Monday, January 28, 2008

To my good friend Sue

Yes its true. I have a hard time resisting a good cat picture. Who doesn't enjoy a cat picture every once in a while? Just as long as it doesn't become a problem.

Just for the record......I do not do pet portraits.

Art & Yoga

I just spent the majority of the weekend at a yoga workshop with Anusara teacher Moses Brown. It was a great workshop, we laughed, we cried (o.k so we didn't really cry) but we did do ALOT of yoga. And it was FUN! That Moses, he is a funny guy. A real yogic comedian. There were times when we were laughing so hard that I could barely stay upright. That tends to be a problem when you run the risk of taking your entire row out if you take a header.

Moses Brown on yoga......"Its simple, but not easy". So true. Really, I can't tell you how many times that someone new to yoga thinks its going to be just a "little stretch" and they come up to me afterward and remark how hard it was. It really doesn't get easier, though it might get more easeful, because there's always more. Painting can be alot like that.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Sand and Surface

Canvas vs. Board......Board. At least right now.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Early on

This particular painting was generated early on during my residency. As I look back over the body of work from this time, its interesting to see the shift that started to happen. I think it can be best said in two words; Clarity and Conviction. Having the luxury of time to devote solely to one purpose really helped me to refine and define what Painting means to me. It gave me the space to step out of Professional-Illustrator-Head where creating art is about the finish/outcome, rather than process. I mean why does anyone create art for the first time anyway? Because its FUN. Sometimes though when you draw for hire, the deadlines, the desire to give the client what they want, and the next project looming (or lack of!) can get in the way of the FUN.

Out of the 15 or so canvases I completed, only 5 or 6 are what I would consider successful. But the true measure of that time and space I feel is only just now starting to manifest. In the words of Patanjali's Yoga sutras, "No effort in Yoga is ever wasted." I think that applies to painting as well.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Way Back When

About a year ago when I started this blog, I posted the underpainting of this piece under "I am Jinxed." It really didn't take me a year to complete, only a year to post. This one is a pastel, done on a Wallis sanded paper. Am considering tackling this in oils, just to see if I can loosen it up some. The finish on this ended up being a little fussy.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Happy New Year!

O.k., so I'm not big on making resolutions, but setting an intention is a whole 'nother thing. So with that said, it's my intention to get outside and paint more this year. I already have a couple of painting trips planned, as well as attending a workshop or two. A couple of workshops worth checking out.....Stuart Shils at Three Pines Studios in Cross Village and the Parke-Kooyman Workshop at Camp Tosebo in September. Workshops are really valuable for not only the exchange of information, but for the immersion experience as well.