Wednesday, September 15, 2010
I do not try to represent reality in my work. For the most part, these scenes do not exist until I make them up. It's wonderful that artists can make up and share their own worlds with an audience. So, while I appreciate the wonder of a beautifully painted landscape that transports you somewhere, it's not something that I am driven to paint or draw.
They have asked me how I invent my ideas and carry them from my mind to the artwork. I don't know! I take for granted that what I know of reality can be changed and mingled with what does not exist, and appear together convincingly on canvas. And that is what I like about art!
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
I had fun with perspective in this painting. The top-down approach added anote of humor, as we are able to see the balding patterns of these distinguished men. The feet are intentionally small, and the focus is on the cigars and hands.
Friday, December 11, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
I hope you can appreciate the humor in all of the works that I produce, even the ones not intentionally humorous...
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
It's got an interesting rhythm that moves from black shape to black shape; not much rest here at this art opening. I had alot of fun using an analagous color scheme; putting limits on the colors allows for a more activity -packed scene. If I had, for instance, put in greens and purples and blues, the result would be psychedelic and over-stimulating.
The details become more prominent in the foreground, fading to shapes and more abstraction in the background.
Monday, January 14, 2008
Sometimes I'm in the mood to put together a piece of artwork, and rather than painting on canvas, I'll start working on a collage.
These always end up as more of a surprise than a painting does, as it's so easy to pick up pieces and move them around, or change a background. This particular piece started with the woman in the background. If you look closely you can see that her face combines animal parts with human , and the mouth and teeth are upside down as is one of the eyes.Clearly ( I hope) you can see how aggravated she is. She's a teacher, and her students are misbehaving in class; actually only one is, the other has the chalk in hand and is ready to go to the blackboard. She actually looks rather smug, because you'll notice that the teacher is pointing to the student who is caught in the act of staring at her fingernails.(though she really doesn't care, does she?) She is disrupting the teacher's thought-stream, which disrupts the thought stream of the students who are paying attention.
Creating a collage allows the artist alot of freedom to place things irregularly or skewed, and combine different media in the piece. Most of this collage was painted with watercolors on watercolor paper that was ripped or cut .