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A Stroll Through the Studio and a Work in Progress

March 29, 2017

Strolling through the studio this morning, getting inspired to start another painting session. Thinking about some small works to keep the momentum going. Sometimes it’s good to work small just to stay loose. But not yet. First I want to work on the latest painting in progress, which I showed in a previous post. I have unfortunately let it get away from me just a little, and I now need to bring back some of the light, air and space.

Here is the current state. I like it when I look at it as is, but I like the earlier pictures better.


Here’s a little studio inspiration. Have a wonderful day!





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Can’t Get Enough Color

March 23, 2017

Color keeps calling me right now, so I will go with it. Yesterday I worked on a new canvas, 24 x 30 inches, which turns out to be a great size. I want the colors to sing, like the music in the background as I’m painting.

This is just a beginning, but I’m liking what’s happening with it. My tendency is to go too far, so I’m trying to keep it spontaneous and fresh. Wish me luck.

Dreaming Paintings

March 19, 2017

All artists get into a slump once in a while and then it becomes difficult to get back into familiar habits of working. Especially when life gets in the way, right? So right now I’m making a conscious effort to get the flow going again. As a result of showing up for work every day, I’m beginning to notice that I look forward to being in the studio more and more, and even hoping for a time when I dream paintings again. I’ve dreamed entire paintings in the past, and then when I wake up, I hurry to try my best to reproduce what I saw in my dream. It hasn’t happened for a very long time. It began happening when I was painting all the time — meaning, going into the studio and staying for most of the day. It was not unusual for me to skip eating, because food just didn’t enter my mind. It’s kind of trippy to have paintings, both real and imagined, constantly running through your brain. Will I get there again? One can only hope. With all the unsettling things going on in the world, added to trying to allow my grief process space to run its natural course, that would truly be a blessing.

Have you ever dreamed a painting?



Speaking of Texture

March 16, 2017

As much as I enjoy being a colorist at times, especially with large canvases, I still love creating small textural works for texture’s sake. Here are three new ones that I’ve sent to Michael Murphy Gallery in Tampa.

Haiku 135 – Mixed Media on Cradled Panel, 8 x 8 x 2 inches

Haiku 137 – Mixed Media on Cradled Panel, 8 x 8 x 2 inches

Haiku 139 – Mixed Media on Cradled Panel

And not sure whether or not I’ve shown this before, but back when I was teaching a group of students in my studio, I created a texture board for them. It was fun to do, and really only gave a few examples of textures that are possible with acrylics and textural media. Fun stuff. Shown beneath the board image are the individual textures with readable labels.

Texture Sample Board

Glue String GessoGolden Clear Tar GelGolden Heavy Gel GlossGolden Pumice and Lava

Golden Crackle Paste

Golden Self-Leveling Clear GelLiq White Flakes and Cat LitterTexture Samples hBrown Paper Hot Glue

One Finished Painting and New Ones in the Works

March 13, 2017

Here is the final painting that was shown in a recent post as a work in progress. I did exactly what I had planned, to do, which was to intensify some of the color saturation and deepen the contrast. Plus, the first picture was taken on my phone vs. this one taken outside with my Canon digital SLR.

Not Just White Noise – Acrylics on Canvas, 48 x 24 inches

Looking through a lot of my past paintings, I’m enjoying reviewing the Waterfront Series which had a lot more texture. Here are a few of them.

Harbor Triptych – 12 x 27 inches

Noon Tide, 12 x 12 inches

Familiar Passage, 20 x 24 inches

This week I plan to get more canvases started.