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Painting Outside The Lines...
"A painting to me is primarily a verb, not a noun, an event first and only secondarily an image." (Elaine de Kooning). This is a blog about painting. Specifically, my paintings and random observations of the "verb." Mostly images of work at various phases to share with friends and families. If you have any interest in purchasing work that you see, please contact me at: email@example.com. You can also see work on Instagram @katzpajamas222
Tuesday, March 21, 2023
Tuesday, March 21st, 2023
Thursday, March 16, 2023
Thursday March 16th Post Ides of March
Been a minute but let's get right into "Show and Tell."
Again, Canson 18"x24" watercolor paper that had been soaked and the paint is all Matisse Australian Structure acrylics. I love this piece! Makes me cry.
24"x36" canvas. India ink wash undercoat, acrylics and oil crayons. Don't know what to say about this. I think you can see the original below on an earlier posting but it just "sat there." OK piece on it's own but... I was taking a nap and falling asleep and had this flash to rename the color fields and see if I could shift viewers perceptions on how lazy our eyes/brain have been become via conditioning. The objective is to stop look see think react feel...thus ends the lesson...
Tuesday, February 21, 2023
Tuesday, February 21, 2023
It's been a while since I last posted but who's keeping time let alone track- only me. Most recent work that moves across different substrates and mediums. Let's jump right!.
24"x36" canvas with multiple layers (veils) of diluted black India ink and gold acrylic and undiluted black India ink on top and oil crayons. "Couleurs Primaries."
And as Nina Simone once said at one of her last concerts, "Go home, it's all I got!"
Thursday, January 5, 2023
Thursday, January 5, 2023
First plog of 2023. Here's hoping it is a healthy, productive and rewarding year for us all.
Lulu and I had gone to NYC to see our respective children and our new grandson, Sweet Baby James, who filled us to capacity with joy and promise. Inmeasurable quantities of both. We also had a fabulous time with Josh/Shannon and our beloved granddaughter, Paige. Nick and Frankie took us out for a couple of memorable meals, as well.
The weather sucked and the toursists are back in droves in midtown so getting around was brutal as was the weather. We had planned on seeing the Edward Hopper show at The Whitney but it was an impossible task. We did manage to spend some etheral time at MOMA which filled our cups to overflowing. I got to spend some quality time with a pair of Jackson Pollack's large works which brought me to my knees and to tears.
I've always loved Jax work but I think I finally got to fully experience his total gift. I was able to immerse myself in the work. Felt is. Saw it fully and was left in total awe. I'm reminded of how Helen Frankenthaler felt after seeing his work. I think I had the same experience.
It was good to be back home with our cats and the comfort of our studio which there is no place like for both me and Lu.
Suffice to say, a burst of energy translating into some good work that I would like to share.
Tuesday, December 20, 2022
Tuesday, December 20th, 2022
Wishing all the very best this Holiday Season. May you be visited by joy and peace and may the New Year bring us all tranquility.
Two new(ish) images to share. The first is "seasonal" with "Marley's Ghost." 12"x18" Canson XL watercolor paper. The under image is a print transfer of some doodling that my friend, Dale White, did in my studio messing around with oil sticks. I then filled the rest in with oil pastels and graphite with a coat of linseed and bees wax that was scrapped off.
The next image is of a work that I did earlier in the year and was purchased by a friend who had it matted and framed. This really is how I envisioned the work, completed. "Lilacs" from the series, "Lost Textiles- Found Remnants."
Sunday, December 11, 2022
Sunday, Dec. 11th
Been a minute but things have been humming along. The last piece "Possession in Great Measure" continues to evolve and I'm waiting for it to cure so I can varnish it.
Piece below is a study that I'm hoping I can transfer to a much larger format. This is 16"x20" and in acrylics. Titled, "Dr. Roberts." Long story so the title will have to suffice. Thanks for looking and hopefully seeing.
Wednesday, November 16, 2022
November 16th 2022
So, to continuing the pissing into the wind and the ether and asking the koan of one hand clapping and if there's no one to hear a tree falling yadda yadda... I continue..Painting (not pictures!) is an insanely isolated process- you-paint-canvas-notion-objective-intent...por moi, it's become simple...what's the question ,what's the response. Painting, for me is a s Socratic process- query- response...objective achieved or not. Samuel Beckett said it best: "Fail Better!" which I will explore by responding. Todays offering is a 48"x 60" canvas paint over of a failure. The undercoat is yellow oil enamel with oil sticks and charcoals. Titled "Possession in Great Measure." Which is hexagram nunber 14 in the sacred Confucian text, I Ching. There are 14 object des art. Mediums are oil sticks and charcoal and like Robert Frost, I refuse to...explain..