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The Work is Finished

February 24, 2011 Uncategorized 0

FINISHED PAINTING   Reference photo   It is obvious there is a notable difference between my finished painting and my reference photo….two almost invisible footprints have been added in the painted piece!  Here is the story of why I put them there—–   Garbage is being dumped every day in our streams, rivers, and oceans and I am compelled to record this situation in my current body of work.  The particular oil painting you see above is based on one of more than 100 photos... Read more

Left Alone

February 24, 2011 Uncategorized 1

These last few days distractions were more appealing to me than continuing to work on my painting of the lonely flip-flop left alone on a beach in SE Asia.  I am not sure why it is such a major challenge to be creative–to make something out of nothing!?  Seems as though it is so much easier to do familiar tasks:  washing dishes; organizing a drawer; driving someplace, talking on the phone, etc.  Nevertheless, when I finally hunkered down and began to splatter hundreds of drops of... Read more

Patterns in the Sand

February 20, 2011 Uncategorized 0

While working on my painting depicting a lonely flip flop found on a beach near Hoi An, Vietnam, I found myself having a dialogue with the natural elements.  For example:  “Sand, why did you half bury this tattered shoe?  Why do you have subtle patterns flowing around you?”  “South China Sea, did you toss this lost shoe all around during a violent storm?  Did you ever wonder what happened to its owner?  Where did you fling the mate to this flip flop”? and on and... Read more

New Painting-New Direction-New Series-New Year!

February 17, 2011 Uncategorized 4

For the past three years, I used oil paints, watercolors, and even plastic collage pieces in my artwork which was inspired by a brief and exciting trip to Iceland.   Realistic landscapes and figures were the predominant theme early on in the series, but gradually the compelling and majestic beauty of Icelandic glaciers, and the surrounding deep blue waters, became the subject matter.  The work, as it progressed, evolved into larger abstract pieces.  During those many quiet moments of painting, when my thoughts roamed here... Read more