Thanks for following me this year as I discovered the East Bay. Happy New Year everyone!
I was running errands this evening, before I leave town and saw at the side of the road, in the shadow of a big truck these miniature daffodils. They were in such an unlikely place and probably wild and blooming. It was dark and I did not think my shot would come out. The filter I used made them appear and I think it’s cool.
This is the third painting I’ve done in this style. At times I did not know where I was going, my color sense seemed to fail me, but it pulled out in the end. I’ve been getting a good reaction to these. I’m not sure if I’m done yet with the three that I’ve created – one seems done. I have to live with it a little while and see.
I’m off for a few days – Merry Christmas everybody.
So on the heels of painting the drip painting that I thought was successful, though not finished – I started another one. I wanted to prove to myself I could do it again. The first one flowed out of me effortlessly and I was not sure I could do that again. So today I tried this one – it was not that easy and at times I thought “this is just ugly and I don’t know what to do” – I wound up somewhere I could live with showing it to people. I’m not finished but this was the effort today. This is me fucking around and trying something new that I think is a good direction.
Nothing brilliant today – everybody’s pissing me off – the rain finally stopped. So here is the thrift store angel (that I stained) that I put on the fence in the yard that I can see again. And not to be left out, a rose blooming in December in Berkeley at the base of a big rose bush. It’s the little things some days that keep me going.
So I woke up today with a rainstorm and the power was out. I wasn’t even going to go to the studio today. Forced out I had an idea I wanted to try. The fish drippy painting was an experiment that I thought could be taken to another level. Today because of rain I worked with what I have – an acrylic painting that I thought was boring and I needed a large canvas. The paint I had left from other projects was bright, not really even my thing – but let’s just fuckin use it. There weren’t many people at the studio, so I just took over empty space and threw down a painting. At times I did not know where I was going. My stained glass is all about color and texture and I wanted to bring that to painting. I love metallics and wanted to use them in an interesting way. This is where I wound up. I like the direction and I’m not done – this is just where I ended up today.
So you might have seen I’m renovating our bathroom – as part of the final – it’s still in progress – I threw down some art for it. The theme is Greco-Roman design elements. Always a sucker for a baroque dolphin I did this in the last couple of days. Somewhere between graffiti, abstracts and antique line art I wound up here. This really is the most modern thing I’ve done lately. I have ideas where to take this direction; this was a total experiment. The corner store guy didn’t get it – he just said “I don’t understand”. My fellow artists thought it was cool and supported me. So I don’t really know what to think – let me know. The colors go with the room I’m building so I was happy about that. It’s painted with acrylics and metallics which are hard to photograph.