepeneur

In 1991, when I entered Art College, students used hand-held devices called books and wrote research papers on electric typewriters. Artists didn’t have personal websites; our imagined lives after school were murky, undefined careers that involved belonging to a stable of artists with a reputable gallery. In this age of innocence there was no sense […]

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Art vs. Mediocrity

Art Meets Reality (Television), or, A Supreme Victory for Capitalism!

I would like to postulate that the artists who attended the Bravo auditions are motivated most simply by a desire to be liked. Fame and worldly success are not peripheral or shallow ambitions in this culture. The pursuit of capitalist values is typically rewarded with more of the above. In fact, from the gold rush to reality television, beating the odds and competing against your neighbor is synonymous with the American Dream…