Finished this piece in time for the PERISHABLE show at APU. I’m also making another project for that show, that I will take no pictures of, tell you nothing about and that is temporary so the only way to view it will be to come see it during April at APU.
New work – just varnished it today. I used Van Dyck Brown and Cremnitz white for these paintings and may I just say what a delicious combo that is (not literally – cremnitz is lead and that is poison).
Albertons floral section here we come – I’m pumping out the floral paintings for my two person show at Ashland Painters Union. I thought I was going to do a floral show last September and use natural garden and field flowers, but it’s hot house instead. I do love carnations, so I’m going to pick some more up today for the next one. Maybe it will be ALL carnations. Anyway. Here’s this one:
(Disclaimer – I took this photo before varnishing this piece, yes it is sort of blotchy in the background and table, but not this bad. I’ll reshoot after I can varnish it.)
This is not a new piece, it was painted in 2012, but never photographed. Yet another Smithfields painting. Vegetables are important too and believe it or not, Smithfields does have vegetarian options. Vegans can just forget it though.
My latest piece for Smithfields. My working title is Water. Titles -eh. They’re hard. They either very robotic for me, or very silly and embarrassing. I am not a writer.
I was playing with echoes in this piece – the male figure and the crab both have bent knees, orange color. The woman has a mermaid tattoo (hard to make out), the baby and the fish have their mouths open. The baby and the fish recently came out of the water.
Getting ready for my February show at the Ashland Painters Union – this piece is going to set the tone – I think. I have yet to paint the rest, but it’s winter, so I know it won’t be landscape. I’m not tough enough for plein air painting below 60 degrees. I think it might be lots of flowers which sounds fun, but we’ll see – I have a tough time committing to any particular subject when it comes to painting.
Come one, come all – I’m showing new work at the Ashland Painters Union (27 1/2 N. Main St, Ashland – on the Plaza – Up the stairs between Gold and Gems and Cracker Jax) during September. The show opens First Friday Sept from 5 – 8 pm (or later if the party is super fun).
These pieces are all made within the last few months with the exception of one drawing, which was made last year. It’s a survey of what I like to paint and reflects my head space in the last 9 or so months. I quit my day job and have just mellowed out, enjoyed the slow lane a little more this year and the results can actually be seen in my artwork.
I’ll post a piece or two from the show each day or so as a preview leading up to the opening.
These roses grow in my back yard. Their name is Fantin Latour and all you art nerds know Fantin Latour is the best painter of flowers ever – French 19th Century guy, friends with Manet and that crew. I drool and cry over his paintings and I think you can see a nod to him in this piece.
The actual rose bush has a bit of a good back story – it blooms ONE time a year, but those blooms are lovely and smell wonderful. Rogue Valley rose nerds will guess where this bush came from – the amazing Rogue Valley Roses has hundreds if not thousands of roses on their own root stock in fantastical varieties. This great business is the labor of love of my old English teacher, Janet Inada.
I just got back from a visit to San Francisco where I went to the De Young museum to see the Girl with a Pearl Earring show, along with Etching from Rembrandt and his contemporaries. I found it very inspiring, especially all the etchings, they are so intricate and invite you to spend several minutes with each piece, I was surprised to find them even more engaging than many paintings. The etching pieces varied in technical ability, some being astonishing in their technical prowess and some (the Rembrandts) were stunning in their communication of humanity and emotion. There were goofy ones, ones that glorified the state, religious scenes that were moving (Rembrandt), religious scenes that were like crazy pageants, simple home scenes, landscapes and on and on. Then came the paintings – wonderful banquet tables with meats and lemons and cloth, the flowers that I so love and the stunning Vermeer. That Vermeer is absolutely wonderful. (Side note: Like the Mona Lisa, she has no eyebrows.!? Curious.)