Wednesday, August 1, 2018

"animals altered" exhibit interviews at tacoma park city tv

Takoma Park City TV posted their Animals Altered art exhibit artist interviews on their You Tube channel. The TV crew did a fantastic job, as did my fellow artists in this beautiful exhibit. Thanks again to the City of Takoma Park for fostering and promoting the arts, and to all the outstanding people who made this happen!

Saturday, July 28, 2018

new work at tryst!

My wife Kris and I have new work hanging at Tryst Gallery, in Leesburg, Virginia, and it's nice to see our pieces were accidentally picked to hang beside each other. The opening reception for the show, "LAX Squared", will take place on the evening of Friday, August 3rd, 2018, from 6-9pm. We got a sneak peek of the work in the show, in person today, and as always with Tryst exhibits, this is another feast for the eyes!

I decided to get a couple of photos of my first in a series of recent weekly abstracts, to see and display  how the painting looks when hanging from a wall. This one in particular, a 20" x 20" acrylic painting I call "Where Land and Sea Collide" takes on a whole new presence in a gallery setting, and I'm so happy to see it on display with, and (as artists like to say) in conversation with so much exciting and vital work from the DMV area. 

Friday, July 20, 2018

"nature connects" exhibit at the museum of the shenandoah valley, winchester, virginia

For the past few years, Kris and I have made it a point to visit the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley to see their art exhibits, as well as tour the gardens. In most cases you aren't allowed to take photos of their indoor exhibits, however this summer I was able to take and share some from the current Nature Connects LEGO art exhibit - the MSV's first outdoor art exhibit, going on now through September 3, 2018. This is just a sampling of what you'll see at this amazing showcase of nature-inspired LEGO sculptures by Brooklyn artist Sean Kenney. The sculptures are nicely set up throughout the museum's beautiful gardens, allowing visitors to explore the grounds. As with a previous post from a couple of years back, I took plenty of photos of the gardens, which I'll share again with some brand new photos, but as with anything, this is a place that absolutely must be experienced in person. 

Thursday, July 19, 2018

mid-july sky show

Sometimes you just have to take (and post) photos of clouds, just because. 

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

where land and sea collide, 20" x 20" acrylic on canvas (abstract 1)

I figured it was due time to begin a new body of work, and this looks like a good place to start. "Where Land and Sea Collide" (20" x 20", acrylic on canvas) is the first of a series of weekly acrylic paintings that I'll pursue for at least one year. I wrote about this one a little bit at my previous post, and thought I'd share where the inspiration behind this one began. Originally I was attempting to depict an aerial view of the California Coast, in a somewhat abstracted manner. I used some photographs as loose reference points, and I initially applied the paint using brushes, trying to get solid lines and colors. Whatever I was trying to do was simply not working, so I attempted to use a pallette knife to apply the paint. In both instances, I was laying the paint down pretty thick, and using a gel medium to make it easier to work with and mix. I wish I had employed the gel medium a few summers ago when I was painting landscapes. I feel the pieces would have turned out infinitely better and painting wouldn't have felt so much like strenuous work, which turned me off from acrylic painting up until now. Anyhow, as mentioned in the previous post, the application of paint via knife wasn't going the way I wanted it to go either, so after a few hours of what felt like walking through quicksand, I stopped thinking and discarded any previous notions or expectations and tapped into that intuitive place in my mind, and started painting with the knife, as I felt I had nothing to lose. It sort of reminds me of the time Ben Kenobi first attempted to train Luke Skywalker on how to use The Force, while aboard the Millennium Falcon. At first Luke was wearing a helmet and tried too hard to guess where the laser was coming from, when using the light saber to try and deflect it. Then old Ben suggested Luke ditch the helmet and go with what he feels. Things changed for the better from there on. 

I want this new body of work to reflect both the changing landscape and the seascape of this planet Earth, and depict both tranquility and turbulence. I initially made the piece for an upcoming exhibit at the gallery my wife Kris works at, which I'll post more about soon, however I now want to include it as a smaller part of a larger whole. "Where Land and Sea Collide" was photographed before applying three layers of high gloss varnish. It is advised to photograph the work before the varnish is applied, but I can honestly say, the varnish brings the work to life even more, giving the work a whole new presence, unfortunately not captured in this photograph. Looking forward to posting more soon. 

Saturday, July 14, 2018

something different

Last night I decided to get back into painting again. It had been a few years since I went through a brief but inspired landscape phase, and I’ve been itching to break out the acrylics once more. I’ve had some ideas brewing for a while now, and wanted to try them. One thing I found myself doing was thinking too much. Making art definitely requires a fair amount of thinking, but overthinking can lead to a lot of frustration and doubt - something I experienced for several hours into the piece. Then something happened. After trying this approach and that approach, and not being remotely happy with the results, and frankly wanting to throw the painting into the trash, with nothing to lose, I tried a different method of applying the paint. I also tried abandoning how I initially wanted things to be, and go with a more intuitive, almost stream-of-consciousness approach. In a very short period, things seemed to flip 180 degrees, going from complete disappointment, to pure joy. I’ve been wanting to explore abstraction for quite some time, but never seemed to figure out how -it’s not as easy as most people may think. Last night however, felt like a breakthrough, and I couldn’t wait to wake up and see the painting in natural sunlight. Who knows what will become of this, but it was definitely a positive experience. I always say the path of art is not for the faint of heart - there are always a multitude of trials and tribulations that most people never see, whether it’s composing a painting, setting up an exhibit, or selling your work, it’s no walk in the park. Yet, we continue on this path to create, sometimes with no solid explanation. I’m thankful to Kris for her honest and constructive criticism - it can make a world of difference in my own artistic choices. As for the piece, it’s still not completely finished, needing a clear coat of gloss varnish. For now, here’s a sneak peek. #art #artwork #artisticprocess #painting #acrylicpainting #abstractpainting #abstractart #artistsoninstagram