New work that on the surface appears to be a departure but makes sense to me. 18"x24" oil pastels thinned and rubbed and then gone over again on a grey acrylic background.
"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: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also see work on Instagram @katzpajamas222
Monday, November 30, 2020
Monday, Nov. 30th 2020
Friday, November 20, 2020
Friday November 20
While the ass clown continues to propel us down his narcissistic rabbit hole, people are suffering and this must end! I don't want to exert another iota of effort or opprobrium towards "him." Painting continues to be my salvation- that and Lulu's love.
Latest offerings...mixed media-oil.acrylics, oil pastels and charcoal.
Close up of "Goethe's Old Werther" 30"x40"
Friday, October 30, 2020
As we march toward our collective destiny on Tuesday, let us pause to measure our role, whether passive or active, in defining who we are as a People.
New work below. 30"x40" canvas oil paint and palate knife. "Vincent."
If you zoom in , you can see the lovely textures and interplay of pigments mixing. Enjoy and thanks!
Sunday, October 11, 2020
Having the new work table (Thanks Coach Hunter!) allows me to work comfortably with oversized paper stock. One of my favorite is the Strathmore Watercolor paper 22'x30"which is a great size- a bitch to matte and frame but is impressive when done. Below are two new pieces using the paper and acrylics. Enjoy!
"Mars" dims and media as above. 23 days and counting!
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Wed. Oct.7, 2020
Been playing with a variety of mediums and surfaces and have also returned to some easel work. Fly with the angels my dearly departed sister-in-law Maryanne.
"Tibetan Flags #2" 18"x24" canvas enamel paint, gesso and bee's wax
"Lulu's Color Blocks" 18"x24" Strathmore oil paper. Acrylic blackboard paint base with
chalk pastels, oil pastels and bee's wax scrapped.
"Kandinsky's Waltz" 19 1/2"x 25 1/2" gray Sennelier Pastel paper. Chalk pastels and oil pastel markings.
Thanks for looking and vote the madmen out of office!
Sunday, September 20, 2020
SUNDAY Sept. 20.2020
Been a while but the work has been flowing and the studio space is everything that I could of dreamt for and ask for. Been working with different mediums, including enamels which are loads of fun. I love the high gloss finish. So here we go:
Also chalk paint on canvas 16"x24" with chalk, pencil and oil pastels. "Self Portrait as a Younger Man."
16"x20" unframed canvas oil paint and oil sticks "Seascape#3
16"x24 canvas enamel paint "For Piet's Sake." Tribute to Mondrian
18"x24" canvas enamel paint over oil pastels and casein paint. No title...
16"x20" unframed canvas oil paint- untitled.
The images below are all on 16"x24" framed canvases using enamel paint and were drafting exercises but I feel strong about their execution and the images are strong. As always, thanks for looking and , mask up!
Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Wed. August 5th
Monday, July 20, 2020
Monday, July 20th
"Imogene At The Beach" in her new home, "LaughingCat Gallery+Studios." Stay tuned for more updates as we get them. Very exciting!!!
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Tuesday, June 16th
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Wednesday, June 10th, 2020
Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Tuesday, June 9th, 2020
"It's the working, the working, just the working life... " Bruce Springsteen "The Factory"
18"x24" oil paper with casein paint base with oil pastels overlay, then bee's wax and then scrapped and one final overlay of oil pastels. "Stripey Wonder." (subtitled "Fine Corinthian Leather")
Sunday, June 7, 2020
Sunday, June 7th, 2020
Thursday, June 4, 2020
Thursday, June 4th, 2020
"Colour Study #1"
"Colour Study #3" (Homage to Sean Scully-unconscious)
Sunday, May 31, 2020
Sunday, May 31st, 2020
My beloved partner and wife is a weaver and introduced me to Anni Albers who said that "Art cannot be designed." This is 16" x20" canvas acrylic base with oil sticks and gesso. Title "Anni Albers."Of course!
This is on Arches oil paper 12" x16" and oil sticks/bees wax and scrapping creating a staining. Titled, "Dion's Little Sister."
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
I had brought a bunch of supplies home from the studio but in the two months that I spent in lockdown , I didn't even attempt to pick up a brush or pastel- I was too angry...to paraphrase "Groundhog Day,"- don't paint angry...I'm still angry but the need to work becomes overwhelming...the first few days back in the studio I was lost so I spent two days cleaning my space and did my brushes which is always such a Zen activity for me...Anyway, here's hoping you and yours are safe and sound...only five more months of the madness that passes for national leadership to come to a crashing halt.
This is first piece I completed upon returning to the studio. I had been thinking colors all through the quarantine and these jumped out at me.
16"x24" oil sticks and bee's wax and that's not black- it's Turkish Umber. "Quarantine"
This is a larger piece- 30"x40" the background is the result of 4 or 5 scrub downs starting with a teal acrylic background and then oil stick and multiple coats of gesso scrapped and reapplied and then charcoal and oil pastels. "Carnival Bachanalis."
18" x 24" "Portrait at 27" oil sticks and gesso and charcoal
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020
Friday, February 7, 2020
Snow Days Work-Friday, Feb.7th 2020
First piece (below) is on Gatorboard 36"x48" all acrylics with bees wax finish. "Caribbean."