Thursday, August 18, 2022

Thursday, August 18th, 2022

 Lots of new work to share and in no particuliar order:

This is the most recent work and marks a return to easel work and oil paint. 36"x48" canvas. I think I'll return to this in another post to show the evolution of the piece. Undercoat originally in acrylics with all oils on top with oil sticks and crayons and charcoal markings. "Lucky Eleven."

This is a fun piece- 36"x36" unprimed, unframed canvas with fabric paint. Lulu had bought the paint originally with an eye to us working together on a warp that she would weave and I would paint. I was intrigued by the dye/paint so I purchased a set and played with it on unprimed canvas. Turned out well, I thought. "A Day At The Beach II"

The following are a set of four works on paper. Canson 12"x18" watercolor paper. Bad image but each has a one inch border. Inset colors are Matisse gesso with Matisse acrylics and metallic overcoats, silver and opalescent white in the piece above. "Baby Blue."

Same dims as first piece and the mediums are the same- all Mattise acrylics with gold and silver acrylics. "Golden Threads & Silver Needles."

                                                        "Silver Threads & Golden Needles"

Not the best image but this IRT is very lush- "Yellow Roses."

And our last two pieces are a continuation of ongoing work with Japanes paper, specifically Kitakata paper. I so loved working with this that I bought a ten yeard roll of it. It's 16" wide.

This is "mounted" on  22" x 30" Strathmore watercolor paper. The image is 16"x26" with Matisse gesso background and calligraphy ink. "Lost Language Scroll #1"

Dims and media are the same as first piece. "Lost Language Scroll #2."

Thanks for looking and if you like what you see, please leave comments.

Monday, August 1, 2022

Monday, August 1, 2022

 So, essentially, this is the last week of Summer for me- school begins next Monday for teacher orientation and students begin on Wed. Spent most of the evening at the radio station with my engineer Jim doing some long needed maintenance and oganization and updating. We sound better  than we ever have and it was just by running broadcast signal from the board right to the output-no compressor or sound processor- Clean For Gene...more Awagami Kitakata Select paper work. Same dims (17"x20" rough). Inks and handmade dyes. Enjoy.

                                              "Jazz" dedicated to a great American, Bill Russell.



Saturday, July 30, 2022

Saturday, July 30, 2022

 More work highlighting the Awagami Kitakata Select paper. The size is roughly 17"x 20". Two images below with process info. Thank you for looking.

This piece, "Fruit Bowl," is mounted on Canson watercolor paper. I have an artist friend who turned me on to applying gesso on the back of paper to give it more body and prevent curling. I did that with this piece and used both alcohol and water based inks with black oil crayon. The paper is heaven...

Also 17"x 20" but no gesso on the revo and again, alcohol and water based inks. Fun/whimsical piece. Title works.

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Thursday, July 28, 2022

 More paper tales...I have a friend in Israel who is a photographer and he introduced me to Awagami paper. They are a very old and honored paper company in Japan and much loved by high end photographers for their exquisite paper. It is also the paper of choice for ink wash painters. I recently received a shipment of their Kitakata Select paper which is stupid fucking ridiculous in quality.  This is my recent foray using it with inks.

The dims on the paper are roughly 17"x22" and is mounted on 20"x26" high gloss paper. Titled, "Orchids." I love orchids, don't ya know. I have one that is more than 20 years old.

When I was a very young man and in high school, I used to run Cross Country. It was 1.9 miles and it kicked my ass but I discovered something that later in life I came to understand as the "Loneliness of a Long Distance Runner." In my 40s I ran marathons in pursuit of that oneness and identity. It was my spot. It was where I found myself. My true self. Painting is my new "lonliness of a long distance runner." It is where I connect with my true self. And this blog (painting blog-i.e. plog) may just be me pissing in the wind because I suspect no one reads it but I couldn't fucking care less. I do this because  I must. Not for clicks or recogntion. But because it remains a record of one mere mortal saying, yo.... all else is maya...or rest is just a Piss, boyo, what are you doing with your mortal coil? Me? I'm a fucking painter and bloody damn proud of it. I'm just the end of the line of cave painters...

Saturday, July 23, 2022

Saturday, July 23, 2022

 Not sure if pre-school anxiety is eating my lunch, or if I'm just in that gray space of non-specific anxiety- whatever it is, it sucks but I'm sure it'll pass. 

And then again, it might just be the "let down" of having finished a series. I've taken the work for the past month and mounted them in a portfolio and they look great.

Posting a piece that's almost accidental- it's an unconscious transfer on Canson Mixed Media paper that several of the washi pieces had been on top. Looks good.


                                                18"x24" Canson paper with alcohol ink transfer,

                                                "Henry Miller Returns to Big Sur"

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Wed. July 20, 2022

 I've been working with a larger format of the Sumi-E washi paper (18"x24") but staying, for the most part, with the same mediums-namely, alcohol inks. As I work more and more with the "paper" I am fascinated by the feel of it becoming fabric. The product that I've been working with is created by the pulp of the paper mulberry bush (versus wood pulp). It is much stronger then wood pulp paper and transforms when wet and thin coat of gesso is added.

So, the "narrative" that I've created (out of whole cloth, as the saying goes!) is what if... The French Impressionists (and others) went to Japan and visited textile factories to create designs?  These "found artifacts" are the records left behind from this "Lost Era."

Dims are all the same- 18"x24"Shoji Gami Sumi-E paper with alcohol inks and in some cases, acrylic paint. Thanks for looking.

                                                            "Renoir in Kobe"

                                                            "Matisse in Osaka"

                                                                "Monet in Nagasaki"

"Picasso in Osaka"

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

 New images with new media. I had posted a piece ("Red Dog in the Water") which was done with raw linen-meaning not gessoed and I played around with what the effect would be on a small sample piece with gesso and decided to go with it on a large piece. The dims are 60"x65" -little over 5ft square. I put down a coat of gesso and then applied inks and dyes. Two "full images" of "Pink Moon" and then a couple of pixs showing details.

Not to be facetious but as a kind of visual shorthand, I think Pollack with pastels. This next piece is with 18"x24"  Shoki Gami Sumi-E washi paper- a bigger format then was used with the "Lost Textiles" series- more real estate to play around with. Matisse tinted gesso undercoat with inks on top. Titled, "Matisse in Osaka." Re-imagined textiles from a lost and imaginary era.

 As always, thank you for looking. Hope you "saw" something.