Hello! I’m thinking about starting this blog….to blather on about painting and whatever I’m involved with and whatever might seem of passing interest. I guess it will be a public journal, and can motivate me to think out a bunch of stuff, maybe with some clarity and perhaps to touch base with others about my ideas and problems with painting.
I’ve been involved in a variety of stuff this past year, and I think the blog may be a place to put it all out there, and perhaps see it myself from a different place. In ’08 and ’09 there has been the Big Draw, a lot of onsite painting…..Utah, Wekiva Springs, Dudley Farm, and Ruskin area, a collaboration with my son Adam on a software project in the evolution of color patterns, a bit of digital pinhole photography, and a major public art project for the City of Tampa.
I’ll discuss these and whatever else happens along to catch my interest. Just writing this I realize I have always been pulled in many directions, and know that my painting has lacked the obsessive commitment and total focus that has marked the work of so many artists who have changed the world for us. The other side of this is that my interests have fed my painting, and have been useful breaks which kept the painting fresh for me. “I yam what I yam” Popeye, 1946.
Here’s the current painting, a 65″ X 60″ Lumpy Sea…(working title)…which I set up to do as a respite from painting onsite here. But…once started it gets all my attention…I’ve always envied friends who have three, or twelve, pieces in progress. I always have one…and push it through to whatever finish I find. No multi tasking! In this piece I’m keeping…and sometimes re-painting…the grid lines I used to establish the drawing. A very simple device to set up a quiet tension between thereceding plane of the sea and the flat canvas. I’m also attempting to be more impulsive and a bit erratic in the paint handling and the color choices; a definite result of all the onsite paintings, done quickly out of necessity. So here’s the painting, and a detail…
I also have a website which is not current, but has a very wide range of my work from over the years.
So….off and running. I welcome your comments!