Tuesday, October 16, 2018

“Watch the Waves So Far Away”, 36” x 24”, acrylic paint on canvas (abstract 12)

“Watch the Waves So Far Away”, 36” x 24”, acrylic paint on canvas. It’s been a little while since I posted an abstract, but I’m still keeping at one a week. This one is actually a redo of sorts, since I decided to paint over my last painting, “Travelers ...”. Sometimes it takes some getting away, to gain a little clarity, and when Kris and I returned from our short trip to DE, I felt like a lot of stress and weight was lifted. When I returned and saw that painting, as much as I liked the textures and sense of depth, it felt a bit confused and reminded me of the walking ball of stress I was, prior to the trip. There’s a lot of layers to this painting, as it was originally a landscape, before my first attempt at turning it into an abstract. As with most of the pieces from this series, the title is a reference to a song, this time by the band Slowdive, who made 2016 a little more tolerable by releasing a new album and touring, after a couple of decades out of the spotlight. 

Monday, September 24, 2018

some thoughts on the current abstract series of paintings

I thought it would be interesting to do a little photo montage of most of the abstract acrylic paintings I’ve been working on these past few months. What began as a happy accident, turned into a series, with the intention of completing one painting per week, for a year. It’s been an enjoyable challenge that has reignited a spark to paint, experiment and explore some avenues new to me, while attempting to keep things somewhat consistent and cohesive along the way. After spending a few years working on fairly detailed, realistic and technical drawings of things like animals and trees, I felt a strong urge to go a different route only hinted at in previous work. Due to the ambiguous nature of abstract and non representational paintings, I found this type of work to be just as difficult, satisfying and frustrating, for different reasons than that of detailed, realistic drawing. I’ll spend about two-to-three hours a night, four or five days a week on a piece. Sometimes a smaller work is as equally challenging as a larger painting. Unlike the Jackson Pollock cliche of the slap-dash technique, artist dancing freely around the canvas like a man possessed, my approach is very slow and deliberate, and would be incredibly boring to watch. If you were to witness some sped-up time lapse footage of me at work, you’d see a process that would appear to have no rhyme or reason, confusing even, unlike some of those videos by folks, where everything seems to fall into place in a few dozen graceful, magical brushstrokes. Some nights I’ll look at a piece and am absolutely convinced it’s finished, only to look at it the following day with the realization I’ve got a long way to go. I get a lot of inspiration from the music I listen to while working, and in addition to the sounds I hear, a song title, and in more rare cases, lyrical passages might influence the direction of a piece. Mostly I try to merge the limited knowledge and experience I have with painting, with a more intuitive approach, working from more of what’s going on inside than outside. 

Saturday, September 15, 2018

"side by side" exhibit and opening reception, sunday, 9/16/2018

Kris and I have a pair of paintings in the Side by Side exhibit at the Franklin Park Arts Center. Opening reception 9/16/2018, 6:30pm. Hope to see folks at this wonderful event!

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.