Sunday, July 31, 2011

Show at Swirl Extended

I am extending my show another month. There are TEN new paintings (24 in all). Feel free to come by again, as there a lots of new pieces.

Please note this is not an invitation to a reception, just an invitation to come by some time in the month of August.
August 1 - August 31

For those of you in or near Santa Cruz the address is:
Swirl 1315 Pacific Avenue Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Here's some photos of some new work in the show:

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Some New Paintings: Edge of Chaos

When Joao de Brito looked at my work he said that he saw controlled chaos.

My latest series of paintings seems to be moving towards that chaos, and the challenge is trying to keep the ship afloat where the order is more implied than nailed down.  (My metaphors are drifting into chaos too, but that is another question.) I am a little confused by all of this, but I try to let the paintings lead, rather than worrying if they "lack my style", whatever that means.  I am letting the xerox transfer drive the direction of the painting.  When I remove the paper, it's like unwrapping a present, and I am led on another voyage of discovery (or maybe wild goose chase.)

By the way, I don't like to leave my paintings untitled., but some are so new I don't know what to make of them.

Fire Sermon II (it's very hard to see the flame like detail in this photo)
So here's some finished paintings, and some works in progress.

I was a Flower of the Mountain (originally intended as a third in the Fire Sermon series, it has its own ideas)


Broken Blossoms
It was almost impossible to photograph the painting above.  It contains twigs, petals and leaves and flecks of gold leaf.  There is xerox acrylic transfer over this texture!
Golden Girl
This was originally planned as two separate wholly 20" X 24" paintings, both dominated by gold and white.  I soon saw that they became a two panel painting, 48" high.  The way that the transfer works over and under the gold paint is very interesting.



Untitled but something to do with nature, I think.
This painting above originally was a failed horizontal landscape.  I repurposed the very complex texture in the green forms.

Some process photos:

Monday, July 18, 2011

Interesting Video on Van Gogh

I found out about this fascinating video from Marion Boddy-Evans who does the painting section on
It was made by It is in Dutch but has English subtitles as well:

Late in his life he started experimenting with very wide formats.  He also had a lot of wet paintings to store.

A Wider Horizon.

Van Gogh in the flow: Van Gogh took great pleasure in painting, making clear artistic choices but also leaving some things to chance. But did he really mean to make those strange splotches on his painting of a landscape at twilight?

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Review: Realism in 20th Century Painting (World of Art)

Realism in 20th Century Painting (World of Art)Realism in 20th Century Painting by Brendan Prendeville
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Not a bad book.  I think that it follows conventional critical practice by deconstructing "realism", but somewhat tends to put Humpty Dumpty back together again for you. This is a small survey book, the reproductions are itty bitty, but that seems to work all right. It does make the salient point that there are "realisms", and that realism brings with it certain concerns that have implications for all kinds of painting, not just strictly representational work.

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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Undulations Reception

Here's some photos from the "Undulations" reception. (at Swirl 1315 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA )
I was pleasantly surprised at the sheer quantity of positive feed back.

Thank you to everybody who could make it.

Lovely repast.  Eva, our baklava queen!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Some Works in Progress

I was a flower of the mountain
This one was originally going to be another in the Fire Sermon Series.  But it needed to go in another direction.  As a joint project for our daughter who is going to collage, I did a Thangka drawing of the White Tara, which her mother is turning into a quilt.  Anyway, I had blown up the drawing to a bed-sized scale, and had an extra copy on hand.  So I had large scale outlines of Buddhist floral and cloud motifs and a Tara.  So I cut up some sections of these and used acrylic xerography transfer to place some forms over the electric red-orange.  But the painting went in a different direction, too vegetal to really be a burning or dissolving, so I went with it.

These two are slightly unfinished and use acrylic painting and xerography transfer.

I laid out an area of white extending vertically  with green on the sides

I laid out the areas in blue, also using wide masking tape.  I then added some skins. This one uses acrylic skin transfer as well,  You take dried acrylic from paper pallets and use them to do a transfer like a regular acrylic transfer, only the palette peals right off. After that I did the acrylic xerography transfer.